Letters for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

• Keeping Kaua‘i pristine • The young man I know • Smart meters

Keeping Kaua‘i pristine

I drove to Poli Hale last Sunday afternoon to pick up some fellow paddlers, non-residents except for I, who had left Haena on a downwind run.

I arrived at the last pavilion to greet them and instead was greeted by a small go-cart/dune buggy with flat tires that looked like it was inoperable.

Obviously, the owners had decided it had served its purpose of weekend fun and instead of taking it back to their backyard, they left it in Kaua‘i’s backyard.

 Come on people, respect is earned, and the owners of this vehicle won’t get any from myself or my visiting friends.

They were so excited after paddling one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, and they landed on the beach to see this.

 I felt so ashamed, and if I had room in my truck I would have hauled it away. I took pictures, and if I could post them I would.

We sat for at least 90 minutes resting and loading up the surf skis, and no one showed up to collect their vehicle.

Maybe it just slipped their mind. Maybe they just don’t care about Kaua‘i’s backyard.

 Maybe they don’t know the meaning of respect.

Let the culprits take a look in the mirror and make their decision.

Respect Kaua‘i.

Jules Cannon, Lawai

The young man I know

This is the Tumua Masaniai Jr. I know. (Letters: March 5, April 5) I can say a whole lot about this young man because I have known him since he came into this world.

 I have watched him grow into the respectful young man that he is today.

If he was tased because he wasn’t following verbal commands, then explain to me why the officer tased Tumua from the back in the neck and why did the offer keep tasing him once he was on the ground.

Also, ask Mr. Hamada that if said the reason he was being arrested had nothing to do with the school, then why did they not wait for him to go home and handle it there.

Why weren’t the parents called at the moment the two detectives arrived at the school and spoke with the relations office?

Why was he not brought to the office to talk with Mr. Hamada and the officers?

Why is Mr. Hamada telling the parents one story, then turning around and saying something else?

Mr. Hamada told the newspaper that the way the officers handled the situation was the right way.

 Well, believe me, if that was Mr. Hamada’s child, he would be very upset like this young man’s parents are.

This young man was raised in a very religious and respectful home. He is the third child of eight children.

His parents have been successful business people in their community and the whole island.

This whole family is very much involved in church, including his parents.

They have raised all their children to respect authority and elders. In their culture, you are never too old to get a slap at any time.

Tumua Masaniai Jr. has helped bring the Kapa‘a High School football team to be the champs, and now the very school that he helped has soiled his name for something that had nothing to do with the school.

I, for one would like to know how the school, Mr. Hamada, and the officer will clean this young man’s name.

I sit and read negative comments, and it sounds almost as if he went to court already.

What happened to ‘innocent until proven guilty’?

As for you, officer, I am not so sure why you think the kids should respect you when you don’t show respect for the kids.

 Also, in order to be a police officer, you have to go through training.

Can you please tell me or show me where in your training it gives you the right to tase an unarmed student?

The way we were raised, you show respect to earn respect.

 I will be following up on this issue because I am his aunty.

Angie K. Pa-Koli, Anahola

Smart meters

There is enough empirical evidence from many reliable sources that smart meters can (1) cause bodily harm and (2) could infringe on a person’s privacy and safety.

For these reasons I believe that any member of this co-op should have the unrestricted right to refuse having a smart meter put into their home or business.

And, I do not believe that any member should be charged a one-time charge or a monthly fee for opting out of this program.

In my opinion, the decision-makers at KIUC were extremely premature in spending $11 million of our money for these meters before all evidence as to their safety and privacy was thoroughly evaluated.

As with the county’s modus operandi, and without any co-op member’s input, KIUC just “ready, fired, aimed.”

The heads of KIUC have asked their members to trust them.

But with the Free Flow Power mess, this smart meter debacle, and with their legal counsel being one of many who told the citizens of Kauai that $285 million dollars was the best price they could pay Citizens Utility for this utility (we paid $220 million dollars for it which was still $50 million dollars over book value), how can we have trust in any decisions KIUC makes?

If this is a true co-op, then shouldn’t the members be advised and asked for their opinions before any major decision is made?  

Glenn Mickens, Kapa‘a

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