Letters for Friday, October 3, 2014

• Cesspools a health concern that must be addressed • Intrusive fanatics a danger to others

Cesspools a health concern that must be addressed

I am a realtor and a member of the Kauai Realtors and believe our board’s position of being against the Department of Health’s proposal to revise our wastewater regulations is wrong. Just like the GMO issue, which the board did support, the wastewater issue is just as important to our health and welfare on Kauai.

Kauai is a very special place and we are all blessed to live here. However, we are stewards of this pristine island and must shoulder some responsibility for protecting the land. We have close to 14,000 cesspools on island, so the current system of converting them to septic or a hook up is obviously not working.

$15,000 to $25,000 in many cases is a small investment for a buyer to invest in a home and in many cases less than the commission charged. Eventually, for the health of the island, these cesspools need to go away, and the sooner the better.

We on Kauai have an opportunity to lead the world with a clean environment by moving toward energy independence via renewable’s, safe use of pesticides, phasing out gasoline engines and clean waste water.

Let’s take the first step.

Steven Latham, Princeville

Intrusive fanatics a danger to others

This Sunday when I returned to my truck after 15 minutes of shopping for pet supplies, a hysterical woman approached me in the Kmart parking lot. She said my dog didn’t have air. I left the driver side and passenger side windows rolled down six inches so my dog couldn’t squeeze through, get stuck in the window and hurt herself. The back window of the truck cab was wide open so she could go from the cab into the truck bed that’s protected with open air sidings.

Then she kind of admitted she was trying to let the dog out. If she had let the dog out it would have run toward the highway. I asked her if she tried to open the door. She lied and said “no.” I told her my door handle is jammed, so you tried to enter my vehicle. She said, “Well, when I couldn’t open the door I patted your dog on the head.”

It’s busybody fanatics like this that endanger animals and end up getting people charged with animal abuse. Anyone that knows me can attest that my animals are a priority. The fanatic thought she had the right to break a law (unlawful entry of my vehicle) instead of letting the police handle it. I wanted to call the police but reserve that for emergencies. The busybody didn’t bother to check the situation before she planned to release my pet into oncoming traffic. 

Elane Dunbar, Lihue


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