Letters for Saturday — October 29, 2005

• Queen’s Bath should not be promoted

• Mahalo for bridge

• Were ‘doomsayers’ surprised?• “Moa Hunter” is appreciate

• Probability Law?

Queen’s Bath should not be promoted

On Thursday, Oct. 13, another life was lost in a drowning incident at Queen’s Bath in Princeville. Sadly, this has become an almost annual occurrence there. Many Kaua’i guidebooks and activity desks promote Queen’s Bath as a “must see” destination, and tragically, too many visitors, unaware of the power of the waves crashing on the lava rocks, are led there to their demise.

My family and I live nearby and have seen tourists blissfully taking their small children with floaties on down the trail to Queen’s Bath during high winter surf. We have warned countless people of the dangers there.

I strongly request those who promote Queen’s Bath as a tourist destination to reconsider their actions, and that the county council look into the high incidence of drownings, and at the very least close county access to Queen’s Bath during the winter months. The cost has been too high. Let’s try to prevent any further tragedy.

  • Joe Marvin

Mahalo for bridge

Mahalos, Mr. Mayor, for the new ‘Olohena bridge and freshly paved roadway! It was well worth the wait and cost.

Please continue to exercise your wisdom, courage and stamina by staying the course on the bike path and not being deterred by the nattering nabobs of negativity.

  • Jim Jung
    Wailua Homesteads

Were ‘doomsayers’ surprised?

Attention: Mayor and honorable members of the county council

Remember when you were opposing the Ohana Kaua’i Tax Initiative? You were all the doomsayers of how the bond rating of the county would be destroyed if the measure passed. Well, were you surprised to read the headline of The Garden Island indicating that the bond rating of the county has been raised, contrary to your doom and gloom predictions? I am certain that the bond raters know the results of the vote in support of Ohana Kaua’i. The vote didn’t stop the favorable rating.

What do you now have to say? Can I count on seeing your comments in print? And isn’t it time to start being truthful to the voters?

  • Monroe Richman

“Moa Hunter” is appreciated

It is important to recognize and appreciate the bravery of our fellow citizens. We have a very courageous individual living among us. The “Kapa’a Moa Hunter” risks his life daily to protect us from our island terrorists, the chickens. Who knows what our lives would be like without his heroism?

Let us all extend our appreciation to the “Kapa’a Moa Hunter”.

  • Eric Voorhies

Probability Law?

Dr. Saker should stick to what he knows. Let’s talk about probability. As an example the probability that a particular grade school child will be squashed beneath a lumbering high school math teacher at precisely 12:24 p.m on a particular Thursday in 2004 on the Island of Kaua’i is zero. And yet the event occurred. I ought to know, I am the squasher. It was an accident, yet it happened. There was no intelligent design.

The child lived to tell the impossible tale and to this day when she passes me at school she looks up at me with her beautiful brown eyes and says, “You squashed me.” I don’t need Sirs or Drs. to tell me otherwise. A particular event has zero probability BEFORE it takes place. After the event occurs, its probability is 1, i.e. a certain event. All of us can talk story about the improbable.

To ascribe a series of events to God is a matter of faith which we are all allowed to believe however we choose. I chose to believe in God. Yet I also believe that God gave us Darwin to show us how it might have happened. If I need a tooth pulled, I might go to Dr. Saker. If I want a good scientific explanation of how things came about, I might read Darwin. But please don’t go to Dr. Saker for an explanation of the law of probability.

  • Paul Kelley

Knows who to put his faith in

In Saturday’s Forum, Biff Whiting did not exactly say God did not exist; but, he certainly implied it. What he directly said was that if God exists, God could not be interested in human kind.

Anyone making such a call as this, when asked, would probably say that they were not religious and “simply do not believe in that stuff.” However, this writer is very religious. He believes (and has put his faith in) in the Religion of Biff. Unlike the world’s other principle religions, which, over centuries, have been analyzed and affirmed by some of the finest minds of their time, the Religion of Biff is based on Biff’s own critical thinking skills (or the lack thereof).

I don’t know about you; but, when it comes right down to it, given the certainty of mortality, I know who I will put my faith in, and I also know in whom I won’t.

  • Pete Antonson

Bike path is safer alternative

My hope is that the article about the bicyclist that was killed along Kuhio Highway will make the opponents of the proposed bicycle path rethink their positions. Riding along much of the highways is just not safe, in particular that stretch from Wailua to Kealia. Without the proposed bicycle path, those people who cannot afford a car risk their lives and those who can afford a car won’t consider bicycling. With the bicycle path available people will be able to leave their cars at home (thus improving the traffic situation) and those without cars will be able to travel safely. Let’s get going on the bicycle path before someone else is seriously hurt or killed.

  • Alan Warwick
    Bellevue, Wash

What about wind?

In response to Senator Robert Bunda’s “Viewpoint” (The Garden Island, 10/24/05), I agree we need alternate sources of energy, other than oil and gas for Kaua’i. It has long puzzled me why the islands do not use a constant and free resource: “wind”. Wind turbines are free (after initial construction costs), cause no environmental damage and are rather a pleasant sight (a la Christo).

Nuclear energy built by U.S. utilities is safe, non-polluting and environmentally friendly. A small Navy ship type reactor power plant located underground on Mt. Wai’ale’ale would be ideal.

Solar energy is another option. Once solar cell power plants or individual solar panels are constructed, the electricity is free. The plants are harmless to the environment. All new industrial and residential construction could be mandated to include solar cell panels to supply their own power with any excess going to the grid.

  • J. Franklin Mondt
    Professional Mechanical Engineer

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