Letters for Feb. 9, 2015

• Sukhuthai restaurant in Kapaa a good place to check out • County needs manager system

Sukhuthai restaurant in Kapaa a good place to check out

My wife and I have really enjoyed the Sukhuthai restaurant in the Big Save shopping area of Kapaa.

We notice very few customers there, unfortunately, and we fear for its survival. The food is Asian with a specialty in Thai food. On our last trip, I had the battered and crusted chicken with a delicious sweet and sour sauce while my wife had the pineapple rice with chicken. Both were delicious. The newly redecorated interior is light and cheerful with wall decorations in keeping with its Oriental fare. Wine and beers are served with the meals.

If you haven’t tried this little out-of-the-way place, why not give them a go?

James Blackshire


County needs manager system

Jeff Demma, as well as so many other concerned Kauai citizens, write outstanding letters to the paper regarding the shortfalls and the wrong direction our current form of government is going.

Mr. Demma nails the bulls eye when he states in his Jan. 21 letter, “I believe the top priority (of our government) should be to reduce the cost of government, reduce the size of the budget, cut back all 15 departments where necessary, look for efficiencies and improvements in the existing infrastructure and require the administration to support these goals in its new budget cycle.”

So many Kauaiians have strongly expressed their support for a new form of government that we should at least try it — a strong council/manager type as opposed to the obvious broken strong mayor/council type we now operate under. Our learned, retired lawyer, Walter Lewis, has been one of the strongest advocates of this manager system and has the details worked out and ready for use.

This manager type has a nationwide success record, thus no need to reinvent the wheel nor worry about using an untried system. The simplest way to put this system into use is by having four members of the council put it on the ballot and let the people decide if they want our island’s management to move forward or to remain stagnant in all the ways our citizens continually complain about — our roads, our infrastructure, our taxes, our fees, our low-income housing, our solid waste program and our homeless population.

These and many others are not recent problems but have been around for years and continually worsen. So why not stop doing them over and over, getting bad results and expect the results to change? If our council or administration has any better plan for making the system a more workable and productive one, then let them tell their constituents what it is or stand aside and let a better system in.

Remember, too, that we the people passed a charter amendment five years ago requiring our council to hire a county auditor. Along with other duties his job was to do exactly what Mr. Demma and the people have asked for — putting efficiencies in our government by hiring qualified people and thus cutting taxes and waste.

The highly qualified person who the council unanimously hired for the job, Ernest Pasion, did eight fine audits that specifically illuminated the shortfalls of our county department with recommendations that needed to be done. To date these corrective audits have remained unexplainably dormant and need to be discussed by the council with public participation.

Yes, Mr. Demma, we certainly do need a government who works for us and if they don’t, we need other people and another system that does.

Glenn Mickens



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