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• Lihu‘e town remake?
• Justice on Kaua‘i — blind, deaf and dumb?
Lihu‘e town remake?
The Lihu‘e town makeover is a project for O‘ahu students to practice designing at the expense of Kaua‘i taxpayers. Wouldn’t many parents be elated if their children had this elite opportunity to redesign a town instead of hoping for some elusive minimum wage job?
The purpose for the makeover is fabricated.
It means restricted access for residents to businesses such as Big Save, banks, county buildings creating undue hardship on residents for quick shopping stops and participation in government at weekly county hearings.
The plan is dedicated to the late Mike Furukawa, a vice president at Grove Farm… so what? Nonsense reasoning to justify a ridiculous concept.
“Campus-like setting for areas around and between county and state government offices in Lihu‘e.” Get real!
Spend tax dollars where they are needed. It is shameful that people stand in pouring rain or scorching sun at inadequate or nonexistent bus shelters; JoAnn wants buses but nobody will address the shelters.
Ian Costa stated, “planners have been planning around cars for years, and that’s gotta stop. There will be a day when we gotta walk.” Ian Costa is no visionary, holds no planning creds and may have a conflict of interest.
This plan will create a need somewhere else for a superhighway, beltway, cloverleaf and big city overpasses all of which are contrary to the rural island appeal of Kaua‘i.
To Ms. Kimmy and the other students drooling over their entry-level project: Find another place, practice on somebody else and use your parents’ money.
Should the day come where we “have to walk,” so be it, we can walk on those streets as they are. Until then, stop playing with real people’s lives who chase two to four jobs and have to get from point A to Z without stupid obstacles.
I thank Bernard Carvalho for his sound decision in appointment of Rolf Bieber to the Board of Ethics because there may be a lot to look into regarding this project.
Elaine Dunbar, Lihu‘e
Justice on Kaua‘i — blind, deaf and dumb?
Thank you, Coco Zickos, writer for The Garden Island newspaper, for your insightful article on Sunday called “More crime, less time.”
The article reports the high number of burglaries on our island and how the police feel that a small number of individuals are behind them — one individual having been arrested 76 times and another 41 times. Really, that’s what the article said. These two together have been accused of unauthorized entry over 200 times!
So why are these two young entrepreneurs still free? The police can’t catch them.
The police have their fingerprints and stolen items with fingerprints on them and burglarized homes with their fingerprints in them. And, if that’s not a clear enough path to conviction, how about this: Why don’t they tail them (remembering to use an unmarked car). In no time, they would probably catch them in the act.
Their advice to us is “Remember to lock your homes.” How about if they help out by doing a little police work? And speaking of that — whatever happened to the case involving the 27-year-old woman found murdered in Puhi in August? Turns out she had taken out a very fresh restraining order against an ex-policeman less than a month before her death. Seems like a person of interest to me. Yet I have never seen any news of him being questioned or having an alibi or being arrested.
Let’s hope we are not seeing some sweetheart deals here, i.e. different levels of justice depending on who you know or who you are related to.
Remember the Westside murders, when the chief suspect was related to a police officer and was never arrested? And the well-connected, North Shore thug who repeatedly violated the laws and even ran over a woman with his truck, then fled into the taro fields with a backpack full of drugs? Next day, he was on the street continuing his crime spree with impunity.
Bottom line is: either they can’t catch them or they don’t want to. Maybe there’s a third possibility: They are just about to go out and get their man. I am rooting for door number three.
So call your favorite county official and ask if we can send our policemen to detective school on O‘ahu. And in the meantime, if any of you want to share your stories of ineffective interactions between local criminals and police, send them to this newspaper, I am sure it will make interesting reading.
Carroll Gerow, Kilauea
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