Letters for Monday, November 3, 2014

• Nurse should be quarantined • There are times spanking is appropriate • Bring on the cloud cover  • Now is the time for Kauai community luau

Nurse should be quarantined

The nurse who refuses to be in quarantine to see if she has the Ebola virus should be placed under arrest and put in solitary confinement with a straitjacket.

Cannot believe a dog is more considerate than she is. The dog was in quarantine for the whole 21 days, why not her?

Howard Tolbe


There are times spanking is appropriate

“Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” — Proverbs 13:24.

Spanking has been an accepted tool for thousands of years. Many today think spanking is wrong because it involves pain. However, pain can be a blessing. Consider leprosy. Leprosy causes its victims to lose the ability to feel pain. It is the lack of pain that leads to improper care and the loss of eyes, fingers and toes. In healthy people, pain is a gift to guide us to the right behaviors.

I believe spanking should only be done in cases of willful rebellion or if the child purposely hurts another child.

There are other punishments for other situations (e.g., removing privileges). Don’t spank your child with your hand. A child should not fear your hand. Find a safe tool that will cause some pain to the buttocks, but no damage or scars.

Never spank your child in anger. Spanking is for their benefit, not yours. Speak to them gently and lovingly. Then, hug them afterwards. Many children will test your authority by rebelling. A loving spanking will actually make them feel much better.

They will feel safer knowing their parents are in control and setting boundaries for them. Be consistent. Train them when they rebel, not when you run out of patience. A child who is well-trained when young will usually not need any more spankings by the age of 4 or 5.

Mark Beeksma


Bring on the cloud cover

Hawaii has experienced a heat wave this past September and October. It has been humid and close to 90 degrees and high humidity nonstop.

September is usually the hottest month in Hawaii, thus the reason many locals vacation in September. October is the month where temperatures lower to the high 70s and low 80s usually with Hawaii’s famous tropical trade winds.

I moved to Hawaii in 1999 from Alaska and would worship the sun and just love being outdoors, absorbing all I could after leaving the frozen tundra. Fast-forward 15 years later and I now wear a hat and carry an umbrella everywhere I go. The umbrella is not for the rain, it is to shield the sun.

I used to laugh to myself silently (LTMS) when I first moved to Hawaii and saw people with their umbrellas in the hot sun. I thought they were disillusioned, thinking it was raining out?

I have become intolerant of the sun. You’ve heard of lactose intolerant? I have become sun intolerant. The heat from the sun is very uncomfortable to my skin and I am always trying to shield myself in shade.

It is said, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”

Here’s to a cloudy day.

James “Kimo” Rosen


Now is the time for Kauai community luau

As a kid here in the 1960s/1970s my stepfather worked for Bendix and there were people here on Kauai who worked for them or had family with them. My mother taught grade school in Kapaa and Kauai High School for 35 years … people knew her.

There were community luaus, usually celebrating work done — everyone was invited that had family involved. There were no formal invitations and everyone showed up with food, potluck style.

There was pulled pork, lomi lomi salmon, haupia, lots of fish … all the good stuff. People who played music would bring their guitar or ukulele and play right where they had sat to eat. The vibe was so right and good — everyone enjoying each other’s company and talking, learning about each other’s families and what was going on with everyone. Then we were all locals, there was no problem between local haoles and locals — were all Kauai folk.

It is tragic now, 40 years later, to look at the places kids like me could run around having fun at luau, haole locals and any kind locals together … and see those same beaches and pavilions all wrecked and disrespected with vandalism. If you go there you will see they are the home of drugs and alcohol and it’s too dangerous to enjoy.

We must bring back traditional potluck luaus with no alcohol, drugs or organized entertainment, just Kauai residents, friends in harmony together. Aloha.

Barney Blankenship



Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.