Your Views for September 2


Kim prepared us

A lot of voters were talking about how good a job the county employees did when the last tsunami arrived at the Island of Hawaii under the direction of Mayor Billy Kenoi. What a lot of voters forgot or don’t realize is that all of that preparedness was not learned in this one term. It was taught to the employees of the county by our former mayor, Harry Kim.

Here is something to think about. How many tsunami drills did Mayor Kenoi do in his term? Unless I’m mistaken, he and his administration has done only one.

Now think back. Under Mayor Kim and his administration, these drills were held annually to keep the county employees ready for the real thing.

Robert Manuel

Hilo

Mistreated by TSA

I was very upset with TSA agents at the interisland terminal on Oahu for their handling of a situation that I experienced on Aug. 19.

Security lines were exceptionally long, and when it was my turn, I heard a TSA agent laughing and commenting, “I hope this isn’t what I think it is.” Another agent responded, “Yes, it sure is!” and joined in the laughter.

The agent then yelled out, “Whose bag is this?” I responded it was mine. He informed me that chili was no longer allowed on the plane (I was bringing home five bowls of Zippy’s chili for my children.) I asked how that was possible as I always hand-carry chili back to Hilo. I was informed TSA changed the rule about a month ago, “because chili is considered to be a form of LIQUID.”

Fortunately, my husband was still in the terminal, so I called him to come and pick up the chili. I was not going to give the TSA agents the satisfaction of having chili dinners at my expense, especially after making a mockery of the situation by sharing laughs about it, which was totally rude and uncalled for. I was escorted outside to give my husband the chili and had to go to the end of the security line to wait my turn again.

I understand security changes are for the safety of travellers; however, I am upset about how the Oahu agents handled the situation, which was not only embarrassing but outright rude. At least the TSA agents in Hilo are a lot more courteous and would have handled the situation with aloha and professionalism.

Donna Degele

Hilo

Hunting for food

The propaganda in articles about how destructive sheep, pigs, goats and deer are, and how we should continue to take action to slaughter these “bad” animals before it’s too late, is so lame that it isn’t funny.

Do the people/groups who want to rid the island of these animals have the intelligence with a plan for our future, or are they just ignorant, with no vision? With everything being protected these days (and I agree to a lot of other things), it would seem easy to win votes by protecting native forests as the right thing to do, but what will the real life benefits be to the majority of local people and economy of our island? Is it all part of our future sustainability, or just someone’s paycheck now?

Cattle, which were allowed to be brought to Hawaii by King Kamehameha the Great, have been destroying native Hawaii forests for over two centuries. King Kamahamaha was a great leader and visionary that allowed cattle to be brought here to help provide food for the Hawaiian people, knowing that the ocean alone couldn’t supply the growing population. He had to make a choice, and the choice he made to provide cattle for food greatly outweighed the destruction of the native forests.

As we all know, it was a huge part of our local economy — then and now. Furthermore, the only thing I can see that has happened to the land in Waimea and the upper slopes of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Kohala where cattle roamed … is that it’s among the highest-priced property on the Big Island.

As we go on with our daily lives and these animals continue to get eradicated, are we expecting our government (federal, state and county) to continue providing so many of us with food stamps, housing, medical care, Social Security, welfare benefits, etc., in the next 30 or more years? Do we expect that our island economy will get better years from now, and all the local people will be working with decent-paying jobs to support themselves if government cuts or stops these benefits?

We should all hope so, because if not, it will be the local farmers and ranchers who will see their crops stolen, among other things that could happen in the community. So, as some of us already know, we need to learn from our past generations, and a more secure and better option for our island’s future is to allow these animals to roam wild to be hunted as food. Then the real key will be to teach every one of our children in public/private schools and at home how to grow and hunt for their own food.

Robert DeCoito

Hilo

 

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