To the editor:
About the Hummocks story and public access park: While I feel empathy for Vicky Newbold and her neighbors, I can offer no hope for them. What has happened to the so-called public access, rights-of-way, on Aquidneck Island in the past several years is heartbreaking.
The users (abusers, is more like it) leave trash and filth of indescribable variety — from fishhooks, beer cans, plastic bags, to human excrement and old diapers, and leftover foods and smoldering fire pits. But because of the halo that protects such access began a century ago with the best of intentions, there is nothing — nothing! — that can or will be done. It’s sad but true.
And, as Ms. Newbold points out and my almost daily observation shows, most of the cars parked (mostly illegally) have Massachusetts license plates. Makes you wish for the $4 out-of-state toll, doesn’t it?