Letters for Feb. 8, 2015

• Old construction zone signs unnecessary on North Shore • It’s simple: Wood-burning fireplaces hazardous to health • Dogs shouldn’t be running loose

Old construction zone signs unnecessary on North Shore

Has anyone else noticed that all those bright orange construction zone signs between Kalihiwai Bridge and Princeville have become a real eyesore and safety hazard? The construction zones are long gone but the signs remain — confusing tourists who slow down as instructed to a snail’s pace, looking for non-existent roadwork, as well as trying to read all the overgrown signs!

Those of us who know better have plenty of time sitting in a long slow string of traffic climbing the hill after Kalihiwai Bridge to just wonder why the DOT or county or the contractors didn’t simply remove those signs when the jobs were completed.

I’m sure all those bright orange signs could be put to better use elsewhere, rather than despoiling one of the most beautiful stretches of road on the Garden Isle. And traffic would flow smoother and safer through that green corridor, which I’m sure everyone would appreciate.

Erik Coopersmith


It’s simple: Wood-burning fireplaces hazardous to health

Aloha. This debate over Bill 2573 is not about smoked meat. This debate is about illness and the air you breathe in your own home. The original complaint for this whole process is about not allowing wood-burning fireplaces in residential neighborhoods.

It is about being exposed to poisonous gas in your own home, for long periods of time, and about having to shut your house down because you get sick from the poison that a neighbor burning wood emits.

This situation is common on Kauai and the cause of respiratory ailments for many Kauai residents and their families. This is not about cooking hot dogs in a barbecue at the beach. Those are short-term situations. This is about long-term exposure to a poisonous gas that is more toxic than cigarettes. This debate is to end wood-burning fireplaces in residential areas.

Please, Mr. Hooser and County Council, focus on the original complaint. Mahalo.

Neil MacDonald


Dogs shouldn’t be running loose

At 3 a.m. on Jan. 29, my sweet, 15-year-old silver Persian cat named Bubu was attacked by two to three smaller dogs on the front porch of my home. The dogs dragged him off my porch, across the driveway and after totally mauling him and breaking his back, dropped him beside Koloa Road in Lawai. Poor Bubu died in my arms a half hour later, his back obviously broken and covered with bite marks. My driveway was covered with Bubu’s long white fur and blood.

He lost a tooth trying to fight back and am sure he scratched the dogs.

Kauai has a leash law. There are many reasons for this law: dogs get hit by cars, they attack other dogs, cats and livestock, they eat poison. There are several small dogs lose in Lawai that have killed and will kill again. People need to obey our leash law and keep their dogs in their yards or homes. There is a reason for it.

Michele Speegle



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