Letters for Monday, April 16, 2012

• Best principal • Loud dogs • Speed limits • Local heroes • Airport waits

Best principal

Congratulations Mrs. Lindsey on your recent best principal of Hawai‘i Award.  

Even if you didn’t win the award, you would still be the best principal. Every day we come to school and know that you are taking care of everything and helping us learn the best we can.

We like that you are so nice to us and help us to reach for the stars! Good job!!  

Sophie and Elijah Kessler

Grade 3, Koloa School

Loud dogs

Mrs. Doe (Letters: April 13), please know that you aren’t alone in the miserable condition being created by your irresponsible new neighbor. In every neighborhood on this island, you are very likely to find others being tormented by this problem.

At least two attempts have been made to get a dog noise ordinance passed. Unfortunately, the “respect our culture” crowd comes out and confuses the very real public health issue with nonsense about “they are trying to end our way of life.”

They manage to successfully get the elected officials and public to agree that protecting hunting — which isn’t even at issue — is more important than people being able to sleep. It is insane. This is Kaua‘i.

Even if a dog noise ordinance did get passed, it would likely do very little good. Laws are not enforced here, anyway.

We’ve had a handheld cell phone ban for many months. People are still on these things while driving.

People continue to drive illegally jacked-up and tinted vehicles. Just watch how many people continue to burn trash in their yards.

There is no fear of reprisal here regarding the law, as nobody is upholding the law. Otis the town drunk has gotten smart. He doesn’t turn himself in every night to sober up. He knows Sheriff Griffith doesn’t care, so he is doing whatever he pleases. There are a lot of Otis’s here.

 I’m beginning to think that we need to go to the state level somehow to get something done about this issue. There is no will in the county.

Michael Mann, Lihu‘e

Speed limits

My husband and I as we drove home from Lihu‘e were getting angry. We were going maybe five miles over the speed limit. But we were passed up by numerous pickups going 15 to 20 miles over the speed limit. And once again a high-rider truck that was most certainly way over the legal height.

Where are all the policemen? I never see any tickets being given. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I saw a speeder getting stopped. Speeders know that the likelihood of them getting caught is slim. Maybe if the police would ticket more of the offenders, they might get the message when it hits their wallets. And maybe our streets would be a little safer.

Sonja King, Kapa‘a

Local heroes

At about 1 a.m. on a Sunday morning, a vehicle failed to make the sharp turn in the 4800 block of Kua Road in Lawai and plummeted over the embankment into the stream. The first responder was neighbor Tommy Renaltner who used a rope and his truck to tilt the overturned vehicle so that the driver and passenger could be extricated.

Early Sunday morning Roger Ridgley of Tow in Paradise deftly lifted the totaled vehicle from the stream bed and meticulously cleared the area of vehicular debris, and with Tommy’s aid, contained and treated the oil spill. Tommy and Roger are to be commended for their actions.  

As always, our faithful firemen, police and ambulance personnel were also on the scene in a timely fashion.

This particular corner has been the scene of numerous such incidents over the years, with yet another vehicle over the embankment just three months ago.  

Perhaps at some point the county will take notice and place a barricade, or even just reflectors, on the turn (there are none currently).  

Robin Clark, Kalaheo

Airport waits

I wish I could say that I was shocked to hear how that couple celebrating their 50th anniversary on our beautiful island was treated in March, but it definitely comes as no surprise.

If the way they treat people who pull up curbside to pick up arriving passengers is any indication of how they interact with the public, it’s no wonder they did what they did.

They (most) have no empathy, understanding or courtesy when talking to people. Many times, I have pulled up to the curb after receiving a call while waiting in the cell phone area, and not even two minutes upon arrival, someone is telling me I need to move as the person I am picking up is walking out with their bags.

Seriously, they had me drive around as my wife was walking out. I told them, “Look, there she is,” and they told me, “I don’t care, you have been here too long.” Really? Two minutes is too long?

I can imagine how impatient they got waiting in our recent traffic jams.

I suggest all airport security get immediate public service, interpersonal and problem-solving/conflict management training.

Airport personnel are putting Kaua‘i in the national spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Tonson Bernoises, Koloa

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