Letters 12-11-13

Don’t close down Ka‘u farmers market

We do not have many activities down in Ka‘u so the few we have, we cherish.

One of these weekly traditions is the farmers market that happens every Saturday morning. It is a social event that we all look forward to, meeting friends, purchasing locally grown produce and scouting for that special item to take home.

For reasons unknown, we have a minute group of negative people who want to kill this event. This group of “voices” scream in a high, shrill manner that, “It’s only a matter of time before someone is run over by a car.” This event impacts less than 200 feet of road a few hours once a week. If you are driving by, it may increase your driving time by four or five seconds.

If these individuals would go to Kona, they would see that two miles of downtown Alii Drive is impacted 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with people darting back and forth across the road frequently. To my knowledge, over the past 30 years, I have never heard of a person being run over by a car in this downtown area.

It is sad this group has the government’s ear for they should be listened to by no one. Leave Ka‘u and the farmers market alone.

Tim Schutt

Ocean View

Respect and help our soldiers, veterans

I am a senior citizen on a fixed income and work two days per week. While I was at work one day, the Girl Scouts delivered a flier about sending Christmas stockings with essential items and other just fun things to our soldiers overseas that do so much for our country.

I am certain a lot of businesses in town received these fliers. I put together some things from the store where I am employed and from me. The deadline date for donations was Dec. 6. I took our things where they were supposed to be delivered. I was shocked when the owner told me there were very few packages dropped off for our soldiers serving us overseas. Have we gotten so self-centered that it no longer matters about our service people who keep us safe?

I have even heard complaints in my own neighborhood about military helicopters flying over the homes here. They can fly over my house as much as they want.

I think in this day and age there is so little respect given to our troops and veterans anyway. As far as I am concerned they are the ones who have earned our respect unlike those who just think it is their right because of who they are and how much money they have. Have we learned nothing? As long as I am alive, the military and veterans will have my utmost thanks and respect for all they have given, many their lives as well.

Anita Labertew