Ask about their vision for Kauai
Before you vote this election, take a few minutes. Turn off your TV, put down your newspaper (sorry TGI) and get outside. Walk or drive to the top of a hill and look around. Enjoy the beauty that is Kauai. We are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and we need to acknowledge that and protect it.
When you vote, ask yourself, “Does this candidate have a vision for the future of Kauai that I can support?”
Go beyond the dollars and cents, beyond the rhetoric and “old-boy” connections. Think about who will protect our island from unsustainable development and best help create an environment that will work for all of us, local and tourist alike.
We have watched this campaign closely; watched the candidates for mayor as they discussed the issues; seen what they think is important through their actions and attitudes and compared them with their words. Only one candidate stands out for us. Without a doubt JoAnn Yukimura is the candidate we endorse wholeheartedly to once again be the mayor of Kauai County.
Bill and Sea Peterson, Lihue
Proposals for all candidates to consider
To all candidates vying to become a public servant in any position from Kauai, The Garden Island. Here are some “specifics” which might generate some support to have people cast their ballots in your behalf if you:
1. Can come up with some specific plans to feature a “garden island” presentation on the grounds of the Russian Fort, reflective of the colors of the rainbow. Call it the Waimea River Anuenue Gardens where the river meets the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
2. Consider other “garden projects” as: a) The presentation of orchid varieties in a “forest setting”; b) a hibiscus park; c) a profusion of ornamental plants like the croton, plumeria, pikake and fern varieties, and possibly development of a cosmetic industry to utilize the aromatic distinctions of some of the plants; d) orchards of lychee, longan, sour sop and other edibles;
3. Consider making “the Kauai Experience” as something which can be enjoyed elsewhere: like videotapes and technological renditions of our “homegrown” talents; or through the food chain of edibles (as is being done now, but proliferating in variety and volume). We need to be cognizant of the finite resources of our aina so as not to deplete and/or contaminate those resources which need to be safeguarded.
If any of these ideas and/or other possibilities may be productive and positive without being threatening to our health and well-being, go for it!
Jose Bulatao Jr., Kekaha