Letters for Feb. 4, 2015

• Road repairs should be made • Thank you for caring, helping • Infrastructure must come first • Move on before telling others how to live

Road repairs should be made

Repairing roads now may be the first step for a successful common ground Resort Group negotiation later. Stone and backers cannot succeed expeditiously without the support of the community and elected officials.

Sandra J. Abrajano

Chicago

Thank you for caring, helping

This past Monday, in Hanalei, I had the misfortune of experiencing a loss of consciousness due to hypoglycemia. When I came to, there stood four people who had put their busy lives on hold to help a stranger. After calling 911, they stayed with me until the firemen arrived, giving me a feeling of being safe and protected when I was defenseless. The firemen were amazing, administering gentle, respectful care. My EMT’s, Nick and Charlie, were at once proficient, yet personal with their attention. I could not have been in better hands!

Unfortunately, all the faces are blurry to me (except Nick’s and Charlie’s), but they will always be in my heart and prayers. I also have amazing friends, who dropped everything to bring me OJ, take me home and tuck me in bed. There are no words to express the gratitude I feel for each of them. Instead of fright, I felt safe and genuinely cared for.

From the depths of my soul, I want to thank you all. May the Lord protect and bless each of you abundantly.

Kelly Sato

Kilauea

Infrastructure must come first

We got the word out and you, our pro-active community, responded. Over 100 people, including tourists, wrote testimony to the Land Use Commission (LUC) regarding the proposed 800-house subdivision next to Kapaa Middle School.

Everyone opposed the zoning change from agriculture to urban that would be needed to build a subdivision much bigger than Wailua Houselots and create multiple infrastructure problems. Although wastewater runoff, overburdened landfills, sewage and water sources were commented on, the primary feedback concerned traffic congestion that we in the Wailua/Kapaa corridor struggle with every day.

The impact of another 1,600 cars from this project, plus 1,800 from the three new hotels in Wailua, would not only destroy our rural lifestyle, but make us crazy. And our visitors? They choose Kauai, over Oahu and Maui, for its laid back, aloha ambience and beautiful nature. Please know that we can stand up to developers and influence the LUC to stop this monstrosity. Keep your eyes and ears open for the next testimony/comment period and be part of a movement to maintain our lovely Kauai lifestyle.

Mahalo for your kokua,

Gabriela Taylor

Keapana Valley

Move on before telling others how to live

I often wonder why people with respiratory problems ever moved to the Hawaiian Islands.

The suger cane industry shutdown was not very long ago. Sugar cane burning was in effect for about 100 years or so before they closed and today we still have volcano smoke (vog), but yet these people complain about fireplaces, imu burning and outdoor barbecue cooking. I was born and raised in the islands, worked in the sugar and pineapple industry for years. I recall a person complaining about the smoke from sugar burning crossing the road as he went to work at PMRF while he chain smoked his cigarettes.

The bottom line is, because you don’t like it, you expect everyone else to not like it, either. I could go on and on, but if one has a problem like this, it’s time to move on. You have your rights like we have our rights.

Ben Castillo

Kapaa

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