Visitor grateful for kindness shown at Koloa Big Save
I am writing to thank the wonderful stranger who returned my wallet and cell phone to the customer service counter at Big Save in Koloa last week. I accidentally left it behind in the cart while loading groceries into the car. Thank you sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, for your kindness.
So often, we expect things to turn out badly. Thank you for the reminder to think positively!
Thank you as well to the very helpful and understanding woman at Big Save who gave it back to me on your behalf. I am deeply grateful. Mahalo and aloha.
Marni Edmiston, Billings, Montana
Remember ‘lazy politicians’ during next election
I would like to comment on the raise of the general excise tax. For our political leaders to raise taxes when our state isbringing in billions of dollars annually is dumbfounding. Last year alone I found a quote for $1.6 billion just in tourism(spending).
If anything, our taxes should be going down. This has to be the most money Hawaii has ever seen. Our political leaders havethe responsibility to manage these large amounts of money very prudently. There should never be any room for waste.
Many of our citizens who live here are on fixed incomes. Raising taxes can have a very adverse affect on their financialsituations. As everyone knows, government money is being wasted. From undeserved raises to the county or state hiringmore employees than it needs, worse yet employees having jobs that they are being paid for but not even working at; thejanitor at the war memorial building, for instance. This is hard-earned taxpayer money being wasted.
Our representatives need to protect this waste from happening, not raise taxes. Any political official that would vote forincrease in taxes in this economic environment, in my opinion, is a “lazy politician.” Let’s remember who they are at the nextelection, shall we? If they won’t protect our hard-earned money, then let’s vote for someone who will.
Linda Bothe, Kalaheo
Local families need help getting affordable housing
Is nothing going to be done about affordable housing situation on Kauai? We have far too many people who are homeless andin desperate need for homes of their own. Now when I say “homeless” I’m not only talking about those who are forced to livein our parks, beaches, etc. I’m also referring to those who are unable to live in their own home. Those who are forced to livewith other family members. Homes that are filled with two or more families.
There are homes being built and subdivisions coming up, but not for families that have lived here for generations. No, whatwe see are homes and subdivisions being build for those who come, speculate, build and sell for more then what any localfamily can afford.
They become richer while the local families are being pushed out of the very land, island, that we call home.
Now the county has made a tax break for those who are willing to rent their homes for an affordable price, but did that help?No, it did not. Look at the prices of rentals. Sadder yet is the price of owning a home.
I know that Kauai is not the only state or county that has dealt with this problem.
There is a solution, we just need to make it happen, if not ….
Can no one see what Kauai is becoming? Aruba, Boca Raton, etc.
Choose wisely the next time you vote. Make sure it’s someone who is qualified, and will fight for and champion the localfamily. Thank you.
Mae Rita, Koloa