Letters for Thursday, October 5, 2017

• Job well done Kauai Fire Department • The anthem is a witness to sacrafice

Job well done Kauai Fire Department

I would like to commend KFD on the great job that they did on the Poipu Fire last week. I have extensive experience flying Fire Control on the West Coast observing aircraft and helicopters in action fighting fires. The response and expertise of the helicopter operations on the Poipu Fire were of the highest caliber.

I would especially like to call out the pilot of the chopper with purple trim whose accuracy and technique were right on. We are very fortunate to have these private operators available to assist in such a situation. If we had not had these resources and the ability to respond quickly there surely would have been loss of property as this was a fast moving fire in a very dry area with lots of fuel. Thanks again for a job well done.

Roger Cable, Poipu

The anthem is a witness to sacrafice

This is my response to the Sept. 27, 2017 TGI article: “The wrong narrative has overtaken the anthem debate” by Sports Writer, David Simon (who has featured articles on behalf of my Women’s Rugby Team on Kauai). This is my attempt at a history lesson to inform the public and to help them understand WHY our Flag MUST be honored by every American and why we must stand in respect, with our hand over our hearts, whenever and wherever our National Anthem is played in public.

Please take a few moments to listen and recognize the inspiration Francis Scott Key, the composer of The Star Spangled Banner, captured in his lyrics (there are actually two verses) as Key was witness to the sacrifice each man made, with their last full measure of devotion to our Flag. The British Fleet, during the Revolutionary War, fired upon our military an entire night, yet our men refused to lower our Flag. The men stepped into the gunfire, one after another and kept the Flag aloft before falling to their death “… and the Flag was still there”. How can it not “be about the military” who, beginning then, gave and continue to give, their lives so that we may remain free and able to express our First Amendment right as set forth in our Constitution?

David, I respect your opinion. Please respect mine, as it is not my intention to offend you. For his actions, Kaepernick remains unemployable.

Angie Smallidge, Kilauea

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