Letters for Sunday, August 31, 2008

• EIS is the subject

• Bypass problems

• When my city drowned

• T.M.C., find out what it means to me


EIS is the subject

I would like to respond to the Friday letter by Kimo Rosen (“All should be heard,” Letters, Aug. 29):

The people of Kaua‘i know that Rosen does not stand alone as he has his own entourage of Superferry employees and residents of O‘ahu who do not care about the impacts of the Superferry Corporation on all of Hawai‘i’s islands, because they seem to really not want an EIS completed.

They have proven this over and over again. They are terrified of an EIS, because it may show the Superferry Corporation exactly how to keep our islands safe and what actions to take to assure that Hawai‘i is protected in the long run; terrified that the Superferry may have to spend a few dollars to ensure this protection of our ‘aina.

Has the EIS been completed? Is it done? Finished, done?

Because articles are being written and responses are being printed by all parties involved.

But no mention as to how the EIS is going so far.

How is the EIS progressing?

Why are we even talking about the Superferry Corporation again? Does the Superferry Corporation and our current Republican administration on O‘ahu think we are so dumb that we have forgotten?

Shouldn’t any discussion about this corporation operating safely in Hawai‘i be after it has completed what it was ordered to do?

So how is the EIS coming along?

Rosen states that, “The anti-ferry people have dominated the press concerning their anti-American views for the last year.”

Rosen should read just a little bit about American history, because apparently in Rosen’s view of his own personal America, our founding fathers should have been tried for treason.

Rosen also states: “What’s fair is fair. I feel it was about time the pro-ferry people got heard, and I was proud to represent every one of them.”

He is right. All parties should be heard in a discussion. But after the talking is over, than what actually came out of the discussion should be implemented as agreed upon.

Remember, what’s fair is the EIS.

At least for those who respect the ‘aina.

Dennis Chaquette

Kapa‘a


Bypass problems

There were cars and busses lined up waiting for the bypass road to open (“State to look into Kuhio corrideor safety, efficacy,” A1, Aug. 28).

At the very least the police department could have told all the backed up cars at the bypass entrances that the gates would not be opened or when they would be opened? That way people could of had a choice to wait or give up. It is obvious there is little communication with the determent in situations like this. My question is: Who is in charge and how will these situations be handled in the future? This is not a new problem. It’s been going on for years and each time there is an outcry from the public to do something. We all thought it was handled when access was granted for emergencies but it is obviously not handled.

For the families of those who died and were injured my heart goes out in condolences. Those of us who were waiting in traffic we had the spirits of your loved ones in our thoughts and minds and are so sorry for your loss.

Tom McCall

Moloa‘a


When my city drowned

Today (Friday) marks the three-year anniversary of my life changing forever when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast and drowned my beloved city of New Orleans.

I was perhaps the most lucky of all those displaced to end up on the beautiful Garden Island of Kaua‘i. I have learned so much in my short time here about life, love and loss, particularly from those who weathered Hurricane ‘Iniki.

With that in mind, I encourage all Kauaians to have compassion for one another. While we haggle over bike paths, ferry service and property taxes, we as the human race face many challenges that will affect our future generations long after we are gone. I hope that we are able to look at the big picture and realize that the worst day on Kaua‘i is better than most days anywhere else.

I would like to thank people like Dustin Troop and Lamont Greer who took me in from the storm, and those like Barbara Pendragon who made me realize that New Orleans’ spirit lives all over the world.

Chef Shannon Jones

Ha‘ena

T.M.C., find out what it means to me

Too many cars.

Ever wonder why the traffic is so bad on Kaua‘i highways on some days? The reason may be T.M.C.

According to Kauai Motor Registration there were approximately 80,000 registered vehicles on Kaua‘i in 2006.

Registered vehicles include truck trailers, boat trailers, cars, vans, motorcycles, buses, large trucks and rental vehicles.

Do the math:

If the average length of a vehicle is 17 feet and you divide that into 1 mile the answer is around 310 vehicles that can be lined up bumper-to-bumper, per mile.

Question:

What if half of the registered vehicles on Kaua‘i were placed on the main highway at the same time?

The main highway is approximately 100 miles from Polihale Beach to Ke‘e Beach.

Some 40,000 vehicles divided by 310 cars/mile = 129 miles of vehicles, 40,000 17-foot-long vehicles lined up bumper to bumper stretching 129 miles.

Answer:

The answer to the question would be too many cars (T.M.C.) on the main highway at the same time.

80,000 divided by 310 = 258. Imagine that.

Roland Licona

Lihu‘e

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