Letters for Monday • May 22, 2006

• Likes photovoltaic systems

• Princeville people not that bad

• Let’s open the dialogue

• Teach your children well

Likes photovoltaic systems

Kaua‘i’s ohana could cut their electric bill either partially or, ideally, completely. We purchased a small, simple, doesn’t-take-a-rocket-scientist-to-install-or-maintain $4,000 photovoltaic system from the Big Island, which allows adequate power for need and finally total self-sufficiency on land lacking infrastructure.

KIUC offers only solar hot water systems we found while researching the options and in this case, we use a Paloma water heater purchased online for under $400 (heat as you use), which at the very least cuts propane usage and cost.

Kaua‘i could be much more self-sufficient, but too many of us are struggling to maintain our vanishing lifestyle, far too busy and lacking the funds for a greater system. Potentially this starter system is open to increasing its capacity by adding panels and batteries.

Of note, it is a conceivable practice in other localities that these systems can even be hooked up to sell power back to an entity such as KIUC getting a check mailed from them to you every month (for real).

Although again, KIUC doesn’t yet offer that option should this level of system ever be installed anywhere on Kaua‘i.

It should be that profit sharing KIUC should buy these systems in bulk and using other resource entities — grant writers, government, banking — coordinate efforts towards installing individual homes, plantations, farms, condo/hotel/hospitals with them. On Kauai developing a plan for that purpose, then ordering, installing, and financing loan options through KIUC over the course of six years might work. Or develop other potentially helpful options to complete the idea. If you pay a $200 electric bill per month and secure a $20,000 system, it’s paid for in six years and equals free power thereafter minus easily done general preventive maintenance.

  • Kepola Kekaualua

Princeville people not that bad

Mr. Stan Godes’ May 16 letter calls for give and take discourse while coming to the obvious conclusion that what is needed is moderation in development, and affordable local housing, something that hundreds of writers have been advocating for years in The Garden Island.

On the way to that conclusion he insults the thousands of people who live and work in Princeville, essentially saying that we have no right to complain about the rampant development, traffic and other problems because we live in Princeville, a development that has been around for over 30 years, and there are no traffic lights here, either.

Guess what, Mr. Godes, a great many people who live here are not rich haoles, but hard-working people of all ethnic groups who were smart or lucky enough around 10 years ago to purchase land, a house or a condominium while the prices were still affordable. Most of us could not afford to purchase our own homes today at current prices and hopefully will not be taxed out of them.

But wait!

Our taxes are currently held at a lower level primary due to the efforts and impact on the Council of The Ohana Group, whose founding father lives in Princeville. Good thing you allowed him to express his opinions.

How many island longevity stripes does a person have to have before he can righteously complain about traffic or development? We also have to drive to Lihue to visit doctors, shop and take care of other business and are subject to the same traffic problems as everyone else and as far as I know. No law requires people with under 30 years of island time to remain silent about island problems. Your prejudicial way of judging people by the length of time they have lived here or where they live does not account for the contributions that short-term residents have made. We have had many new doctors, teachers and other professional people move here and enhance the living conditions on the island. Many of my Princeville acquaintances do volunteer work for various charitable organizations, do uncompensated work on neighborhood boards and contribute to the betterment of the island, maybe more so than others who have lived here all their lives.

Princeville residents are subject to the same rampant development based on archaic zoning as everyone else on the island. They have a right to express their opinions on the state of the island, and are no more deserving of your insulting commentary than anyone else who lives and loves Kaua’i

  • Tommy Thompson

Let’s open the dialogue

This is a response to a letter dated May 15, titled “When biologists speak on economics.” The author, a highly esteemed custom home builder on Kauai, writes a letter criticizing the presentation given by Kauai Biologist Dr. Adam Asquith last week at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. The letter writer briefly speaks directly to Asqueth’s presentation by vaguely citing the U.S. Energy Information Administration as saying essentially that “we’ve got plenty of oil.”

Wow, I feel better already.

Maybe you fit into that group of people who believe that the core of the Earth is like a cream-filled donut, and all we gotta do is wait 10 minutes and more oil filling will just start to spurt out.

Have you done any more research, or are you simply unwilling to consider the possibility that you may have to change your ways?

Let’s open up this dialogue, whaddya say?

I believe this is a very important conversation here on Kauai, and I am unwilling to dismiss it as easily as you. Let’s all do a little more homework, shall we?

  • Ben Sullivan
    Apollo Kauai

Teach your children well

Kids shouldn’t be without supervision at public places.

A few weeks ago I went to the public library in Lihue. I noticed children running in and out of the library. They also were playing on the public phone, climbing trees and racing each other across the street.

There is a security guard and a librarian there; they can only do so much to control these children.

If the child gets hurt or injured on the premises, it’s sad that someone will be held responsible. (Most likely it will be the state or private owners).

  • Howard Toube

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