Letters for Oct. 5, 2016

• Football often a source of injuries in young • Thank you to work crew for cleaning up mess

Football often a source of injuries in young

Thanks for printing Alan Parachini’s editorial “Shearwaters are more important than Friday night football.”

I want to weigh in on the debate from another angle. I was a full time family physician at Kaiser-Permanente for 35 years. I was also a professor of family medicine. I took care of many kids with brain injuries that caused permanent damage (also known as concussions.)

I took care of thousands of adults with old football injuries that caused chronic, unremitting pain. Football, in my experience, generated the most common serious injuries in young teenagers.

There are plenty of activities that don’t involve deliberate violence that adults may continue long after high school graduation. Teach your kids to surf? Run? Swim?

If you care about your kids, you won’t let them play football.

Gordon LaBedz, Kekaha

Thank you to work crew for cleaning up mess

Usually people write to the newspaper to complain about a particular situation or just to make noise.

My letter is for the highest compliments and respect I show to Mr. Kimo Matsushima and his work crew which he supervises as the head of the DOT airport division.

I take my dog running in the open fields down at Ahukini almost every morning. I saw the trash condition get worse. A manhole cover was taken, the cables exposed and with the rains we’d been having it was danger ahead for sure.

The filth and trash was unbelievable! Piled high on both sides of the road. I’d never seen anything this bad before. I saw an old friend, “Jabong” and related the situation to him. I’m sure he told his boss about it, Mr. Kimo Matsushima, because the following morning when I went to run my dog at Ahukini, I couldn’t believe what I saw.

Heavy equipment was clearing every bit of filth that was there. Everything already looked spotless! Talk about instant action! Many tourists go to Ahukini and now we can be proud to let them see what’s beyond the airport. My biggest mahalo again to Kimo Matsushima and his crew.

Jack Wilhelm, Lihue

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