To those who put on the laser show Tuesday night, you did not clear this with the Cahuilla Tribal Council first. If you had, you would have been told that Lily Rock is a sacred site to them and doing a light show on it would be seen as an act of desecration.

You also did not ask long-term residents of Idyllwild like myself (lived here since 1968) what we thought. If you had, you would have been told no.

Our mountain is beautiful exactly the way it is. It is unique in Southern California. We don’t need to amp it up with light shows or silly displays that are meant to attract tourists, I presume. For God’s sake, leave it alone.

Matthew Wettlaufer