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Letters for Thursday, October 2, 2014

• Return of CD, ring reveals aloha spirit  • Dairy farm proposal must be scrutinized • KPD could do better than speeding tickets

Return of CD, ring reveals aloha spirit 

 I was on Kauai for a family gathering this past weekend. Returning the car, I was focused on repacking my carry on bag with goodies and forgot the Makaha Sons CD in the car’s CD player. Back on Oahu, my wife, Olivia, encouraged me to try and call Budget (banking on Kauai aloha) to see if they could find the missing items in the car. Jordan from Budget said he’d try to find the car and called me back to say they found the CD. He then asked if I was missing a wedding ring as well. I had put it on the car key ring for safekeeping when we were cooking spareribs.

Imagine my surprise when I came home Tuesday afternoon and saw a package leaning against the garage. Inside the bubblewrapping were the CD and the ring. Gratefully, I called Budget and asked the agent to pass on my mahalo message to Jordan and his manager, Darlene Soriano.

Not only did I get reconnected with family after years of absence, but Budget’s Kauai staff also further demonstrated that special Kaua’i style of aloha. For that, I’m proud to still call myself a Kauai boy.

Jimmy Castro, Oahu

Dairy farm proposal must be scrutinized

Having read the article in the Garden Island Tuesday, I am confident that Sina Pruder has a demonstrated concern for water quality. Her commitment to converting Hawaii’s cesspools to septic systems indicates that she realizes how critically important it is to protect community water sources. 

The public wells in close proximity to the sewage drain off of manure and urine from Hawaii Dairy Farms surely falls under a compellingly similar category. I would expect Ms. Pruder to do the next right thing and ensure that HDF will not be given opportunity to pollute through either negligence or because they simply put profit over responsibility the water sources that serve the Koloa/Poipu community. As things stand, signing off on permits to build should not be option with so much at stake.

Jacqueline Hoban, Puhi

KPD could do better than speeding tickets

As a longtime visitor to Kauai, I was reading a letter about rude and unprofessional conduct about KPD regarding traffic enforcement on the island. Well, I witnessed some myself. Upon leaving Koloa Town last week I was on a side-road to the Tree Tunnel. Upon my approach a car was flashing his lights at me. As I rounded the bend entering a 25 mph zone, I discovered three cars pulled over for speeding. As a former traffic officer, I was embarrassed not only for the KPD officers but myself. Is this area even covered by a traffic survey? 

I mention this because I have observed open drug deals and intoxication in the public areas near Pono Kai. I would think that KPD could focus their efforts on public safety issues related to the residents and tourists to the island. I was a police officer in California for 34 years and I see a lack of leadership in KPD. I see the department as young, and they need leadership rather than statistic-minded management leading the way. You know what, even police officers can be intimidated by superiors. Isn’t that what we all experience? In conclusion, I see a lot of young officers, new ones being intimidated by superiors. It takes a seasoned officer to fend off the intimidation. In short, good luck KPD. You are going to need it. Be true to your selves. Treat others as you would wish to be treated.

God Bless, stay safe.

Greg Ellis, Fresno, California

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