Letters | 8-8-14


What’s happening at children’s center

This is to Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center: You say you are closed because you are reassessing the property until the end of the year and no one can use the property.

I see surveyors on the property and survey pins on the reef. It seems to me you are selling the property, the property that my kids and your kids used for years. All the land over there is for the kids of Hawaii given to them by Queen Liliuokalani. Don’t sell the place where generations of families have shared a lot of memorable moments with their kids. Robert Atkinson Sr.

Kailua-Kona

Airline issues hurting islands

It’s gotten to the point that we need a serious discussion on how this state is not being served by our airlines. Business people can’t get to and from meetings throughout the islands. Medical patients need to get to their appointments but there are not enough flights within their reimbursement programs. Flights are so full and limited that local business is getting dragged down. Sick people are unable to get their health care.

Do we really need flights to Beijing, for example, when we can’t even provide enough flights to care of our island home?

And now we have a serious weather alert. How will people get home to take care of family and property? We are now in jeopardy. The flights are full. We are stuck. How dare you exhibit such greed and avarice.

As I said. It’s time for some serious discussions.

Susan Wakefield-Davis

Kailua-Kona

Ask questions before you vote

On Tuesday evening, July 29, the Natural Resource Conservation Service Waimea Office held a soil health workshop. Open to the public, it was intended to educate the interested in what soil health means, and the urgency in preserving this important natural resource.

The featured speaker was Ray Archuleta, nationally famous, internationally respected conservation agronomist. He travels extensively with an almost evangelical approach to converting farmers and ranchers who will listen to the facts and importance of soil health. He provided those in attendance with knowledge and methods to maintain soil health so that we may truly call our efforts “sustainable.” NRCS is a federal agency dedicated to soil and water conservation. They have a very important job. The Waimea office does good work to help preserve and restore our natural resources for the future.

That evening there were many in attendance, though I happened to notice that there were no elected officials from our local, state and federal government, except our County Council representative from District 9, Margaret Wille. If there was any other elected official in attendance, I stand corrected.

My question: Do you think that our elected officials should educate themselves on topics they propose or oppose? I have listened to the rhetoric on sustainable agriculture by every candidate and elected official that holds or desires to hold a public position. Just what are they proposing to sustain? A depleted resource, a dysfunctional system for growing food? Truth is most, if not all, but a very few even have a clue as to what comes out of their mouths. If they know nothing about this, they probably do not educate themselves on the issues they advocate. Case in point: What does Forward Progress, funded by the Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program, know or care about farmers and ranchers? Yet, they have targeted our council representative in District 9 and poured tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign of a candidate that did not live in District 9 until yesterday. Does Ron Gonzales know or care about soil health, farmers and ranchers? (Hawaii Carpenters Market Recovery Program is affiliated with PRP, a political PAC, that got former Gov. Ben Cayetano unelected.)

Please ask the questions before you vote. There is a difference in some of the races for public office. There are only a very few hard working, educated individuals who deserve to serve this community. The many others are all shibai.

Seizen Bonk

Waimea

Return to vinyl records refreshing

A ton of people went to the highly successful Hawaii Record Fair held just recently in Honolulu and it was a great and awesome event. Lots of people told me that they like record albums, because, they have covers, art work and linear notes in addition to the highly tangible element of the record vinyl itself.

I agree with all of these positive comments from the people at the Hawaii Record Fair, because, I too like record albums, especially the linear notes and cover. Personally, I want to see who the musicians are on any given album in addition to enjoying the cover and artwork which I consider at least 25 percent of an LP package.

It is just a breath of fresh air that record albums are making a strong comeback. Personally, I see mom and pop stores popping up all over creation making for interesting outlets to hang out and patronize.

Dean Nagasako

Honokaa