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Letters for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Please remove roadkill feral pigsWriters right to share opinionsCommercial dairy operation is differentVolunteers could keep lighthouse open daily

Please remove roadkill feral pigs

Right now there is a roadkill wild pig on each side of Maluhia Road just a ways north of the ballpark. One has been there so long it’s just a pile of black hair and I suppose other parts. New one (brown) across the road for a few days, someone tied balloons to its upward stiff legs sticking out of its bloated body. Festive, huh? Sure our visitors appreciate it. Called Kauai Humane Society. Duh. Not their concern. Told me depends if on state or county road. How am I expected to know that? She gave me county number for an office that opens on Monday. Whoever is responsible is not doing their job. Can someone write in with an answer who to call?

I drive Maluhia at least twice a day and not unusual to see very visible same dead pig(s) off to the side of the road for more than a day. For some reason, roadkill dogs seem to get better treatment.

Allan Beall

Koloa

Writers right to share opinions

I read all the letters and comments. It’s sad to see the verbal attacks on some of the writers. Everyone deserves their opinions and sometimes those opinions are based on facts through personal experiences.

Here’s one: Twenty-five years ago, in Guam, my ex- wife worked at a water testing lab. One assignment was to take random samples from drums of used oil. Navy ships use a lot and there was a warehouse full. She was testing for heavy metals.

If the results came out above “acceptable levels” the oil had to be shipped off island as hazardous waste. If it came within “acceptable levels,” it was sold to GovGuam and burned in the power plant.

After conducting the tests, she presented her findings to her boss showing the oil was over the limit.

Her boss looked at it and then told her to go back and take more samples until it passed.

In that way, the feds sold the oil instead of paying to ship it off and GovGuam bought it at a lower price than clean fuel would have cost.

So, both governments saved money, their paperwork looked good and they appeared legal.

So who lost out? The people that had the heavy metals raining down on them as the oil was burned.

I have no proof of this for Pete, the universal naysayer, but I know it happened.

Just because you can find something in print or online doesn’t make it true.

Just because you can’t show proof of something doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

Jack Custer

Kalaheo

Commercial dairy operation is different

Regarding the letter, “Dairy Farms Are Good” by Howard Tolbe of Eleele, I think he is comparing apples to oranges. A commercial dairy operation is way different than individual dairy farms. A high concentration of cows in one area will impact the environment. And, the area Mr. Tolbe referred to in Idaho where he resided is bigger than the whole county of Kauai. For the record, I am against more resort development. There has been enough here. Remember, people of  Kauai, you were probably promised beautiful vistas of job-producing sugar cane and corn, too.  

Sandy Calhoun Scanlan

Sun City West, Ariz

Volunteers could keep lighthouse open daily

As promised to the docents and volunteers at the Kilauea Lighthouse a few weeks ago, I am writing as a frequent visitor. This was our 35th trip to Kauai in 18 years so needless to say, the island has a special place in our hearts.

And one of the places on the island most special to us is the lighthouse. We visit at least twice a week as things change every day. And each docent/volunteer has a different story to tell, knowledge to impart.

During our last visit, when we went whale watching every day, we would run up to the lighthouse not only to see if there were any whales to watch but to report on what we had seen the day before or earlier that day so the docents could answer our questions about what we had seen, about the whale behavior we had witnessed, etc. They were a wealth of knowledge and so gracious in sharing that knowledge.

It was so disappointing to hear of access to the lighthouse being limited to five days a week. I fully understand today’s economy and job situation but with so many dedicated volunteers willing to be there seven days a week, why is that resource not being tapped?

I hope you honor this letter so at least the docents/volunteers will see that at least one visitor cared enough to fulfill their commitment to write a letter such as this. But if it in any way serves to impact the decision to close those two days a week, I will be the one who feels honored!

Barbara Madaras

Albuquerque, N.M.

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