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I take issue with the letter to the editor from this nonlocal living in Aiken, South Carolina (Your Views, Aug. 11).
I don’t think his arrogant attitude towards the local officials is productive. He claimed that he was watching the Weather Channel for three hours about the danger of high wind and dry conditions in Hawaii. However, he provided no solution to the situation.
Did he realized we were also warned? Not for the three hours he mentioned. We were warned days ahead of Hurricane Dora passing to the south of us. We were warned about the dry and windy conditions. I remember seeing warning on the news, on my phone and in local papers.
A lot of people did figure out the danger, and all the officials knew about the danger. However, what could they have done besides sending out warnings?
Did anyone predict those wildfires starting, and when and where? Besides realizing the potential danger and warning residents about it, what really can be done to prevent the same thing from happening?
People will still be careless and start a fire.
It is so easy to criticize when someone is sitting in front of a computer acting all high and mighty. It is another to actually work in Hawaii day after day to try and keep the residents safe.
I am saddened there are such nosy and unfriendly people in this world who thinks they are better than us.
The case for Roundup
I’ve noticed a troubling phenomenon on our roadways over the past couple years.
This problem seems to be getting worse since the county and state have ceased using Roundup to keep the brush at bay alongside our roadways.
The shoulders alongside our state and county roads are looking like jungle scenes from a bad B-movie. This is not only an eyesore, but also a safety hazard.
For example, the brush and tree limbs are overhanging onto Highway 190 in between mile-markers 32 to 35. This poses a safety hazard when these semitrailer trucks rub against these tree limbs and brush. It will eventually cause these limbs to fall on the highway and, God forbid, on to a passing vehicle.
I understand the county and state’s hands are tied as far as getting this under control.
There has to be a solution to minimize this growing safety hazard. I’d pose this question to all individuals who are opposed to using Roundup alongside our roads.
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