Letters for Thursday, June 7, 2007

• Other schools have problems with yearbooks

• Right on, students

• Kaua‘i libraries are open some evenings

• Willing to wait for a roundabout

• Click it or ticket

Other schools have problems with yearbooks

A great and refreshing letter from Tailee Brun on June 6.

Tailee, it is a travesty of justice that you and the other Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School students were denied their yearbooks because of “mistakes” in them. One of them was my great-granddaughter, and I know she must feel just as bad as you do.

Who was responsible for the “mistakes?” Was it the printer, who printed the yearbooks? If so, they should be reprinted and distributed to the students at the printer’s cost. Was it the school staff who prepared the data for the printer? If so, those who were delinquent in their responsibilities should admit it, re-prepare the data correctly and the yearbooks should be printed and distributed to the students. That would be an expensive lesson, but one not soon forgotten, I am sure.

Apparently, Kaua‘i High School is also having problems with their yearbooks. One of my granddaughters, a student there, received her yearbook, only to find that not only was her name incorrectly spelled on the cover, but also spelled differently on the inside under her photo, but also incorrectly! Not easy to do!

The following day, I happened to accompany her mother who needed to pick up a document from KHS. While there, she encountered the man in charge of the yearbooks and she asked him about these errors. His answer was that all the information came directly from the Registrar’s Office. She showed him the document she had just picked up from the Registrar’s Office which had the student’s name spelled correctly on it. His reply, then, was that the information was not proofread.

How many more errors have been found in the KHS yearbooks? Are they being recorded and tallied? The result of such a tally might be very interesting.

The message seemingly sent to our students is that, although the school staffs require that homework turned in be as correct as possible (i.e. proofread for errors), that requirement is a one-way street.

Should not these yearbooks, which are mementos cherished for many years by students and their families and paid for months in advance considered important enough by the school staffs that the same care in preparation should be taken by them ?

Let us hear from you, students, families and friends on this!

Nisbe Belmes


Right on, students

I would like to commend the students at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School for taking a stand in response to the yearbook fiasco. According to a letter to the editor from one student, some of the young people are refusing to wear their uniforms to school in protest. I think this is wonderful — it gives me great hope when I see the next generation practicing active citizenship and standing up for its beliefs.

We all know how frightening it can be to stand up for what’s right when you’re all alone doing it, but doesn’t it feel great when others join you? Now, that’s people power! Right on, students!

Katy Rose


Kaua‘i libraries are open some evenings

I would like to correct an error in the 6/5/07 letter from Jason Blake.

Mr. Blake is mistaken about Kaua‘i libraries’ hours. Please let The Garden Island readers know that their Kaua‘i libraries are open in the evenings from Monday to Thursday.

While libraries also provide daytime hours for parents of toddlers or youngsters, school visits, after school studying, job seekers, and those seniors who prefer not to drive at night, Kaua‘i librarians and staff work together to coordinate evening hours around the island so that at least one library is open each evening.

In fact, on Wednesdays, four out of the six libraries around the island are open either to 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. And Lihu’e Public Library is open two nights per week until 7 p.m. Please visit www.librarieshawaii.org and click on the “Hours” link to view current schedules for Kaua‘i’s libraries.

In addition, I would like to recognize Mr. Blake’s concern about the lack of weekend hours on Kaua‘i. At this time, Princeville Public Library is open all day on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, state librarian Jo Ann Schindler is working to restore Saturday hours across the state (including on Kaua‘i) that were lost in 2003 due to funding cuts and staff shortages.

Recruitment has been ongoing for library staff and I would like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone interested in working in the library system to apply. You may visit www.librarieshawaii.org to apply online right now. Click on “Job Opportunities” which we lead you to the state application. The deadline for applications for library assistants is July 2.

Lani T. Kawahara

Branch Manager

Kapa‘a Public Library

Willing to wait for a roundabout

In response to the June 6, letter “Five months for a roundabout?”

I drive to Po‘ipu every day for work and don’t care if it’s a five-month project. As with all other road-related projects here on our beautiful island — they take forever to complete. Once it is done, the intersection will be much improved and finally will have its much-needed paving.

And about that detour, a whole whopping extra 2 1/2 minutes, oh boy! Shut up with the complaints. With all the development going on down in Po‘ipu if this detour bothers you — you might not want to be around for the next 10 years when the real inconvenient, problematic, tiresome projects begin.

Tyson Moises


Click it or ticket

The national and state campaign of “Click it or Ticket” is strictly implemented for financial reasons. They say they enforce it to help save lives.

Seatbelts have actually taken lives many times, trapping people in their cars and not being able to escape.

I used to live on O‘ahu and now live on the beautiful Garden Island of Kaua‘i.

Bus is my primary means of transportation on O‘ahu or Kaua‘i. The only person ever wearing a seatbelt on the bus is the driver.

Why is “Click it or ticket” not enforced on buses? Because most people on the bus are not carrying drivers’ licenses and it would be too time-consuming to issue tickets.

Let’s face it, Hawai‘i and the nation is over-populated, do you really think our government is trying to save our lives or just trying to make a buck?

The campaign should read: “Don’t click it, we want your money.”

James “Kimo” Rosen



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