Thank our officers
May 12-18 is National Police Week, a week that is set aside every year to honor the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty and a time to share our appreciation for all that our officers do to ensure the safety of our communities.
It was touching to see the reaction of the public in Boston when the law enforcement personnel were applauded by the spectators that witnessed their apprehension of the suspect in the bombing of the marathon. However, every day our police officers and first responders place themselves in harm’s way to protect our communities from dangerous people and natural disasters.
Police Week gives us an opportunity to applaud our police department for all they do throughout the year to serve and protect us. We encourage all of you to find some way to drop by the department this week and share a word of appreciation with our officers. They deal with negative situations and unpleasant people daily and a positive word and expression of gratitude would go a long way towards encouraging them in their very difficult profession.
Renee D. Godoy
(on behalf of seven other police chaplains)
Lock your cars
I am writing this letter to warn anyone that plans on going to Pohoiki to not only lock up your car but have people you know watch it.
I was recently surfing with my truck locked and my keys hidden under a bag in the truck bed. When I got out, someone had dug through the bed and used my keys to open my car. The cowardly thieves took my Oakley’s. What upsets me the most is that there were lots of people around and this was clearly planned as they must have seen me put my things away and lock up.
Unfortunately for them, the shades were custom frames with a red Oakley symbol and black mirrored lenses, so myself or my many friends who are down there often will be able to spot them if anyone tries wearing them. Maybe we need one of those rent-a-cops to patrol the beach like they do Cash and Carry or Sack N’ Save. It’s too bad people down there are not as Pono as I once thought.
Save a life
I am writing this letter out of concern for the rising number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities on the Big Island.
Most of the motorcycle fatalities are because automobile drivers are not paying full attention to their surroundings, and only looking out for other automobiles. As a motorcycle rider myself, I recently was cut off by an inattentive driver and had to swerve off of the road.
I need all drivers to be aware that motorcycles, mo-peds and bicycles are also on the road. Please slow down and take an extra couple of seconds to look twice to save a life.