Yukimura knows how to lead
If you want your children to be able to live local, we must do all we can to firmly control development on this island. We are at a tipping point, and affordable housing, local bus transportation and improving our infrastructure must become paramount. JoAnn Yukimura has a proven track record of knowing how to get these things done. They are truly her priority. She did it before for Kauai and has dedicated her life to making local lives better on Kauai. Let your voice be heard. Vote in the primary election Aug. 11.
Jan Muller, Koloa
Mel Rapozo best choice for mayor
Since moving to Kauai 29 years ago I have watched four administrations come and go. Our many problems — traffic, road conditions, affordable housing, homeless people, our infrastructure and many more did not start “yesterday,” but why were they not addressed under past administrations, particularly under the 10 years that our present mayor has been in office?
All our general plan updates over the years —why have they not been activated? More talk with no action taking place. In a previous letter I pointed out that our fine retired state highways engineer, Ray McCormick, stepped up to the plate and got that multi-million-dollar, two-mile project started and finished on the Westside. Ray certainly did not have the political power that our mayors and councils have had over 29 years, but he had the knowledge and determination to get the job done!
Having watched our councilman and chair, Mel Rapozo, represent the people and this wonderful island for so long, I have no doubts that he would be the right person to be our next mayor. Having had many meetings with Mel (his door is always open to anyone) and watching him as councilman and chair hold our administrators’ feet to the fire until he got the proper answer that he asked for, I know that he is a person of action and not just talk.
Remember that chair Rapozo was the only member of the council to vote against raising our taxes one-half percent to pay for roads and buses that we, the taxpayers, are already paying for. He wisely wants to find out where the waste is in our system and stop it before raising our tax 1 cent — who can possibly argue with that?
Mel has shown that he will be a mayor of action and just not another person who wants to point the finger at the council with the council pointing the finger back at him — he will work with the council and get things done, not just arguing back and forth.
There are some fine people running for mayor and I salute every one of them for their ambition to participate. But, for me, Mel Rapozo is clearly the best choice.
Glenn Mickens, Kapaa