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I'd like to start off by saying that I have been a Port Washington resident for some time now, the past 19 years and three months, and I love living here. However, I feel I need to voice my frustration over a few things that I absolutely dislike about Port. Consider the residents of this town without any common sense.

On Sept. 26, Tom Bluni wrote in saying our fire alarms were antiquated and unnecessary. I remember another letter a few years ago saying the same thing, almost word for word, that in our day of technology, we could use another way to alert our firefighters, who volunteer their time and risk their lives to protect us.

I don't see how e-mail will work, no one checks their e-mail every other minute. I also don't see cell phones or pagers working. Not everyone has one, and will the rings or beeps wake someone at three in the morning better than the alarms we have now? It seems to me the only way to safely do away with the alarms is to get a full time fire department.

I may not be thinking at the same level as Mr. Bluni because I'm a college student and I work full time hours, and I also live right next to the alarm at the Polish Hall. However, I would very much so like to know if my neighbor's home is on fire before it's too late. I don't know about Mr. Blumi, but I would rather my 2-year-old wake up crying at three in the morning because of the "scary" fire alarms than by being on fire. Do other people out there agree, or do we see how many houses burn to the ground because our fire department can't respond fast enough?

Victor E. Lewis


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