Letters 4-22-2013


Church construction

Creating holy havoc

St. Michael The Archangel Church has recently begun construction on its new building and grounds. The church has decided to completely level a hill in the back of the property, which abuts the property line of the Kailua Village Apartments. This is a very large undertaking and the noise is loud, pervasive and painful. The pounding of the huge pile driver very forcibly shakes the ground in the entire area and goes right through the building itself.

This excavation is set for five days a week, six hours a day for an estimated three to four weeks. This is more than an inconvenience, it is pretty much unbearable. There are pets in the building and approximately 50 units of human beings. The Islander Inn complex also shares the property line and is affected, as well.

When I contacted St. Michael’s office to help make representatives aware of the level of hardship they are inflicting on myself, my dog and the entire neighborhood, they were arrogant and wholly unapologetic. I was told, in no uncertain terms, I was way out of line for even suggesting that St. Michael’s might be able to help with the expenses of my dog’s day care and that the needs of St. Michael’s came first. It is absolutely inhumane to subject a puppy to this incessant torture, and I won’t.

However, I do invite the entire congregation to come and feel the experience for themselves.

And St. Michael’s, stop acting holier than thou.

Steven Margolin

Kailua-Kona

Cancer Society

Support appreciated

On behalf of everyone at The American Cancer Society Hawaii Island office and the Hope Gala Hawaii Committee, I want to thank the people of this island for their outstanding support of our organization’s 100th birthday at Hope Gala Hawaii on March 30.

It was my privilege to serve as this year’s chairperson for our milestone celebration.

An event like the Hope Gala requires the kokua and support of individuals and organizations across Hawaii Island who believe, as I do, that to make a difference, you have to step up and be part of the solution.

The outpouring of donations and aloha we received were astounding. Thanks to you, the American Cancer Society’s mission — to find a cure for cancer for our loved ones everywhere — is closer to being achieved than ever before, and with your continued help, we will find a cure and finish this fight.

Sancie De Mattos

Waimea