Letters for Sunday, December 23, 2018

Mahalo, Navy, for considering safety of sealife

I just read the “New rules for the Navy” article. I absolutely agree with the new rules for the Navy regarding the protection of sealife such as dolphins. Of course it is understandable that the Navy would want to test their explosives and other weapons, but more caution needed to be taken.

It is not a secret that there are many dolphins out where the ships had been testing, and I am glad that there will be “protocols to reduce the number of ship strikes of sea animals,” and hopefully this will make for a safer environment for them.

Levi Snowden, Waimea

List of best-managed charities would be beneficial

What a fine article Will Coggins wrote in Other Voices (Dec. 18). The law in donating to some of these hundreds of charities may not specify how much of the gift goes to the people it is intended for and how much goes to administration costs but I am sure that the donors certainly want 80 percent or more of their money going to the people it was intended to help.

Ever since it was revealed some years ago that the CEO of the Red Cross was being paid an outrageous salary, I have done all I can to investigate what percent of donations are actually going to helping the people and what part is going to administration expenses.

It would be great if Mr. Coggins in his wisdom about these charities would write another article for the people of Kauai telling them the top 10 charities that at least 80 percent of the gift is going to the needy benefactors and what the administrative costs are. Certainly a percent of the gift should go to advertising and letting people know about the charity but never having outrageous salaries given to people helping raise the money.

Thank you again, Mr. Coggings, for the fine article, and now I hope you can honor my request and give us further information about these charities.

Glenn Mickens, Kapaa

  1. Steven McMacken December 23, 2018 5:07 am Reply

    The answer to your question, Glenn, is only a click away:


    The International Rescue Committee would be my first choice. 89 cents of every dollar they spend worldwide goes directly to help refugees (especially children) and others in need. Charity Watch gives the IRC an A+ rating.

  2. manongindashadow0711 December 23, 2018 9:24 am Reply

    It’ pono that the Navy will comply to the new rules!

    However, we have to have the tour boats and zodiacs to stop corralling the animals for tourist to put their filty hand on the animals.

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