Letters: Issues Over Opala

Wednesday - March 24, 2010
By MidWeek Staff
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Editor,

There are so many issues that our people along the Leeward Coast have to battle with, and one of the major issues is the landfills that are located within our community.

I know. I live next to the PVT landfill - it’s my backyard. We breathe it, smell it, hear the noise of trucks every morning at 6 a.m.,put up with all the dust and wind factors ... But what about our stream that is located right next to this landfill? What about the runoffs?

My community does not deserve to be ignored by our own elected officials and by the Department of Health and the State of Hawaii.We deserve to have open community hearings regarding any changes or permit extensions to this PVT landfill that is located just about 5 to 10 feet from many Nanakuli residents.


 

Whatever happened to the saying “For The People”? These landfills do not belong only on the west side of the island on the Waianae Coast; every community should start looking, and I suggest that every community take care of its own trash and opala. Why is there just one community impacted?

This is discrimination against the people along the Waianae Coast. Homeless shelters and service provider agencies are located within this area.

No one wants to kokua. I wonder why?

Ask yourself who owns this private landfill.

Money talks, and people don’t matter anymore. Landfills make big-time bucks off people’s livelihood.

Aloha Pumehana,
Patty Kahanamoku Teruya

Chairwoman Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board

Theater Etiquette

Editor,

I always read MidWeek news, and I had an idea after my experience at the movies today.

I have had two horrific experiences at Kapolei Theatres, and today just topped it off. I went to see Valentine’s Day on Feb. 22 at 11:55 a.m.A man went to the movie with his wife or girlfriend (?) not to see it, but to catch up on sleep - and man, was he snoring loud!

After trying the cursory turn back and subtle hints, cough, look back, glare (in the dark) I finally got up the nerve and turned around and said loudly,“Can you please stop snoring, we are at the movies!”

He snored a while longer and then his significant other got him to quiet down. But after a few minutes, he started snoring again!!!


I cannot believe the rudeness of some people! Why would you pay $7 to see a movie and sleep, and not just sleep, but ruin it for the other viewers? I finally gave up,since I couldn’t follow the movie anyway, and went to find the manager, who did refund my money and gave me a free movie ticket.

I wouldn’t have been so peeved if this was the first movie I had ruined for me at this theater. I also went to see New Moon two days after opening day during a matinee. I was expecting a crowd and maybe some oohs and awws from teenagers. But no way was I prepared for this: Babies crying, smelly outside food brought in, kids running up and down the aisle, screaming, people on cell phones ... It was the worse experience ever. I didn’t walk out of this one though.

I seriously think the people of Kapolei need a lesson on movie-going etiquette.

Jessica A.
Ewa Beach

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