Letters for Sept. 26, 2016

• Solutions would help in anti-bullying program • Reefs are suffering, let’s protect them

Solutions would help in anti-bullying program

Aloha ohana of Kauai: What I am about to share is with the purpose to get things better in the future. I am not going to criticize what I saw but share my opinion for a better horizon for our keiki.

I am a mother and last Saturday I took my son to the mall for the anti-bullying program they were offering that morning. First, I noticed that most of the keiki were at Fun Factory while the parents, grandparents and aunties were the ones paying attention to the music and going around to the tables with the information about the subject.

When my son ran out of money from the games he came to me and we went around the tables to experience and see what they have to offer us. I noticed that the ladies at the table were just passing pens, bags, erasers, etc. to my son without saying anything. I said to them, “Would you please explain to my son why are we here? What is the purpose of this anti-bullying gathering? What are the solutions or the tools to deal with that?”

I felt that just giving a pen to a child wasn’t enough to accomplish what most of us (as parents) want a peaceful environment in the classroom and in the school.

I would like to express my gratitude to all the sponsors of the event — the great music — the people working there, the food and cake. My invitation for the future is to emphasize explaining to the kids the purpose of the gathering where they can see and experience the variety of solutions offered by the groups. Mahalo for focusing on the well-being of our future generations. I am a mother full of gratitude and appreciation.

Arlette Quintero, Koloa

Reefs are suffering, let’s protect them

I live on the South Shore and see (what appears to be) damaged coral, as well.

I have been searching for a connection to restore the reefs because I’m not educated in the marine field, only experienced in what I have witnessed. I’ve been concerned fora few years now.

The reefs around the island have been damaged. By what, I do not know. I have a decade of underwater photos to show regression.

I don’t believe the damage is caused by divers. Scuba divers are some of the most ethical people, as a result of their love for the ocean. People are not likely spending timeand money to certify and explore the ocean, while damaging reefs.

It’s more likely uneducated ocean visitors could damage the reef. That’s not pointing the finger at tourists. I’ve witnessed plenty of locals disrespecting the reef.

Your description of the damage at Tunnels reminds me of my favorite mound of coral next to the Beach House restaurant. It’s the size of a large van and looks flattened anddead.

I would love the opportunity to work with a team to preserve and restore the reefs here, before it’s too late.

Heidi Wolfgang, Kalaheo


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