Letters for Sunday, August 11, 2019

Answers needed on how tax money is being spent

Wouldn’t it be nice if TGI would do some real investigative work like retrieve from the county and report to its readers the revenues and the expenditures of the 1/2 percent added to our cost of living for road repairs?

How much has been collected? How much has been spent, and on what?

Perhaps a monthly report on where and how our tax dollars are being spent?

Why hasn’t this information been provided to the taxpayers?

Doesn’t anyone care?

Larry Joseph Arruda, Wailua Homesteads

Safety measures needed at Kokee

Traveling up to Kokee State Park you will find people (walking along side of the road without shoulders), vehicles, buses and semis. It is a great recipe for an accident waiting to happen, especially at the scenic areas.

One place I’ve noticed is at the Pu‘uhinahina intersection, where both (northbound and southbound) on the highway is a blind curve into the entry way of the site. And, there, people are crossing the highway to get to their vehicles or to get to the scenic lookout.

Hawaii state DOT, is there any way to add flashing beacons, crosswalks, supported by signs? Stating “people on road side, slow down?”

Something needs to be done for the safety of people and all mentioned above.

Howard Tolbe, Eleele

Pesticides are not necessary to eliminate rats

So happy Lehua island is doing better. Project representatives, meaning the pesticide companies, report no harm done to marine or bird life from the rodenticide drop.

Well, I saw video of fish dying, and who knows what else was affected by the tons of rodenticide dumped on the island with such steep cliffs. Now the companies are fishing to see if we would allow another pesticide drop on our precious island.

What do you mean “none of the traps have caught one rat?” Either you are wrong or the rat population is so low no rats are a problem. You do need to put bait in the traps.

The fact that you are considering another aerial drop sounds like a money grab with no consideration for the environment. It’s like turning off a light switch with a two by four.

Of course, the benefit would be the pesticide companies would reap a nice profit. Can we say no? Figure it out. No more pesticides.

Linda Bothe, Kalaheo

  1. Steve Martin August 11, 2019 5:10 pm Reply

    They had their chance to do it right the first time. Many places have solved their rat problems and pigeon problems with birth control. Sterilize male rats end of problem. They all eventually die of old age.

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