Be careful of scam phone callers
This is an open letter to all doctors’ offices, hospitals, government agencies and any business that makes phone calls to clients:
When the person answers the phone, please DO NOT ask “Is this John Doe?” Scammers use this technique to get people to say “yes,” and the recorded “yes” can then be used to prove the called person agreed to buy whatever they are selling. This is the first thing we are taught to protect ourselves from scams. Never say the word “yes.”
Instead, when the call is answered, please identify yourself first, such as, “This is Mrs. Smith of Dr. Johnson’s office, calling for John Doe.” Since the scammers can now “ghost” local phone numbers, we cannot trust that a call with a local number is actually from a local person.
Senior citizens receive daily calls from scammers, trying to cheat us out of our hard-earned money. One day I personally received 10 calls from the same scam phone number. I did not answer any of them.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Dorothy Collins, Lihue
Limiting North Shore access not fair
While I understand the concern and desire to protect the North Shore I have serious doubts about limiting access for island visitors. I have visited Kauai numerous times and the North Shore is by far my favorite. I love to watch the waves crash ashore and create the rain-making process which feeds the vitality of the island.
I’m handicapped and find it very difficult to walk. Accordingly, when I have to leave the area, I need to go quickly. The thought of having to board a bus, get off, wait for space or abide by a schedule is, for me, out of the question. Simply can’t do it. In addition, I often don’t even get out of the vehicle, as the drive is so beautiful. If the plan to limit my access does effect my ability to visit the area I will simply not visit Kauai.
As a way to limit access I would suggest requiring those visiting the area to hike the trails obtain a free pass and be shuttled to the area, thereby freeing up parking for brief visitors such as myself.
I love Kauai, but denying access to the area will cause harm to the local economy simply because visitors in general and people with disabilities won’t feel the welcoming love of “Kauai.”
Walter Japak, Harrisburg, Pa.