Letters for Saturday — February 11, 2006

• Officer assist

• Let’s mind the store

• Are you a ‘bonehead’?

• Bike riders be aware

Officer assist

In the midst of all the turmoil surrounding the Kauai Police Department, I am happy to say that there is at least one meritorious officer who is doing a “GREAT” job. As a patrol officer, he knows that there is more to his job than just citing motorists for traffic infractions and that his job also requires doing what can be done to ease the traffic situation that we have here on this island. Many of us who live on the Eastside, but work in Lihu’e and beyond would like to recognize officer Joe Kaauwai for easing the pau hana traffic at the intersection of Kapule and Kuhio in Hanama’ulu. When officer Kaauwai is there in the afternoon after setting up all the “cones,” the traffic moves smoothly with no backup. When he is not there, the traffic can back up all the way to Ahukini and Kapule and usually is.

So our hats off to officer Kaauwai.

Keep up the good work and thank you.

  • Erick Moon

Let’s mind the store

Lately, it seems like every morning when I read my The Garden Island newspaper there is another new and disturbing chapter about our police department. While all this bickering and finger pointing is going on, who is “minding the store?”

I think that the men and women who are entrusted to enforce the laws every day to ensure that peace and order is maintained throughout our island are getting the short end of the stick.

How are they to respond to numerous queries from people in the community as to who’s side they’re on? They understandably are caught between a rock and a hard place. They should not have to choose sides.

And lawsuits … don’t get me started on that.

Get over it, gentlemen. Hike up your bootstraps and get back to work.

  • Gladys Costa

Are you a ‘bonehead?’

Editor’s note: This letter was submitted before Solidad Ofamin was struck by a vehicle Sunday along Kawaihau Road.

This letter is addressed to the person or persons who are using Kawaihau Road as a raceway.

Slow down.

Please consider the safety of our children and have consideration for the residents who live alongside the road. I have nine grandchildren who are all under the age of 14 and they frequently visit my home. I want them to be safe while playing in the yard.

My 9-year-old grandson asked me yesterday if I had a board because he wanted to make a sign saying, “SLOW DOWN.”

If a 9-year-old feels the need to make a sign, it is an obvious problem. However, for every problem, there is a solution and we all can solve it by being responsible drivers.

Kawaihau Road is a residential area, which means that the speed limit is 25 mph. Some of you are exceeding it by twice the amount. Think about this, every day while trying to leave your driveway, you feel like you are playing Russian roulette because cars are flying by like bullets. Would you want someone driving in your neighborhood at high speeds causing you to fear for your family’s safety?

We need to set an example for our children and be responsible drivers. You have a choice either to be a ‘bonehead’ or be an ‘Uncle and Aunty’ who cares about the safety of the children.

  • Parmalee Dato

Bike riders be aware

I would like to add to the letter about keiki bicycle safety.

It seems to me that a lot of the bike riders on this island (especially the younger ones) don’t know that a bike has to travel in the same direction as vehicular traffic.

I have seen too many times, a young bike rider switch sides of the street as they see a car approaching. This can be very dangerous as they often don’t look behind them to see if a car is coming in the opposite direction.

It may seem safer to do this, but it is much safer to always ride with the flow of traffic. This way cars will always know where to expect a bike rider. I love riding a bike and I just want to make sure that others can enjoy this activity safely.

  • Nathaniel Evslin

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