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Extreme eradication damaging hunting prospects

Since the first Polynesians arrived back in 200 BC, hunting has been a way of life in Hawaii. The first Marquesans followed by the Tahitians brought with them animals including the Polynesian pig, an essential food source. Eurpoeans later brought other game animals including sheep, goat and axis deer. Mouflon sheep from Sardinia and Corsica arrived in the 1960s and are now endangered in their native land. This hunting tradition has been passed down through four generations of my family, which was essential, especially during the Great Depression days, when my grandfather and his family would not have survived were it not for the wild game my great-grandfather put on the table.

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Sewage disposal — a shared responsibility

The Nov. 19 issue of West Hawaii Today reported some residents of a Kona subdivision are objecting to sewer hook-up fees estimated at $19,000 in combined county plus contractor fees, plus monthly bills after connection. The Nov. 8 issue reported the county is having trouble collecting those bills, but is unable to suspend sewer service to delinquent customers. Previous articles and letters have reported widespread resistance to a proposed state policy that would require all property owners on cesspool to convert to septic upon sale of their properties.

Judge’s decision does not protect the public

We have judges and the justice system to protect the public. We need protection both from people who steal property valued at $495,000, as well as from judges who cannot fulfill their responsibilities to protect the public from such theft. If judges cannot properly serve the public, then they are part of our problem by encouraging such criminal behavior.