Letters for Tuesday, July 4, 2017

• How Do You Use The News? • National Guard could solve rail matters

How Do You Use The News?

No newspapers in our driveway Will sadden me because Not only the loss of articles But the other things it does

It’s decomposing package filler For gifts sent very far

It’s a flat spread out sponge For my Dad’s oily car

It’s the sailor hats, table mats and fans from long ago

And my Mother’s handy umbrella In the rain, sleet and snow

And school assignments would have been left alone If it wasn’t for a paper sitting at home

“Read the news, write a summary,

A hundred times,” my teacher said. So I opened it up nightly

And read and read and read

It became the paper mache angels For my Girl Scout project that day And my senior year ram’s head mask That earned me a very proud A

It became my child’s first job rolling and banding on the early morning floor I watched her load them up

And deliver them door to door

It lines our pet cages daily

My husband had a newspaper kite It’s plantable cups for the new seedlings And polishes leather just right

The weekly paper is certainly grand

But the Sunday paper is the best in the land For in Sunday’s paper the comics are in color And it still puts a smile on my face like no other

And when the reading was all done

We wrapped birthday presents in comics for fun

The paper is a million things

Just reading it is one

But listing them all would be too hard a call For my poem would never be done

And no, I’m not old fashioned I’m right in line with the times I gave it my all, as I recall, To read the paper on-line

But the signal went out

It became quite a chore

Reading it on-line took four hours more!

And if cutting down trees Sounds like a crime Renewable hemp will work just fine

So yes, if my driveway lays bare today I’ll shed a few tears for my yesterday For the paper is a tribute to us all Wouldn’t you say?

It never goes off-line and it’s not much to pay And if you agree

You can buy one today!

Whether in Lihue, Atlanta, or Saint Paul Our local paper should be Treasured by all.

Lisa Peterson, Lihue

National Guard could solve rail matters

An epiphany overwhelmed me while watching the men and woman of the National Guard working on the Hundley Heightselevated switchback spur portion of the pedestrian trail from Kuhio Highway to Mahelona on Kauai.

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. has been very creative when funding ran out for the continuance of the pedestrian trail. Idon’t know the fine details, or who was involved, or how he did it, but somehow he got the National Guard to finish a mostcomplex trail system with switchbacks to cut the high angle of the hike, all elevated and handrails, making it totally ADAapproved.

There are 50 National Guards men and women a day providing labor for this project compliments of Uncle Sam.

With this said, why can’t the same concept be applied toward the financial crisis the state is going through with rail?

Are you listening, Gov. Ige, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Senate President Kouchi?

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

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