Letters for July 3, 2015

• Stop wasting time, take action • Injured guest has only self to blame

Stop wasting time, take action

In reference to Mr. Rita’s article in The Garden Island as well as the overall homeless issue, being forced out of his home is unfortunate and, yes, I understand there’s reason sometimes. But by all means, I feel, and I’m certain a number of other people feel the same, this island is going into turmoil with so many homeless on the rise.

In the past two months I’ve read and heard about three local elderly people who have been faced with homelessness. And don’t tell me they didn’t work hard enough to provide themselves a future. Isn’t it the community’s job to be fair in housing rights and acts? Soon we may be like Oahu’s tent city. Do any of us want to see that eyesore on beautiful Kauai? I do not.

I think the community needs to show the ineffective mayor and council that we need a real change. We need a petition, an answer, or more locals will end up buying Mainland property because it’s just that much easier than here. How sad! Also, not enough of the young generation votes, leaving it to the old timers, who end up choosing the same old councilmembers who’ve been trying to run the county for years.

Give the newcomers a chance! I’m positive they have some great ideas to turn the county around. Council: Stop meeting for refreshments, laughs, and dancing. Make a real change for once! Most of us certainly work hard, yet it’s not enough.

Emi Nollar, Kalaheo

Injured guest has only self to blame

I am writing in response to Leanne Roe’s experience in Waimea Canyon (TGI, letter to the editor, Tuesday).

First of all, guardrails are there for a reason. The dropoffs in that area are treacherous at best. For the most part, any person with a shred of intelligence doesn’t try to go over them. Second, if you had a hard time getting the first leg over, then maybe your corpulent self shouldn’t have tried the second leg. So falling down and breaking your arm trying to go to a place that, for safety reasons, you aren’t supposed to go to, you have no one to blame except yourself.

As a resident of this island, most of the drownings and injuries happen to tourists because they do not take the time to research or understand that this island, as beautiful as it is, can be very dangerous. But your sense of entitlement and general lack of understanding resulted in your injuries. Next time, stay in your convertible to take pictures and walk on the concrete pathways.

Reese Hassinger, Lihue


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