Letters to the Editor for Thursday — October 02, 2003

• There IS a plan!

• Open letter to the County Council

There IS a plan!

Excuse me for not previously recogizing the foresight and vision of our county government. They actually do have a plan for alleviating the traffic in Kapa‘a. First, approve another timeshare resort across from Safeway with no plan or requirements for traffic flow improvements. That should guarantee total stoppage of all cars in the area.

Then build a $7 million bike path as a bypass forcing everyone to walk or ride a bicycle! Not only do we save on artificially high gas prices, we all get in shape at the same time!

I love it. You guys are geniuses!

Michael Wells


Open letter to the County Council

The reason you’ve all worked so hard on this Grading and Grubbing Ordinance for months now is that you know how vitally important this ordinance will be in preserving the lifestyle on Kaua‘i. It’s imperative that you take this window of opportunity now, and finally pass a bill that is effective, enforceable, and one that will discourage and prevent abuses that we’ve all witnessed and many of us have been a victim to.

The past shows us clearly why we need this bill. We have files in the Public Works Department going back over a decade that still aren’t resolved — the lands still bare, run-offs continuing, erosion on-going, streams obliterated, and reefs decimated. However, you have it within your power to stop this mayhem. We can’t have another Kealia Kai, Pila, or Moloa‘a.

We need a strong bill with legs that gives Kaua‘i a fighting chance to continue living and breathing without her hills and valleys being raped by bulldozers beyond recognition. Please don’t turn a deaf ear and let Kaua‘i down. Time is running short—very short. There might never again be this opportunity to save what’s left, of this once, beautiful Garden Island.

What’s needed is a bill that spells out a fail-safe, specific policy, in very clear language detailing that when a violation is issued machinery is confiscated, which agency has final responsibility, what remediation will immediately be done on the property, and most importantly — exactly when is a violation submitted to the prosecutor’s office. We must send a message, loud and clear, that Kaua‘i has a Grading and Grubbing Ordinance with teeth.

Future generations on Kaua‘i must have the same opportunities that we’ve had to enjoy Kaua‘i’s pristine open lands and beaches — free from the scars and plunder of unregulated and un-enforced grading and grubbing violations.

Tony Allen

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