Letters for Saturday, July 19, 2008

• Mutual respect for all on the road

• Bus safety

• Where’s the equality and fairness toward men?

• The price is right

• A war nobody wants

Mutual respect for all on the road

With the recent rise in gas prices, many people are turning to efficient scooters to save money. I think that is a great idea, as riding bicycles and walking are too. With the increase in alternative vehicles I think we all need to be respectful of each other.

The scooters don’t have the power to keep up with traffic and some scooter riders are afraid of riding on the shoulder for their safety. As a common courtesy I think they should pull over and let cars pass when there are more than three cars behind them, just like slow moving trucks do.

When you see a moped or bicycle riding on a wide shoulder please give them lots of room when passing. I have ridden bicycles in Kapa‘a and Wailua and it can be really scary when a car passes you fast and close. I usually would pull off if it was safe to do so when there was a blind corner where the cars couldn’t pass safely.

Mutual respect behooves everyone. Scooter riders need to show more respect or eventually there will be a crack down. Car drivers need to show more respect because perhaps they will be scooter drivers some day.

Gene Lebell


Bus safety

As a former Kauai Bus driver, I am concerned that a passenger in distress at Kapaa Big Save was transported to Long’s parking lot before a cell phone alert to 911 was made.

The Kauai Bus has a very active dispatch protocol that much of the time bordered on redundant. Besides that, morale is low, and driver turnover high due to poor management, unfair labor practices, and misinformation about employment status or pay scale.

In the case of the recent bus rider fatality, it appears management continues to have a very lax support system when it comes to driver ability to deal with an emergency situation of this kind. It was recommended to “never get involved” because of potential liability issues and repercussions. Thus, the Kauai Bus does not require or offer drivers CPR/First Aid training, although other commendable safety concerns of tying down wheelchairs are strictly enforced and adhered to.

I am of the opinion, that since Kauai buses are virtually everywhere, each bus and their driver should be capable of providing necessary medical support not only to riders, but en route, where a driver might observe a car crash, pedestrian problem, or other occurrence, allowing him/her to be proactive and be the first responder, potentially saving a life prior to paramedic/fireman arrival.

This passenger might have been saved had the driver stopped the bus at Big Save or shortly thereafter, used Kauai Bus dispatchers to have Kapa‘a fire go to them, not expending the time in traffic moving toward Long’s and Kapa‘a fire station. Unfortunately, in this case, precious time was wasted and all movements ineffective.

D. Kekaualua

Wailua Homesteads

Where’s the equality and fairness toward men?

Women in our society absolutely have no accountability for what they do.

Can you imagine what would happen if the role in the Women in Theatre’s new play “The Smell of the Kill” was reversed? The fact that this group of women feels confident that they can openly display their hatred and violence toward men with such immunity tells me how far our nation has bent over to please women in every area of our society. In most cases to the unfairness to men. Why is violence as well as physical and verbal degradation toward men funny while these same actions toward women are so abhorred?

Some 35 years ago I supported the women’s movement because they said they wanted equality and fairness. Now one has to ask, where is the equality and fairness toward men? Or is equality and fairness only for women?

Peter Saker


The price is right

In response to the letter “The cost of protest,” that ran July 13:

Roundtrip for two to O‘ahu on Hawaiian Airlines: $280.

Standard car rental per day from Budget: $33.99.

No Superferry on Kaua‘i: PRICELESS.

Destiny Jacintho


A war nobody wants

Hiring a military person to run a country that’s in economic distress and continue a war that nobody wants and that was never necessary, and that we were all lied to about justifying is like extending a painful root canal for another four years (“Military need,” Letters, July 18).

Probable result: Even more body bags for oil.

Jason Nichols



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