Letters for Friday, June 29, 2012

Brokenhearted over Lighthouse Village Three cheers for ObamacareSmart grid and smart grip?Ruling is a victory for cancer patientsAuwe – shame!Entertained by Rosen, Mann

Brokenhearted over Lighthouse Village

I’m saddened to see the headline in Wednesday’s paper that the green light has been given to the Kilauea Lighthouse Village despite the many objections that have been raised, most especially because the proposed new entry road appears to no longer be an option.

Without the new entry road the already congested Kilauea Road, which is the only entry into Kilauea, will now have to carry all of the additional construction, delivery and future local and visitor shoppers.  

All of the assurances of mitigating traffic are meaningless if the new entry is not in place.

Speed bumps, turning lanes and stop signs will do little if nothing to help reduce the impact of this nightmare traffic which will soon descend upon the sweet peaceful town of Kilauea.

Of course the Hunt group will not have to contend with this since they will be in their comfortable homes on O‘ahu.

Planning Commission, you should be ashamed of ourselves!

It breaks my heart to see Kilauea Town turned into another tourist center.

Michelle Carroll, Kilauea

Three cheers for Obamacare

Thursday, June 28, 2012, a great day in the history of America! Obamacare a success as ruled by SCOTUS!

Finally America is starting to grow up and pay attention to its people and their needs instead of blindly following the corporate welfare minions and their crooked lobbyists in Washington.

Hawai‘i got it right years ago with many health care protections for its residents. (For example, companies over 15 employees must provide health care.)

And now Obama takes it a step further and goes national.

Good on him! Vote Obama 2012!

Michael L. Smith, Kapa‘a

Smart grid and smart grip?

Responding to Ivory McClintock’s “Smart power grid, starts with smart meters,” June 11 guest editorial.

Real issue is not smart meter but rather KIUC’s relationship to the owning members, if we really own it.

Will not repeat negative feedback but rather offer one solution.

Primary negative focus: smart meters’ undefined health issues.

Question? Why not same concerns, as Ivory points out, over similar technologies? Like “unseen” waves or currents of emergency dispatch equipment, GPS systems, television, microwave ovens, that greater connectivity of people using Facebook to build relationships, the cell phone.

Why not resist these technologies?  Because of how they’re handled. Freedom of choice; something dictating forces avidly avoid. The freedom of individual choice in what adults will subject their families to.

Solution: KIUC, connect power lines to smart meters  at the top of  your electric poles on your property/easements.

End of problem! Smart meters can be “banked” at pole tops far from the families living in the home. Negative health issues should disappear. If there is a problem, climb the pole and fix it on your own property. Probably get stronger signals as well.

Try working on a “Smart grid and a smart grip” on dealing with your employers? Aloha!

John Hoff, Lawai  

Ruling is a victory for cancer patients

As a cancer survivor,  Thursday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the federal health care law ensures that critical protections benefiting cancer patients will be implemented.

It prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to people with a pre-existing condition and requires insurers to provide consumers with easy-to-understand summaries about their coverage.

It will also require health plans in the individual market to offer essential benefits needed to prevent and treat a serious condition such as cancer.

The ruling also preserves vital provisions in the health care law that are already in effect and that are improving the ability of people with cancer and their families to access needed care by ensuring that proven cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies are offered at not cost to patients, eliminating arbitrary dollar limits on coverage that can suddenly end care and prohibiting insurance companies from unfairly revoking coverage when a person gets sick.

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, it is time for all of our elected officials in Hawai‘i to work together in a bipartisan effort to implement the health care law as strongly as possible for cancer patients, survivors and their families.

Bernie Sakoda,

State Lead Ambassador, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Lihu‘e

Auwe – shame!

 “Ha‘ole Free Kaua‘i.” This is the sign I just saw in the front window of a pick up truck at the intersection of Kuamo‘o Road and Kuhio Highway, printed in bold lime green letters, inside of super-dark tinted glass.  

Really, is this not 2012?  Instead, I think the sign should be changed (and window tinting removed) to a message that reads: Kaua‘i Free of bigotry, racism, discrimination, ignorance and racial purity.  

Ironically, as a white Kaua‘i resident with family immigrant roots (who should care about the color of my skin?), and just returning from volunteering my time to record a PSA for a local non-profit, this sense of pure, unadulterated idiocy is absolutely staggering.  

When will people understand that children learn what they are carefully taught? Continuing to espouse such divisive, ugly, judgmental and racist views does nothing for the human condition but continue its mistakes.  

How about true respect for all, self-love and love for others, your fellow man, ‘ohana, neighbors and all that we share this Earth with.

No one gets a do-over, so you better do right while you navigate your path on this planet. Show respect for others and you will find respect yourself, which has nothing to do with the color of your skin or to whom you are born.

I would instead choose “Ignorant Free Kaua‘i.”

Jeff Demma, Wailua

Entertained by Rosen, Mann

Kudos to Kimo Rosen and Michael Mann for keeping this newspaper interesting. Sort of a two-man editorial board.  

I don’t always agree with what they say, but I certainly enjoy how they say it.

Raley Peterson, Pendleton, Ore.

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