Letters forSaturday, August 9, 2008

• Willing to state opinions

• Ticketing tourists unfair

• School says nice work

• Spirits live in those graves


Willing to state opinions

I don’t know Mel Rapozo. I wouldn’t recognize him if I saw him, but I’m going to vote for him for mayor of Kaua‘i. I want the Superferry. I want to burn garbage for energy. I want a mayor who has the guts to say how he really feels as opposed to those who hold a finger in the wind to see which way it seems to be blowing.

Requiring a full Environmental Impact Statement before the ferry is allowed to come to Kaua‘i is a cop-out, especially in view of the Honolulu-Maui experience. What statement can beat actual experience? Any EIS is an educated guess based on limited information. For instance, if it is based on the speed of a vessel only, omitting design and means of propulsion, it is flawed. Most oceangoing vessels are driven by propellers. The Superferry is jet propelled. Most injuries to human beings and sea mammals are caused by propellers and not by hull contact.

I hope that other voters who are in favor of the ferry and garbage to energy will consider voting for Mel Rapozo. We’ve been politely silent for too long while a small vociferous group has held the floor.

Thank you, The Garden Island for letting us know how our candidates stand on the issues. Let’s roll.

Harry Boranian

Lihu‘e


Ticketing tourists unfair

I will not be returning to Kaua‘i. My family and I just returned from a wonderful 10-day vacation in Kaua‘i. We snorkeled, bodyboarded, swam, ate, went on tours, rented a condo and generally “stimulated the local economy.”

The whole experience was great for the four of us. We were in Kaua‘i last year too.

However, we will not be coming back. I received a speeding ticket for going 42 mph in a 25 mph zone shortly after turning left from Hoolili Road onto Po‘ipu Road. I undoubtedly was going 42 mph but so were the other cars and when I later drove that route I would have caused a traffic problem if I had kept to 25 mph.

I live in California and drive more than I should. I am 50 years old and have never been in a car accident. I never saw (what looked like) a local being pulled over and the posted speed limit was neither adhered to nor reasonable for the section of road I was on. The only conclusion I can rationally make is I was caught in a tourist speed trap. Congrats to the state or local government that got an extra $142 from a tourist family.

We spent thousands on our vacation and have choices where we go. It is unfortunate that your local government is so shortsighted it fails to realize that our returning just one more time would have brought more in sales tax revenue alone than the ticket will give them.

Once bitten, twice shy.

David Schwartz

Berkeley, Calif.


School says nice work

Kapa‘a High School’s administration would like to take this opportunity to thank the teachers, students, staff and community for their hard work and support over the past year. This collaborative effort has helped Kapa‘a High School meet the challenges of No Child Left Behind for two consecutive years. In doing so, Kapa‘a High School has been designated as a school “In good standing — unconditional” for the 2008-2009 school year, which is the highest rank possible. KHS will use this momentum to continue to progress in math and English proficiency as well as in all academic areas. KHS aims to provide students with the skills necessary to become well-rounded scholars who are prepared for the 21st century.

Administration would like to send an extra special thank you to the following people for their unconditional support over the past few years:

• Dr. Bruce Matsui and his team of coaches in working with KHS teachers

• Dr. Margarita Calderon, Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners (ExC-ELL) at the Secondary Level specialist

• Brent Mizutani, East Complex School Renewal Specialist

• Critical Ally Team (CAT) members

• Participants of the Kapa‘a Way retreats

• Bob Kubota and members from the KHS Foundation

• KHS PTSA under the leadership of Maureen Amo

• KHS math department under the leadership of Kelly Bailey

• KHS English department under the leadership of Janis Gowan

• KHS cafeteria staff

• Community volunteers Tad Miura, Clara Kaneshiro, Cathy Cram and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ho

Kapa‘a High School again thanks all those involved in the positive movement the school is continually making, both academically and in extra-curricular activities. We look forward to working with the students we serve and welcome continued community support.

Todd Harrison, representing KHS administration

Kapa‘a


Spirits live in those graves

Ancient graves are not something to take lightly for the spirits live and when the house becomes haunted and persons sleeping in the home are very disturbed or harmed, it will be too late for prayers for it will not work. I am speaking with experience.

Lynette Apana-White

Anahola

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