Much has been printed recently of the failing infrastructure in our cities. Might I point out that right here in Port we have a prime example of this problem, namely the Middle Neck Road corridor (also known as the Point-to-Port Speedway).

In recent years, the last five in particular, the electric power goes out on an average of three times a month - and that's in good weather, with no wind or lightning bolts to blame - sometimes no more than a minute, but long enough to wreak havoc on all our electronics, timers, etc.

If one relies on the old copper wires of a land line phone, it's a crapshoot to guess which problem will cut off service on any particular day; no dial tone, loud buzzing noises, crossed wires, etc., etc. The Verizon repair trucks have taken up permanent residence along this road.

About two years ago, a telephone pole was struck by a car and cracked in half. It took a year to get a new replacement; the broken streetlight now dangles uselessly from the new pole.

The road bed has been patched so many times that the fifth- and sixth-generation potholes all have their own potholes - and when the huge construction equipment, transit mixers and other heavy vehicles hit them, our houses shake, rattle and roll! (Of course, if all traffic kept even near the 30 mph speed limit, it would help immensely. However, that's a whole other issue and I won't go into it in this letter.)

Some have suggested it is a jurisdictional problem. Others say that what we have here is a failure to communicate. Whatever the reason, we sincerely hope that these problems have been recognized and are being addressed so that real solutions - not just Band-Aids - are found and acted upon.

On a more positive note, during bad weather and blizzards, the road is always kept open (the plows and sanders appear almost hourly) and the emergency response forces can always be counted on to perform professionally and compassionately, for which we are most appreciative.

Warren and Joan Weilbacher

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