Letters for March 25, 2016

• Thank you for reading books • Pleased by students producing ‘Twelfth Night’ • Cat discussions should be public

Thank you for reading books

To all the keiki at Kanuikapono School in Anahola and the many others that received our books: Mahalo for all your thank you notes (over 100) for the 600-plus books that the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay delivered.

We read all of the notes and they were all wonderful and rewarding — and yes we will “bring more next year,” I promise, and I am glad your “Mother enjoyed” the books, as well.

Read lots of books.

Michael Dexter-Smith, President and all the members of the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay

Pleased by students producing ‘Twelfth Night’

On my visits to Kauai from my home in Wales (a region of the United Kingdom which is also intensely proud of its cultural history), I always enjoy picking up a copy of The Garden Island. Today I was delighted to read that Island High School is putting on a production of “Twelfth Night.” Just fantastic, especially as 2016 is the 400-year anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. You have made my day!

Best wishes

Professor Susan A Ward, Emeritus Professor University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

Cat discussions should be public

As a citizen of Kauai, I ask that you oppose the ordinance that requires community cat caregivers to register colonies, limits where colonies can be located, and bans feeding without a permit. This ordinance would impact caregivers’ ability to responsibly care for cats and conduct Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), the humane and effective way to stabilize and reduce the cat population.

I also oppose the Council’s decision to have discussions about the ordinance behind closed doors. The intent of Hawaii’s Sunshine Law is to hold these discussions in public view.

Under the proposed ordinance, there would be very few areas where cat colonies are allowed to be located, and virtually nowhere on the island where TNR, the effective approach to outdoor cats, could legally take place. This would severely limit humane efforts to stabilize and reduce cat populations, which benefits the community.

Catching and killing cats wastes taxpayer money and only leads to a vacuum effect, where nearby cats move into the newly empty area and repopulate. Cats cannot be removed from the island, and trying to do so will not protect wildlife. TNR is the only effective solution.

Countless people in Kauai dedicate their time and money to care for cats, stabilize cat populations with TNR, and improve their community. This ordinance would have a devastating effect on their efforts. As a Kauai resident, I ask you to please oppose the ordinance and have all future discussions on ordinances in public view.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Carol A. Curran, Lihue

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