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• Radioactive junk heading to Hawai‘i • County setting up Waimea
for big flood • A few things to ponder • Regarding the ranching
history of Kaua‘i • Support local business, mayor
Radioactive junk heading to Hawai‘i
Bad news, Kaua‘i. There is a 20 million ton pile of junk headed your way.
That triple disaster in Japan isn’t over yet. It’s bad enough that all the garbage that washed out to sea from the tsunami is floating toward you in slow motion.
What they are not reporting is that those nuclear power plants are still not contained and radioactivity is seeping into the ocean.
Soon enough, it won’t be safe to fish or swim in the ocean. While it might look like the aftermath of a hurricane, there will be an invisible danger that will be impossible to clean up or avoid.
It’s very possible that the entire state of Hawai‘i will need to be evacuated. Sorry about that.
Michael Taylor, Las Vegas, Nev.
County setting up Waimea for big flood
How big is the flood going to be this year? I hope the county has a plan for the mountain of sand that they built in front of the Waimea River Mouth, because it looks like the county is setting us up for a big flood in Waimea.
Instead of digging open the mouth along the rocks on the Russian Fort side, where the water wants to naturally open up, they dig open right in the middle where all the waves constantly push up the sand to close the mouth.
Now they going have to dig open the mouth everyday leaving more piles of sand on the beach.
Three years ago the county did the same thing at the mouth, leaving huge piles of sand along the entire beach, as a result that year’s flood was 5 feet over the road at the Menehune Ditch before the water could break through.
If the sand pile is still there when we get the first big rain, how is the water supposed to escape?
I think we should start taking bets on how big the flood is going be. My guess is 20 feet.
Kimo Kimokeo, Waimea
A few things to ponder
If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years hard labor. If you cross the Iranian border illegally, you are detained indefinitely. If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot. If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally, you will be jailed. If you cross the Chinese border illegally, you may never be heard from again. If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally, you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed. If you cross the Cuban border illegally, you will be thrown into political prison to rot.
If you cross the U.S. border illegally, you get: a job, a driver’s license, Social Security card, welfare, food stamps, credit cards, subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house, free education, free healthcare, a lobbyist in Washington, billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language, the right to carry your country’s flag while you protest that you don’t get enough respect, and, in many instances, you can vote.
I just wanted to make sure I had a firm grasp on the situation. May God continue to bless our beloved and most generous United States of America. Praise the Lord forever.
McWarren J. Mehau, Mountain View
Regarding the ranching history of Kaua‘i
My uncle, Doc “Jonny” Johnston, ran the Princeville Ranch from 1968 to 1978, I believe. He was also the state veterinarian for the county of Kaua‘i. My dad, Ray, came in 1971 to do the books for the ranch (Tumble T in Colo.) and take care of Grandma “Gertie.” I followed in 1982.
Doc is responsible for cross breeding the black Angus with the Brahma, because the Brahma’s handle wetter weather and the Angus has better meat. I’m a little sketchy on the feedlot story, but I think he started feedlots because he had 6,000 head for an island of 20,000 people. I’m sure some of you older cowboys can set me straight on that one.
My favorite Doc story is the time he had to go get fluid from the eyes of Bill Mowery’s buffalos to test for TB, in the rain and mud. Doc wasn’t too happy!
Doc died in 1996 of liver/kidney failure, and auntie Jeanne followed in 1998 of throat cancer. Doc’s son Joe died on the Big Island in 2003, leaving a wife, Debbie, who moved back to Kaua‘i after he died. Doc’s other son, Jon, is on the Mainland, possibly El Cajon. Ray, my dad, died in 1999, and Gertie rests at St. Catherine’s Kealia Cemetery.
David L. Webster, Kapa‘a
Support local business, mayor
I find it ironic that our mayor, Bernard P. Carvalho Jr., has enough money in his budget to thank Kauaians for their support on the occasion of his 50th birthday celebration by taking out a half-page ad in the Oct. 12 “Midweek” magazine, a Honolulu publication that seems to give him plenty of free publicity.
Yet, he doesn’t have enough money in the budget to thank Kauaians with an ad in The Garden Island newspaper — his own community newspaper! Am I just naive in thinking that Mr. Carvalho, of all people, should be showing his support for our local businesses?
Steven McMacken, Lihu‘e
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