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• Yearning for disaster • Make the trail a highway • Request to local restaurants • Warning managed well • Repent you sinners of the Senate
Yearning for disaster
I am from Kaua‘i and remember the tidal wave warnings when I was little and packing up and going up to Koke‘e.
I applaud the scientists for all their efforts and putting out the warnings to evacuate. I called all my family back home that Saturday morning upon finding out the news. I called my friends also and I was glued to the TV.
What made me sick was the Mainland reporters upon hearing the all clear and realized there would not be death and destruction, just turned it off. Now today, the criticism towards the scientists for yelling wolf if you will.
How sad that we as human beings, some of us anyway had wanted this disaster to happen. Shame on the Mainland reporters, especially the channel that I was watching, which I won’t anymore since they reminded me of piranhas.
All I can say is thank God for not allowing this to happen.
Helen Kenney Wilson, Woodbridge, Va.
Make the trail a highway
I hiked the 13-mile Powerline Trail last week. It was one of the most scenic hikes that I have taken on the island though it is hard to beat Kalalau.
My idea since it is not maintained and not used much, is to make it a single-lane, toll highway northound and southbound with shoulder and a fence on the southbound lane to use as a hiking/biking/running trail.
I know you would want to do an enviromental study, but I assume the county/state already owns most of the land. It could be paid by bonds and it would create many jobs while it is being built and create some permanent jobs by way of toll takers and maintenance personnel for both the highway and trail.
You could put restrooms out about 6.5 miles with public phones for emergencies.
The south end would exit Kuamo‘o Road which should create no problem and I would suggest a northbound exit just south of Kapaki Road so that this private street is not impacted by the toll road.
This would also be a real win for getting North Shore traffic off the main highway through Kapa‘a. Tourists and North Shore residents would be the prime toll customers and local residents would benefit from jobs.
What do you think?
Richard Morath, Princeville
Request to local restaurants
My husband and I, as well as many of our friends and visitors, eat out on occasion and want our restaurant experiences to be joyous social events.
We would like our local eateries to be successful, but are amazed at how often many of Kaua‘i’s restaurants miss the mark.
For those of you who own and manage restaurants, we urge you to double check the following basics:
1) Is the food fresh, well prepared and the right temperature as it arrives at the table? Do the meals arrive together? (Recently, we have been served fish that was not fresh, old, dried out rice, wilted greens and individual meals served more than 15 minutes apart.)
2) Are your managers and servers properly trained and dealing with the customers in a professional, timely, courteous manner?
3) Is the music volume low enough so that people can speak to one another in low or normal tones? Way too many restaurants think that loud music or live music with amplifiers in small spaces are acceptable. We no longer eat at these establishments.
4) Is seating comfortable and does your restaurant have enough soft surfaces to buffer noise and make the environment comfortable? Again, many restaurants have only hard floors, un-upholstered furnishings, hard table surfaces and no curtains, carpets, fabric wall art or soft ceiling surfaces to help keep the noise volumes down.
I would be interested to hear from other residents and visitors on these topics. We wish our local eateries all the best during these tough economic times.
Jean Camp, Anahola
Warning managed well
I don’t know how it went on the other islands, but on Kaua‘i, civil defense and the county did an excellent job of handling the tsunami warning Saturday. It was well managed.
It wasn’t long ago that there was no capability of warning, and a tsunami would just arrive as a surprise. Thank you to the scientists monitoring and deciding what to do, thank you to all levels of civil defense, law enforcement, the county government. Great job.
Victoria Wright, Kapa‘a
Repent you sinners of the Senate
As a loyal Democrat I want to hear your mea culpa loud and clear. What were you guys thinking when you took the bribe money from the health insurance lobby?
It isn’t going away. The sooner you realize this and get straight with your constituents, the sooner you can get back to the business of serving your country honorably.
It doesn’t help matters when a decent guy like Sen. Bayh says he’s had a gut full and decides not to run again. It’s going to take a few pieces of really meaningful legislation to wipe the slate clean, so let’s get with it.
Harry Boranian, Lihu‘e
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