Letters for May 30, 2015

• Paper carrier doing wonderful job • Dear Kauai – remember Nepal • Jobs skills key to improving economy

Paper carrier doing wonderful job

Our paper delivery man is doing a great job delivering our papers each day. Every morning he is right on time and my paper is near my front door. It is such a pleasure to read The Garden Island and the Star Advertiser each day. I called The Garden Island today and they told me my delivery man’s name is Lito. Just want you to know Lito that my family appreciates the hard work you do in such an excellent manner. I urge everyone to tip your newspaper delivery man when your bill becomes due.

Richard L. Turner, Princeville

Dear Kauai – remember Nepal

I am home! Perhaps you read about my time in Nepal. My earthshaking experience. I am so grateful for all the love and donations that were sent to me to help those in need. My job there was to donate to people and organizations that could use the cash instantly to alleviate suffering. I delivered food and bedding materials and a small amount of cash to individuals. I have helped fund a school that was damaged for the untouchables. And I found several orphanages that needed food and building repair so that the children would not have to live outside any longer. I also found a baby girl (about 5 pounds) born premature at earthquake time that needs special attention.

The warmth and generosity of people living in conditions two centuries behind the West is heart warming. However, these people are now suffering and I’m afraid with the media attention elsewhere, the problems they are experiencing will be overlooked by the world.

As you know, the earthquake(s) destroyed many old buildings, and damaged most of the others. And it is the poorest people that live in these older homes. Most people are living outdoors under tarps or tents. The monsoon rains are coming and will last the entire summer. It is important for these people in the small villages and in the city have a dry shelter. My colleagues/ friends in Kathmandu are actively helping to build these shelters out of corrugated metal and tarps, but they do need help with the purchase of supplies. So, yes, I’m still in the helping mode. I will not forget Nepal!

Anna Myers, Princeville

Jobs skills key to improving economy

I wish to take issue with Friday’s editorial about losing the war on poverty. The author does not address a modern economy. The demand for unskilled or low skilled labor has in decline foryears. Big government solutions often miss the mark. Australia recently upped their minimum wage.

Fast food operators began increasing automation. Quality job skills are the key to solving this matter. Yes, I know some types of higher education is expensive. So is forcing the consumer tocover unproductive labor. Automated cashiers at the grocery store provide quicker and easier way to complete shopping.

Suzanne Woodruff, Kapaa

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