Letters to the Editor for Saturday — July 19, 2003

• PMRF is needed and welcome here

• Path’s potential for good is ‘limitless’

PMRF is needed and welcome here

I have read and kept up with the people who say that they don’t want Pacific Missile Range Facility or the military to do this or that or they aren’t wanted here.

I for one like their presence on Kaua‘i. After hurricanes Iwa and Iniki these people were the first on the scene to find out what we needed and offered their assistance on the island. They also provided security for homes, people, and businesses from criminals. They also provided food and helped us clean up the island. I didn’t see anyone complaining then. The people that are complaining are the ones who, when and if something happens, will cry, “Where were they? Why weren’t they here to help and protect us?” I hope PMRF and the military always train and remain on Kaua‘i and in Hawai‘i.

Christian Ogawa


Path’s potential for good is ‘limitless’

Just read Mr. Mickens’ “bike path” letter to the GI. After 3 well-attended community meetings people are very hopeful of its completion. The Federal Government is putting up $20 million based on the McCloskey land “donation” to Kaua‘i as a $7 million partial “matching funds” to the Feds. The path will go from Nawiliwili to Anahola Point insuring coastal access. (There is consideration of a bike path wrapping the entire island except the Na Pali.) The path will be concrete for the most part, 12 feet wide with drainage below the path to prevent erosion. The Kapa’a Stream haul cane bridge will be renovated, and the 2 Kapa’a Town canal bridges (by Coral Reef and the fishing lihi) will be made 12 feet wide with more space than that (turn outs) for fishing and relaxing on the bridges. The fishing lihi bridge will be taller and the pass for the boats will be much wider and safer for the boaters bringing us food. This part of Kaua‘i has great family, surfing, fishing, and diving beaches and secluded coves to explore.

Part of this project is completed near Kamalani Bridge, some other areas in Kapa’a town already are a comfortable path. However, the asphalt area from Kapa’a Neighborhood Center to Anahola is worn and broken up from not only haul cane trucks but also weathering. This area is not a comfortable ride or walk for most, especially seniors. The new concrete will not only withstand weather, Fed Regs do not allow motorized vehicles on the path (except emergency vehicles) assuring a lasting pathway and coast access for generations to come. A path well-used now and when completed will encourage more people to participate in their own health and enjoy daily quality of life and regimen. Will generations to come with improved bicycles take to the path instead of the Kuhio Hwy.? The potential for good is limitless.

Jay Trennoche



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