Letters for August 8, 2015

• Dog decision won’t be forgotten • Federal investigation assistance would help • Drama students deserve an appropriate classroom

Dog decision won’t be forgotten

Dear yappy dog, I am sorry you feel so alone. I am sorry that your master doesn’t care enough about you or your neighbors to make sure you are quiet and comfortable. I am sorry that your masterwon’t take the time to train you when to bark and when to be quiet. I am sure you would much rather be an important guard dog than a neighborhood annoyance. I am sorry that our neighborspretend that your constant barking is not a problem, and I am really sorry that Ross Kagawa and the other three councilmen have taken away the only voice you had that mattered.

What I can do is assure you that I will remember this “gang of four” when elections come around again and do my best to get someone on the council that cares not only for you but for everyone’speaceful enjoyment of our beautiful home.

Allan B White, Hanapepe

Federal investigation assistance would help

With more than 70 suspicious fires since January, it is obvious that solving these arsons is beyond the island’s capability.

It is only a matter of time before someone perishes in a fire.

Let’s get the federal investigators on island now.

Denis Orme, Kapaa

Drama students deserve an appropriate classroom

Kauai High School is denying DOE drama students access to a music room primarily used for staff meetings. A six-minute, student video covers the issue.Search “KPAC Kauai” on Youtube (TGI published an article July 23).

KPAC is the DOE’s for-credit drama program, serving students from all of Kauai’s public middle and high schools. This high-quality program is directed by Dennis McGraw, and formerly Arnold Meister. In April, 4,000 people saw KPAC’s, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Music Room R3, a DOE-designed performing arts room, is used primarily for staff meetings. Students use it for testing. No performance or music occurs in this room (other than KPAC’s one-time use of it last December for its Shakespeare play). For two years, KPAC has asked for shared use of R3: to perform its fall play, and to rehearse (two to three days a week, after school).

No good reason justifies denying drama students shared access to R3. Taxpayer funds paid for this specialized room: It is large, soundproof, with mirrors on the walls. If KPAC cannot perform its fall play in a free, suitable space in Lihue, then KPAC must rent a suitable venue. This money could transport Waimea and Kapaa students to rehearsal at Kauai High School, purchase updated equipment, etc.

Please contact Principal Kane (Anne_Kane@notes.k12.hi.us or 274-3160), CAS Arakaki Bill_Arakaki@notes.k12.hi.us or 274-3502 or BOE representative Maggie Cox Margaret_Cox@notes.k12.hi.us.

Many voices are needed for these DOE theatre students to gain access to an appropriate classroom.

Tracy Murakami, KPAC Advisory Board, Kapaa


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