Letters for Friday, March 3, 2017

• No aloha for the homeless? • Admit dairy plan is wrong

No aloha for the homeless?

Such a sad situation here in Lihue. I am homeless. Along with many of my Street ohana we have been exposed to much absence of the aloha spirit. I was hospitalized for internal bleeding and head injury recently that required five staples and sustained a concussion.

Upon discharge, I notice my cellphone was low. Went to the ER Lobby where they have a charging station. Upon plugging in, a security officer asked me to depart for I was “soliciting.”

As I approached the access road, another security guard rode up in a golf cart inquiring what I was doing. Now being once a branch manager for security companies, I knew to “observe and report.”

I was just walking. Then due to my head injury, I felt dizzy and sat down at on Elua Street. A property manager told me to depart. I explained why I was sitting but to no avail and proceeded to video me with her iPhone as I departed.

Lastly, I had received several Subway gift cards from Calvary. I went to Subway to hand out for free. A KPD officer told me to move for “solicitation.” I offered him one but no aloha but just judgment.

Mark Segreti, Lihue

Admit dairy plan is wrong

The recent rainfall has provided a natural lie detector. The photographs of the cascading Waiopili Stream throwing debris, bacteria, and trash into the ocean is too vivid to be ignored. The testimony of the lifeguards at Poipu Beach describing the brown, blighted mess drifting westerly past one of the most pristine and desirable beaches in the world must not be forgotten. Add to that the tons of manure that will be generated by a diary that no one wants and that spells disaster.

Mr. Pierre Omidyar, stop hiding behind the Kabuki mask of your spokespersons. It is you who is destroying our beaches. It is you who has contaminated our elected officials with your actions. I can not believe that you and others are unable to say that you have been wrong.

It is not wrong to be wrong. Anyone, upon review, has the right to change their mind. Remember that, you elected officials, when you came out in support of the dairy, that your decision will haunt you as I will haunt you, when you again seek office. And I pray that many others will join with me. But with review, perhaps you will regain the respect of the voters by admitting that perhaps you were wrong.

The issue of the dairy was closed by the rain. The volume of water that reached the ocean accompanied by tons of cow manure is too hard to imagine. Any further effort to continue to search for approval of a dairy is a perilous fantasy. Close the books, go away quietly, and let the existing beauty of the South Shore bring joy to all who respect its existence.

Monroe Richman, M.D., Koloa


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