Kokua Line

Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Tuesday, March 23, 1999

Those under 18 may
get an inadvertent
jury-duty letter

My 17-year-old son received a questionnaire from federal District Court concerning jury duty. Isn't he too young to serve on a jury? How did the court get his name? He's too young to vote.

The federal court uses both voter registration lists and driver's permit/license rolls to get a random selection of potential jurors, said U.S. District Court jury clerk Sheree Young.

The names of those younger than 18 came from the driver's license or permit lists, she said.

The questionnaire asks if you are 18 years of age or older. If you are not, you automatically will be disqualified as a juror.

However, Young says you still have to fill in and send in the questionnaire so that the court knows to disqualify you.


I live near Diamond Head. Every morning, a rooster crows constantly for two-three hours. I called the Hawaiian Humane Society but they said they can't do anything unless I give them a specific address. I don't know where this rooster resides. Has anyone else complained about this rooster or are there wild roosters living in the area, near Kaimanahila Street and the state Department of Defense building on Diamond Head Road?

About six months ago, there was a complaint about a noisy rooster "in that general area," said HHS spokeswoman Eve Holt. The problem then, as apparently now, is locating the rooster.

"The best thing is if someone can figure out where the rooster lives," Holt said.

In some areas, there are problems with wild roosters or chickens, Holt said. The HHS will let you borrow a "humane trap" to capture wandering fowl. Call 946-2187.

Otherwise, if there is a nuisance complaint about a rooster at a specific address, the HHS will investigate and can issue a warning or citation.



To Patrick Arroyo and another "angel." Two frightened seniors weren't able to start their car in Kaimuki the evening of Feb. 15. Suddenly he was there to jump- start the engine. It didn't work. But another man did something that got it started. We pray that good deeds will come to them in turn. -- Effie Lee



To public libraries for charging 15 cents for photocopies, whereas private retailers charge 4 or 5 cents. Libraries are public and should charge only 5 cents! -- G.M.

(New photocopy machines, provided by the Hawaii State Library Foundation as a public service, replaced existing ones at 48 of 49 libraries in the Hawaii State Public Library System last summer, said spokesman Paul H. Mark.

(The cost increased from 10 to 15 cents per copy on Sept. 1 to reflect rising costs for machines, maintenance, repairs and services, he said.

(The Hawaii State Library, at King and Punchbowl streets, had installed new copiers in 1997 and already was charging 15 cents.

("The contract calls for machines in very small libraries with little use, as well as larger branches," Mark said. The use of library copy machines cannot be compared to copy machines in stores located in business areas, he said. "The library does not compete.")



To Aloha Stadium usher Patrick Kong. On Feb. 7, we flew from Kauai to Honolulu to see the Pro Bowl game. I took a lot of video. On the following Monday, I discovered, to my horror, that I did not have my camcorder. I thought someone had taken it. But when I called Aloha Stadium from Honolulu Airport on Feb. 11, I learned Mr. Kong had turned it in. I am really grateful for his honesty. -- Jack D. Phillips, Livermore, Calif.

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