Letters for Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Shops at Kukui‘ula needs to show courtesySocialism over capitalismMahalo Wilcox for your care

The Shops at Kukui‘ula needs to show courtesy

I’ve seen letters to The Garden Island newspaper of people complaining about wild chickens waking them up early in the morning. Well, there aren’t many chickens that wake me up every morning. Why? I don’t need chickens to wake me up. I have leaf blowers! Yes, I said that right. Leaf blowers and sometimes high-powered drills. What time you may ask?  

Leaf blowers go off at The Shops at Kukui‘ula at 6:30 a.m. every morning. The high-powered drill, well, that went off at 6:05 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.

I couldn’t believe it. I was sound asleep and then BAM, drilling at 6:05 a.m.! What in the world is the maintenance at Kukui‘ula thinking? I’ve emailed and spoken with the shopping center manager last year as to why the leaf blowers have to go off at 6:30 a.m. Would you believe it used to go off at 5:30 a.m.? Also, a couple of times, at 5:30 a.m., they were cutting trees with their chain saws.

The center manager’s response was “Oh, I’m so sorry, but that’s how our maintenance does it and I will speak to them at our weekly meeting about that.”

Oh well, nothing was done. Still going off at 6:30 a.m., including Saturdays and Sundays. Doesn’t the shopping center realize that there are still residents across from its center that still live in their homes and would like to have some kind of restful sleep, at least until 8 a.m.? I’ve asked the manager to see if the maintenance people can start their leaf blowers like around 7:45 or even 8 a.m. because the shopping center doesn’t really open until 9:30 or 10 a.m. There are only two stores that open at 5:30 a.m. or so, but really, leaf blowers still needed at 6:30 a.m.? Don’t you think the leaves won’t fall between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.? Come on Kukui‘ula, I thought you had more class than that.

Melinda Yomen


Socialism over capitalism

I think your letter was an excellent one, too, Janos. (Wednesday, Feb.14) Certainly branding is not the answer. Your figures are accurate, too. We owe China a bundle and if they called we’d be in even deeper yogurt.

However, looking to communism as an answer to our financial mess is not the answer, either. Pure communism doesn’t work any better than pure capitalism and I prefer a democratic social system.

First of all, since the disastrous Bush administration, we have not been practicing capitalism. We have been practicing fascism. A bastardized socio/economic system: endless wars for profit.

The rich get rich, the poor get dead. Disgusting. Disgraceful.

Also, pure capitalism never works. I call it the manic depressive economy. Boom/bust. Boom/bust. Read a little history. In the last crash — in 1929 — it gambled with stocks. In the recent crash it gambled with real property and it always ends up in the same mess. It’s the domino theory. A house of cards. It collapses.

There is a middle way. The dread “S” word. Socialism. Study New Zealand’s economy. The Danish economy. Well-managed, happy, prosperous people in a well-managed, happy, prosperous country. People count. Happiness count. Prosperity counts. A socialistic democracy always works.

Peace and love.

Bettejo Dux


Mahalo Wilcox for your care

While visiting Kaua‘i this January, I went to the emergency room at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. I required surgery and a few days recovery at the hospital. The professionalism of EVERYONE at the hospital was fantastic. The positive and caring attitude of all created an atmosphere that contributed to my speedy recovery. Thanks to all at Kaua‘i Medical Clinic and Wilcox for your dedication to making the patient the focal point of your excellent facility.

Bob Snell

Davis, Calif.


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