Letters for Friday, January 30, 2015

• Mr. Stone, it’s still your road • Bad drivers deserve tickets • Control spending, reduce taxes

Mr. Stone, it’s still your road

I take offense to Jeff Stone’s comment in the (“Fix the road,” Monday, Jan. 26) article that Princeville is comprised of only “wealthy people living in million-dollar homes.”

Yes there are some expensive homes and wealthy people who live in Princeville but there are also a lot of us middle-class families, both owners and renters. Not only is this comment by Jeff Stone silly, but it demonstrates his lack of sensitivity to the issue. Who lives in Princeville has nothing to do with this. Bottom line is: Who owns the road — Jeff Stone. Who is responsible for this road — Jeff Stone. Who should repair this road — Jeff Stone.

All we want is to drive on safe roads. Our community does pay to maintain our own roads. Unfortunately, we do not own this piece of road. A 1993 contract between Princeville homeowners (PHCA) and Jeff Stone documented how this piece of road was to be turned over in “good condition, suitable for driving and free of defects.” In 2013, Jeff Stone attempted to convey this road in disrepair and PHCA refused to take it in that condition. 

Mr. Stone, you have several projects in the works for the North Shore, costing hundreds of millions of dollars, the success of which will rely on local support. Repairing the road at a cost of $1 million would demonstrate your ability to choose to do the right thing and show that you truly are a responsible, community-minded developer and will continue to be with your future projects.

Jeannette Miller, Princeville

Bad drivers deserve tickets

In almost every traffic fatality or serious injury here, one of the vehicles crossed over the center line. Crossing the center line on Kauai is common and casual. It is much more common than speeding, and just as, or more dangerous. KPD should be giving out heavy tickets for drivers that don’t bother to stay on their side of the road.

John Patt, Koloa

Control spending, reduce taxes

When considering county tax and spending increases, it would be wise to remember the words of the mid-19th century French author, Alexis de Tocqueville: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” 

If we substitute our Kauai County Council for Congress and entrenched special interests for the public we are facing a somewhat similar situation. Greed is, of course, considered one of the seven deadly sins. Sin is sin, no matter if is committed for an ostensibly justifiable cause or even worse, to appeal to a small but politically influential group.

I will never support any new taxes or tax increases until and unless our county gets serious about controlling spending.

Harold Nelson, Kapaa

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