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Letters 11-5-2012

Tsunami alert

Accountable actions

After the recent tsunami warning I was aghast to hear a representative of the disaster preparedness group say in a newscast, “We expect some of the sirens not to work at any given time.” A rush of disappointment and anger followed.

I work for a hospital. There are monitors for compliance to life saving procedures; any retrieval of data that is less than 100 percent compliance to policy is taken very seriously and immediate action for resolution follows, there is a chain of command and all are accountable.

The setting off of the tsunami sirens are a life- saving event. Why are those in charge of this system not held to the same standard as hospitals?

Can you imagine those in charge saying they are really doing the best they can and people who died because they did not hear the warning sirens (when their local one was not functioning), is to be expected?

I will answer for you: No, it is not acceptable.

We have monthly tests that should be monitored by the powers that be. There should be a stated timeframe when nonfunctioning sirens will be fixed; (I would suggest two days), and if not done in that time, the department head would be held accountable with actions that could include the loss of his/her position.

Sound too stringent? I don’t think so —when we are talking about lives saved or lost.

Gail Loofbourrow


Police work

Get out of the cars in Kailua Village

It is my intention with this letter to congratulate the police service for the excellent job that they do, and also to offer my humble opinion on suggestions for possible improvement.

I think police work is one of the most difficult jobs to do, especially in a small town like Kona. I feel the most effective way to police it would be walking patrols, perhaps more officers on bikes, and maybe even horseback.

It would be healthier for the officers than being in cars all day, and they would be able to have more personal contact with citizens, especially the youth.

I think this way they would get more personal satisfaction from their work, and their prestige in the community would increase. It would also save a lot of money in vehicle expenses and be better for the environment. The officers would be able to get some exercise healthier, and be outside in this beautiful Hawaii.

Not many jobs, even here, allow people to work outside. With all the cost savings, higher salaries could be paid to the officers.

Change is difficult for all of us, but when it makes common sense, I feel we have a duty and obligation to do so.

I would appreciate any feedback you could give me. I can be reached at the above address or by email at

Barry Black


Military activity

Support is broad

I echo the comments by Robert Gowan regarding giving an equal voice to those who support military activities providing a strong defense of America. Military spending is an important part of Hawaii’s economy.

The Big Island is home to many veterans who have proudly protected your freedom by serving our country. The Hawaii Chapter of the Gathering of Eagles is a nonprofit organization and a positive force in our community — reminding us to give thanks for the blessing of living here in the United States of America.

Dave Vaughn