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• Let’s be sensitive to the Japanese • Conserving energy is the
answer • Do we exist? • I like chickens • The truth about chickens
Let’s be sensitive to the Japanese
Well, I’m sitting in a hotel in Nagoya, Japan after touring Japan for the past two weeks.
I got very close to the disaster and have seen first hand the response, integrity, honor and goodness of the people here in the midst of perhaps the greatest tragedy to strike this wonderful country since World War II.
Then I read a letter (Reciprocate compassion, March 17) by a person named Jason Nichols. The disgust and anger I feel at his insensitive, misunderstood, and egregious comments concerning Japan is boiling over.
I have seen a society that has rallied in honor to help their fellow man on levels not experienced in my lifetime in any other country on earth where there’s been a comparable disaster. I can’t think of one country that’s experienced even half of the pain being experienced here where looting, shooting, stealing, raping and countless atrocities didn’t occur.
Katrina and the United States are a primary example of what’s wrong with America and most of the rest of the world.
Here in Japan there is no looting, stealing, or harsh and selfish behavior on the part of the Japanese people whatsoever! I spoke to audiences of hundreds of people giving them my offer of support and watched tears flow in audiences hundreds of miles from the disaster out of concern for their Japanese brothers and sisters.
Japan is showing the world by their example what it really means to be human, honorable, and unselfish. Then along comes an obviously ignorant and clueless dolt who decides it’s good timing to chastise them for killing a few whales, blah, blah.
Such an “it’s all about me”, pompous, and degrading lack of sensitivity is what’s wrong with so many members of our spoiled society today.
Gordon Oswald, Kapa‘a
Conserving energy is the answer
Nuclear power is unsafe and not worth the gamble. Just look at what is happening in Japan right now. Chernobyl and Three Mile Island are other examples that nuclear power is just too dangerous.
Dependence upon fossil fuels is not the answer either. Coal is too dirty, the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract natural gas is not worth the pollution to the environment and oil just means more wars, rising costs and damage to our natural resources (The Gulf, Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska).
We need to focus on renewable resources (wind, solar, etc.) that are clean and safe.
More importantly, we need to have a major change of lifestyle whereby we conserve more and consume less so we leave our children a deserved clean world to live in.
Reusing and recycling more, but most importantly, consuming less (we don’t need most of what we consume) is the answer. By consuming less, we will discover we didn’t really need that much anyway. Who needs to keep all those lights and appliances on? Who needs all those lights, appliances and electronic gadgets anyway?
Also, by conserving more, we won’t need as much power which translates to less power plants needed.
People who are argue that focusing on conserving and renewable resources isn’t enough, forget that if we demand less, we need less.
We can’t keep on living at such a high consumption rate.
It isn’t fair to the future generations.
Gary Saylin, Davis, Calif.
Do we exist?
I flew airplanes for almost 40 years. My recollection is that Hawai‘i is located between Japan and the West Coast of the United States.
Watching the news (the large Networks) there is not a word mentioning Hawai‘i and the prevailing winds, but the West Coast is.
One should almost believe that there are no Islands in the Pacific that happen to be a State of the Union also.
But we know, don’t we?
Fred F. Deckwitz, Kapa‘a
I like chickens
This frequent visitor to Kaua‘i likes your wild chickens. In my opinion, it is part of the scenery and part of Kauai‘s charm.
Jeff Broussard, Austin, Texas
The truth about chickens and dogs
It doesn’t make a difference if it is a tourist or a local who complains about too many chickens.
It doesn’t really matter if they are totally accurate or stretching their opinion and considered rude by others.
Bottom line: Are there too many chickens on Kaua‘i? Do we require so many?
All other arguments about who has the right to complain and if they are being nice in the way they do it, is pointless.
The discussion should be on weather we should fix the situation and if so, how.
And lets finally decide if we need a workable dog barking law also. I for one, want less chickens and quieter dogs. Thank you.
Scotty Shapiro, Kalaheo
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