Kauai doesn’t want taggers
Recently, Kauai’s taggers have been busy, defacing and destroying other people’s property (TGI, Aug. 3). The product of the taggers’ activity cannot be considered and is not art, no matter what the yardstick.
What was on display in Lihue and Kalaheo, was pure junk, ugly and of no value to anyone. It is vandalism and the community has a responsibility to expose these nasty people.
Once exposed, their punishment, in addition to restoring what they have destroyed should be severe and long lasting. Maybe it’s time for the return of stocks and pillories?
Let’s go Kauai, make those phone calls to the police department and help get these criminals out of circulation.
Michael Diamant, Koloa
Time to change the policies
On a recent family getaway my daughter treated us to a trip that lead us to St. Marteen island in the Bahamas. The best part of stopping there were the facts, that like us, their economy is based on tourism as well. The island is quite a bit smaller than ours, but the daily population was extremely close to what we have.
The most impressive experience is that there was no traffic congestion as we know it. I immediately began to think how can an island smaller than ours, yet has the similar population and traffic that we have and doesn’t seem to have a “Kapaa crawl” as we experience.
This small island has no signals that I could find. Every directional intersection was a Round-a-bout. Traffic was plenty, but the flow of it is what prevented the “Kappa crawl” that we experience daily.”
One important message is that the drivers know how to drive with round-a-bouts with respect of all drivers as to make the traffic flow better.Our problem with a solution to traffic is the state and county policies that don’t allow for creative solutions and therefore hands are tied in order to make a true difference in our traffic issues.
The one-sided thinking of governments solutions to our problems is what needs to change. Just because government puts a price tag on what they think is the solution and then tells us that it’s years way beyond our budgets, doesn’t mean that better management, creative minds, and a second to none plan wouldn’t bring major relief.
The constant talk has been cheap. First thing to do is to change the policies, regulations and red tape that’s halting our forward progress on priority issues of traffic, housing, and the protection for the environment.
Then you must look at how many years has this been a growing problem of kicking the can. Last it’s time to stop the popularity voting and elect people who will make the necessary changes to those regulations and policies that will bring the relief to the priority issues.
Steve Martin, Kapaa