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Your Views for October 9

‘Do nothing’ leaders

Once again, our legislators are out of session so that they can campaign for more of “do nothing” legislation.

Our senior senator has done nothing on two important matters. One, the post office. He has the purse strings for that entity. They are just about bankrupt. Let them raise the fees and streamline the system.

We have a “do nothing” representative running for a Senate seat to replace an active and reasonable retiring senator, so she can become a “do nothing” senator.

We have a “do nothing” representative running for re-election, who the last time defeated an active representative who is trying to regain his seat.

After the elections, there will be a lame-duck Congress which will probably accomplish nothing. Be sure to vote to express your wishes for the future of this nation.

Bob Dukat


Protect the turtles

We should not remove protections for the green sea turtle. In the 1970s, I would often see turtles with a spear through their necks. Sometimes there would be a spear gun dangling from a line attached to the spear stuck in the turtle’s neck.

Turtles are powerful swimmers and can accelerate at amazing rates when frightened. I assume that the spear fisherman did not want to lose his equipment and that he had no choice in this. The turtle died a slow death from the wound or from starvation.

From the numbers I saw harmed in this way, I would have to say this result is common. And these are the turtles that were cleanly hit. How many were harmed by less successful shots to the head or neck?

The green sea turtle is an iconic species. No one will forget seeing a turtle in the ocean. It is transfixing and out of this world. These sightings are a free advertisement for future tourism. A turtle with a spear through its neck is a turnoff.

All along our shores, there is a constant battle going on between the algae and the corals. Coral cannot grow on algae-covered base. The turtle helps the coral prosper by eating the algae from the base. Our population and activity favors the algae. We need the turtles out there working for us and the corals.

There are too many of us going after the same resource. The historical Hawaiian culture was aware of the limitations of the resource and had a kapu system to protect it from collapse. If we do not protect our turtles so that they can protect our resource, we will be the losers.

Stephen Lang



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