We survived an ‘accident’
Saturday morning’s false alarm was a wake-up call in a most important way.
Growing up in New York state in the 1950s, we schoolchildren were trained to dive under our desks when we heard the warning siren. We were told the Russians might bomb us.
Last Saturday, my first thought was “Where are the sirens?” My second thought was “Maybe now we can score some land on Kauai …”
On Jan. 8 of this year, in a meeting with diplomats, Pope Francis said, “Nuclear weapons must be banned particularly given the risk that a nuclear conflagration could be started by accident.”
We survived such an “accident.” I’m glad we discovered the weaknesses in the warning system.
This was a real wake-up call.
Mary Alfiler, Wailua
Ferry service would help
By the first week of December, I called Young Brothers to ship a vehicle to Kauai. The only date available was for Jan. 5. On Jan. 5 I called to make reservations for another shipment and could only get Jan. 29 to ship the car. Would this have been the case if there was the ferry service that was turned down by a few in Kauai a few years back?
One could have driven the vehicle on to the ferry and driven it off the ferry. Island folks could have driven to Oahu and joined family and friends for the weekend and returned with their vehicle.
The main reason for the objection was concern for the whales. If these whales could find their way from Alaska and back without any problem, I am sure they would find a way to avoid the ferry service as well.
Syd Jacobs, Kapaa
One 12-pack not worth the wait
Mr. Blake (TGI Forum, Jan. 24), I feel your pain. I would go to Safeway to purchase a 12-pack of Miller High Life (and yes some of us drink real beer, not that overrated, overpriced craft beer stuff). So I proceed to checkout and of course no “express” checkout available, other checkouts have long lines, and for what I have no idea. It’s absolutely ridiculous to have to wait in line to just purchase one item. So I put it back.
Before I left I decided to use the restroom. That was a mistake. As I walked through the eating area I noticed that the trash cans were overflowing. I went over to customer service and brought it to the attention of someone from management, although she gave me a look like I was bothering her.
Basically your complaints, my complaints or anyone else who complains are falling upon deaf ears. I go get my Miller High Life from Times Supermarket/Big Save. I’m in and out of there in less then 10 minutes. Good luck!
Ka‘aona Kipuka, Lawai