Letters for Thursday, October 26, 2017

• Keep pets safe this Halloween • Those in power support growth

Keep pets safe this Halloween

This Halloween, pet owners partaking in frightening family fun should remember to keep all their little ghouls and goblins safe — including the four-legged ones.

Tricks for treats? Only if those treats are safe for pets, since many Halloween candies can be toxic to animals. Chocolate and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be particularly dangerous if ingested, so keep your pet from sniffing around the candy bowl.

With trick-or-treaters roaming the streets, pets can become disoriented and scared. Be sure to provide a safe, quiet space they can retreat to if needed, and watch the door for escape artists: many pets will try to disappear outside if given the chance.

Keeping your pet safe this Halloween doesn’t have to be tricky. With a few simple precautions, the entire family can safely enjoy the holiday’s spooky scares.

Dr. Kwane Stewart, Chief Veterinary Officer at American Humane

Those in power support growth

Fellow citizens, I believe the thing that we continually overlook is that the traffic problem is an economics question. A free market economy needs growth to function. No growth equals less jobs and opportunities for the average citizen and, more importantly, less money for those corporations that need to pay multimillion dollar salaries.

Those of us that wish for less tourism, less traffic and less people on our island are in for a shock. Our elected officials, our business leaders and our corporate overlords are never going to allow that to happen. They want those tourist dollar, they need those tourist dollar and those precious little numbers are going to continue to flow off our island and into bank accounts in New York, Tokyo, Dubai and anywhere else that they can hide them.

Oh some will stay here, to be sure, a minimum wage job with no benefits for the peasant class and a few bucks doled out for the next county council election. The airport will be expanded, more hotels will be built, more flights will be authorized and nothing we can do is going to change that.

There is too much money involved for the blue collar American living paycheck to paycheck to be considered.

I would love to see less visitors and less growth on our island, but how? Stop any planned airport expansion, limited flights, stop all new condo and hotel development, and restrict the number of rental. I hold my breath for that to happen.

David Presley, Hanalei

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