Jersey Shore residents know that in the second half of May, it’s time to get ready for the flood of tourists who will join us here for part of our summer.

Comcast knows, too, and this year because of challenges associated with Hurricane Sandy, the cable company is taking several extra steps to ensure smooth service for visitors and residents alike.

The season will begin with free access for all to Comcast’s many WiFi hotspots along the shore. To find a hotspot, visit www.Xfinity.com/wifi for a coverage map.

From Friday through July 4 at the hotspots, select the “xfinitywifi” network on your tablet, laptop or smartphone and follow the prompts.

Since the fall storm, Comcast has upgraded 144 miles of infrastructure in Jersey Shore communities.

In Ocean City, where its facility was destroyed by the hurricane, the company has installed two temporary trailers to serve customers.

At that and other shore service centers — in Pleasantville, Northfield, Wildwood, Avalon and Brick — the number of workstations has been nearly doubled, Comcast said.

The company also added 170 technicians to perform installations and maintenance in the shore area.

The Avalon, Long Beach Island and Pleasantville service centers also have been renovated, the company said.

To get cable service reconnected or get more information, call 800-2SUMMER.

Government self-interest

Using the IRS to target political adversaries is a big red flag, one that was among the articles of impeachment of President Richard Nixon.

But there is another, more fundamental problem revealed by last week’s disclosures about IRS misbehavior the past couple of years.

In 2011, when Internal Revenue Service employees were caught targeting groups with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names, they were told to stop (even though this wasn’t revealed publicly until the past week).

But the IRS leadership did something extraordinary, according to The Associated Press:

“On Jan. 25, 2012, the criteria for flagging suspect groups was changed to ‘political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government,” the report of the Treasury inspector general said.

Even after it was caught targeting political adversaries, the IRS leadership thought it was just fine to target groups that don’t want government to get bigger, more powerful and more costly.

The one thing citizens require of their government representatives and workers is that they act in the interests of the nation and its people, and not predominantly in their own interests.

Despite the obvious need for neutral, unbiased enforcement of tax law, IRS employees were allowed, even encouraged, to wield their powers to reward government and themselves.

Contact Kevin Post:

609-272-7250

More than 30 years’ experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines in Illinois, Colorado, Texas and New Jersey and 1985 winner of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association’s John Murphy Award for copy editing.