Letters for May 6, 2016

• More bathroom problems • Feral cat dangerous to more than birds

More bathroom problems

There are four McDonalds here on Kauai. Three on the east side have separate restrooms for men and women.

Here on the west side, both men and women share one restroom.

It use to be (it still is on the east side) that employees use the same restrooms as the customers. Men employees used the men restroom and women employees used the women restroom. But the west side McDonalds employees have their own restroom.

It is not fair that the west side customers to have to share a restroom.

Howard Tolbe, Eleele

Feral cat dangerous to more than birds

On Tuesday, Hawaii News Now reported that the parasite toxoplasmosa gondii, the disease found in both domestic and feral cat feces throughout Hawaii (and which often makes its way into the watershed), has now killed a spinner dolphin.

Toxoplasmosis is also responsible for the deaths of at least eight of our critically endangered monk seals. I keep wondering what it’s going to take for the Kauai County Council (and organizations like the Kauai Humane Society) to quit tip-toeing around the issue and do something about the 15 to 20 thousand feral cats on Kauai.

Are we going to wait until every last indigenous animal has been eliminated and then wring our hands and say, Gee, I guess we should have acted sooner?

It’s long overdue that we took off the kid gloves. Feral cats need to be eradicated now—not next week, not next month, not next year. Now! And you cat lovers out there? If you REALLY loved your feline, you would do what any responsible pet owner would do: neuter it and keep it indoors!

Steven McMacken, Lihue

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