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Letters for Feb. 11, 2015

• Larry Ramos deserved to be honored • Land stewardship principle No. 2 • Speed up play, improve traps at golf course

Larry Ramos deserved to be honored

I’m unhappy that the Grammy’s did not include Kauai native Larry Ramos amongst the In Memorium tribute. As a child, he and his sister won an Arthur Godfrey talent contest. At 9 years old, he had his own scene, singing and playing the ukulele in the Esther Williams film, “Pagan Love Song.”

As a teenager, he toured in the musical, “The King and I,” with Yul Bryner. He then went on to be a founding member of The New Christy Minstrels. He spent the rest of his career, his lifetime, as the lead singer (and owner) of the hit making group “The Association.” Larry passed away nine months ago and should have been included. He was responsible for many hit songs. I’m sorry, but this was a slap in the face to his family. No mention of his death was ever mentioned in The Garden Island either, despite a longtime family presence here and his impact on the world music scene. His mother, who is 95, lived on Kauai until recently. God bless you, Larry.

Bob Jasper


Land stewardship principle No. 2

I believe that our religious leaders from Kauai should have representation on Peter Adler’s fact-finding team.

Every religion teaches of the cyclic nature of all life on our planet. Land stewardship must be defined as much in terms of what its uses give back to the land, as what its uses take from the land.

The science of GMO agro-chemical agriculture attempts to freeze our circle of life and control the outcome for the profits of the individuals and corporations that are involved. Science without humanity causes a stalemate in the course of our evolution. The scientific development of nuclear weapons and energy is an example of this because we cannot safely use or even store nuclear materials without great risk to ourselves and others. Good science must be tempered with basic needs of everyday people.

I believe the people on Kauai and throughout Hawaii and the world are refuting the GMO science because it is attempting to freeze the basic circle of life for gain at the cost of our humanity.

The person who thinks of the land as an “it” is not like the person who thinks of the land more personally. Teaching the cycles of life to the children is our greatest task at present.

Mark Jeffers


Speed up play, improve traps at golf course

I may not be an avid golfer now, but I do want to make some comments on the Wailua Golf Course. I believe that the conditions of the sand traps at the golf course could be a factor that leads to diminished play volume and revenues. I feel that the workers there are not golfers themselves and don’t put in some time to maintain the traps properly. This could also be because there isn’t the summer hire program like in the past.

More difficult traps lead to frustrated or unhappy golfers, who won’t return (tourists) nor recommend playing there: reduced play/revenues. Raising green fees isn’t the answer; it’s increasing volume of play by visitors and good publicity/comments about their playing experience. Three national tournaments in the past mean nothing now — its present condition does.

Mr. Shirai designed and built this layout with Mr. Rego’s help. Both must be sad in heaven that Hawaii’s No. 1 municipal course has slipped down the ratings.

Don’t tell me to put up or shut up. I wasn’t hired by the county when I was in my 20s and applied for work there.

Masa Shirai



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