Letters for Tuesday, April 17, 2012

• Parks and maintenance • Smart meters and EMFs • Wrong turn

Parks and maintenance

At the Parks and Recreation budget session before the County Council  on April 13, a 57-page Power Point was put on by our Parks and Recreation director, and in it we find some issues that definitely need addressing.

However, let’s see what this report also says: “We have included more modern automatic irrigation systems, drip systems and infrastructure that is not supported or able to be  maintained by the current job descriptions and staff within the Park  Maintenance and Beautification Division. As a result, new parks and their irrigation systems (as well as older, manual irrigation systems) are falling in disrepair.”

 Then on Page 4 (regarding the golf irrigation system), it says, “Over  the past four years the irrigation system has slowly been degrading due to lack of maintenance (emphasis added).  

The main control panel in the pump station had not been serviced and cleaned for over three years.

The irrigation system has started to show signs of mismanagement and degrading. At this time the irrigation system is below substandard.

First, a drip irrigation system was installed in the new soccer fields at Lydgate Park.

 In theory, these drip systems are good and supposed to  save water. But because of needed high and proper maintenance, these systems are not to be used on athletic fields or golf courses here or elsewhere.

Before we spent thousands of dollars installing this system in the Lydgate Soccer Fields, the administration and the council were advised that this system would not work and we would have to spend thousands  of dollars to replace it.

Who was responsible for this costly goof is speculative, but the taxpayers again get the short end of the stick.

Second, why did we install an irrigation system in the golf course that “is not supported or able to be maintained by the current job description?”

Wouldn’t the proper procedure be to install a system that we have the proper personnel to take care of and maintain? Or is  this just more “ready, fire, aim” activity — the MO of this county?

And why should we have an irrigation system or any type of operation that “shows signs of mismanagement and degrading?” Shouldn’t our  department heads know what it takes to buy into a system and then maintain it so it will last many years?

If a family buys an automobile, they know it has to be maintained before a failure occurs and the maintenance of any operation should be  the same.

Glenn Mickens, Kapa‘a

Smart meters and EMFs

Regarding to have or not to have smart meters, I have been a health advocate for many years. One of the problems with smart meters is they give off EMFs or electromagnetic fields.

We are bombarded daily with EMFs — from our cell phones, computers, microwave ovens, hair dryers, power lines, and now smart meters.

EMFs disrupt cell to cell communication.

What’s that mean? The cells that make up the human body need to communicate constantly. This is how they keep out foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria and cancer cells.

Our immune cells especially need to have this communication. Our cells can tell each other where the invader is, how many there may be, what type it is and so forth.

Without this communication, we cannot properly eliminate these problems from our bodies. Can you see why this is  important?

I hope this explanation is helpful. So for myself, I am choosing not to add one more thing that emits EMFs. If you have no problem with this scenario, by all means get one.

The other thing that concerns me is Pioneer being the future of farming. It’s not that I’m afraid of the Evil Man so much as the toxic chemicals they use. Pesticides and herbicides do not evaporate into thin air.

They end up in our water ways and eventually in our oceans.

 I have been on this beautiful island a short 10 years and have seen first-hand our reefs and our beautiful seashells diminish. Why is this? Why are we allowing chemical companies to poison our island, our people and our oceans?

 I suggest we write to our political leaders and let them know we have had enough.

 

Maria Miguez, Lihu‘e

Wrong turn

Our government has bailed out companies and even entire industries over the past few years. Then I’ve watched those companies release half the work force that originally made them successful, but at the same time retain the upper echelon of management that bankrupted them to begin with.

More offensive is that our government allows them to give each other corporate bonuses comprised of my tax dollar. Any idiot can run a company into the ground. It takes more skill to tie your shoes than to make a rash of bad decisions costing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars.

I long for the days I was a student at Michigan. My professors were omnipotent. They had all the answers, and were always right. Twenty-five years later, if I walked into an economics class today, I would ask my professor, where did we as a country take a left when we should have gone right? 

If we don’t change our flight plan as a nation, the one engine we have left is going to take us straight to the crash site, and I bet we beat the EMTs there by enough time none of us will be all right.

Joseph Lavery, Kapa‘a

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