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• Messages in letters
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Messages in letters
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that our elected officials n both Council and Administration n read the Forum page of The Garden Island very carefully and get the messages that many concerned citizens are trying to tell them? Letter writers on September 23 said “Clean up parks before expanding them” and another writing about road maintenance wants to know why the maintenance of our roads is practically non-existent. The Administration and the Council were just given substantial increases in their salaries and our taxes keep escalating so where is the bang for these bucks?
This government “talks” about low income housing, drugs, taxes, a suspicious fire at the Lihu‘e Transfer station, the Kilauea Gym debacle, beach access and on and on.
All very important problems that need to be solved. But no one wants to address our infrastructure problem as we bury ourselves in traffic jams and our beaches and parks and hiking trails deteriorate as the letter writers vividly pointed out.
Also the comments on road maintenance said the weeds and trees along our roads grow unattended to n look carefully at the Gateway weed patch that our former mayor said would be well maintained by volunteers, including herself. State problems or County problems n these are Kaua‘i’s problems and we need more leadership like Gary Hooser and Mina Morita have given us at the legislative level. Congratulations to them for their recent awards as reported in The Garden Island.
Several incumbents of the Kaua‘i County Council were quoted in TGI saying that they are confident of re-election because of their name recognition. Why does name recognition work in favor of incumbents?
Don’t people recognize that the long term problems they complain about; affordable housing, control of developers, road and park maintenance, solid waste disposal, traffic and tax relief have not been solved by these same recognizable council members.
Voters who want action on these problems should recognize that the strategy to employ in the voting booth is select the most recognizable names then vote for someone else.
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