Letters for Friday, July 15, 2011

• Be kind, be safe • Back off with the

choppers • Focus on efficiency •

Non-resident means non-resident

Be kind, be safe

What … are … Kaua‘i drivers … thinking?

Why you pull out in front of me and slow me down so much? You rude!

Why so many drivers not turn headlights on when night comes, or when still dark before sunrise? You not safe!

Why you go 35 mph in 50 mph zone and let 20 or more cars pile up behind? You inconsiderate! “Kaua‘i Trains” very frustrating and your fault.

Many Kaua‘i drivers are very inconsiderate and not pay attention to safety.

KPD: Put your cell phones down. It’s the law, my law enforcing brother. Why you not hands free like you make me be? Something like $117 fine for me, how about you?

Be kind to guy behind you and please don’t hold up long lines of cars. Go Kaua‘i slow brother, OK, but pull over sometimes and let the lines of cars go by.

Don’t pull out in front of some car go more faster than you will go. Just wait two seconds … let them go by … and then go. Easy.

Turn on headlights at dark, at night and in the morning. Don’t you realize headlights let others see you? It’s for safety, yours and mine. Let us see you! Worst thing some car no lights in front of another car lights on. No see guy in front.

Think … be kind … be safe.

Paul Schoberg, Kalaheo

Back off with the choppers

Green harvest is a war on civilians, fought in a very military way. The war on drugs has been brought to you by your local “peace officers” and federal DEA agents alongside Hawai‘i Air National Guard, who rappel into people’s yards from hovering helicopters just to count plants of medical cannabis patients.

Does any one see the inherent danger and folly from this irresponsible behavior? Why can’t they just come to the house via car and knock on the door or just walk around the house to see if the patient is in compliance?

Any veteran of any war after Korea will get a flashback every time a chopper flies low and “hot” over them. This is a disservice to all veterans, making them react to this over-aggressive behavior.

Why isn’t everyone asking “What is going on here?” These choppers fall out of the sky like a rock when they fail. Do you want them to possibly fall on your house? When they crash they burn, do you want your neighborhood to burn for such a weak excuse?

Fear and intimidation against civilians is a psychological war meant to stress people to no logical end. Too much money has been diverted from social programs for this form of government waste and harassment. The dinosaurs are holding on to their lies about cannabis to the end.

Back off with the choppers. Nobody did anything wrong. There is no honor in what is being done against us.

Peace for all, including veterans.

David Matthews, Kekaha

Focus on efficiency

May I humbly suggest that all of the Kaua‘i County personnel (elected or hired) rise above the quibbling of whether recommendations are “mandates” or “merely suggestions” and focus on what is cost effective and efficient with respect to getting their work done. 

I would suggest further that each department should focus on and develop its own set of “commendations and recommendations” to note what their successes may be as well as those areas where they want to be able to do better. This should be reviewed annually in several ways: self-evaluation, peer evaluation, supervisory evaluation, task or work product evaluation, public impressions and through auditing mechanisms.

By having each department set standards for itself, the opportunity arises for the assessment of its strengths and weaknesses and to come up with the strategies to address its shortcomings, if any. Successful team efforts can lead to departmental pride in being able to meet the standards it has identified and prioritized. It’s the combination of having the right attitude, the awareness factor, the willingness to work together and the integrity of honest toil.

These approaches may be applicable as well at state and federal levels, in the education system and in corporate endeavors. These systems are all labor intensive, which require a systemic evaluation system that should be multi-dimensional to incorporate these four factors: attitude, awareness, collaborative effort and integrity. 

Jose Bulatao Jr., Kekaha  

Non-resident means non-resident

 The July 12 article “Troops to be counted in Hawai‘i redistricting plan” describes how a potential Hawai‘i Reapportionment Commission decision could increase O‘ahu representation and thereby reduce neighbor-island representation. 

 It is unfair to allow all non-resident military and their dependents to be counted as residents for the state legislative district counts or related political purposes. 

The military members are called “non-resident” for good reason. Military members hold residency in another state while stationed here and are eligible to register to vote in their home state. They can hold their own state legislative representatives accountable, but not ours.

 If military members stationed here wish to register to vote in Hawai‘i, that is fine and could then be counted for district representation where they reside. That is fair to all.

 

Carol Bain, Lihu‘e

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