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Speed trap sours visit to Kauai
I am visiting the island of Kauai for the first time. I have been to Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Molokai. I have been to many tourist destinations. I am here on a business/leisure trip spending thousands of dollars.
Today, was traveling down Alakinoiki Road. toward Poipu Road to the Grand Hyatt. I was ticketed for traveling 43 mph in a 25 mph zone. To be clear, this was an obvious speed trap with four, yes four police cars all lined up with radar guns, pulling people over and ticketing them. It was disgusting. Just 100 yards from where I was ticketed, the speed limit was 40 mph. There is absolutely no reason to for the change in speed limit other than a speed trap.
Until this moment, I was thinking about what we would do the next time we visited Kauai. Well, I certainly don’t plan to come back to a place that so ridiculously hostile toward tourists.
The police office actually said, “this is a rental car right?”
I appreciate your attention to this matter.
Stephen A. Saponaro, MD, Palm Springs, California
Letter created more misinformation on Kauai
Just wanted say that Mr. Whitlock’s Sept. 11 letter really was a terror attack.
He starts off with shock-valued incomplete facts to get attention. He seems to imply that all the chemicals were used on Kauai even though it was illegal to have them at all. Those numbers may have been for use in foreign operations where they are still permitted. Then later he injects numbers on urine samplings four years prior to the chemicals’ ban/phase out; more confusing but fear-invoking facts?
I would have been more convinced if the year was 2011, not 2001, in his statement. The opening lines of his letter also implies that the state of Hawaii’s pesticide specialists are incompetent or in collusion with the chemical users if that much pesticides were used here, which in fact was not stated as fact.
Just put out there for folks to see and react to. Nobody seems to want to acknowledge that the three cases of schools being affected by pesticides odor/residue had their causes linked to backyard misuse; not locations near fields used by the targeted companies.
Masa Shirai, Lihue
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