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Letters to the Editor: 8-5-17

August 5, 2017 - 12:05am

Urban development calls for Saturday hours

We have a nice staff at Kealakekua Public Library. That is not my concern.

My concern is the future impact this schedule change will have on our mauka community. For years the Kona community at large worked on the process to draft and adopt the Kona Community Development Plan.

A small, anonymous, unsubstantial survey should not replace these years of planning by a large number of citizens. According to the Kona Community Development Plan, we want to keep our villages complete, so people can reach stores and public services without leaving their neighborhoods. So closing down public services like the Kealakekua library on Saturdays is contrary to this trend toward building more sustainable urban and rural communities and comprises them by forcing residents to drive into Kailua-Kona, which causes more traffic and undermines our social infrastructure.

Understanding growth, the KTA is investing a large amount of money in Kealakekua with a store to open soon right across the street from the Kealakekua library.

Megan Mitchell


Marxist idea unfit for America

I am extremely disappointed WHT would even print a My Turn column like the one written by Ron Roberts. Make wealthy pay for homeless havens?

With that kind of mentality, Mr. Roberts should have moved to a country like North Korea instead of Hawaii 40 years ago. I live in a gated community by choice, but my supposed wealth and living situation have nothing to do with the homeless solution proposed by Mr. Roberts.

I worked 80-hour weeks to achieve success instead of waiting for handouts proposed in the column. The opportunity is presented to everybody in this great country, but communist ideas and solutions are not opportunities to live by. Count me out of supporting this Karl Marx-like idea!

John S. Rabi


Rescue story gives us hope

I just read about the release of the rescued io in Kapaau. It was a beautiful story of a concerned citizen who found the injured Hawaiian hawk and how the Hawaii Wildlife Center in Kapaau rehabilitated this beautiful hawk to give it a second chance in the wild.

All living things deserve a second chance in life and I felt it was a beautiful story of what mankind can do to make Hawaii the paradise every human can imagine.

It gives us hope.

Carol Zakahi


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