Letters for July 19, 2015
Attend Monday meeting on solar project
“Overpowering: Some Anahola residents unhappy with construction of solar farm substation next to Kuhio Highway,” as was reported in The Garden Islandnewspaper on June 27, the next committee meeting to discuss the Anahola Solar Project will be held on July 20 at the Anahola Cafe at 7 p.m. Let us not make it a confrontational meeting. To question the who, why and when this project was initiated is moot at best because it is what it is. It will not be taken down anytime soon. Once those lights come on it will light up Anahola for miles. Praise God! We live in the farm lots on Hokualele Road so we are not impacted as much.
Helemai to the Anahola Cafe on Monday, the 20th day of July at 7 p.m. Let us come with open minds and lokahi to work toward implementing a design plan.
Decision on letter comments is like putting lipstick on a pig
The editorial, “Comments won’t be allowed on letters anymore” (July 15) is a good example of putting “lipstick on a pig!” The pig, in this case, is the extreme, reactive decision to stop any and all comments applied to letter to the editor. The lipstick is the stated rationale which clearly links the problem of vile comments to anonymous commenters.
Why go to such an extreme as a first step towards change? The article argues that the problem lies with anonymous comments.
It argues that there is no problem with letters to the editors that have a name and city attached. Therefore, why not, as a first step, restrict letter comments to those who use their name or sign with a name and city, just like the letters.
A recent Pew survey found that most social media harassment was anonymous. There is additional science behind that conclusion. Some people like making vile, or at least trite, comments anonymously. They also like the excuse that they’ll be harassed. There is no science behind that conclusion, nor are there police reports.
During 14 years as a full-time Kauai resident, I averaged eight letters per year and made 2,400 comments under my name. My address and phone number was listed, my Facebook was unrestricted, the first two Googled pages revealed the school I worked at, where I worked at Wilcox Hospital, my private practice, and the business I had on the side. I enjoyed 14 incident-free years and know five others who use their names without any problems.
The harassment excuse is a myth. Named letters and comments are civil. Why not allow letter comments that match the letters as a first step and see what happens?