Give electric co-op a chanceTo the Forum:

In a recent paper, you had an article on the KE buyout, and I noticed again

that the so called Dr. Raymond Chuan and his retired friends from the Mainland,

living in Ha’ena, Hanalei, Princeville and Kilauea are putting their fingers

into the gears of progress again.

One of the better things that could

happen to this island is to have a co-op that is owned by us and not a company

from the mainland were all the profits go. The co-op will produce more jobs for

Kaua’i people as the accounting functions now will be done here instead of on

the mainland.

Most people did not realize that KE was not insured for

hurricane damage and could not get a loan from FEMA after the storm. That cost

KE over $40 million which their stock holders did not pay — we did with at 22%

increase in our electric bill. The new Co-op will have insurance for hurricane

damage and will be able to get loans from FEMA~ if we are hit again with a

hurricane. Again this is a benefit to the community.

The Co-op is getting

public participation by having public meetings at Kalaheo, Kilauea, Koloa,

Lihu’e, Waimea, and Kapa’a.

It’s been proven were co-ops operate it

benefits the community that it is in.

Every time we have something that

will give this community more jobs and less expenses to live by, the Chuan and

friends come out of the woodwork and try to put a rod in the gears

again.

Bill Bertrand

Lihu’e

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