Letters for Tuesday, April 24, 2012

• Burning trash • Praise for police • Praise for Grove Farm • Kudos to Waimea High • Performing arts

Burning trash

Once again, thank you for your air pollution. And so bold in light of the new law that says you can’t burn anymore. Since that went into effect three weeks ago, you’ve burned trash and or green waste three times. And you don’t care.

There’s been a lot of letters over the years about burning in Kalaheo, and I’m downwind of you near the coffee fields and you need to stop.

On Sunday, April 22, I went driving around to try and pinpoint the source. I couldn’t. Any help out there? This is enforced by the police so get an address and call it in. I want to breath air, not smoke, and I’m sure that’s what most others want also.

Mark Perry, Kalaheo

Praise for police

Aloha, Mr. Dorrance (Letters: April 12). You are correct, sir. The “Boots on the Ground” officers are the most important asset of the Kaua‘i Police Department and much more significant than the recent ignominy that graced our paper and airwaves for such a long time.

The police officers are not recognized enough for their efforts in keeping our citizens safe and at times going a beyond the call of duty to do so.

More times than not, you hear of the negatives, while the positives go unnoticed or overlooked.

If you would like to submit the officers’ name, along with details expressed in your letter to the Forum and any other pertinent information concerning this event to the Kaua‘i County Police Commission, we will make sure the police officer in question is recognized for his or her efforts and that the letter is forwarded to the police chief for inclusion into his or her personnel file.

I thank you for taking the time to write about your experience.

Donald Okami Sr., Lihu‘e

Praise for Grove Farm

Mahalo nui loa, Grove Farm Co., for helping me relocate to a very nice home in Kapaia.

My family and I are now very comfortable here after the anxiety we felt when we received an eviction notice late last year.

We loved living in the Koloa Camp for the past 25 years, a very unique neighborhood, but also recognized that our tenancy was only on a month-to month basis.

Thank you Dave, Mike, Arryl and Grove Farm staff for hearing my concerns, taking into consideration my unique circumstances and coming up with a more than suitable solution.

You have treated me like family, and I am very grateful for all that you have done.

Joey Pajela, Lihu‘e

Kudos to Waimea High

I would like to acknowledge the Waimea High School Interact Club.

I was very fortunate to have the support of three of their members last Friday night — Kayla Ishida, John Medeiros and Austin Kunishige — who volunteered at a pre-Relay for Life event for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers at Salt Pond Beach Park.

These students were bright, helpful and just a pleasure to work with.

Mahalo to the Waimea High School Interact Club members and their advisor Jennifer Moniz for all of the Aloha that they bring to our community.

Sarah Styan, Hanapepe

Performing arts

We are lucky to have such an active and talented theater community on this small island.

I have seen so many great plays and musicals in the past year that I have lost count.

Even with limited venues, the many groups that thrive on this island always find a play to put on a good show.

That is why I was delighted to be able to see this year’s KPAC show, “My Fair Lady,” at Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall in Lihu‘e.

If you don’t know about KPAC, you should. The Kauai Performing Arts Center (KPAC) is part of the state Department of Education learning center program.

 Participation in KPAC is available to all public school students in grades 6 through 12, through audition.

Students receive school credit for the class.

All KPAC classes take place after school hours and the teens put in long hours to polish their productions each year.

Sadly, KPAC’s days may be numbered as funding is always being cut, and this lively program may not survive past 2013.

 If you are lucky enough to see “My Fair Lady” (April 27 through April 29), you will see why these types of programs must continue to be funded.

What I see when I look at that stage is 36 amazing teenagers who came out of their shells and comfort zones to put on a great show for the people of Kaua‘i. KPAC build character and confidence, and it’s always a good show.

Bravo, KPAC.

Lisa Pollak, Wailua

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