Voters already decided they want term limits
Did someone forget? Voters passed the law for a maximum of two terms (for City Council and mayor) for good reasons ("Proposals would end maximum of 2 terms," Star-Bulletin, Feb. 6
). One reason was to get fresh ideas (thinking outside of the old box), and two, to limit the power brokers from getting too much power.
Lawmakers should not be able to undo what the largest percentage of the votes wanted. They forget, it is we the people whose voices have spoken.
If we want to change it, then it should be the people who undo it by voting. It's not the politicians who have the voices, it's the people!
Kailua Beach getting to its breaking point
Your Jan. 29 story
outlining the kitesurfing situation at Kailua Beach Park only addressed one part of the greater issue. The problem is not kitesurfing, kayaks and windsurfing. The problem is the volume of participation of each of these sports and the limitations of the park.
Kitesurfing gets a lot of attention because of the relatively large area the kite uses on the waterfront and the park areas. When the kitesurfing sport came to Hawaii about six years ago there were few kitesurfers and few complaints. Now the kitesurfing phenomenon is growing and growing and soon the park will have no room for anything else.
Ask a kitesurfer why they don't kite in Laie. Local justice took care of that situation.
Some of the people you interviewed have a financial interest in the promoting of water sports in the park. Every day commercial activities (kite lessons, kayak rentals, windsurfing rentals) are using public property at the beach. The park can not handle all the additional traffic and maintain an "aloha" atmosphere.
Additionally there have been no significant improvements to the north end of the park in more than 10 years. The road is potholed and floods. The grass has no irrigation system, is filled with weeds and dies off every summer. The park has become a dumping ground for abandoned vehicles and the homeless.
Those of us who live in Kailua are losing our quality of life and our neighborhood park due to neglect and mismanagement.
Everything has its limit ... Kailua Beach Park is past its limit.
We need rainy-day fund for bird flu
For the first time in years we are informed of a positive financial status of our state's economy. We read how and where our monies can be spent after years of restraints and restrictions. We once had a rainy day fund after Gov. George Ariyoshi's term ended. The monies were spent and shortfalls began in the mid 1990s. Everyone has their concept of priorities, however, we cannot forget the experiences we had globally with SARS. The current major global impact will be from bird flu. Isolation and quarantine are scary terms for a state dependent on a tourist economy. Please keep a rainy day fund available until the bird flu vaccines are available and administered globally.
Harold T. Matsuura
Artifacts case tests isle tradition
What happened to all the Hawaiian families from Kawaihae? All artifacts sealed by Hui Malama in the Big Island caves belong to the Kawaihae families; it is their ohana who were buried there. What group has family in Kawaihae? My son was buried with his canoe paddle across his coffin. Hopefully, if someone unearths his grave in the future it will be put back.
Herbert E. Kihoi
Military should stop destroying Hawaii
For the Army to dump 15 million pounds of chemical weapons off Oahu is criminal (Star-Bulletin, Feb. 2
). If no one had found the report, the Pentagon would have kept it silent. The responsible people are pretty much all dead. No point investigating them. What in the world were they thinking?
Of course the Pentagon claims that those chemicals would break down into nontoxic compounds if their containers fail. We believe you at the Pentagon, just like Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
The military should not be allowed to destroy this island, no more chemical dumping, no more land destroyed, no more shooting targets, no more Stryker brigade. Enough is enough.
The Hawaiian archipelago should be a sanctuary; instead it becomes an example of how dumb people can be.
Good luck to our senators and congressmen in D.C. to find the truth.