Letters for Friday, October 31, 2014

• Working positively and collaboratively

Working positively and collaboratively

 I was glad to read Sara DeZerega’s letter (TGI, Oct. 29) in which she suggests that we “vote for candidates based on their positions on issues, past actions, proposed solutions and policies … and their desire to work for the common good for all of Kauai,” rather than voting on family name recognition or personality.

I recently received shocking postcards mailed from Oakland, California, degrading Tim Bynum. There was no return address. I know Tim Bynum as a vibrant force working for Kauai, and I know that he will survive these childish attacks by people who do little to benefit the island.

I know Tim from the days when we worked together in the Healthy Start Program at Child and Family Service. His work there benefited many, many families on Kauai.

He continued in community service by organizing and listening sensitively in outreach groups that were started by Mayor Baptist.

He was also commended for the work that he did as a therapist at the Kauai YWCA, and as director of the Children’s Justice Center, where he worked for the well-being of women and children.

Over the years as a member of the County Council, he has proposed tax relief for the county residents, while balancing the tax obligations between the various tax categories. Recently, along with Councilman Hooser, he proposed measures to provide immediate relief for those who were overtaxed on last year’s property tax bills.

Tim, along with Councilman Chock, recently organized a water workshop for the county, where the new State Supreme Court decisions were presented along with an analysis of our current water situation. This meeting provided a basis for further discussions of water rights and solutions for Kauai.

He is working positively and collaboratively with our mayor on an investigation of apparent law violations and irregularities in property tax reporting by large land companies — “working positively and collaboratively” are the operative words here. Not just voting No! No! No!

Diane de Vries, Kalaheo

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