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Letters 12-4-2012

HI 5

Don’t end recycling

I think ending the recycling centers at transfer stations is a very bad idea.

Not only does it provide many individuals jobs, but it also gives many schools, organizations, and individuals a chance to make a little bit of money by recycling.

Can you imagine what would happen if this ended next year? We’d see more cans and other recyclable plastics everywhere instead of in bins where they can be turned in for a nickel. A nickel may not seem like much, but for those who save up their items, it can add up to a nice sum.

I hope the county thinks more seriously about this move and does not end the recycling centers.

Colleen Wallis



The way to go

Kudos to our Mayor Billy Kenoi. His position regarding the HELCO scam on renewable energy from microwaving green waste is spot-on.

The proposed technology is not proven at the industrial scale; the original $300 million it wants to build is unsupportable by facts.

The geothermal industry will give you 1 terawatt of electricity (enough to run this whole island) for that same $300 million and it is proven technology.

Maybe it is time to end the monopoly of HECO/HELCO by creating a public utility district modeled after PUD’s from Washington State that produce and distribute for .07$ (cents per kilowatt).

Geothermal should be considered a “commons” resource and should not be exploited to further the $130 million per year profit of HELCO from the Big Island.

Mike Hansen


Fiscal cliff blame

The Democrats did it

Made in the GOP is not totally accurate. The Dems were in control for many years to bring our debt to $10 trillion and President Barack Obama has brought it up to $16 trillion and it is expected to go beyond $21 trillion with anticipated spending. Cut the spending sounds like a logical thing to do.

Compliments to your writer, Lowell Kalapa, “health care cost to rise with federal mandate.” Kalapa also seems to have a handle on what’s going on. Thank you for letting him share factual information with readers.

Judy Taggerty-Onaga



Living by GPS

I have lived in Kailua-Kona for eight months and have one frustration: If you are a business advertising in WHT, its supplements, or by any other media, please list a physical address, including city or area.

I want to find you and do business with you, but my GPS has no idea where Pohapoha Plaza is, but it does recognize 75-123 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona.

In one of the advertising booklets I received this week, a page said “new Kona location,” but it only listed an address in Kamuela.

Businesses, when you are advertising, I assume you are looking for new business.

I’m here, but did not have the joy of growing up in paradise, so tell me know where you are located.

Sandra J. Walzer