Now believes co-op proposal should be backed

To the Forum:Re: Kaua’i Electric/ KIUC COOP Acquisition

As a citizen

of Kaua’i, I was concerned about this acquisition and how our future electric

rates could be affected. It seemed like everyone you talked with had

reservations. Only one party I talked with had attended a neighborhood meeting.

This was the only person that appeared to be in favor. I was also told, if you

had a question, you were to write your question down. However, I was

“told” questions were not addressed as written.

As I attempted

to attend my local neighborhood meeting, their scheduling did not correspond

with my previous commitments. Last Wednesday the 13th. I finally arranged to

attend the meeting (with a negative attitude) held at the County Building. I

also anticipated any questions I may have had would not be presented, should it

be required in written format. In preparation for the meeting, I drafted a

letter with four questions and presented it to Councilman Baptiste.


Baptiste took the initiative to submit my list to the KIUC group. Every one of

my questions was satisfactorily answered. I guess what I am trying to say is,

loose talk with parties not having any previous attendance to workshop spreads

a negative view to the community. My personal opinion, it will be a good move

for the citizens of Kaua’i to support the formulation of the


Citizens should attend workshops whenever announced. This last

meeting provided a full house of concerned citizens. However, unfortunately

several attending citizens did not have a chance to ask questions. Some people

became upset, but the ground rules were made quite clear that the council had a

full agenda and the KIUC group will have the floor to present its case before

the council. If time remained after the presentation, questions will be


The presentation began at 0900 HRS and commenced at 1145 HRS.

With 15 minutes remaining before the hour of noon, concerned parties had an

option to attend the afternoon session or be present for the June 20 meeting.

Citizens with questions should attend with an open mind and hear for

yourself. Perhaps for once, our community should consider being in support

rather than taking a negative attitude on everything that KE tries to


Keith Sakai


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