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Letters for Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Lee family appreciates assistance with bonsai

We are sending this letter of thanks to the people of Kaua‘i for this assistance in the recovery of bonsai stolen from our home on Oct. 14. Because of the care and support from so many people, including family, friends and so many folks we don’t know, I am happy to say the trees were returned to us on Sunday, Nov. 14.

To you all, we say: thank you, thank you, thank you.

Kaua‘i Police Department personnel played a major part. They worked tirelessly behind the scenes from the time the theft report was filed to the moment the bonsai were returned to us. Special mahalos to Det. Barry DeBlake, Officer R. Kerry, Officer Kamie Imai, Officer Evan Kurabayashi, Sgt. Darla Abbatiello, Officer B. Nance and Officer I. Yum.

Lee Family, Po‘ipu

Children at risk from fentanyl

A large number of narcotics on Kaua‘i laced with fentanyl means Kaua‘i’s children are at risk of overdosing and dying.

For example, young kids may see their parents taking meth with fentanyl and secretly take some from their parent’s supply in their home or in a homeless camp.

“The number of drug overdoses in Hawai‘i is climbing and reached a five-year high in 2020,” according to a High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area report.

A total of 243 of Hawai‘i’s 262 drug-related deaths in 2020 were accidental,” reports the KNHO2 article, “Fentanyl from Mexican cartels coming into Hawai‘i as overdoses rise.”

Perhaps the Kaua‘i police can adopt fentanyl-sniffing dogs when they make a raid. AZfamily.com reports “Fentanyl-detecting K9 to be part of breakthrough training for Arizona drug dogs. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office recently acquired a K9 that can sniff out the deadly drug.”

The Hawai‘i Department of Education must educate kids that narcotics are dangerous, especially fentanyl, which kills.

Perhaps our Kaua‘i U.S. naval base working with the FBI can intercept boats from Mexico transporting fentanyl from Mexico to Kaua‘i to save our children and families from accidental death.

Will Davis, Lihu‘e
Source: The Garden Island

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