Letters for Saturday, March 17, 2012

• Simple things matter • How about kokua? • Support Koloa Camp residents • Mahalo KPD officers • New day in Hanalei

Simple things matter

To Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.:

I am amazed at the ability of the county to hire 18 new people and equally amazed at the outrageous money amounts being allocated.

What is disturbing and gravely shameful is that this lucrative county still, to this day, has not seen fit to install little, inexpensive bus shelters for people that stand in pouring rain, scorching sun, weed infested terrain with wheelchairs and baby strollers trying to get to one of maybe two or three jobs needed to survive on this island — if one does not hold a county position.

This is nothing to pat yourself on the back for, bruddah. Mrs. Carvalho had sent me a response a couple years ago explaining in great detail how the county missed a funding deadline for the bus stops (as part of Montgomery Consent Decree, this needed to be completed by end of 2009, already in non-compliance) and several other excuses, such as specifications for concrete platforms, as to why, after this administration took office, nothing has been done.

I am stunned.

Elaine Dunbar, Lihu‘e

How about kokua?

“Karma-Drama” should be Kaua‘i’s catch phrase. Instead of “Live Aloha,” how about “live Karma-Drama?”

The recent weather with flooding, mudslides, thunder and lightning storms along with hail might be the result of karma, others might say it’s God’s way of punishing Kaua‘i for it’s lack of kokua?

Kokua is a Hawaiian word that translates as “extending loving, sacrificial help to others for their benefit, not for personal gain, etc…”  

The recent drama between our mayor and police chief, the electric company’s mandatory smart meters and the lack of aloha with TSA agents at the airport  will certainly deter visitors from vacationing and business ventures on our once-upon-a-time awesome and cosmic island.

Instead of the mayor and police chief having ongoing animosity why not just really live aloha and be Christian-like and forgive?

If we want God to forgive us we need to forgive others, and for those who don’t believe in God, it boils down to basic karma.

The mayor and police chief need to show true leadership skills and show the true heroes and gentlemen they both are and not take these misunderstandings into a court of law where each side fights to prove who has the biggest whatever while costing the taxpayers millions.   

It’s time for each side to take no fault and realize Hawai‘i indeed has something to teach the world other than the hula. How about kokua?

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapa‘a

Support Koloa Camp residents

In response to the video aired concerning the Koloa Camp eviction, the speaker held a book with 2034 signatures to help the families being evicted. Add my signature to the support of the families.

And excuse me Mr. Jay Furfaro. Are you telling us the 2,034 plus myself who voted you as councilmen that you have no legal rights to stop this eviction? Then, why do we have to vote for councilmen who have no power?

These people have been in the community for years and worked hard to pay taxes to pay your salary to represent the people of Kaua‘i. These landowners have a lot of land.

Why does it have to be that particular area that they have to build a new housing complex? Why can’t it be the original Old Koloa Plantation Camp? I believe that the tourists would appreciate the old rustic look versus a housing complex.

Two thousand and thirty four people plus myself is a lot of support.

Now represent, councilmen.

Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele

Mahalo KPD officers

I just have to write this email for my fellow Kauaians. There may be controversy surrounding the mayor and police chief about just exactly where the limits of power lay.

 But there is something more important. The officers. Time and time again, I have heard salty words about “ the cops.” No more for me. I won’t listen to generalizations.  

I had a concern for some neighbors and the recent flood. I flagged down a police car, the officer listened to my concerns and immediately acted on it.

Later, he took the time to phone me and tell me what actions had been taken. It was a relief.

I feel like putting the officer up for commendation. He listened and he called back. We are lucky to have them.  

Thanks so much.

Jay Dorrance, Kealia

New day in Hanalei

Peace and quiet has returned to Hanalei Bay.

While waiting for man or nature to take care of the debris children play in search of washed up treasure.

It’s a new day in Hanalei.  

Sandra J. Abrajano, Chicago, Ill.

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