Letters for Thursday, May 10, 2012

Smart meters no blessingKIUC gambling with our money, healthRah, rah! Go teams!

Smart meters no blessing

It is a great honor to live among you in this sacred place. So about these “smart meters,” I don’t feel they are a blessing. I enjoy having the freedom to choose not to own a microwave oven or a cell phone.

I would like to keep my analog electric meter; it is on my bedroom wall. I understand these “smart meters” run on electricity. My analog one uses none; my bill would certainly have to increase if I had one.   

The health issues I have with the “government approved levels of radiation leakage” are numerous. This just does not sound healthy to me.

There is information on many health issues and much research at this web site: stopkiuc.com.

Please have a look and may you feel free to choose. Mahalo nui.

Jo Amsterdam, Kalaheo

KIUC gambling with our money, health

What do 56 local governments and almost 4 million people have in common? It’s not what you think, and crosses all boundaries, classes and categories.

Give up? They all oppose and reject the installation of smart meters, for health reasons, safety reasons, privacy reasons and financial reasons. But it also goes to the fundamental right to exercise one’s freedom of choice.

This polarization is now being experienced here on the sleepy little island of Kaua‘i. With less than 35,000 accounts, KIUC has arbitrarily decided what’s best for our coop and residents.

With little or no input from residents, ignoring the mountain of adverse health studies, safety and security issues, as well as five years of data that shows no financial savings, KIUC has lied to and bullied our ‘ohana, our county council, our mayor and the PUC.

With promises of a better future, they have gotten the blessings of the PUC. But not one of those promises has any foundation in reality. KIUC uses words like “it can” and “we could see” and “could use less” and my personal favorite, “you could save money and save the environment.”

But when KIUC is asked for any factual data, all of a sudden they don’t want to talk about it. “Could, can, might” see in the future are the terms that KIUC has bandied around as if this is an actual reality.

It’s like being in a casino, the way that KIUC has bet $11 million of our money on a future outcome with no real world winners to showcase. This is not betting, this is closer to money laundering of an unbelievable scale for a tiny little island like Kaua‘i.

Where are the checks and balances that our forefathers gave their lives for, what our parents and grandparents fought two world wars for? Who protects us from corporate greed that tramples our rights, our health and security in our own homes?

From our mayor to the county council, to our state representatives and state senator, the silence has been deafening. And the only response from the few that have taken the time to respond is to pass responsibility to the PUC.

Since when has the PUC taken over the responsibilities of Kaua‘i’s elected government and the state’s Health Department? How long has the PUC had the power to authorize wire-tapping and surveillance device installation without a court order? By what Hawai‘i constitutional decree or law does the PUC exercise these powers?

It is disconcerting to see such rampant abuse being forced upon the people of Kaua‘i. Are our duly elected officials not given the power of oversight, to protect the public from corporate greed or departmental apathy? Who do I need to contact to get a straight answer? Who will stand up and protect our keiki, our kupuna, our families and health?

In the spirit of Ho’oponopono, who will do us justice, not just for Kaua‘i’s ‘ohana, but for the aina of Kaua‘i that speaks out against this injustice?

I for one have stood up, and others have followed suit. But when will our elected government take their place among us, and be counted?

Mark Naea, Kapa‘a

Rah, rah! Go teams!

Congratulations to the Waimea High School and Kaua‘i High School girls softball teams and coaches! Waimea with an undefeated state championship and Kaua‘i High third in the state was wonderful to behold.

Being at the game was truly exciting and I have never been so proud to call Kaua‘i my home as when the Kaua‘i High girls team came into the stands and cheered loudly and sincerely while the Menehune won the game. Two classy teams with classy coaching staffs.

Good luck to all the senior girls as they graduate. They learned that with hard work, discipline and sacrifice, success is inevitable.

I hope they all carry that forward as the real challenges in life are just beginning.  

Rick Goding, Kekaha


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