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Letters for Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Koloa ducks need our help

In these troubled times, we focus on our families, our neighbors, and other loved ones. We stay home. We wear masks at Foodland. And many of us ask, what can we do to break the monotony, the sad suspension of our greater aloha?

Perhaps we expand our aloha to include Koloa, our Hawaiian duck, one of the rarest ducks in the world. Koloa needs your help. Avian botulism currently plagues the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, and Koloa are its primary victims. We need volunteers to walk the berms, rescue ailing birds and remove those who have passed. Only with a large group of volunteers can we win the day against this deadly disease.

You will walk beneath and within one of the most majestic places on earth. You will save avian lives. You will get out of the house, and you will tell your grandchildren you have saved Koloa. You will share that legacy with them forever.

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, in an effort to save native birds, is looking for volunteers to patrol around the taro fields. Five species of endemic birds are found in Hanalei, and one, the Koloa Maoli, is an endangered island duck. The entire world population is found on Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau. The birds are affected by avian botulism C, which doesn’t harm humans but can be detrimental to waterbirds. If the birds are found in time, they can be saved. Schedules are flexible and volunteers are asked to be trained first with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff before being on your own. You can work with a partner or by yourself and easily maintain social distancing.

Please call Jennifer Waipa at 635-0925 for more information on how you can malama Hanalei.

Robert E. Broshears, Princeville

Debra Gochros, Kilauea

My politics, my opinion

To start with, this is my opinion, and if you are thin-skinned and offended, just remember that Don Henley lyric, “get over it.” Take some deep breaths also.

On Labor Day a convoy of Kool-Aid drinkers traveled the island, and at first I thought they were celebrating labor. But wait, Donald Trump only celebrates himself, and everyone else is just a pawn. Here is a litmus test for working-class folks who support Trump. Ask yourself, would Trump invite me to dinner at one of his resorts? Of course not. You are not his kind of people and you could not afford the admission fee.

Once again, you are just pawns.

On one of the trucks was a banner that stood out to me, “Veterans for Trump.” Trump’s polling with vets is not very favorable, with comments (like) that those who died in war are “losers.” I am not a vet, but I support a group called VoteVets. They are not Trump supporters, and are working to make sure that Joe Biden wins and that Senate seats become blue. OK, I realize I am rambling, but sometimes that what one’s opinion becomes. Remember, “get over it.” But maybe grow from it, also.

Mark Perry, Lihu‘e

  1. Joe - Yucaipa, CA September 9, 2020 6:36 am Reply

    It’s amazing to see that people still hang onto the lies from the media that have been exposed with facts. It must be awful to believe everything the media says, and to have been brainwashed to see things from only the left or right eye. There are lies coming at us from all directions. It’s up to you to filter out the waste from the truth. Don’t rely on the media.

  2. Tooindependent September 9, 2020 7:52 am Reply

    These are the kind of things people say when their frustrated and can’t figure out how Trump is going to do 4 more years in the White House. Now you should get over it mr. Perry.

  3. nothings free September 9, 2020 8:21 am Reply

    Sorry Mark. It’s so obvious that your views have been formed watching the brainwashing and fake News Networks such as CNN, MSN, and the others of their ilk. You do know that you’re making comments with either half the information, or half the understanding? First of all, Veterans love Trump with a passion. He’s done more for them than any other President in 70 years! Their medical care problems have been fixed, they can now go to any doctor they choose, they are celebrated and thanked almost daily by this President, and the entire military is overwhelmingly pro Trump! My guess is Trump will get about 80% of the Military and Veteran vote! Let me also make another statement: If Trump does not win 4 more years, the United States will begin to decay to the point that Government will be your God and you will lose all representation. Socialism will kill everything that made this Country great! Big Government is not your friend!

  4. manawai September 9, 2020 8:41 am Reply

    Funny that the author would quote Don Henley’s line “Get over it!” At least he gave Henley credit unlike Biden who uses other peoples speeches and passes them off as his own. But the obvious point here is that the author hasn’t gotten over the 2016 election and Trump’s win. This is where “Get over it!” is appropriate.

  5. Jc September 9, 2020 9:08 am Reply

    Your opinion holds no water, when is kamala biden inviting you over to his basement for dinner?

  6. Kauaidoug September 9, 2020 10:13 am Reply

    Darn, I missed the parade. And I’m sure they were not goading anyone.

  7. Croesus September 9, 2020 1:16 pm Reply


    So you consider getting a dinner invite from Biden the litmus test for supporting him.

    BLM and Antifa are rioting, looting, and vandalizing Democrat run cities with their peaceful protests. Like VoteVets, they do not support the President as well. In fact, they will never be confused for Trump supporters

  8. LJ September 9, 2020 10:28 pm Reply

    Some people are going to vote for Trump no matter how much liberal Kool-Aid you drink. You’d feel a lot better if you took your own advise. “Get over it”. Turn the TV off, go outside (wear a mask and a face shield and a hazmat suit, MSNBC says you’re gonna die) and enjoy yourself. Let go of an irrational hatered you have for someone you have never, and will never meet. Orange man bad isn’t changing anyone’s mind…again…”Get over it”.

  9. rk669 September 10, 2020 7:07 am Reply

    Proverbs 14:15 the Simple believe everything,but the prudent Gives thought to their steps!

  10. james September 11, 2020 7:51 am Reply

    Anytime someone uses the term “fake news..” they lose all credibility. I know immediately that they are Trump supporters and are parroting him and Fox. I then disregard the rest of their letter, knowing it’s just a regurgitation of right-wing Hannity propaganda. Think for yourself; do research; cite reliable sources.

    1. Kimo September 12, 2020 10:00 am Reply

      Your statement just proved your ignorance….. the Democratic Party Mantra…… la la la la la, I can’t hear you!

      1. Moki September 13, 2020 5:32 am Reply

        Does that mean you disagree with James’ assessment?

  11. LTEreader September 11, 2020 9:21 am Reply

    RE: nothings free…
    “He’s done more for them than any other President in 70 years! Their medical care problems have been fixed, they can now go to any doctor they choose”

    Wait, what? You Republicans should know by now that you need to fact check EVERYTHING that comes out of Trumps mouth. You have the internet at your fingertips. Use it before you continue spreading nonsense! Here’s what really happened…

    “In 2014, Obama signed a bill that permitted veterans to seek private care outside of Veterans Affairs facilities. It also gave money for the VA to hire additional doctors and nurses, and overhauled the VA’s electronic medical records.”

    Update 2018: “The president has continued the Veterans Choice Program, a program started in 2014 following a scandal over wait times at Veterans Affairs facilities. The program was created through the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act, a bipartisan bill that was signed by President Barack Obama.”

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