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• Recycle your cardboard • Activist
means active • America concert crowd lacked
concert manners • ‘Bum’ job on paving; no butts
Recycle your cardboard
I am writing to ask Kaua‘i residents to wake up and recycle your card board! Please! Stop being lazy! It is so easy to flatten the cardboard, set it in your car and drop it off at one of the local cardboard recycling bins.
I am shocked at the amount of cardboard that I see on the side of the road on trash night, a lot of it comes from Costco.
Our land fill is getting full, people! Our household of three has reduced our weekly trash to just one can. We recycle our mixed paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and we compost. It is not that hard.
Come on, Kaua‘i, you can do it!
Gladdys Barnett, Koloa
Activist means active
Mr. Antonson is off base in his definition of an “activist” as someone who is in the minority who seeks to educate others and is, in the process, arrogant.
An activist is someone willing to be active in support of their beliefs. A religious person is an activist when he sits on his church counsel. A crime victim advocate is an activist when she accompanies a survivor to court. A Democrat, Republican, Jehovah’s Witness or cancer survivor is an activist when each goes door to door, stuffs envelopes or provides witness for their party, their faith or their experience.
A person serving a free meal at a shelter, sorting clothes at a thrift or organizing a youth group is an activist for their faith or their ethics or simply their belief in a better future.
Even a person writing a letter to the editor about other people’s “activism” is an activist, expressing themselves in a public forum, using a right afforded them by the Constitution.
That’s not arrogance. That’s America.
Suzan Brooks, West Des Moines, Iowa
America concert crowd lacked concert manners
At this week’s America concert, I was appalled by how rude the audience was.
Throughout the entire concert, there was a cacophony of voices in conversation. It sounded like a jet engine running in the background.
It didn’t matter if the band members were talking or singing, the audience just kept talking. I actually heard other people exclaim “shut up!” to try to get people to quiet down, to no avail. It almost ruined the experience for me (and several of my friends).
Maybe I am old fashioned, but I was taught that when you go to a concert, you listen to the music, you don’t talk though it. After all, isn’t that why you go to a concert — to hear the music? It was sure hard to hear it last night.
Listen up Kaua‘i. If you want more headlining entertainment to come to our island (so we don’t have to pay a fortune to go to O‘ahu), we need to show some concert manners. We need to remember that we are not in our living rooms. No one wants to play at a venue where they feel unappreciated or ignored by the audience. No, loud clapping and shouts and whistles at the end does not make up for rude behavior during the concert.
Your consideration of others would be greatly appreciated. Mahalo.
Wendy Beckett, Kapa‘a
‘Bum’ job on paving; no butts about it
The paving that was done on Kaumuali‘i Highway between Kipu turn off and Puhi is really a bum job. While traveling in that area of Kaumuali‘i Highway, it is like riding in rough seas.
The paving is so bad that it throws the vehicle out of control to a small extent. It has some high spots that grabs and throws the steering off.
On another note, this just in from KHON2 five o’clock news: The fire in Koloa last week was not intentionally started.
Then the news reporter went on saying, “Just a reminder to smokers to make sure that your cigarettes are completely put out before getting rid of it.”
I don’t know if the reporter was suggesting throwing out the cigarette out the window onto the side of the shoulder of the road, but hello. Why not leave the butt in your vehicle’s ash tray — that’s the reason for ash tray — until you can discard it in a safe fire-proof disposal?
For those of you who couldn’t care less about flicking a lighted cigarette butt out the window of your vehicle: Just flick the cigarette butt onto your back seat or on your vehicle floor. This way, you can save us taxpayers money by not using emergency services for your senseless and stupid acts.
Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele
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