Letters for Saturday, January 13, 2018

New take on a classic poem

In light of the president’s recent remarks on immigration, perhaps the current administration would like to offer their version of Emma Lazarus’s poem:

Keep your tired, your poor,

Your non-white masses yearning to be on US soil.

You are the refuse from the world’s s**t holes,

The uneducated, foul-smelling wretches,

Find another port,

While I lift my lamp to show you the way out.

Michael Diamant, Koloa

Cameras could help with traffic

I think what we need on Kauai are traffic cameras at key intersections. Every day I see drivers running through red lights and stop signs with total disregard for the traffic laws. In fact, if a driver is making a right turn at a stop sign or red light, it is unusually rare to see him actually stop before turning. Most don’t even slow down. Some even speed up to beat oncoming cross traffic through the intersection!

It is also common to see a vehicle go flying through a red light several seconds after it has turned red. No wonder we have so many traffic accidents on Kauai!

Traffic cameras would be cheap to install and would generate revenue for the island. In fact, based on what I see every day, lots of revenue. And, perhaps people would take traffic laws more seriously after getting a picture postcard in the mail and paying a nice fine.

David McDonald, Lihue

7 Comments
  1. Wally Roberts January 13, 2018 3:42 am Reply

    Half of them are rental cars. The summons would have to go to their mainland address, where it would most likely be sent to the shredder.


    1. David McDonald January 17, 2018 6:36 am Reply

      Not the ones I see, Wally. They are mostly local folks like you and me.


  2. Knowitall January 13, 2018 9:35 am Reply

    Allowing an unlimited amount of uneducated immigrants into the country affects low income employees the most. People with a masters degree in engineering will always find a job. But the only way to drive up pay for lower income and uneducated individuals is with competition. If 100 people apply for a minimum wage job they will pay minimum wage. If no one applies they will raise the hourly until they find employees. It’s basic math. Want more money demand you’ll need less uneducated immigration


  3. Howard Tolbe January 13, 2018 10:21 am Reply

    To add to David McDonald’s letter, “Cameras could help with traffic”. We also, ” need to light up Kauai!” What good is cameras if the night pictures isn’t clear? Even with night vision on a camera! (picture will not be a post card effect at night) We want to be able to see driver’s face, vehicle, and license plate.


    1. David McDonald January 22, 2018 7:13 am Reply

      Agree, Howard. But they have infrared cameras now that don’t need street lights to provide a good photo after dark.


  4. Sunrise_blue January 13, 2018 1:21 pm Reply

    Voted no. Looking out for no#1. Me. On helping a victim drowning in Koloa. (#2) choice


  5. Steve Martin January 20, 2018 10:08 am Reply

    David McDonald …. I couldn’t agree more. Those who speak against it are obviously the ones that commit the driving violations. I have recently written a letter to Chief Perry hoping he too reads your letter. I can fully understand the loss of patience of drivers because of the lack of proper management of our traffic conditions and the lack of officers that can be where these violations occur, so the cameras would be a big help to the department. The violations are not just In signaled areas. Drivers are using neighborhoods to speed through to save time. Mr. Roberts you are wrong. The tourists have by far more patience and courtesy than most local resident drivers. There is a huge growing problem in the homesteads of road rage drivers. The more we remind them to slow down the faster they drive. It’s called “don’t tell me how to drive.”We can only hope that the police dept. finds a way to slow people down for the safety of all.. I think maybe the drivers wallet will work best.


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