Letters for Saturday, September 24, 2011

• Save the monkey pod • Popular folk

song perpetuates violence • Test rocks, not humans

Nene’s deadliest foe • Kaua‘i

watchdogs out in full force • Kuhio Highway

safety

Save the monkey pod

I understand the postal system is considering removing the monkey pod tree at the Lihu‘e Post office because they are worried about the roots.

Please consider other alternatives to removing the old monkey pod tree at the Lihu‘e Post office. Our island is called the Garden Island in part because of our beautiful trees. It would be a real travesty to remove the old monkey pod tree by the Lihu‘e Post office.

There are ways that the root system can be prevented from invading the sidewalk or a building. This is also much cheaper than cutting down a beautiful old historic monkey pod tree. An arborist can assist with root problems.

When the county took over the round building complex in Lihu‘e they removed all the lovely trees in the parking lot. It made the buildings look barren and eliminated any shade that motorists had. Please do not remove the beautiful old monkey pod tree by the post office.

I am sure our local outdoor circle could assist you with the root problem. The president is Maureen Murphy, and she can be reached at momurphy@hawaiiantel.net.

Carol Ann Davis. Koloa

Popular folk song perpetuates violence

When observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, I’m reminded of the sometimes subtle influence of words in often-times familiar settings, such as a local popular folk song, “Manuelo Boy”.

After several stanzas in the song, comes the following, “Papa come home. See mama. Mama drinking oke.”

No mention of amount consumed, but that is irrelevant, anyway.

Then, “Papa burn up with mama. Give mama black eye.”

Not OK! Not pono!

My crusade is to substitute “stink eye” for the current “black eye”.

Copyrights should not perpetuate violence in this survivor’s eyes.

 

Alice Parker, Lihu‘e

Test rocks, not humans

Regarding the recent death of one worker and the critical injury of another while testing a zip line on the Big Island:

Wouldn’t it make sense to use a 250-300-pound weight, rather than a human, for at least the first round of tests on a new or complained about zip line?

And shouldn’t vendors routinely and frequently test both lines and towers, rather than waiting for a complaint?

These alternative practices would have limited the Big Island tower collapse to an expensive equipment failure, rather than a tragedy.

Suzan Kelsey Brooks, West Des Moines, Iowa

Nene’s deadliest foe

Regarding the preposterous notion of clipping the wings of all our nene and shipping them to the Big Island, all because they haven’t yet affected air traffic here, there’s another over-sight in this proposal.

Without the ability to fly, the nene face a deadly foe no one has mentioned; man. Locals hunt and eat what they catch. A pitbull can take down a goose on the run in less than a minute.

Does anyone think people aren’t going to mess with these animals that can no longer fly to safety?

Keep the nene here, leave them alone, honor their right to thrive. They are beautiful and harming no one.

Wendy Raebeck, Kapa‘a

Kaua‘i watchdogs out in full force

Mr. Janus is right on target with regard to his recent forum submission. We the People will persevere very shortly.

Another huge peeve that this writer is waiting for, is for one of our politicians to lose a family member on “death alley.”

Only then will this region be addressed and cane-haul road eminent domain to one-way travel be placed.

Kaua‘i watchdogs are out in full force and we will not sit idle until these demands are secured.

Debra Kekaualua, Kapa‘a

Kuhio Highway safety

Work on Kuhio Highway is continuing west toward Kipu Road and beyond.

It seems like this might be a good time to consider shortening the eastbound right-turn lane for Kipu Road, and use the roadway width to provide a center, two-way left-turn lane to ease access to/from Kaua‘i Humane Society in Puhi.

Ellis Brooks, Koloa

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