Letters for September 2, 2015
• KHS fees don’t seem fair • Don’t leave trash behind • Stop driving, then make call
KHS fees don’t seem fair
I recently adopted a beautiful adult cat from the Kauai Humane Society. He lived with my family for about three weeks, enjoying an indoor life and some access to our condo’s second-story lanai.
He played with our little dog and habituated himself like a prince to our home. One day, we discovered that he had jumped off our second-story lanai while we were out. The day before, I had lost my phone and so did not receive any of the phone calls placed by the KHS, letting me know he had been found and was safe. KHS eventually sent me a letter to say they had my lovely cat. When I called them, however, they said I would need to pay over $124 to get him back: impound fee, re-licensing fee, and $12 a day boarding fee.
I told them I could not afford to pay anything to get him back but would take him home, no questions asked, to prevent him from being euthanized. That’s why I adopted him: to keep him alive and give him love. If we had known he was a “jumper” (two stories!), we would have cat-proofed our lanai — which is exactly what we would do if KHS would let us take him home.
However, they refuse to do this unless we pay the $124-plus in fees — preferring instead to put his life back in limbo. This confirms what we have all heard recently: KHS puts their bottom line before the life of the animals they “rescue.”
Kerith Edwards, Lihue
Don’t leave trash behind
I live less then a mile from the new Lihue Jack in the Box restaurant. I ride past it everyday. Jack opened on July 27. I remember very distinctly, it was onlythree days later that I picked the first piece of Jack trash up off the road.
I don’t have a problem with people wanting something new and exciting in their opu, but please! Please at least make sure your trash makes it to the canand not the side of the road. I haven’t kept exact count but the number of Jack items found littered, falls from between 20-30 pieces. I couldn’t pick upeverything but I have gathered 18 pieces. Please, care for your land, respect the fact that other people live here, too, and be responsible for your own waste.
Take the time to dispose of your trash properly or better yet, avoid Jack in the Box altogether.
Tabitha Kauakahi, Lihue
Stop driving, then make call
Being a Good Samaritan and using your your cellular phone to report a reckless driver is fine. Especially if the reckless driver’s license plate was reportedduring that call.
However, to be on it (cellular phone) and following the reckless drivers while reporting the violation, isn’t the person reporting the violation of the recklessdriver in violation of the cellular phone law? Shouldn’t that person pull over to the far side of the shoulder, come to a stop, and report the incident?
I’m not saying that it’s OK to drive recklessly. The reporter on the cellular phone is risking his/her life and may be just as guilty for causing an accident dueto the fact that the reporter is concentrating on the reckless driver and not his/her driving and traffic conditions.
In short, the reporter on the cellular phone should be cited, too.
Howard Tolbe, Eleele