Growth will spoil Kauai
Steve Martin has it right in his article in this morning’s paper (Feb. 3). While we bring in money, you will eventually see that we (tourists) cannot cover the expense of our being here but the life quality of residents will be damaged … note the traffic already.
Your roads and all infrastructure will bear a burden that cannot be sustained and the quiet green and garden isle that we loved is already becoming a thing of the past.
Dennis Hauff, Whidbey Island, Washington (another tourist destination)
District elections would be good
The most significant reason for NOT eliminating term limits for council members is the federal governments policy of no termlimits for members of Congress.
Career politicians have resulted in public approval ratings for them in single digits. New blood could bring new ideas that maybe more agreeable with the population.
Term limits on Kauai should be retained, and a county manager form of government should be initiated. If a manager hired bythe council wouldn’t be doing an acceptable job, he/she could also be fired by the council and improvements made.
With the present system, citizens have to wait for a new election to make changes. District elections of six council membersshould also be instituted.
The conflict between the mayor and council members could be eliminated with the mayor being the seventh member of thecouncil elected countywide, and serving as council president with a tie vote.
Cooperation on a single legislative body would serve the county better than the current executive/legislative arrangement thatresults in a good old boy system with firings that simply have those fired reassigned to another department.
Rich Hoeppner, Lihue