Letters for Monday, November 6, 2017

Hoping for better candidates

Great! Now the people of Kauai have two Rapozos to choose from. And neither of them will be receiving a vote from me. One of them has no personality and the other one is in charge of our county parks. If that’s an indicator of how he’ll run our island, I’ll pass. I would vote for Glenn Mickens over these two. The mayoral race is going to get pretty interesting, folks. Stay tuned …

Ka‘aona Kipuka, Lawai

Drivers need to back off

Thank you to Alan Faye for his letter “Too many drivers are tailgating” (TGI, Oct. 31).

Not only is there a dangerous lack of respect for keeping at least a car length’s distance between the vehicle you are operating and the vehicle ahead of you for each 10 mph of your speed, at night many are tailgating with their high beams on.

Night tailgating is at least as dangerous as daytime, and tailgating with high beams on is even more dangerous, because it can make driving difficult for the vehicle ahead of you. Also, many of the drivers are speeding. If they were not speeding, they would not be catching up to the vehicle ahead of them when the vehicle ahead of them is going the speed limit.

Be careful on the road, and the life you save may be your own.

James Beardmore, Waimea

Quality of life leads to happiness

National Geographic recently released an article depicting the happiest places to live in the U.S. What is there in these placesthey identified that makes their residents so happy?

As stated in the article, this happiness doesn’t just happen. Quoting the author Dan Buettner, “There is a genesis to it.Enlightened leaders make conscious decisions to favor quality of life over economic development or political expediency.”

Wow! What a concept!

Imagine what Kauai would be like today had our leaders embraced such a philosophy just 20 years ago or even 10 years ago.

We’re soon entering a new election cycle. Do you suppose any of the candidates will firmly commit to placing quality of life asa true priority ahead of more economic development or politics?

Leon Osowski, Kalaheo

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