Letter for Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Co-chairs would not improve government

With tongue in cheek, I read the guest opinion about having co-chairs, and referencing the “old plantation days” of county government. I also noted the authors are probably residents post plantation days of the Big Three and more.

We had the county board of supervisors, with the county chairman, then with the influx of mainland transplants, we now have the county council and the mayor, and in the back burners, the “city manager” concept, which is in force in mainland cities, where you have the manager managing the city, and mayor, too.

But the letter about co-chairs doesn’t really reference the real plantation days of government.

We had haole camp, Japanese camp, Filipino camp, etc. But, you know what? Everyone got along fine.

So forget the idea that a co-chair system of county government will make for more fair government. Like the mainland adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Certainly our Kauai County system of government may show signs of being broken, but it’s now in disarray type “broke.” Oops, I have now become part of the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

Wallace M. Kawane, Huntley, Mont.

4 Comments
  1. manawai December 5, 2018 8:33 am Reply

    Wallace – Were you referencing the “Big Five” plantation companies: C. Brewer & Co., Theo H. Davies & Co.,
    Amfac, Castle & Cooke, and Alexander & Baldwin?


  2. manongindashadow December 5, 2018 9:00 am Reply

    Yes those were the days!


  3. Wallace Kawane December 5, 2018 1:41 pm Reply

    Nope, I do mean Big Three. Wally Kawane


  4. RG DeSoto December 5, 2018 4:41 pm Reply

    Nothing can improve government…it produces nothing, takes what it wants from our labor by force and constantly erodes our liberty. What’s not to like?
    RG DeSoto


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