Letters for Saturday, August 9, 2014

• Tropical depression and more • Stadium roof not practical • Please return stolen phone • The truth about cats, rats

Tropical depression and more

I was watching the local news the other night and the weatherman started talking about tropical depressions. I know about tropical depressions. I am living in the tropics and I am depressed. Now that we have that straight, I am praying for sunnier days.

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

Stadium roof not practical

It cracks me up to think someone thinks it is feasible to put a roof over a high school football field. You are talking in the neighborhood of $9 million. I played football since I was 4 until 36 and playing under the lights is cool, but the mosquitoes are atrocious. Playing in the day, you only lose the ball in one sun. Under the lights your receivers lose the ball constantly depending on the pattern and where you have to throw it from if you get flushed from the pocket. 

One last thing, Michigan State University has the only agricultural technology to grow grass indoors or under a roof. Every man I have ever played with wanted to play on Sunday afternoon, and most of us never got the chance.

No roof, no lights, when you play football, all you want to do is snap your chinstrap and take the field.

Joseph Lavery, Kapaa 

Please return stolen phone

For the second time in a month, I have been a victim of theft. 

Recently, on Friday, Aug. 1, upon getting off the Kauai Bus, I decided to go to the beach to swim before walking home. I removed my shorts and left my camouflage back pack with my name on it on the beach close to the shore. Upon getting out of the water, I noticed my shorts, shirt, shoes, socks, backpack and cap no longer where I placed them. After a failed search, I realized I was robbed. 

The following day, I found my cloths and shoes in a trash can. Wallet was still in my short pocket. Now I realize there are people that may need more than me but within my pack was food, a small amount of money and an iPhone. Though deactivated and reported, such phones (UH case) have personal pictures like my kids, family and friends. 

 Please keep everything but return the phone so I can retrieve the pictures and numbers. No question will be asked. Please submit to PD or Kauai Shores/Sands. Possible reward will be offered and be left where you return. Please, please do the right thing. Be a model for your family and friends. WWJD. Why deprive a family man with precious photos and moments? You are in my prayers.

Mark Segreti, Kapaa

The truth about cats, rats

Interesting article in Sunday’s TGI July 27 paper about rats. Thirteen years ago, I moved into a place next door to a restaurant. The people upstairs had two cats, one outdoor and one indoor.

The space between my ceiling and their floor was home to many rats. I could hear them squealing, fighting, breeding all night.

A restaurant, with its garbage Dumpsters, is a natural attraction for rats and, yes, stray cats. One such cat showed up a couple of years after I moved in and had six kittens in the outbuildings of the restaurant. I began to feed them and make friends until I could get them all “fixed” and brought them back. Soon, no more rats currying on my ceiling, only dead ones in the yard, for the past 10 years.

Using the article fact about “12 offspring every 30 days,” I’d say these cats have saved my neighborhood from thousands of rats over a 10-year period.

It is irresponsible cat owners who don’t get their pets fixed, and often just keep on taking the kittens “somewhere” and dumping them, that is the problem. So don’t lump cats and rats together and focus on some way to sterilize the rats.

Anthony Pierce, Hanalei

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