Letters for Sunday, October 5, 2014

• Thanks for crew for doing good work • Cesspools polluting this beautiful island • Road work in Hanapepe offers benefits • Appreciate the good work on Na Pali trail

Thanks for crew for doing good work

I would like to thank the Kapaa Base Yard Crew for the road construction and maintenance department for the County of Kauai. I called regarding problems with the roads around my house on Monday, Sept. 29, and talked to the wonderful lady in the office in Lihue, who wrote up a work order. The next morning, Sept 30, around 8, the Kapaa base yard crew came and rectified the problems. 

 My special thanks to the crew chief ,Ryan Carvalho. His crew consisted of Henry Kupihea, Ernie Gonsalves, Jr, Troy Paik, Lance Edralin, Clarance Sombrano and Paka Ornellas. Kauai should be proud to have such polite and efficient men working for the road maintenance department. Mahalo also to the wonderful lady who took my request. Mahalo to all.

Carol Ayson, Kapaa

Cesspools polluting this beautiful island

Thanks to the Garden Island for the article on the proposed new rules for upgrading cesspools. I read it just after I returned from the beach. There was a turd floating in the water in the area where the surfers catch waves. One of the surfers suggested we mail it to the president of the Board of Realtors. Apparently some Realtors don’t want us to be forced to upgrade from sewage dumping (cesspools) to minor sewage treatment (septic tanks.) They say it will cut profits from home sales. The great conservation leader, David Brower, often reminded greedy businessmen that “there is no business on a dead planet.” 

Short term, it is always cheaper to pollute, especially for the polluter. It is not just big chemical companies and huge corporations who ruin our environment. We all play a role. If your home has a cesspool, you are a polluter. Thanks to the Department of Health for trying to bring Hawaii into the 20th century. Soon, we might move toward the 21st century. That would be progress!

Gordon LaBedz, Kekaha

Road work in Hanapepe offers benefits

TGI recent front page story, “County to review Hanapepe Road.” The county wants to make the road user friendly, and safe for transit, vehicles and people. That is a good idea, since Hanapepe is one of the oldest towns and landmarks. Before they start to improve the Hanapepe Road and making it user friendly, they should look to the closest points that separate Eleele residential area and Hanapepe Heights and build a bridge connecting the two residential areas. Also, it will create a bypass. There are several old haul cane roads that lead to Kaumualii Highway west in the area around Hanapepe Town.

Howard Tolbe, Eleele

Appreciate the good work on Na Pali trail

If you are a avid hiker and backpacker buff like I am, you will be pleased by the recent trail restoration project done on the Na Pali trail. A great shout out the contractor, Pono Pacific, along with their local nonprofit partner, Kauai Action Planning Alliance. The amount of labor induced to  making the trail better then ever makes hiking enjoyable. Now, if we could help the state with the bathroom situation at Hanakapiai (two miles), our tourist friends would truly appreciate this need. 

Jimmy Torio, Kauai

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