Your Views for July 15


Tin can phones

Dear service provider, I write with a suggestion that would make landline customers like me a lot happier about paying our phone bills: stop charging us long distance rates when we call nearby neighbors who happen to have cell phones.

Such is the case when I call two of my friends who are literally within shouting distance of me.

I realize from a standpoint of your new-fangle satellite technology the respective physical locations of callers is irrelevant, but back here on Planet Earth, it looks ridiculous to charge us the same.

Frankly, I feel like you are sticking it to us, putting profits before customer satisfaction.

You know where your landline customers live, and with GPS you can tell in an instant where the cell phone is located. If you were to consider such calls within a certain distance, say 10 or 20 miles, the same as local calls, it would bring smiles to our faces.

Short of that, you could always send us two tin cans and a long coil of copper wire!

Bill Brundage

Kurtistown

Sheepwrecked

To blame the mouflon sheep for the mamane tree, the palila bird habitat, decline is theory at best.

The coffee growers in Pahala that won prizes credit their success to sheep. They keep the weeds down, preventing fire, and fertilize the trees without eating them. After a severe 1,000-sheep eradication 1 1/2 years ago, grasses grew tall and a wildfire erupted lasting for two weeks. That surely did damage to the palila bird, its habitat, and the mamane trees. The mamane trees could be transplanted after starting in a nursery perhaps and the tops could be protected or they could have a wire cage. I don’t have all the facts yet. Mainland deer raise similar concerns and a seasonal hunt is managing the population.

I believe the sheep are extremely beneficial to this island’s economy. Tourism could be increased with the lift of hunting restrictions and allowing big horn sheep hunters to get their trophy. There is a hunting term “grand slam” that includes all the big game types including these sheep. They are rare and endangered in many places. Please Google mouflon pictures to appreciate their beauty.

One thousand dead sheep at 40 pounds of meat for each equals 40,000 pounds of wasted organic pure protein food. We have hungry families here. … Food Basket and other charities could use the meat.

Adoption is another avenue. A July 6 article mentions that some are trapped. Why not allow farmers to take sheep home alive? They would help keep the jungle back and make awesome pets. I ditto this for the feral cows and goats.

B. Reinard

Pahoa

 

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