Letters for Aug. 1, 2015
Euthanizing animals is not a solution
Mahalo to Dr. Gregg A. Townsley for his letter to the editor.
I have to say with the utmost respect to Dr. Townsley, he does not understand what is going on and perhaps many Kauaians do not either.
All that Dr. Townsley expressed in his letter has been expressed many times inTGI, in various official meetings with the KHS executive director, and in social discussions on the web.
The KHS executive director, for reasons unknown, prefers to kill animals as the primary method of population control which is inefficient both cost and goal wise. Simply put, the KHS executive director’s choice of solutions equate to a never-ending waste of public money.
The KHS executive director spotlights the KHS adoption and transfer programs. But all who have lived here for at least a couple of years know this is a public relations ploy/front — the numbers showing the KHS executive director, again for some unknown reason, would rather kill than adopt or transfer as these programs run and a level just enough to give the KHS executive director the right to say they exist.
Then there is the Salt Pond kittens incident giving great firsthand insight into KHS’s executive director’s true feelings about animals.
Solution for KHS? Replace the Humane Society’s executive director with someone educated in the art of management who sincerely loves animals.
New law needed before removing old one
On Aug. 5, Kauai County Councilmembers will decide the fate of our existing barking dog ordinance. The effort to repeal the law instead of amending it has been spearheaded by councilman Ross Kagawa. So without expending any work of his own to write us a new law to replace the one we’ve got, councilman Kagawa strikes to remove.
Mr. Kagawa, many, including myself, are trying to understand why you’d rather remove a 2-year-old ordinance that supports peace and quiet within our neighborhoods instead of fixing the parts of it you don’t like. Is it so fundamentally and critically flawed as to be irreparable? And if it is, then how did it pass just two years ago in the first place? Did you notify anyone about these flaws back then? Why would you rather destroy something without trying to fix or improve it first? How long will we be without any ordinance to address nonstop barking dogs?
Do you have one in your pocket now, Mr. Kagawa?
Tourism creating crowded conditions
After reading the recent TGI articles about the DLNR plan for Haena, anyone can see from the commenters that this is a hot button issue. Many of us don’t go there much now due to the crowded conditions. It’s a bad experience from that standpoint. Not to mention the helicopters.
Maybe we should allow parking for Kauai registered personal vehicles only and shuttle everyone else. We are crowded out of our own parks thanks to the never ending push by the HTA to promote Hawaii tourism. It’s ridiculous. If we wanted this kind of scene we’d live on Oahu, which we don’t. As far as building a boardwalk and rain shelters, that’s not high on the list of what many of us are trying to experience and how does that reduce the visitor numbers that they are trying for?
If any of you are having a hard time finding the correct email addresses to send in your comments as street addresses only are shown on the plan report, for the DLNR emails go to state park contact Lauren Tanaka, lauren.a.tanaka@Hawaii.gov and for the consultant PBR Hawaii & Associates, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you send your email to the DLNR but not the spokesperson, the DLN will not forward it to her. They return it giving you the P.O. Box. Maybe they don’t really want our comments or are trying to generate business for the U.S. Postal Service.