Letters 12-10-2012


Bell ringers

A rude objection

My husband and I have been coming to Hawaii 14 years, this is our fourth year in Kona.

I have always been impressed with how this community helps the homeless and others in need. Last year we volunteered at the yearly Thanksgiving dinner. This year we are volunteering time for the Angel Gift Giving Tree, and again on the 22nd at the Salvation Army facility giving the gifts to the children. How can anyone not find this rewarding?

One bell ringer I met was at the Keauhou KTA this afternoon. We were just discussing how sad it is these days to have people complain about the “noise” the bell makes.

Right at that moment, a man came up to us and asked the bell ringer to stop. He was having trouble hearing while making arrangements for some kind of tourist activity. The bell ringer refused to stop. He asked her once again to stop for a few minutes and she again refused. I was so proud of her. I told this man, “It is for a good cause.” He thereupon walked away in a huff.

What kind of world is this becoming where we encounter this rude and uncaring attitude? This is the Christmas season, his attitude was disgusting. I apologized to the bell ringer for his rudeness. Also, I hope he reads this letter; he will know he was this rude, selfless person and should be very ashamed of himself. As for the activity he was trying to set up, I could care less.

Carole Nelson

Kingston, Wash.

Shooting range

A low funding priority

According to the Dec. 5 edition of West Hawaii Today, the state plans to include $3.25 million in its capital improvement project budget to partially finance a shooting range.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think the governor is doing a heck of a job, but using scarce public financial resources so people can shoot straighter?

I can’t think of a lower priority.

The president of On Target indicates the project is a revenue generator. If this is the case, why not fund it entirely with private funds?

Dennis Brown

Kailua-Kona

Fish regulation

Look for examples

In the past I have voyaged a bit among the islands to the south of Hawaii nei. Some of the islands have restrictions on the use of scuba gear, others are catch- all-you-want zones.

The people there have a much more intimate relationship with their reef fisheries.

Maybe we should ask them what is best way to regulate fishing activity.

Richard Swann

Ocean View