Letters for Monday, June 11, 2018

Take pride in your work

Along Kaumualii Highway in Eleele fronting the low-income housing, several months ago, a beautiful, white vinyl fence was put up. Then, the buffalo grass took over and hid the fence.

About the end of May, some county or state workers came with their weed-eaters. The job they did was so sloppy. There were still long patches of grass standing. Like every other place on the Westside, whenever there is trimming or mowing along the highway, the job is done sloppily.

These employees get paid very well from the state/county. They should take more pride in their work and their island.

Howard Tolbe, Eleele

Drivers won’t even stop at crosswalk, let alone follow ‘no turn’ signage

Mr. Steinbacher (TGI Forum, June 7), according to your letter to the editor, you claim that the lives of you and your dogs are atrisk due to motorists who continue to make an illegal left-hand turn out of the Hokulei Village shopping center.

So my question to you, sir, is if you’re aware of this act occurring on a somewhat-regular basis, why would you continue tocross on that side of the street? Why not cross on the other side that fronts Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School?

Until the county implements some kind of countermeasure similar to what they have on Nawiliwili Road, motorists will tocontinue to make that illegal left-hand turn onto Nuhou Street.

We can’t get motorists to stop at the flashing crosswalk fronting the Rice Street post office and you expect them to adhere toa “no left turn” sign? Good luck!

Ka‘aona Kipuka, Lawai

Each vote makes a difference

To all Kauai residents out there, it is so important to vote. And it’s important to do your research and vote for the best advocates for the people.

My method of selecting who will represent me has very little to do with personality and more to do with solutions.

The state of Hawaii is in financial trouble. Our economy is ranked in the bottom 15 nationwide. When compared to other states, Hawaii has the worst cost of living and the worst cost of housing in the nation.

Education is in big trouble.

Currently it’s reported that the national average of per-pupil spending is $11,392. Hawaii is spending $12,855 per pupil, yet we are tied with four other states in having the second-lowest ACT scores.

Before we pass legislation throwing more money into education by tapping into property taxes, or any new taxes, we need to figure out why we are spending so much and getting such poor results.

Education is not suffering because of lack of money. We need to do a serious audit to find out where all the money is going, and how we can eliminate wasteful spending and apply more to our teachers and students.

Take a look at these reports and study the states that are spending less and getting much better results. Study states with successful economies and figure out what we are doing wrong.

Just like we have to manage our own personal finances, elected officials need to manage the money we give the government better.

Marianne Martin, Lihue

10 Comments
  1. Debra Kekaualua June 11, 2018 5:51 am Reply

    EXcellent publishing goes to Ms Martin. I am so happy that at least a few people, “warrior” are seeing what i have seen over the five decades ive lived on Kauai and another decade out from fort DeRussy, where my usaf intel officer dad sat with all other militaropolitical entities at negotiating tables in 1958 securing statehood implementation without a treaty of annexation. I pray Ms. Martin digs deeper, more due diligence research, so that she and the many others that are misunderstanding our plight will wake up and smell the Kauai coffee. Aloha will save the world, and Kauai setting a new precident that will eliminate the really devastating maneuvers ongoingly for 125-years (12-1/2 decades). We must discontinue these maneuvers by questionable peoples in high places of this current government regime. Act by voting and try not putting status quo back to their stations. Corruption is alive and well. Some people will tell, ” Ive got a “good thing going on”, on Kauai.


  2. gordon oswald June 11, 2018 6:13 am Reply

    Marianne. Thank you. Perfect letter. Perfectly written.


  3. Reverend Malama Robinson June 11, 2018 10:54 am Reply

    I for one and the Hawai’ian Kingdom do recognize that the just vote method is the same as beating a dead horse!
    Wake up and walk out….
    Into the FREE HAWAI’I!


  4. manawai June 11, 2018 11:42 am Reply

    But Marianne, we already know where our tax dollars are going. They’re being eaten up by Cadillac retirement and healthcare programs for the myriad of people here who work for our state and county the governments. Not to forget the overblow contracts our governments let out every year. The Honolulu rail fiscal fiasco is a prime example of this. At 27.8%, Hawaii has the 3rd highest number of people working for the government in the nation. (http://www.hawaiireporter.com/287618/) Politicians keep this going because the HGEA is a powerful organization that effectively elects our politicians. And these politicians are scared to death to try and reduce the unnecessary number of lethargic government employees because they know they’ll get canned if they do. Government inefficiency is rampant in Hawaii. Of course, add to this a high cost of living do to the finite amount of land we have plus our physical remoteness and no wonder we’re close to the bottom economically compared to other states. It is fiscal bloat and inefficiency that is Hawaii’s entirely curable problem. Not even a robust tourism sector can offset that.


  5. No_They_Didn't June 11, 2018 1:40 pm Reply

    Signs in Hanapepe town is wrong. Mel Rapozo. Two years ago I saw engineers taking estimates at the bridge. Who gets some of the funds to build it? In progress. Engineers or politicians. Wrong papers on that guy on that sign. Election time.


  6. Just Saying June 11, 2018 1:41 pm Reply

    By all means, let’s apply methods that worked in Iowa to each and all the Hawaiian Islands. Why, shucks, I can’t see any differences!


  7. No_They_Didn't June 11, 2018 2:16 pm Reply

    Also, not with church group who is stupid and have to back me up. Wrong stupid add degree on Rapozo. Since…..


  8. No_They_Didn't June 11, 2018 2:31 pm Reply

    They played football. People on that guy’s paper work. 72,029 people (2017)


  9. No_They_Didn't June 11, 2018 2:40 pm Reply

    And I hope nobody invest on Kauai. Millionaires. Oracle Corp for example.


  10. No_They_Didn't June 11, 2018 2:53 pm Reply

    Not with u if You’re not making $75,000 dollars per year in 2018. And screw your family, honor, & message crap come election time.


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