Letters for April 19, 2015

• Cats mo bettah than rats • B&B closures bad for aloha

Cats mo bettah than rats

I was over to my tutu’s home. I help my tutu with certain chores that she is too old to do when I visit her. Now she has problem with rats. She say cats are now all gone and now replaced by rats. I have a friend who live off of Lipo, in Kapaa. They say same.

I think maybe taking cats away not a good in nature. I have seen them kill rats in nature. Poison not good for the aina, birds, pigs, dogs in nature, and rat too smart for simple trap and carry sickness.

Now I must go to Humane Society, adopt cat and spend money. When if I adopt same cat that taken from here? Humane Society and county kind of funny in strange way — like dog chasing own tail then getting tired. It do nothing but tire itself out.

Aukai Maupuana

Anahola

B&B closures bad for aloha

To everyone who has been affected by the illegal enforcement of closing 60 out of 320 B&Bs (homestays, inns, farmstays) it heralds the “New Kauai.”

I’ve lived here since 1992 and I always knew there was a dark undercurrent of back-biting, deception, corruption, the “Old Boy” network and the prevailing “plantation mentality.” For 23 years I have overlooked this dark side of Kauai, preferring to rely on the honesty and integrity of the locals.

The recent wake-up call about how we treat our visitors — especially those who prefer alternatives to cookie-cutter hotel rooms, condos and time shares — will darken our aloha in perpetuity and give undeserving locals a bad name. Small business doesn’t stand a chance here. We pay commercial real estate taxes, and thousands of dollars to Transient Accommodation and General Excise taxes. We support hundreds of employees, local vendors and activities. Kauai, the land of millionaires, movie stars and moguls, has pushed out real people.

Wait until the world’s top travel publications get wind of these closures. Travel and Leisure, Sunset, Frommers, Lonely Planet, Conde Nast, Outbound, National Geo Traveler, Islands, and the LA Times Travel section have been notified. It is going to be very, very bad for Kauai.

Now I feel sorry for the HVCB, the KVB, the Office of Economic Development, the Real Property Tax division of Kauai, the state Transient Accommodation and the General Excise people, and the IRS. They are the big losers; we little guys never really counted anyway.

Sheila Heathcote

Kalaheo

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