Letters for Saturday, August 6, 2011

• Yes, yes, yes • Mahalo officer Ozaki

Stay united and focused • Send

me the bill • On electric and hybrid


Yes, yes, yes

Mr. Rosen, it’s all in how you look at it.

We are saying yes.

Yes to a superferry-free Kaua‘i. Yes to a drug treatment center-free Lihu‘e. Yes to a peaceful go cart race-free Kapahi. Yes to peace without amphitheaters in Kilauea. Yes to uphold the zoning laws and preventing vacation rentals from operating on ag land. Yes to football-free Fridays. Yes to driving without being distracted on your cell phone. Yes to trying to prevent ignorant tourist from killing themselves by visiting out-of-the-way spots that they know nothing about. Yes to having a plastic-bag-free environment. Yes to seatbelts. Yes to a lottery-free Hawai‘i. Yes to outdated and just plain dumb marijuana laws. And yes to dog-free zones.

Its all in how you look at it.

I guess you can find negativity where you look for it.


Robert Reynolds, Lihu‘e

Mahalo officer Ozaki

What a blessing to see one of KPD’s finest, officer Ozaki, SRO at Waimea High School, with clippers and machete in hand taking down the brush and brambles on the infamous path between Waimea Big Save and the High School on the morning of Aug. 5.

Three men from the neighborhood noticed his efforts and came out to help on the spur of the moment, bringing in a truck to take out the loads of debris.

Numerous stashes of alcohol bottles left by errant youth were recovered.

I wish to thank officer Ozaki and commend him for his intrepid style of police work. He leads by example!

Rev. Dr. Olaf Hoeckmann-Percival, Waimea

Stay united and focused

Now is not the time for recriminations against Tea Party-backed members of Congress who voted in the end for the debt deal. This is not the time to start fighting amongst ourselves. Nothing could make the Left happier than to see a splintering of the Tea Party movement.

We have to agree that, no matter how disappointed we are with the final deal — and I am — that final vote was something on which honest conservatives could disagree.

The President used his bully pulpit to argue that the Tea Party was leading the nation to Armageddon, and the compliant media acted as a thousand megaphones for that line. It is understandable that some Tea Party conservatives thought this would not help the Tea Party’s standing with the public.

There have been good and bad actors on both sides of the debt ceiling debate.

Let’s leave the recriminations to the liberals and stay united and focused on achieving the real spending cuts that Congress promised and electing a President and Congress to support, rather than fight, a balanced budget amendment and other limited government principles.

That is what we should be concentrating on, starting today.

Richard A. Viguerie, Manassas, Va.

Send me the bill

To Mr. William Petersen.

As a frequent vacationer on Kaua‘i, I read your letter about the theft of your father’s bicycle with sadness.

To show respect for your father and his sacrifice and those like him, please go buy him a replacement bicycle and send me a note with the price and your address and I will send you a check to pay for it.

Jeff Broussard, Austin, Texas

On electric and hybrid cars

Quote from AAA newsletter regarding electric cars: “If you purchase one of these cars, you won’t have to buy any gasoline or, with the Volt, not as much of it. The Leaf, a pure electric vehicle, can go at least 73 miles between charges and uses about $2.75 worth of electricity to travel that distance, at the nationwide average of 11 cents per kilowatt-hour. A conventional car rated at 25 mpg would use $8.76 worth of gasoline at $3 a gallon to travel the same distance.”

That’s mainland!

I did the math and found I pay $.47 per kilowatt-hour including all the surcharges and fees. So I would pay $11.74 for the above 73 miles. This means the electric vehicle would cost $.16 per mile to operate on Kaua‘i.

My hybrid (Honda Insight) is getting 51.4 miles per gallon, and gas is $4 per gallon the hybrid is costing $.07 per mile.

Of course the pick-up which gets 15 mpg is costing us $.26 per mile.

There is definitely a market for hybrid or electric pick-ups.

On another note, the Bus charges $2 per trip. Ten miles Kapa‘a to Puhi to go to college is $.20 per mile. Those who travel half-fare pay only $.10 per mile and those who buy a monthly pass and travel round-trip 20 days a month are paying $.06 per mile. If you travel farther the savings are greater. You do the math.

Patty Kaliher, Kapa‘a


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