Your Views for January 11


Pet advice

Noticing that someone lost pets in a recent Volcano house fire, I want to share a simple tip.

Please, everyone with pets: Never leave your pets locked inside, if you leave the house. A smoke alarm isn’t going to do much to help them. Train them to stay home, and install pet doors.

Pet doors can go in screens, doors or walls. I have three in-window and door screens. They work great, don’t cost much and can save your pet’s life.

Bob Wahler

Pepeekeo

Guns, responsibility

Real gun control comes from self-control, which comes from strength of character and personal integrity. These things cannot be taught in schools or legislated into existence. They can only be taught by the family and by life experience.

Legislation can only penalize our lack of these things. Every freedom that we have has an equal and compensating responsibility. And, let’s face facts: The genie is already out of the bottle.

By some estimates, there are 200 million to 300 million firearms in this country. That’s nearly one for each American.

In spite of these recent tragedies, I think we’re doing pretty well. What continues to amaze me is that we don’t shoot each other more often than we actually do.

So, let’s not let the talking heads and the professional politicians take away our right to defend ourselves, our neighbors and our country and make the National Rifle Association’s mantra come true: “Only the outlaws will have guns.”

John French

Hilo

HI5 a winner

To correct Bob Dukat of Pahoa (Tribune-Herald, Your Views, Jan 3.), the HI5 “green” program has not “gone wrong.”

The “bottle bill,” or Deposit Beverage Container Program (HRS 342G), was voted on by taxpayers and enacted into law in 2004. The law, 342G-102(2), provides that the state can increase the beverage container fee, if the recycling rate goes above 70 percent. The extra penny and a half is used to run the program on all islands.

In actuality, the recycling rate is closer to 80 percent, which means that eight out of 10 HI5 beverage containers are being redeemed and recycled instead of ending up in our landfills, on our roadsides, on beaches or in our sewers. And, since much of Hawaii’s economy relies on tourism, this is a good thing.

The HI5 redemption program began in 2005 and has been a total success and boon for the islands. Many residents redeem the containers for extra cash which keeps the money circulating in state. The HI5 program has also provided for new recycling industries and increased employment opportunities for many residents. So, before complaining, one needs to look at the good stuff behind the HI5 law. To me, all of Hawaii wins with this “green” program.

Linda Damas Kelley

Hilo

 

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