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We would like to respond to Mr. Remler's letter in this week's letters to the editor.

There's an old saying that goes "A lie can travel half way around the world before truth can get its pants on." Unfortunately, Newsday's readers, who are potential homebuyers in Port Washington, now have the false impression that Port is a high crime area. We don't think the impact of the article erroneously reporting that Port ranks second in car thefts on Long Island can be minimized.

We've asked several readers if they saw the Newsday retraction to their incorrect reporting on page A8, and no one we spoke to did. Instead they were just surprised that Port fared so poorly in police patrol.

Unfortunately also, despite strong efforts by Supervisor Kaiman and PWPD Chief Kilfoil, Newsday refused to write a "damage control" story to help restore Port's well-earned good name.

We hope our readers will write or call Newsday expressing their disappointment and request that something more than a mere retraction be put in the paper for the sake of our home values, businesses and restaurants.

Another point we'd like to make regarding Mr. Remler's letter relates to the upcoming Port Washington's Shared Visioning process outlined on this week's front page.

It presents a golden opportunity for property owners on the peninsula to speak their minds on many issues that confront our area. Local officials, experts and community-minded citizens will gather over the next few weeks to try to work out some solutions to many of our pressing problems. And, in defense of our real estate agents, we feel that most, if not all of them, welcome the opportunity to improve the quality of life here in Port Washington. After all, ultimately addressing and solving these problems will make our homes easier to sell.

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