Letters for July 24, 2015

• Kauai’s traffic worse than ever • Adopt an animal and save a life

Kauai’s traffic worse than ever

My wife and I have been coming to Kauai since 2002. We were married on the beach at Hanalei Bay and own a timeshare at Pono Kai in Kapaa. We come out for two weeks at a time every other year. We are currently on the island until this Friday and have thoroughly enjoyed our time her on Kauai — except for the traffic in Kapaa. It seems to be especially bad this year between the ABC Store in Kapaa and the Kinipono Shopping Center through the merge.

What are the county government’s plans for dealing with the consistent gridlock? We were northbound on Wednesday at 4 p.m.at the Coconut Marketplace and it took 20 minutes to get to Foodland. It would seem to me that visitors and kamaaina owning businesses along Kuhio Highway would be concerned over this traffic.

On a funny note, my wife and I were eating at L&L next to the Kapaa fire station when a friend from the Mainland saw us because they were stuck in traffic. It’s funny and sad at the same time.

We’ve been coming to Kauai every other year since 2002 and this year’s traffic is the worst we’ve ever experienced. What are the plans to resolve the traffic problem? Visitors like us may quit coming here if it takes an hour to go from the Coconut Marketplace to the ABC Store at the Y intersection in Kapaa.

Tony and Linda Nix, Cypress, California

Adopt an animal and save a life

Having followed the Kauai Humane Society’s ordeal carefully over the past few months, I am finally moved by my love for KHS and the innocent animals completelydependent on their care, to put my heartfelt words into this public forum. A 70 percent kill rate is unacceptable.

There is no excuse for all these dead animals except a complete emotional disconnect between the animal’s experience and the humans administering the euthanasianeedle. Clearly, those who chose to go public and risked their job security or simply quit and moved on, were not able to ignore their moral compass that screamed “Nomore!”

At this point, I am relieved to see KHS’s board stepping up and into the fray to improve this situation.

However, I believe this problem is not just about KHS’s Executive Director Penny Cistaro’s policies. Our community has to step up as well and shift our focus from theproblems, heading straight into the solutions. Fact is Kauai has too many unwanted cats and dogs and too few available homes for them.

I am writing to beg the Kauai community to get up and go to the KHS, adopt a cat or a dog and literally save a life. If you already have a cat or a dog, stretch and adoptone more.

Lastly, I’m begging those who have rental properties, please allow your tenants to keep pets. Charge whatever deposit you need to protect your investment, but pleaseopen your world to these pets whose life depends on you.

Karin Stoll, MSW, DCSW

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