Letters for Saturday, October 15, 2011

From Wall Street to Kaua‘i’s streets

I know there is a showing up in front of Kapa‘a’s Safeway Saturday morning, in support for the Occupy Wall Street in New York.

Since I am part of the 99 percent of people who are not part of wealthy 1 percent that have so much power, I have to work and can’t participate, so I am writing.

We do need to get lobbyist out of government, have the Wall Street wealthy 1 percent pay their share of taxes without gross loopholes — while the remaining 99 percent of folks work making Wall Street possible; without the worker bees there is no honey — and repeal the Supreme Court decision to let corporations donate unlimited to campaigns, buying influence.

Maybe we could have The Jobs Bill become a reality. Could you imagine a government not influenced by the billion dollar corporate/lobbyist and only influenced by the people?

That would be the Kaua‘i way, true aloha, people helping people and not worrying about the greed. What a concept.

Desiree Hoover, Kilauea

County manager is the solution

For all you good citizens who regularly, intermittently or seldom watch our local government access program on Ho‘ike, I am sure there is a lot of puzzlement over what has happened to this telecast.

 For a $4 million overhaul of our Historic County Building we were to receive a new, better video and audio system for public viewing and public participation as part of the project.

A look at the new system will show it to be a complete disaster as the color, sound and clarity are horrendous.

Was this just another example or our government’s “ready, fire, aim” process? One look at the finished product will give you the answer!

Bill “B.C.” Charles and Ho‘ike director Jay Robertson have done an outstanding job of bringing televised meetings of the council, the Planning Commission, and the Police Commission to the public so, as the saying goes, “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.”

Could our old system have been improved? Certainly, But to take such a radical step as removing the existing system — and doing away with BC — which was basically good is ridiculous.

 Will this new system be improved? Probably, but the fact remains that someone in authority should have thoroughly tested this system to make sure it worked before putting a flawed product before the public.

 But just like the dredging of Morgan’s Ponds at Lydgate Park, instead of taking a core sample in the pond to see how deep the sand base was, we dredge it and find nothing but mud under the sand; and now have probably ruined one of the finest swimming, snorkeling areas on Kaua‘i.

Spending thousands of dollars on finding a new site for our landfill we are given information that it should be put in one of the finest agricultural coffee operations on Kaua‘i!! And as of today no new definitive site has been found.

We cost the tax payers $500,000 to put a drug rehab center by our Salt Pond where as the Hanapepe community said absolutely no — but the $500,000 were already spent because someone cannot look at the big picture before pushing the go button.

 When will we ever learn from past mistakes and show serious pro activity before proceeding? When will we ever get proper leadership in our government? An experienced county manager sure sounds better.

Glenn Mickens, Kapa‘a

Loco Moco

Hawai‘i is famous for its plate lunches. Plate lunches are served at many restaurants and food trucks. Plate lunches usually come with rice, or chow mein, macaroni salad, kimchi, or green salad and a Sumo wrestler portion of an array of entrees inclusive of but not limited to shoyu chicken, shoyu pork, curried stews, steak and hundreds of other mouth watering entrees.

One of the most popular comfort plate lunches is a dish called a Loco Moco, mountainous meal consisting of a heap of white rice topped with one or two hamburger patties and topped with one or two sunny-side-up eggs, and then smothered in gravy.

This dish is popular anytime of the day and is a candidate for the Cholesterol Hall of Fame. As you eat, break the egg, then blend the burger, egg, rice, and gravy on your fork or chopsticks for each bite for a real taste of paradise.

There are many who claim to have invented the Loco Moco, however it is generally agreed that around 1949, either the Lincoln Grill or the Cafe 100 (both in Hilo, Big Island) created the first mouth watering plate dish of Loco Moco.

According to the locals, the dish was invented for teenagers who wanted something different from typical American sandwiches and less time-consuming than Asian food.

The nickname of the first boy to consume this concoction was Loco (”crazy” in Spanish language). Moco rhymed with loco and sounded great, therefore history was made and Loco Moco became the name of the dish.

Loco Moco is also famous for takeout along with many other scrumptious plate lunch choices.

With all this said I still find it ironic that every time I order a plate lunch to-go, because of my looks the servers give me a fork and to my Asian friends they give chopsticks. This used to bother me because I am avid user of chopsticks and believe food tastes better when using wood chopsticks rather than plastic forks.

Normally I would correct the server and ask for chopsticks however when I order a Loco Moco a fork, spoon and preferably a shovel would be most practical.

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapa‘a

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