Letters for Saturday, January 27, 2018

KCP has done it again

Once again the Kauai Community Players have done our island proud!

Their rendering of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” is a delight. Bravi, bravi, cast and crew.

Not to boast of it, but I have attended productions of this comic tour de force in both New York and London. KCP’s is as good. In fact, Billy Quebido has a better singing voice than the young man who played Hero in the Broadway cast.

Don’t take my word for it. Beg, cajole, borrow, use all legal and moral means to secure a ticket to this fine show.

A word of caution, however. Be prepared to laugh until your face aches, and hold on to your chair to keep falling on the floor!

H.M. Wyeth, Anahola

Don’t blame the button pusher

I feel so sorry for the poor person who pushed the wrong button on Jan. 13. It was the system which was the problem, not the person.

Even my washing machine has a “CANCEL” button!

That person actually did us all (and probably many other states) a favor.

The warning didn’t go out to everyone – for example, on my “non-mobile” home phone, which is connected to the Civil Defense system, there was no initial warning.

However, the “all clear” from Civil Defense came through perfectly.

Realizing just how disconnected our different “alert” systems are will help us to improve in case of any real emergency.

An outdated system should not be blamed on the one person who made a mistake.

In this case, the mistake turns out to be a very good thing as the emergency alert system gets reviewed and improved.

Mary Mulhall, Kapaa

  1. John Zwiebel January 27, 2018 12:24 am Reply

    I haven’t heard Trump tweet about North Korea since the phony alert. In fact, I think I only heard NK mentioned one time last week and that was an interview of the Canadian national who coaches the South Korea women’s team.

    Do you think that perhaps it wasn’t a “mistake”?

    Now, if this causes people to recognize that our nuclear weapons are being upgraded at the cost of billions of dollars meaning that cuts to the so-called “entitlement” programs is going to become inevitable, perhaps some real good can come from this “mistake”.

  2. Steve Martin January 27, 2018 6:46 am Reply

    Mary…. I’m sorry to have to say,but there is no excuse for the panic that was created. It was not a good thing regardless of what you might say. We are residents for over 25 years stuck in California for medical reasons and the panic for our children and grand children who live on island was not a good thing period. The only good thing is that we are returning today and can’t wait to be back with family.

  3. Charlie chimknee January 27, 2018 7:37 am Reply

    Well,what about the failure of a warning on the potential tsunami the other day especially since the PACIFIC Ring had about 30 quakes.

    On Hurricane Iwa we had no warning till the roofs were flying.

    What is it, dang if you do or dang if ya don’t?

    The missile one was false, the tsunami always a maybe by Mother Nature.

    1. RG DeSoto January 28, 2018 11:05 am Reply

      “On Hurricane Iwa we had no warning till the roofs were flying”
      Blatantly untrue. There was ample warning.
      RG DeSoto

  4. PauloT January 27, 2018 9:08 am Reply

    Thank you Mary Mulhall for your sensible letter about our false but scary missile warning. It did shed light on the system and there is nothing more the button pusher can do but apologize, which he did. Demonizing of the employee has got to stop. It was a mistake made possible by a flawed system, now being corrected. Heaven help any of those demanding retribution against him less they too are immune to making serious yet innocent errors.

  5. edgyt January 27, 2018 1:18 pm Reply

    wow, i guess we all live in a perfect world

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