Letters for Jan. 26, 2015

• Close the window, don’t take away our outdoor cooking rights • Bothered by air quality? Take it up with Madame Pele  • Printed addresses would make it easier for public to reach officials

Close the window, don’t take away our outdoor cooking rights

Gary Hooser need to be told that using gas for an imu is not kalua. “It’s a roast!” And even with gas cooking outdoors will cause smoke.

Gary Hooser, stop your power nuts.

Those with heath problems, close your screen doors and window in the direction the smoke, dust, and/or pollen is blown into your home.

Don’t take our rights to enjoy outdoor and cooking in our back yards.

Howard Tolbe

Eleele

Bothered by air quality? Take it up with Madame Pele

In response to Steve McMacken’s Jan. 20 letter “Clean air a basic right,” and with all due respect to Lori Abbey-Macdonald and her sensitivity to smoke, I am wondering if Steve has a direct connection to Madame Pele?

If so, please inform her that we all have been suffering from burning eyes, sinusitis, sneezing, runny noses, sore throats, irritated lungs, coughing, asthma attacks, loss of sleep and, for some, trips to the emergency ward.

And how long has this been going on and how long will it continue?

Think about it. We all have made our home in a huge chain of volcanic islands, spewing their toxic soup for millions of years. Caustic smoke is inevitable.

Marj Dente

Waipouli Ahupuaa

Printed addresses would make it easier for public to reach officials

As a former resident of Narragansett, Rhode Island, and a subscriber to the Narragansett Times, that newspaper daily publishes the names, addresses, emails and telephone numbers of all elected officials from school board, local town representative, state representatives and senators: U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and U.S. Sen. Shelton Whitehouse along with U.S. Rep. Janes Langevin and President Obama.

My suggestion is for The Garden Island newspaper to make it easier to reach all officials, elected or appointed. As a retired secondary school teacher I voiced my opinion to elected representatives when appropriate and shared the responses with my students. The lesson was if you do not ask the elected they think that all is correct. I received responses from President Obama, Senators Reed and Whitehouse, Representative Langevin and State Senator Lally.

John Armour

Princeville

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