Letters for Wednesday, January 10, 2018

DMV needs to be faster, better

The county Department of Motor Vehicles’ new system doesn’t change anything. The line moves in the same pace, or even slower, as the older system. It took 45 minutes to just under an hour before each person was waited on. Three windows were closed.

Also, there should be separate lines for business with multiple cars to be registered and people who are putting their car in storage. They take more of the DMV cashiers’ time to complete a task.

DMV should be relocate to the old Lihue post office on Rice Street. There, the building could be remodeled for more windows and cashiers to give service.

With all that mentioned above, separate lines, and more open windows and cashiers, the DMV would be run more effective and faster.

Howard Tolbe, Eleele

Thanks for real news, but please give us more

I read TGI because I want to learn about the things that concern those of us who live here on Kauai. I think that most of us read the news for this reason. We might enjoy being inspired by a story of an upstanding community member and/or maybe, we are just bored at work and so we browse the arrest log.

We are living in an era where we are challenged to determine what #fakenews is, and we have to do this during a time where one of the most influential factors driving social media is whether a news story or a headline or an opinion causes outrage. I do not intend to imply that TGI is employing the same algorithms as Facebook in order to increase advertisement-driven profits via user engagement or “clicks.”

I am writing to say that when I read TGI, I would like to learn a little bit more, rather than read the words “rat poisoning project” in a headline without gaining any knowledge about marine ecology or the history of island conservation.

For example, Rep. Dee Morikawa (D-16) was quoted in a recent TGI article saying “these (pilot) whales eat the squid that may have eaten the poison dropped in the ocean.” Maybe TGI journalists could provide some background information about where these whales find their prey and at what depth they forage?

How many hundreds of pounds of compromised squid would the whales have to eat for us to observe these ill effects? If we were provided some of this information along with Morikawa’s comments, as readers, we could have more information to base our own opinions on this topic of whether these whales could have stranded due to eating squid that might have ingested bait pellets.

Over 600 rat eradications have been attempted on islands globally, with an overall success rate of more than 80 percent. The eradication of invasive species on islands is arguably the most effective tool that we have for conserving island biodiversity. I want readers to learn more about why a successful rat eradication on Lehua is exciting and I want us to be inspired by the prospects of a healthy island ecosystem so close to home. TGI, please don’t underestimate our ability as readers to understand science, ecology and the ocean.

Now, more than ever, we would like to hear of some enlightening and inspiring environmental news. We do not want to be outraged by the opinions of a few. We want to be educated by the knowledge of many.

Erin Pickett, Koloa


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