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Take a flying leap
Jumping into Queen’s Bath is not exactly an effective way to “not promote” it.
While I understand what Mr. Leonard is saying about the training his sons have, I have to ask this question: What if there had been other children around watching his son do this, and they decided it was appropriate for them to follow?
Yes, everyone needs to take responsibility for their own actions, but is it not also correct to say that perhaps people who know the dangers should lead by example?
Is there value in not engaging in an activity which you find fun and exciting simply because it sets a bad example for others who are not aware of the risks and potential consequences? What would a responsible leader do?
Also, I have to say that I cringed and my heart sank when I read “My son jumping at Queen’s Bath was not a dangerous act for him.”
It is a dangerous act for anyone who does it — your son just understands the danger better. That doesn’t make him immune to that danger.
That comment made it sound as if he is never at any risk of getting hurt. This is clearly not possible, and such a viewpoint increases his risk, in my opinion. That statement should have been left out.
Michael Mann, Lihu‘e
There have been several letters published recently regarding concern about the debris resulting from the earthquake in Japan. The one in the Dec. 10 paper inspired me to write.
Yes, this is a very bad thing. Yes, it’s a huge problem that we will all have to face, control and deal with. Yes, the tourists (many of whom are from Japan) won’t want to experience the mess and related dangers .
But have we forgotten what transpired in Japan? The many thousands of deaths and the devastating destruction? I think that complaining about how awful this is for us shows a major lack of aloha.
We will recover from the debris and pollutants long before Japan does. And it’s unlikely that there will be any loss of life for us as a result. This was caused by an act of nature.
That’s just life on the planet Earth. And President Obama talking about it or not won’t make any difference.
I know Michael from Las Vegas is concerned, we all are. But this was no one’s fault. Complaining won’t help.
Life puts many obstacles and hard times in our way and how we deal with them defines who we are.
Gayle Hughes, Kalaheo
USPS should provide Internet service
I just finished a 3 hour session with the Internet folks at Oceanic. For the last 3 months my Internet bandwidth has been extremely intermittent never providing me the 11 to 12 Meg that Time-Warner states I am paying for, sometimes dropping to less than 1 Meg. The net result is that I now have an appointment for the cable guy to come to my home sometime on Friday and see whether or not I know how to unplug the cable modem.
Reliable Internet service is a requirement in today’s world. Without reliable service you may as well call yourself Gilligan. The for profit ISPs have shown themselves incapable of providing this service. Other countries give the responsibility of installing and maintaining the infrastructure to a government agency that must answer to the people.
This is like having the government being responsible for building and maintaining our highway system. At least then we get to elect the politician who screws things up and demand change rather than sit on hold for hours on end.
I would like to see the US Post Office charged with the job of maintaining our Internet infrastructure. Cable providers and phone companies can continue to run their private money-making schemes over that infrastructure, but the barriers to entry for new providers would fall allowing consumers a real choice at a better price.
John Zwiebel, Kalaheo
Let there be light
With the ever-so-changing directions and curves on Kaumuali‘i Highway during this reconstruction — between the entrance of Puhi and into Lihu‘e at Kukui Grove Center — at night the whole area should be lit up so that the changes can be clearly seen at night.
Our vehicle lights are not enough to see any changes ahead and following a vehicle ahead is like the blind leading the blind.
It’s even worse when there is a heavy downpour of rain.
Light up the area at night before someone-one drives into the barriers/dividers and or, onto the make shift medium.
Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele
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