Letters for July 7, 2015

Letters for July 7, 2015

Solulion to feral cat population

There is a solution to kill our island cats in masses. It is called TNR (trap/neuter/return) or TNRM (trap, neuter, return, manage). This program can help stray, abandoned and feral cats on-island, not kill them all.

It is a program where stray, abandoned and feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, have their ear tipped to identify them as “ferals,” given their shots, and returned to their colony, where a manager takes care of them.

Neutering stops the howling and the cat fights. Cats are much more calm and peaceful. No more kittens are born. The colony passes through a fairly normal life cycle. If a new cat enters the colony, the manager notices and does the TNR thing. The community is happier with the overall effect. No more wandering for mating. It is not a never-ending expense to the taxpayer, as is trap/remove) which means trap/kill.

Trap/remove has been proven time and time again to be very costly and ineffective. With trap/remove, more cats (and rats) will just move into the “vacuum” space.

Oahu shelters promote and support TNR. Maui shelters promote and support TNR. Hawaii island is building a huge new amazing community shelter for their animals. Wow! UH Manoa had its own feral cat colony for the students, which is now almost gone. Are we, here on Kauai island, going to be the only people in the state of Hawaii who do not look at a humane solution — namely TNR or TNRM?

Please check out TNR. There are a gazillion websites to help us all learn more

Mahalo nui loa, for your consideration of the TNR solution.

Joyce Ogmundson


Hokua would add to traffic mess

A popular definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over in expectation of different (presumably better) results. Some might argue that this describes Kauai’s planning process.

The only other motive I can posit for permitting development like Hokua and various new hotels on our island’s Eastside is a desire for large-scale replication of the old circus stunt that involves cramming as many clowns as possible into a Volkswagen. As anyone who regularly drives through this area knows, it’s traffic is always a circus, but without the comic relief that a collaboration of crammed clowns might offer.

How can any sane person seriously contend that adding more vehicles, as these developments surely will, to an infrastructure that can’t accommodate the existing ones can improve that situation? Projected and promised mitigation schemes, many of which we have heard before, are just so many projections and promises. What guarantees have we that these will ever materialize or to be effective if and when they do?

There is no question that our community needs affordable housing, but there must be a better way to provide it than by approving developments like Hokua. As for building more hotels, why should this be allowed when we seldom fill the ones we already have.

On a different and more positive note: Some recent letters have expressed concern about decline of honeybee populations. Besides supporting our local beekeepers, here is a way to help. University of Hawaii Hilo’s Adopt a Beehive program allows individuals or groups to do just that. Donors have the satisfaction of knowing that they are contributing to research and teaching of practices that protect the health of these useful creatures. They can also have the satisfaction of receiving gifts of delicious honey.

For more information, check out www.uhfoundation.org/adoptabeehive or call (808) 933-1945

H.M. Wyeth


Many people blind to God’s ways

Sad, sad, sad day when five members of the U.S. Supreme Court voted to legalize same-sex marriage in all of our 50 states.

You can be sure this decision will be a primary reason for this country to fall apart and we will pay for it.

Also, shame, shame shame that our President Obama approved of it with a great number of other politicians in Washington. They’re all being blinded by the devil, Satan.

I’m sure that these politicians have read their Bible, knowing in one of the laws of “God,” that no man shall lay with another man. Of course, this law includes all women, who practice sexual immorality.

Also, another terrible decision that most states made is to allow gay men and lesbians to adopt children. I believe if this decision continues, this country will have a majority of homosexuals and lesbians running the country.

For all of you who read my open letter, I want you to know, I am not judging you, but stating the facts according to what I read in the Holy Book, the Bible.

My brothers and sisters, remember God owns your body, not you.

Those of you who practice sexual immorality will not inherit the kingdom of God. Confess to God now, while you’re still living.

My brothers and sisters, I will pray for you to convert to God’s ways and laws, while you still have time.

LeRoy Manguchei



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