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Your Views for August 24

Mahalo, community

There is something to be said about one of the most crucial parts in solving a crime of any sort. Little is ever given of a “thank you very much” to the eyewitness who actually saw or observed a crime taking place and were courageous enough to report it.

Noelle C. played an important role in giving us some crucial information as to the event that involved United Community Church’s white wooden Christian cross being stolen. She is one of our unsung heroes, and we appreciate very much her part as an eyewitness in solving this crime. Without eyewitnesses coming forward, many crimes could not have been solved.

We want to also thank the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and reporter John Burnett, Hawaii County police officers Darryl Castillo, Keith Simeona and Jeremy Kubojiri, and those who reported the location of the stolen cross.

Our hearts are humbled and appreciative of the outpouring and expressions of concern by the general public.

Our grateful hearts and blessings.

Pastor Merle K. Lai

United Community Church

Bury the lines

I would like to offer another solution to the downed power lines in Puna by fallen trees. Why not ask HELCO to put their power lines underground?

This is customarily done in my home country, the Netherlands, in spite of the fact of the water issue: Half my country lies 3 feet UNDER sea level.

Of course, on our island HELCO would have to dig into lava rock, but once the trenches are dug, they are dug! It would be a great investment in the safety and security of power to all of us for the rest of the century!

I would like to make another observation, as the past president of the Hilo Outdoor Circle and 25-year resident of Hilo: Wouldn’t our town look just so much more beautiful (to residents and tourists alike) if the visual landscape wouldn’t be interrupted by all those power lines, some as thick as my thighs? Of course it would!

To summarize: Putting power underground would bring power to us all, always!

My thoughts are with those that are still without power. What stress and hardship they have to endure!

Gerdine Markus


Leaders unprepared

I’m sure that the mayor, governor, Civil Defense leaders and other local leader types are patting each other on the back for a job well done in the days following Iselle.

They need to move a foot lower with a paddle and give each other the discipline they actually deserve. If they were ready for this emergency, I would hate to see the response if they weren’t ready.

The only team with a plan that deserves praise was the utility crews that stepped up to the massive job and restored power to most of the affected homes. The distribution points were changed frequently, and given that most of us only had word-of-mouth communication, it became frustrating to locate where anything was being distributed. Posting signs might have been a way for people to find the needed supplies. This event was a lackluster show of any leadership, and I’m being reserved.

Prior to my retirement, I worked for an IT (information technology) company, and we called some computer issues “ID ten T” errors. I would say the emergency response was filled with “ID ten T” errors (idiot errors).

Patricia Kayl


Storm scam

I just received a call stating that I would have to reconfirm my credit card number to expedite my order of building supplies.

It was a scam, as I have yet to order the lumber I will need for my repairs.

Beware of calls asking for any personal information. Predators swarm where people are stressed and vulnerable.

G. O’Connor


Missing mangroves

Too bad the mangroves were eradicated from the Kapoho shores. They would have helped with the impact of Iselle, and the pollution problem.

Mangroves are world-known for their ability to absorb excess nitrogen and pollutants from runoff and storm surge. Mangroves are also known for their ability to mitigate the impact of storm waves and hold up with their incredible roots.

The mangroves are not “native,” so they were killed with herbicide, but not much thought or funding was given to eradicate all that non-native sewer and pollution.

Nani Pogline



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