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• Automated trash pickup is noisy
• Crash, not courtesy caused traffic jam
• May the best wave win • Be
mindful of seabirds’ vulnerability • Barnyard
Automated trash pickup is noisy
When the automated trash system is in full service, a lot of us will probably be cut short in our sleep. The automated system will be noisy on pickup at early morning hours (three different days a week for green waste the first day, trash the second day, and recyclables the third day, not exactly in this order).
Twice (in Nanakuli at a newer subdivision and in Kane‘ohe) while visiting on O‘ahu the automated trash service came at early morning hours. For a good half hour to 45 minutes all one could hear was the truck arm and engine along with the barrels being lifted, emptied and loudly placed back down on the curbside of the street fronting the houses.
Do we really want this type of service (automated trash pickup) or keep our present service? Me, I choose the present trash service which is quiet. I need to have my rest uninterrupted until my body and mind tell me to wake up.
Keep it quiet… please.
Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele
Crash, not courtesy caused traffic jam
Thankfully we don’t allow uninformed tourists to manage our traffic problems (“Solving traffic bottlenecks,” Letters, Sept. 19).
I too was caught in the tie up but probably 40 minutes before the tourist who blamed traffic turning left off Kipu Road (incorrectly identified as Hulemalu Road).
What actually caused the mess was a four car pile-up in front of the Humane Society. Had he been there earlier he would have seen numerous police, fire, and ambulance vehicles rushing to the scene. The three police cars were probably the last of the vehicles to leave the site.
Hal Goldberg, Kalaheo
May the best wave win
Politicians in Hawai‘i campaign by waving signs displaying their names. Whatever happened to making speeches and having organized rallies?
It is an embarrassment to watch our local wannabe politicians “campaign.” They believe campaigning means to wave to oncoming traffic.
Nonetheless it is still fun to watch these mortals wave at everyone. With no comedy clubs on Kaua‘i this is how one may get entertained.
You can gather a lot by the way politicians hand wave. For instance, the shaka wave means they think they are awesome (usually they are the only ones that think they are so awesome).
The washing the window wave is associated with beauty pageants and parades (most people possessing this wave believe they are gorgeous).
I do not read what a candidate’s positions are since most of what they say are un-truths and make promises they never keep.
Therefore before entering the voting booth, I always ask myself, how does that candidate wave? There are as many variety of waves as there are politicians, however, as long as they have not given me the one-finger hand wave, I will considering voting for them.
The peace sign wave is my favorite and hardly ever used by candidates. When it is, that’s my vote.
James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapa‘a
Be mindful of seabirds’ vulnerability
Last Tuesday my wife found six dead birds on the beach near Ha‘ena Point. They were wedge-tailed shearwaters, or ua‘u kani.
I took pictures and sent them to the humane society and to the group Save Our Shearwaters. I don’t know what killed them but they had puncture marks on their bodies and were tossed indiscriminately around the beach.
These birds nest in burrows making them easy targets for predators. They lay one egg a year and each pair was likely still feeding their chick. They leave the nest before sunrise and return after sunset with food for their offspring. It seems likely that a roaming dog or dogs, with or without their owners knowledge, found the nests and killed the birds.
Finding the mangled carcasses of these beautiful birds is very disturbing. I hope people will be more aware of the vulnerability of these birds and work to protect them.
Bob Downs, Ha‘ena
Our family just returned from a second visit to Kaua‘i and it appears the chicken population is greater than the number of residents, visitors and political signs. The birds were initially cute but now are bothersome and every park and restaurant is their bathroom.
No one can give an accurate count on the feral chickens that I have researched. Before Kaua‘i is renamed the Barnyard Isle I suggest some more aggressive measures be utilized.
This tourist will be returning to Hawai‘i but not to Kaua‘i!
Mark Kirschenmann, Yakima, Wash.
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