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Letters for Sunday, April 2, 2017

• Kalapaki Bay war games • Billionaires, throw a party instead of developing land • Tourist treasure lost to lodge • Bill promotes state-assisted abortion

Kalapaki Bay war games

Nestled between the Anchor Cove shops and the pedestrian bridge to Kalapaki Bay (over the stream) is a convenient, but badly neglected parking lot/shoreline access.

Used by beachgoers, shoppers, tourists, boaters and families with children in strollers, this area serves many masters. Unfortunately, even if one is lucky enough to find a parking space in this lot, you will put your car (your limbs, if walking) in peril, due to the condition of the parking lot surface.

This lot looks as if it was used for ordnance practice in a war games exercise. The parking lot surface now has craters the size of basketballs/cannon balls/small bombs, and that’s the good news.

The bad news is no one wants to repair it. If, in fact, the upkeep of this small piece of land is the responsibility of Kauai County, why haven’t they already ear-marked funds to repair this dangerous place, which also happens to be an eyesore?

Does our local government want this eyesore to be a lasting remembrance of some of Kauai’s tourists?

Oh yes, contrast these conditions to the condition of the shoreline access along Kalapaki Bay in front of Duke’s and the Marriott. So it can look very nice.

Please Kauai County, show everyone that you care and make this repair a very high high priority.

Michael Diamant, Kalaheo

Billionaires, throw a party instead of developing land

Why can’t these billionaires do stuff that really benefits the island, instead of more development? The island is already bursting at the seams and going downhill. Places tourists spend thousands of dollars to travel to are trashed out with garbage and dubious looking plants, let alone the overused restrooms.

How about doing something like renew the Menehune fish pond and protect it permanently, make the humane society a no-kill facility, or buy large tracts of land and protect them from development forever. Make sure there is permanent public access. Throw big, friendly parties for the locals, who really know the island and have been here forever.

Bette Midler seems to have done this with the large tract of land in Kapaa. What’s a few hundred million one way or another to these guys? More development is just so archaic and doofus. Regular people have to fight it all the time, requiring extra naps and protein bars.

Come on, billionaire guys! Really step up to the plate and do it right.

Molly Jones, Kealia

Tourist treasure lost to lodge

The proposed Princeville Lodge, unbeknownst to many, is a sought-after spot for die-hard movie buffs who still comb trails and beaches to find scenes from classic films such as “South Pacific” (1958) that put Black Pot Beach and Kauai on the visitor map.

The ledge is the location where a nurse ( Ensign Nellie Forbush) meets a French planter (Emile De Becque) and classic Rogers and Hammerstein’s songs, “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Cockeyed Optimist” and “Dites-Moi” were filmed.

Developer Jeff Stone and others have a plan that may slowly eliminate a slice of tourist treasure. Strike down the band.

Sandra J. Abrajano, Charlton, Mass.

Bill promotes state-assisted abortion

SB501 is making its way through the legislative process; it just passed out of the House Committee on Health by a 4-3 vote. If passed, it would force Hawaii Crisis Pregnancy Centers to provide information regarding an abortion option.

This bill does not require abortion clinics to provide CPC information to their clients. While they continue to refer to this bill as a bill regarding women’s health, it is instead a bill that is not helping women’s health, and is a detriment to their health by inserting an option for abortion into the health-based options that the CPCs are offering (which they offer free of charge without receiving state or federal funding).

Abortion clinics, especially Planned Parenthood, charge for their services and receive funding from state and/or federal funds in many states. It is a misnomer to call what abortion clinics refer to as health services when it is instead related to services resulting in death to the unborn.

These donation-based CPCs, who serve women selflessly with love and respect at no cost, would be forced to promote state-assisted abortion or pay exorbitant fees. In addition, this bill goes against their religious freedoms that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution clearly supports.

Those who are “pro-choice” should support pregnancy care centers that give women other options. Women are more than capable of making their own choice. Concerned Women for America of Hawaii opposes this legislation.

Barbara J. Ferraro, state director, Concerned Women for America of Hawaii

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