Letters for Aug. 5, 2015

Letters for Aug. 5, 2015

Dr. Sims truly was a saint

Dr. Sims, our own Dr. Doolittle. Such a special man wouldn’t be saying enough to the kind of person he was. These will be some hard shoes to fill, but I hope some other vet on the island will step up to that bar he set so high. His regards for people and their animals met no hour too late, no weekend denials, not even on his birthday. May God welcome him into heaven to be with all he has helped both pet and parent and place him right up there with all the saints where he belongs.

Please go to his PegususFoundation.org and donate to keep his legacy going.

DaisyMae, Larry, and I miss him so much it’s hard to stop crying from a broken heart. He will never be forgotten by those of us who knew and appreciated his kindness and brilliance.

Shari Ferguson

Princeville

Leave barking dog law in place

To the council: I feel the law is working for the simple fact that it exists. Dog owners are more likely to try to curb their dogs from constant barking if they know the law is in place. The threat of it is enough to move (most) dog owners to be more responsible. Without it, dog owners won’t care if their dogs are disturbing the neighborhood or not. I’m talking disturbing not just one neighbor, entire neighborhoods. Constantly barking dogs take away from the “quiet enjoyment” that we are all entitled to. Please leave the law in place.

Michael Dandurand

Kapaa

Law is flawed, subjective

This letter is in response to the people who have “bashed” councilman Kagawa recently, in his efforts to repeal the dog barking ordinance. Dogs bark. The law says, “A dog shall not be deemed a barking dog … if … a person is trespassing or threatening to trespass … or for any other reasonable or apparent cause which teased or provoked the dog.”

Who determines if a dog is barking because it is being provoked or if it is barking just to make noise? Who “deems” a dog a “barking dog” for the purposes of a complaint? This law is flawed. It’s taking a neighbor’s word against a dog’s bark. Who is the person of authority that will sit in every neighborhood to document all the possible reasons for a dog’s bark? This law is subjective, and I’m not sure how any amendment would make it objective (as all laws should be).

I recognize that barking dogs may be a problem for some people. But, do we really need a law to cater to some people’s level of comfort? Personally, I don’t think so. Councilman Kagawa has been criticized a lot recently, but I’m going to support him and say that he is not afraid to voice his opinions and the opinions of many Kauai residents who may not be as vocal as some others.

People may not like what he’s saying or doing, but I appreciate his efforts because being a public servant is not an easy job, and what he is trying to do makes sense to me.

Lisa Tamura

Lihue

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