Letters for April 14, 2016

• Still standing strong • Seawall project handled poorly • Room rentals are necessary

Still standing strong

The first letter (TGI March 30) was received well with many non and active homeless. But to inspire many more in need, let me share my personal adversities yet still remain faithful and determined to stand strong.

Since becoming homeless six to seven weeks ago, I have been deprived of vital medication. I am type 2 diabetic; lactose dependent for my liver and kidney to control toxic levels, elevated blood pressure and medication for bleeding ulcers.

Though weak, my faith and 1 Peter Chapter 5, I suffer and lost but you have and will emerge a stronger and more faithful individual which I believe with all my heart and soul. What hurts the worst is that I was given no medication and only empty pill dispensers and one empty insulin needle.

But I am blessed by having his mercy and in his favor. So for all struggling and lost souls, stay faithful and strong in your adversities, Keep with your programs and believe. There are many programs to help like Breath of Life, Calvary and St Michael’s. There is no reason to them face alone. Join me and the fellowships. I can still help and let’s beat this.

Mark Segreti, Kapaa

Seawall project handled poorly

This letter is in response to the front page article of The Garden Island, (Tuesday, April 12) “Repaired, but eroding.”

It took eight years to get the seawall at Pono Kai repaired. $950,000 was spent to restore the integrity of the existing seawall. However, according to Oceanit, the project’s consultant, they stated that the seawall should have been extended another 50 feet and the erosion problem would have been solved. According to Lyle Tabata, acting county engineer, four new permits would be needed for that: conservation district use permit, US Army Corps of Engineers permit, Department of Health clean water branch permit, and a special management area permit.

Let me see if I’ve got this right. So far, we have spent nearly a million bucks for a seawall that is now being undermined by the waves. We need four more permits to add 50 feet of seawall. Why didn’t we get these permits to begin with, to do the job right and be done with it? The plan now is to keep dumping sand in the hole, which sounds like a huge money pit to me.

This is what government bureaucracy looks like in action, folks — gridlock.

Kris Van Dahm, Kapaa

Room rentals are necessary

This is about the ordinance cutting off certain areas of the island for bed and breakfasts. We are a local inter-generational family who has lived on the same property for 70 years. We are retired on Social Security. We rent out two bedrooms to short term renters. Uncle is 96 and suffers dementia. Our family has to rally around him for 24/7 caregiving.

There are never loud party’s here. There is always someone here. No one parks on the street. If anything it’s the unsupervised vacation rentals that are causing the trouble. Why would the council and the planning commission exempt TVRs and ban bnbs?

We pay our taxes.We are not taking housing away. This is just two rooms to help us pay the bills. The rooms would be sitting empty otherwise. Why not supplement our income to help pay for daddy’s care. I am disappointed in councilman Chock. I was going to vote for him. Actually I was going to campaign for him. After this, no more.

Denise Tangalin, Kapaa


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