Letters to the editor: 02-12-18

We’re allowed to expect more from DMV

We all have been out there in the workforce, had our own business and employees. We’ve all had stressful days and were short on help, but it never was a free pass to be rude and condescending to a client, customer or applicant.

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The Department of Motor Vehicles is a place of business so you don’t need to joke around and engage anyone with conversation while scores of people are waiting outside to be helped.

In this country, we have a right to stand up for ourselves and expect courteous service from a government office. If taking the problem directly to the DMV would help, we would have done so a long time ago. And people have tried and nothing changed.

Oh yes, Sohrab F. Dorabji, you really should work for the DMV, you have the same belittling attitude toward people as the DMV.

Eva Davis

Kailua-Kona

US should show more respect at Olympics

After watching the beautiful opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics, I was annoyed by Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to stand when the combined Korea team entered the stadium.

Not only was this disrespectful to the host, South Korea, it was an embarrassment to the U.S. and all our athletes.

This administration has done their best to politicize sports, but this time, instead of the NFL, they have embarrassed us in front of the world. Yes, politics tend to happen at the Olympics but we don’t have to be part of it. We are better than this petulant display.

The Olympic opening ceremonies celebrate these hard working athletes, camaraderie among countries, and a universal hope for peace and cooperation among countries.

Then we send a U.S. representative to show disrespect to all those attending.

Yes, North Korea is a difficult situation. But instead of arguing whose button is bigger, help facilitate opportunities like this to let the next generation see where we can get along. Maybe then, when they return home, they are encouraged to make things better.

Change is slow but it has to come from within the country. Recently we have seen small changes; Saudi women can drive, strict dress codes are being relaxed, more young girls around the world are attending school.

Linda Ronske

Kailua-Kona

Get tougher on abandoned rigs

“Castoffs” or ridiculous and dangerous rubbish removal at the tax payers’ expense?

It’s hard to believe the feature article Saturday regarding “castoff” vehicles. Abandon vehicles are common here – it’s seems to be a joke! I drove by six yesterday on my way to town. Many of them have been stickered and there a lot longer than 10 days. A lot of these spots are typical to leave vehicles.

Is one of the county’s jobs to clean up other people’s garbage? These abandoned vehicles are not only safety and environmental hazards, they are eyesores that are typically filled with garbage, including tires. The longer they stay on the roadside the more vandalism and theft occurs to them.

How can someone simply leave a vehicle on the side of the road and get away with it? Check who the vehicle was last registered to and go after them and issue fines and removal fees. If they say they sold it, or gave it to someone, then prove it or pay.

The article states that written notice has to be given to the registered owner immediately after taking the abandoned vehicle into custody. How about right when the car is discovered? I think our officers of the law can find a VIN number on most.

And who is kidding whom about the abandoned vehicle being removed within 72 hours? Some are there for weeks after being stickered.

How does the Hawaii Tourism Authority feel when the tourists see the abandoned vehicles, which are common on the few roads we have?

Make it harder to dump a vehicle, make the dumper pay and I bet the number of abandoned vehicles decreases.

Respect the aina!

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Stephen Cornacchia

Napoopoo