Letters for Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

• Next, clean up junk cars in Anahola • Ref right to stop rough play

Next, clean up junk cars in Anahola

I just read in Thurday’s TGI about cleaning up the illegal dump site in Kapaia. I wonder if anything is being planned to clean up the scores of dumped cars along the beautiful bluff just south of Anahola Beach, off the dirt road leading to Kapaa. What a sad eyesore of a sight.

I wonder how much gas, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc. has already leaked into the ground just outside the shoreline. So sorry!

Maria Bjorn-Roli, Princeville

Ref right to stop rough play

My boyfriend and I have enjoyed watching varsity high school sports here on Kauai for many years. We both played soccer in high school and college, and find it both exciting and entertaining. However, the game we witnessed this afternoon (Wednesday) at Island School was a travesty.

The Waimea boys play very physical, but definitely crossed over the line. Blatant hits to their opponents that would have been appropriate in a football game were unnerving, dangerous, and just plain meant for nothing else but to hurt the other boys.

After several warnings, the center referee finally put his foot down and gave out several yellow cards, and three red cards (one to a Waimea coach.). Thank you referee for doing the right thing! All too often this rough play goes unchallenged, and the aggression results in injuries and retaliatory aggression. It’s about time somebody enforced what is fair play and what is dangerous play. Hopefully, the boys who received the cards will take it to heart. Maybe they can learn something from it.

The coach will certainly have less kids playing in the next game. Unfortunately, and even worse than what happened on the field, the parents of those players decided that threatening and taunting the referee both during the game and when he left to go to his car might improve the situation. Shame on you guys. What kind of lessons are you teaching your sons and daughters?

Please act like ladies andgentlemen. Where in heaven’s name did your aloha go?

Stephanie Oyagi, Lihue


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