People of compassion have to sympathize with the handful of residents that happen to live in a Menekaunee neighborhood near Red Arrow Park. For some of them, their property has been in the family bloodline for generations. They’ve experienced good times and bad during their residency.

Here’s the problem. The neighborhood in the vicinity of Red Arrow Park has been assaulted by the jaws of Mother Nature and her merciless deliveries of heavy rain and powerful wave action. The city itself, no matter who has sat in the seats of municipal government over the years, experienced the same kind of frustrating punishment at the city-owned park where it had to be closed to traffic, swimmers and picnic-goers. All kinds of different ideas have been advanced as how to combat the problem, but nothing seems to work.

We understand the anger and frustrations of the people who reside in the neighborhood. They would like to see something done — like a permanent solution. They’re tired of wearing boots to exit or reach their homes or collect their mail.

These folks would like to see some finality to a problem that has existed for decades. They would appreciate some more direct answers from city hall. They don’t appreciate sarcastic answers like “call President Trump.” Yes, they chose to reside in their ancestry homes. We have seen similar situations in other parts of the country where home dwellers have returned to their ancestry homes after wild fires, flooding, hurricanes and even violence left their cruel imprints.

The Red Arrow Park neighborhood is made up of citizens who are a part of our city. They work, pay taxes, attend our schools and churches and support our local economy. Their problem is a city problem. They expect their city to come to their aid.