Your Views for April 19

Thank you to so many

It’s been just more than a year since we lost our son, Logan Whitfield, when he went snorkeling at Champagne Pond and never returned. It seems like no time at all, and it seems like years ago.

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We realize it’s been a while now, but we would like to belatedly thank members of the Coast Guard and Hawaii police, firefighters and search and rescue for their outstanding efforts in searching for our son.

Despite our grief and sense of loss at the time, we were so thankful for the efforts of those on the ground, in the air and on and under the water for their expertise and professionalism and kindness toward us throughout several days of searching and investigation.

As well, we would like to thank some of the kindly residents of Kapoho, who did their best to ease our distress and who have since suffered their own losses of a different kind because of the lava flows that moved through the area.

In particular, we’d like to thank the search and rescue leader and Coast Guardsmen (they’ll know who they are) who had the onerous task of breaking the news to us that the searches were called off. At this point in time, we can’t imagine a much more difficult task for these professionals in their dealings with the public.

Our sense of loss will be with us always, but we’ll also always remember the outstanding efforts. Hopefully, all involved will see this.

Erin and Dave Whitfield

Alberta, Canada

What benefit?

We have been hearing a lot of noise about climate change lately.

Climate change is a result of the nature of things. Looking back in time, it is a natural activity.

The Sierra Club and Blue Planet Foundation have stuck their noses into the lives and activities of this state’s citizens, with scare tactics. All of their suggestions, at what cost? What real benefit?

Just one big thing: electric cars. These vehicles use electricity to power them. The cost of electricity in this state is expensive; no real big savings there. The owners get a rebate — a cost to the taxpayer for other people’s driving.

The state is building EV stations. Who pays for that?

Now, on the ownership side. Have any of these folks looked into the repair costs for these things? One big item is the replacement of batteries. What cost there?

These are only a couple of items to think about that they never tell you. Get the taxpayers off the hook for other people’s auto purchases.

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Bob Dukat

Pahoa

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