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