Your Views for December 9


The human race

In response to Walter Akimo’s “Caucasians to blame” letter in the Wednesday, Dec. 5, Tribune-Herald, please note that Caucasian is NOT a race. I belong to the HUMAN race, and I imagine Mr. Akimo does, too.

Janice Dauw

Keaau

Excellent care

I would like to bring attention to the citizens of Kailua-Kona about a jewel in your community. It is your Kona Surgery Center!

Thank you, city planners, for having the foresight to envision this need in your growing and expanding city. Specifically, I thank you, Dr. Mark Senfts and staff, for everyone’s pursuit of excellence. My surgical procedure was indeed “a breeze,” thanks to your professional, organized, personal, one-on-one touch, which surely instills confidence.

Wanda Furer

Waimea

Mayor’s noisy bash

I am a resident of Wainaku Avenue, and this evening at about 7 p.m. we heard these big explosions. My family, which consists of my mother, my 7-year-old granddaughter and my animals, was disoriented by those explosions.

I live in Wainaku so I saw the gas company doing some work on Kaiwiki Street. When I heard those explosions, the first thing that came to my mind was … (expletive), the gas lines are exploding. The first thing I did was call 911. I called them twice, and nobody answered.

At 7:45, not even a call back or sending a uniformed officer to my house to see if everything is alright. Now, what if something had happened to my family or myself? How was I to get any help? I guess we were left to fend for ourselves.

Now, back to the explosions that we heard. I called my aunty who lives a street above me and tried to find out what was going on. My cousin told me that those explosions were Billy Kenoi’s way of showing his appreciation to whomever bought the C. Brewer building. Now, I would think that a politician in his right mind would notify the neighborhood about what would be going on.

Maybe he did put some kind of announcement somewhere, but why didn’t I receive some kind of notice. Thanks a lot, Billy Kenoi. I have more to say about this!

Cathleen M. Pacheco

Hilo

What a waste

Here are 10 possible uses for the former Keauhou Beach Hotel.

1. Senior and disabled housing complex.

2. Judiciary courts complex.

3. College campus, classes or dorms.

4. Medical offices or suites.

5. Hospital or hospital beds.

6. Low-income housing complex.

7. A hostel for travelers and tourists.

8. Military housing for families.

9. Apartments or condominiums.

10. Office spaces.

11. (Add your own here.)

With the lack of affordable housing on this island and the millions being spent on new construction, it seems a shame to spend millions to tear down a perfectly good building that could be put to better use serving the people of this island.

It’s too bad Kamehameha Schools, University of Hawaii, the state and the county lacked the foresight or could not go into some form of lease agreement (or buy the building outright from them). What a waste for a perfectly good building that could have saved the state, the county or some other entity millions of dollars in construction costs.

Victor Garibaldi

Ocean View

We need sharks

The ocean is the source of all life on Earth. It covers over 70 percent of the surface of this planet. The basis of all life in the ocean is a microscopic organism called plankton. Aside from its use as a food source for sea creatures, it must absorb its 25 percent share of the carbon dioxide we so foolishly emit and turn it into oxygen. This plankton is regulated by the plankton eaters who in turn are kept from overbreeding by sharks. In the past 10 years, over 90 percent of the sharks have been slaughtered by the Asian mafia.

These mindless criminals are pulling in over 15,000 sharks every hour and heartlessly hacking off their fins and tails and throwing them back, still alive, to suffocate. All this for shark fin soup, which sells for over $200 a bowl and is the “in thing” to serve at weddings and banquets. The fins have no taste; it’s the texture that seems to be so desirable.

I am not a math major, but at the present rate, it looks like the sharks will soon be gone. When they go, the plankton eaters will eat up all the plankton. This, along with the alarming loss of rain forests, will result in mass extinction of oxygen breathers.

If you rely on oxygen and know people in places that eat sharks, beg them to stop. On the Internet search for NOAA’s DVD, “Sharkwater.”

Robert Flood

Keaau

 

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