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Cira de Castillo’s lead story on the front page of The Garden Island (3/30),
“Moloa’a Road Jurisdiction Could Open a Can of Worms,” seems to have raised a
lot more questions than answers.
First, we learn that this administration
is struggling with the state (where have we heard that before?) to see who has
the responsibility of paving not only Moloa’a Road, but, as Wally Rezentes, Sr.
stated, “—with all the roads that the state has passed on to the
To compound matters (or maybe clarify them, depending on how you
look at it) it was revealed that Moloa’a Road was paved last year with county
funds. It doesn’t take an engineer to realize that if the paving of this road
was/is the state’s responsibility, why use county money to pave it?
the ultra-conservative Atty. Hartwell Blake said, “There is an argument to be
made that the county going in and exercising jurisdiction over the road by
maintaining it means that we have claimed it.”
As with all the goofs that
this administration continues to make, why isn’t the goofer (or is it goofee?)
identified and either reprimanded or dismissed?
Are the funds that get
flushed down the toilet (revetment wall, the volleyball court, the buried trash
at Puhi, and on and on) so easy to find by raising our taxes that no one needs
to be held accountable for this constant terrible waste?
And kudos to Gary
“common-sense” Hooser for stating, “We hear if you help these people, you have
to help everybody. Well, what’s wrong with that?” If these words aren’t the
spoken truth, they have never been said.
And Gary added, “We can’t just
keep telling people we will look into it,” and defer the problem indefinitely
— the hard-working citizens of this island deserve more.
To carry this
road-paving issue a step further, if the roads were paved according to the code
that private contractors are mandated to use, then we would have plenty of
funds to pave Moloa’a Road and other roads that need paving or re-paving.
After four years of writing many letters to the administration, the councilmen,
the Forum and testifying twice before the council, it becomes frustrating to
get no closure on this issue. It is really very simple—pave our roads by code
and they will last 10 to 15 years or more instead of 1 to 2 years only to be
To solve our problems and eliminate waste we need
accountability, which is lacking!
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