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• Council needs creative ideas
Council needs creative ideas
By BIFF WHITING
As a fairly recent comer to Kaua‘i, about 4 years, I was amazed to read in TGI editorial of 10/25 that Kaua‘i’s traffic problems date back to BEFORE ‘Iniki.
But having seen several County Councils in action (make that inaction), I shouldn’t be. Now that the priority of the bike path has been dispensed with, perhaps they will rouse themselves to address the ‘minor’ problem of traffic. But don’t count on it. We are talking government here. As the editor noted, “Solutions are out there, and if experience proves right it is going to take PUBLIC PRESSURE (emphasis mine) to have them implemented sooner rather than later.”
With the increasing lack of money available from Uncle Sugar (we’re building roads, etc. in Iraq), it will take creative thinking to solve (read fund) our road building projects. Since our County Council has proven itself to be a waste land for creative thinking, it will be up to “we, the people,” to lead our elected “leaders” to the solution to road construction financing. That being the case, I encourage the creative thinkers among us to send their solutions to the County Council via letters to The Garden Island, the rest of us can be inspired.
Here’s my offering. Let’s take a page from the professional sports industry. Businesses are willing to pay big bucks to get their names on sports stadiums. We have Qualcom Stadium, 3com Park, PacBell Park, Safeco Field, etc. Let’s be the first to sell the rights to name sections of our roads and hiways to those businesses or, for that matter, individuals.
Microsoft has something like $40 billion in its cash coffers and spends a fortune on advertising each year. For funding a project we could offer the “Microsoft Kapa’a By-pass”, or the “Coca-cola Koloa By-pass.”
By-pass, ummmm. How about the HMAA By-pass? You get the idea. The possibilities are endless.
Our County Council needs all the help it can get and there is no more time to waste.
Get those ideas rollin’ in. Mahalo
Biff Whiting is a Kalaheo resident.
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