Letters for Monday, June 23, 2008

• Solar heaters still costly

• Winners Camp a success


Solar heaters still costly

In Friday’s edition of The Garden Island, there was an article titled “Solar water heater bill under review.”

The price to install one is anywhere between $5,000 and up with a monthly payment of $130 per month.

My question is, if anyone is like me scraping pennies anywhere we can and absolutely can not afford another monthly bill/loan. What will happen to us … are we going to be fined a ridiculous fee?

I need to mention that KIUC has an excellent subsidy program and I did apply once for it.

However, even with their subsidy I still cannot afford the monthly payments.

So with that, will this new bill if it becomes law … will it help us with government assistance to get one (solar heater system) installed for free or dirt cheap?

Howard Tolbe

‘Ele‘ele


Winners Camp a success

As past Chief of the State’s Child and Adolescence Mental Health Department reported, Winners Camp was successful in improving self esteem, reducing depression and teaching leadership skills to the teens in the program serviced.

Never, as a psychiatrist or as a volunteer with community organizations have I witnessed such remarkable transformations.

Students learned that they have new options when confronted by the realities of peer pressure and to instead make more productive choices.

I heartily endorse this type of primary prevention program as a critical step in stopping the deterioration of family life and community that is presently threatening so many families and youths in Hawai’i.

Dr. Neal Mazer

Honolulu

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