Letters for Friday — March 17, 2006

• Say “Amen” already

• What good is emergency channel?

• More space for letters needed

• Join the traffic debate

• The battle continues

• Where is the oversight?

Say “Amen” already

Will those people who prayed for rain, please say AMEN?????? I think that we have ENOUGH!

  • Robin Voorhies

What good is emergency channel?

I vowed several months ago to not send any more letters to the editor, but at the risk of again subjecting myself to someone’s irrational wrath, I have to ask this question for the good of all of us. Every month we get an emergency broadcast test through our cable system that says to tune in to Channel 6. When you go to channel 6, it gives some information and says that “If this were a real emergency, you would be given information on what to do.”

When I tuned to channel 6 during this current emergency, it is business as usual (commercials, etc) with no information on the dam, weather, road repair, supplies, missing persons or other pertinent stuff that we would need to know.

KQNG and other agencies and people have done a yeoman’s job helping in this crisis and trying to keep us informed, but shouldn’t some federal, state, or local agency be manning our emergency broadcast system or one of our local government stations (both TV and radio) giving out official information and updating it regularly or as it changes?

I can understand that in a larger disaster that electricity would be down, but in this case most people still have power. What good is it to have an emergency channel if no one bothers to use it?

  • Tommy Thompson

More space for letters needed

I have enjoyed reading all the letters printed in your letters to the editor column. However, I don’t understand why The Garden Island doesn’t dedicate an ENTIRE page to allocate room for additional letters from our island’s residents. It can’t be that those whose letters are printed are the only ones writing to The Garden Island. Please allocate an entire page to provide additional space for letters from a variety of authors. That way, we get a variety of opinions and possibly excellent ideas to positively affect our island and its residents.

  • Jose R. Diogo

Join the traffic debate

The Kapaa Business association recently conducted an online survey to gain public input on their proposed feeder road for the Safeway/Foodland shopping areas. (TGI March 13th) I commend their effort to proactively address the ever increasing traffic problems here on Kaua’i. However, I STRONGLY DISAGREE with their approach.

The idea that we can even begin to solve our traffic problems by simply adding lanes/bypasses/feeder roads/etc is fatally flawed. We must begin to treat the problem, instead of just putting band-aids on the wound. The equation is very simple: We have traffic problems because of growth — period. More people and more cars using the same roads = traffic. Spending hundreds of millions of dollars on road expansions to alleviate traffic problems does not address the problem.

So here are the questions we really need to survey ourselves on:

1. Do we want more growth? If so, how much and where?

2. Do we want more roads on Kaua’i, or just less traffic? If we want less traffic, we need to propose solutions that get cars off the roads. These solutions include additional projects like the current bikepath, an improved bus system, better planning for our built environment, and tax and zoning structures that offset the heavy subsidies that we currently and historically have provided for single occupancy vehicles.

If you are interested in joining this debate, please do so at our online forum at www.apollokauai.org.

  • Ben Sullivan
    Concerned citizen and
    aspiring bus rider

The battle continues

I’d like to come to the aid of a fellow woman, and I hope this letter helps her. On Feb. 24 and March 8 (The Garden Island, letters), Ms. Deborah Camara repeated archaic feminist rhetoric that faded decades ago.

Today’s feminists aren’t fighting for equality or fairness, and it’s reflected in Ms. Camara’s last statement, “The feminist cause is for women’s rights in a traditionally male-dominated society.”

Today’s feminist, holding on to so much hate towards men and boys, are using the power of “victim” to cause friction and harm to males who weren’t even born when women were denied the right to vote before the 1920s.

Open your eyes. Today women have more opportunities than men. Being a mother of a girl and two boys I can see this even more as I prepare my children for college, and I’m appreciative for traditional feminists who fought for these rights. But I resent today’s feminist who takes blind aim at my sons just because they were born male, and for that, I am not a feminist.

If the gender lines are to be drawn again, count me with the men because today’s men seem more capable of being equal and fair compared to any of today’s feminists who are taking blind aim at children who happen to be born male. Today’s women and girls aren’t going to side with feminists just because feminists happen to be female too. Today’s women and girls can think for themselves and see with our own eyes. To ask us to believe the feminist rhetoric is to ask us to be stupid.

I’m asking feminists like Ms. Camara to let go of the hate because no matter how much you repeat your rhetoric, people have eyes, people have ears, and people aren’t stupid.

  • Sophia Martens

Where is the oversight?

The American people know failed leadership when they see it, but this White House simply refuses to own up to its mistakes.

Just what will it take to make the White House ever admit it made a mistake?

The American people, and even Congressional Republicans have rejected the ports deal, but the administration is ignoring them all.

Katrina was a disaster, but the White House is refusing to take responsibility, and refusing to secure our ports, our chemical plants, and our cities from a major catastrophe.

Of course, it’s no surprise when Congressional Republicans refuse to hold the Bush White House accountable for its incompetence.

The Senate Intelligence committee has caved to the White House and has refused once again to open an investigation into the NSA warrantless wiretap program.

I am wondering just what it takes to make Congressional Republicans conduct oversight.

  • Joseph Savino

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