Letters for July 16, 2014

• Feral cats deserve our respect • Overpass would be unnecessary • Show some respect for signs

Feral cats deserve our respect

 With all the letters, articles and editorials you print about the feral cats, I thought I might suggest, before final decisions are made as to their fate, that the people making and participating in these decisions familiarize themselves with the animals they are deciding whether or not to kill. I expect that anyone who takes a few evenings a week to visit and study some of their colonies will find, as I have, that they are healthy for the most part, strong and good looking. They are also, more so than your usual house cat, independent, aloof and standoffish, an altogether impressive bunch. 

I imagine that any of them would have made friends as pets of human families, but for circumstances not under their or our control. I write mostly to point out that, whatever their fate is eventually decided to be, until then they should be fed and cared for as much as humanly possible, as I am sure that even those in favor of their destruction would not propose starving them to death as an acceptable method of resolving the problem they represent.

Martin Mills



Overpass would be unnecessary

Getting rid of crosswalks and building an overpass walkway/bridge from the future Coco Palms to the Wailua beach as suggested by Mr. Martin (TGI, July 12) should never be considered as the ADA restrictions and requirements would be financially and physically prohibitive. It would also produce more intrusion on our iwi. Coco Palms has never had, nor will it ever have, direct “beach access.” It has always had and will continue to have direct “highway access,” unless a tsunami hits Wailua.

So what’s the problem? Just as everyone does now and did 25 plus years ago when the hotel was open for business, visitors will need to cross the highway at a crosswalk and the beach will be totally accessible to them and our kamaaina. And think what fun it will be watching sunbathers in their bikinis and flashy board shorts crossing in front of our waiting cars at the Kuamoo stop light.

Marj Dente



Show some respect for signs

I have read letters regarding the pros and cons of political signage. To me, it’s my right of free speech as long as it’s within the law. I’m writing as I have had my signs trashed recently. These were on my lands, on the corner of Kawaihau and Kahuna roads, and a good seven feet from the macadam. They aren’t large signs, but it must have taken a bit of effort to break them in two and toss them about, even throwing one into the high grass near my fence. I put the signs back up on my own, but don’t know if or how long before they strike again. They did the same to some other election signs closer to Kapahi Park.

Aren’t there laws against this behavior during elections? Some time ago, one of our “statesmen” got into trouble when overzealous campaigners pulled down quite a few of the opposition’s expensive signs. Remember? It was on Oahu.

This happened in Kapahi yesterday and a conscientious neighbor yelled at the vandals (three kids) to stop. They paused, rode off on their bikes but returned later to finish their dirty work. Whether adults put them up to it, your guess! They appeared too young to vote. I do know one thing, these guys are not friends of David Ige, Arryl Kaneshiro, Mel Rapozo, Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., nor anyone who is pono. As my dear, departed father, Paul D. Lemke, would have said: “Hilahila on you and your pilau doings!”

Beatrice Ka`u`ilani Lemke-Newman

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