Older people do not understand dangers of guns in classrooms
If you are around 40 years old or older, you never had to worry about a person with a gun coming into your classroom, while you were learning math, trying to kill you.
You didn’t have to worry about a fellow student, coming into the cafeteria, and shooting at you and your friends while you were eating lunch.
You didn’t have to worry about automatic gunfire while you were in the library checking out a book.
And this disconnect, this inability to understand, is what is killing kids every year in America today.
Until you realize that we are all putting every child in harms way because we are incapable of enacting responsible gun laws across the country, so that everyone is on the same page … children will continue to be murdered.
You don’t have to worry about yourself, and that is a big part of the problem.
Arm the teachers and America will become the first country to have “friendly fire casualties” in a school. Because if heavily trained soldiers kill each other by accident, what do you think is gonna happen when you send your child into a classroom that already has gun in there, on a person trained in math?
Dennis Chaquette, Keaau
Appreciate response to ‘Bikes on Rice’
I’m Jim Benkert, the event coordinator of Bikes on Rice. I am also a Lihue home owner.
I am thrilled at the response to our first Bikes on Rice event, and would like to welcome everyone to participate in our future rides on the second Tuesday of the month, starting at the Lihue Civic Center.
Our mission in the Bikes on Rice undertaking has several facets. It’s a great physical activity. Its also a great way to meet our neighbors and see the surrounding areas. It saves on fuel, and we all know how automobile congested Kauai has become, with no solution in sight.
One of our primary objectives with Bikes on Rice is to promote safe and enjoyable cycling in and around the Lihue core.
As an avid cyclist, it excites me to see the acceptance of the Kapaa coastal path as a true multi-use paved trail. Whether riding beach bikes, strollers, rollerblading, dog walking or just couples walking and enjoying the ocean scenery, its a true jewel in the crown for our island. When the path is completed I’m sure I’ll be biking to Kapaa instead of driving the highway gauntlet.
With the Bikes on Rice rides, we would like to encourage safe bicycle access to the thriving Rice Street business district. Our rides start and end at the Civic Center on Rice Street, but venture out onto many local streets and surrounding neighborhoods.
We are teaching our participants skills that will promote safe integration with automobile traffic. We search for the best places to access the busy areas. We train our leaders in cycling laws, safety and road-etiquette. We believe that with more awareness and expectation of all traffic; motorized vehicles, pedestrians and bikes, it will be a much safer environment.
As a Lihue resident, I would love to ride my bike downtown, maybe run a few errands, such as to the post office or shopping, then stop in for a bite to eat at one of our wonderful local restaurants.
We are thankful that our mission has been so well received and met with the aloha of Kauai and Lihue, and we thank the local people and businesses for making it possible. Come on out for our next easy ride and see what it’s all about!
Jim Benkert, Lihue