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Republicans will steal my money
Elizabeth Marin wrote a letter saying: “Big businesses are not your enemy. They’re regular people trying to make a living, except they pay more taxes than you.”
If you paid $1 in federal tax, you paid more than the combined total of Exxon, General Electric, and Bank of America.
She also said: “Please be respectful towards them for they create jobs, not the government.”
What jobs? Where are they?
More: “Side thought: A big business cannot take your home away, but the government can.”
AIG didn’t take my tax money? Lehman Brothers didn’t take my tax money? Goldman Sachs didn’t take my tax money? They certainly manipulated the stock market to steal my investments.
TARP was passed by the Bush Administration. The Bush Administration defanged the SEC and other government agencies that could have stopped the great con of 2008.
Now the Republicans are going after pensions (see Wisconsin) and social security.
I saved my money, invested it, and now the Republicans are going to steal it.
John Zwiebel, Kalaheo
Keep the money in Waimea Town
Now that another year of Waimea Town Celebration has come and gone, who get to keep the money? Does the money go to the town’s improvements? Because since I’ve been going to these celebration it seems like Waimea Town looks the same.
Maybe some of the money should be used to build another bridge over the river for an alternative entrance and exit out of the Westside.
We seem to have traffic jams and/or need to close the road during the celebration of the Christmas lights and the town’s celebration.
Let’s make some improvements to Waimea and keep the money for Waimea. As the old saying goes, “whatever happens in Waimea stays in Waimea.” Not for the whole Kaua‘i County to use.
Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele
Too many signs
We need another sign on the south side. It should read “no more signs.”
Recently I have noticed a trend. Shipwreck’s Beach has a new look. As you turn off the road and see the ocean, new signs. Warnings, prohibitions, rules, some very informative for public safety, most only concern parking. I counted roughly 20 signs. There are only about thirty parking spaces.
Lawa‘i Road, by Kukui‘ula Harbor, has new signs. No parking near the area fronting the beach and the golf course. Maybe the club house would suffer from a few cars parked in their ocean view. I’m sure it’s beautiful. Maybe some day I can join, you know “Live like a local”. I thought Lawa‘i Road was public, I might be mistaken.
Kapili Road, on the way to the Sheraton, there are multiple signs next to the stalled development Koloa landing. “No parking.” These signs face drivers as the ocean comes into view.
So many signs it’s not pretty. Shouldn’t they parallel the road as seems the norm? I’m sure they are important to face like a speed limit or stop sign would.
New stop signs in Koloa. A three-way stop on a busy straight road? Maybe reduce the speed limit. Who decides where these signs go? Are they all necessary? Who pays for them? How can we stop the spread?
Yesterday I saw bumper sticker that read “Aloha Po‘ipu Awe.”
That sums up my feelings shortly. Sometimes less is more.
French Jay, Lihu‘e
Vote for KIUC board
Anyone who gets an electric bill from the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative should receive another post from the utility company in early March. This is not another bill. It’s a ballot listing candidates for the KIUC board.
The idea is to vote. Most people don’t bother. Why? Inconvenience can’t be the problem. You can vote in minutes by mail, online or over the phone. Or are we so accustomed to being run at the whim of off-shore corporations and interests — Borders being the latest casualty — that we fail to see the value of KIUC, a dying breed that is a wholly owned and operated by the people of this island.
Decisions made by the KIUC board are crucial to Kaua‘i’s sustainable future, environmentally and economically. But since the cooperative’s inception, many board members have found it difficult to accept the certainty of change, and act with the urgency necessary to secure the island’s future.
It’s not that they’re doing nothing. It’s just that they tend to move too slowly and hesitate too often.
In recent years, the mix on the board has shifted from a largely timid approach to a more forward-thinking attitude. But that mix needs to shift still more to encourage the often discouraged voice of cooperative members, and include stronger, more contemporary, knowledgeable and open-minded board members.
There are four new candidates running for the board, some with a lot of experience in alternative energy solutions and sustainability. Please don’t throw that ballot in the trash without considering what a well-balanced and informed board might mean to your future.
Take the time to vote, it could mean a brighter future to Kaua‘i and to you.
Susan Dixon, Kapa‘a
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