Re: “Letter to the editor: Brick sidewalk replacement is both costly and unwarranted” (Dec. 9):

Like letter writer Margot McCain, I too love our sidewalks. I suffer from vertigo and have had a few spills because of it, so I tend to be careful wherever I walk and sometimes use a cane. However, when I have fallen, it has been because of broken cement sidewalks or on tarred pavements.

Ms. McCain’s letter refers to the municipal brick sidewalk restoration program in Salem, Massachusetts. I also lived in Salem and never had a problem with the bricks there or anywhere I have been with brick sidewalks.

One of the reasons I moved to Portland was for its character. Besides, don’t we have more pressing problems to deal with than brick sidewalks?

Tom Moody