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•Put county manager system on ballot
•Odd man out? Good one in
I would like to extend my gratitude to the people of Kaua‘i.
We just finished a little over two weeks on your wonderful island and enjoyed our time very much. We stayed on the north end in Ha‘ena.
Yes, we met a few locals who were a little surly towards us, but all in all everyone was kind and helpful.
We did our best to respect the reef, water, land and the culture.
I would like to extend a big thank you to the people of Kaua‘i and hope you all will welcome us back again. We liked this island best of all the ones we have visited. Let’s hope it stays quiet, laid back and peaceful as it is now.
Steven Aksamit, Puyallup, Wash.
Put county manager system on ballot
Thank you, Mike Levine, Dennis Fujimoto and The Garden Island for covering the Charter Review Commission meeting at the Historic County Building on Sept. 28.
The previous Charter Review Commission held their meetings with Ho‘ike present to televise them and with a lot of public involvement. But the present CRC meetings are basically held in a vacuum with only a few concerned citizens present.
The major story that Mike Levine covered so well, “County manager proponent quits” tells how Carol Ann Davis-Briant became so frustrated with her attempt to get the commission to put a county manager type system on the ballot to vote on that she resigned.
Her late husband was a strong proponent of this type of government which can put efficiency into the system that will save the taxpayers millions of dollars. Walter Briant was basically a party of one advocating that a county manager run our government right up to his untimely death.
Then, even in her time of grief and sorrow, Carol Ann bravely volunteered to take Walter’s place on the CRC.
She did absolutely everything in her power to further Walter’s goal and make his dream a reality. But her resignation letter, which was so vividly factual, told it like it is — actually a summation of the way our county government operates.
And, people, if you didn’t read this before please read it now and demand that you have the right to have this amendment put on the ballot for your vote.
Whether or not you vote for it or against it you should have the right to vote on it.
Carol Ann wrote, “I have concluded that I am facing a systematic barrier which is being imposed by the commission, the Office of Boards and Commissions and the county attorney to prevent the consideration of a responsible proposal of a county manager form of government which I feel is supported by many Kaua‘i residents.” (Note: Over 90 percent of the people who were previously asked if they wanted this type of government said yes.)
When she realized that the commission members would never give the people the chance to decide this important issue, she regretfully resigned.
Please citizens, call or e-mail your elected officials and tell them that you want a change in the way our government is run and demand that our CRC or the Council (both empowered to put this measure on the ballot) do so.
Glenn Mickens, Kapa‘a
Odd man out? Good one in
Why hasn’t Dennis Esaki’s vacant position on the KIUC Board of Directors been filled?
If not by election, then when will it be filled? Do the members really control KIUC?
If there is a shortage of ideas for people to serve, then we would mention that people in the community are buzzing that Pat Gegen would be perfect for the vacancy and appears to be quite interested and knowledgeable.
Brad Parsons, Princeville
On Monday afternoon I was one of many of those who were stuck in the quagmire of traffic created by the paving crews who were paving in the rain like they said they do not do.
I live in Kilauea and went to Princeville to get some dog food around 3 p.m. and my round-trip shopping spree took me 1 hour and 10 minutes to get back home. This is an 8-mile trip maximum and there was not a long line at the Foodland checkout but there certainly was a long line of autos just sitting in the road idling for hours.
This paving project started this past March and they are nowhere near being finished yet so everyone on the North Shore can have these delays to look forward to for many more months to come.
James Gair, Kilauea
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