Letters for Wednesday, August 24, 2011

• Extend aloha to animals • Minority

viewpoint • Noisy but necessary • 

Put a little jingle in your pocket

Extend aloha to animals

Kittens thrown from truck at the tree tunnel and no one on Kaua‘i cares or is it apathy in general towards helpless, numerous homeless cats and dogs on our island? (“Humanitarian award,” Letters, Aug. 12)

We were waiting for someone else to write a letter but as of today not one person stepped up to the plate. Does anyone else feel the way we do or are they too caught up in their lives to care about a helpless animal.

There are too many incidents here of non-caring, abusive neglect of animals on the island we have come to love and appreciate.

Let’s extend some of our great aloha spirit to our four-legged friends. They feel pain as much as we do and they have a much shorter life.

Cece and Cliff Waeschle, Kilauea

Minority viewpoint

When Mr. Fred Dente had to take some of his own medicine, his feathers got quite ruffled (“Guilty as charged,” Letters, Aug. 15). Mr. Dente’s original letter contained an attack filled with baseless innuendo that was publicly annoying, which is why I chose to annoy him publicly.

I define “activist” as someone with a minority viewpoint who is convinced they know better than the rest of us. They often seek to “educate” the majority; but, find it hard to keep their contempt for us from showing. Since innuendo is so transparent, this can make their propaganda very annoying.  Fellow activists love the shared contempt and will give their compliments. Everyone else will be turned off by such petty disrespect. 

So activists, if you just want slaps on the back from your cheerleaders; then keep up the good work. If you actually want to make a difference; then stop being so annoying.

Pete Antonson, Kalaheo

Noisy but necessary

Mr. Mann’s eloquent letter (“Factually speaking,” July 10) revived memories of a close friend whose life was ruined by his addiction to marijuana highs.

Forty years ago, Jim, his wife and their six children were close friends and neighbors of our family on the unincorporated area of Palos Verdes Peninsula, So Cal.

Jim taught English as professor at a local Catholic college and also ran his own cement contracting business until he devolved into the non-medical use of “pot.”

One early Monday morning, Jim’s wife and their six children, ranging in age from 6 months to 9 years, were awakened to blaring sirens approaching their home. As dad/husband squealed into the driveway, two squad cars and officers approached and handcuffed Jim who had just ended his 104 mph race south on the Harbor Freeway.

You would agree this is not a good role model for impressionable young children. Subsequently, Jim lost his teaching job and his cement contractor business, his wife had to divorce him to be eligible for government aid for herself and their small children for food and shelter.

The family, having lost their comfortable tract house, moved to rustic Topanga Canyon. Many months later, we visited them to find Jim sitting on a log by the side of the cabin, mind still muddled by marijuana.

Not every pot smoker becomes addicted just as not all alcohol drinkers become alcoholics, but in my experience, marijuana usage is NOT benign.

Helicopters are very noisy, but how else can fields of marijuana be stirred up to be destroyed before innocent families are destroyed?

Alice Parker, Lihu‘e

 Put a little jingle in your pocket

America should model their monetary system after that of Japan. The Japanese do not print one dollar, two dollar or even 5 dollar bills, they have coins for those denominations. 

Most paper money gets beat up and used hard, and usually after one year in circulation needs to be replaced, while coins can last decades and over the lifetime of the currency it costs much less to produce coins than paper currency.

During these tough economic times it seems appropriate to start replacing many denominations of paper money with coins, after all, one dollar buys what a quarter bought a few years back.

The federal government would be wise to adopt a system of a two dollar and five dollar coin, we already  have the one dollar coin, it just needs to be promoted.

In the long run adopting a system of  coin denominations will  save the taxpayer millions of dollars, however, when was the last time the  government  was ever concerned about saving the taxpayer?

 

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapa‘a

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