Letters for Saturday • May 20, 2006

• Zoning CAN be changed back

• Votes will do the talking

• Timeshares the problem?

• Think of the future

• Where are the candidates

• Right to Repair” bill ensures competitive repair market

Zoning CAN be changed back

Right on, Mr. B Young (The Garden Island, May 15) “Can Zoning be Changed Back?”

Sure, zoning can be changed, “Anyway the government chooses.” It happens all the time and it’s time now, for it to happen on Kaua‘i! Any candidate who opposes large development and truly works hard and honestly at that goal would be a winner. We also would support such a person/persons verbally and financially. Let’s keep the Garden Island “The” Garden Island.

  • Bob “Moe” Moldouan

Votes will do the talking

I am not sure what planet the County Council is on, but it certainly does not seem to be planet Earth. Actions speak louder than words! If the council spent half the time on Kaua‘i’s real problems instead of trying to get rid of K.C. Lum and backing up your cockamamie stories of why he has to go, we would all be better off. Chief Lum’s only crime was popping ice dealers and all the criminality associated with them.

Actions speak louder than words therefore I’ll let my actions next November at the ballot box do my talking where I’ll happily vote for anyone so long as they are not an incumbent.

  • Will Meuldijk

Timeshares the problem?

Traffic: Terrible — Tip of the iceberg boys, with at least 10,000 new units already approved.

Roads — Forget it.

Housing: Ridiculous — Prices totally out of range for the local people. Buying or renting.

So how did we get here, to this ugly situation?

Why does everyone want to move to Kaua‘i now?

• Movies, TV shows, golf tournaments shown to freezing Mainlanders from beautiful Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i.

• Greedy real estate developers, and too many uncaring real estate salespeople, especially timeshare salespeople. These people don’t care about Kaua‘i, they love money.

I think the vastly overlooked reason for our problems is timeshare. Look at almost all recent developments and timeshare rears its very head. Why sell a unit for $400,000 when you can sell each week (52) for $40,000. That’s $2 million plus for each unit. Affordable housing?

Has the planning commission said no to any of these timeshare developments? No.

Each unit has got (mostly rich) buyers from around the world going home and telling their rich friends about Kaua‘i. Then how many of them want to move here?

I say “enough already” for all development, especially timeshare. Kaua‘i already has between 35-40 percent of all timeshare units in Hawai‘i.

Do you remember when five or six cars in a row was an accident or a funeral?

Save Kaua‘i, end development, no more timeshare.

  • Harvey Schwartz

Think of the future

In response to Mr. Raymond Chuan’s letter of May 18:

If we only thought in terms of money, mistakes we may or may not have made in the past, or paragraphs of other intellectual bloviating and stinginess we wouldn’t have the problem Mr.Chuan is SO upset about, nor would we have electricity.

What will you complain about, Mr. Chuan, when the price of crude oil soon reaches $200 a barrel and the alternative energy sources you don’t want us to develop could have helped us solve problems you find inconvenient to your argument.

Get out of your box, Mr. Chuan, and think of the future you are creating for others.

Yes, let’s be noble, patriotic and farsighted.

  • Craig Millett

Where are the candidates

While I applaud Gordon Oswald’s commentary in the May 19 article ‘Stop making excuses and save Kaua‘i’ where he clearly points out what has been the old boy network of petty politics here on Kaua‘i, such as the continued soap opera proportion of attempts by our mayor and County Council to fire our police chief and clearly not address some huge problems, I would like to ask him one question: Would you be willing to run for County Council?

There are many intelligent, innovative individuals living here who have Kaua‘i’s best interest at heart, please run for County Council so we may effect some real change.

I too would like to see some rapid changes and more individuals who are courageous and willing to step up to the plate and make that difference for Kaua‘i.

In fact, let’s encourage all individuals with clear solutions to our problems to run for County Council, otherwise it is going to be same-ol, same-ol.

  • Niki Sifers

Right to Repair” bill ensures competitive repair market

Would you agree that when you buy a vehicle, you and not the car company, should choose where it’s fixed? The Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair Act (H.R. 2048) aims to keep you in the driver’s seat by requiring that the same service information and tools that car manufacturers provide to new car dealerships also be made available to your neighborhood repair shop.

The Right to Repair Act was introduced in Congress by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Since its introduction, over 100 members of Congress have signed on to support this very important legislation.

Why is this bill necessary? Because car companies and their franchised dealers are trying to “lock out” the independent repair shops by making it difficult and sometime impossible for independent shops to obtain the technical service information and tools needed to work on your vehicle. If permitted to continue unabated, car owners will soon be forced to return to dealerships for service rather than patronizing their trusted repair shop.

That’s why passing the Right to Repair Act is vital to preserving the right of consumers to choose where they have their vehicles repaired. The theory behind the bill is simple: on a level playing field, car owners make the choice on where the vehicle is repaired, not the car company.

The motoring public can help make this legislation a reality by contacting their legislators and telling them that that they want open access and freedom of information as it relates to their vehicle. Visit www.righttorepair.org to learn more about the Right to Repair Act and to send a letter to your elected official.

  • Kathleen Schmatz
    President and CEO Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)

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