Letters for Friday, March 6, 2015

• Slow down and be happy • New health care surcharge questionable

Slow down and be happy

If, like me, you are frustrated with the traffic as it presents, I encourage everyone to never be in a hurry to your destination. 

Unfortunately, the old haul cane roads, barred by yellow gates, cut us out in the late ’70s with the word “liability” and cut us off from circumventing the grid locked areas, many of which would now eliminate the “it is what it is” factors: From west to the humane society, bypass to backsides of Puhi, Kukui Grove, Lihue through Niumalu Nawiliwili, from Rice Street through to Wailua, is all about timing. 

Once you reach Kuamoo Road, drive mauka, Puuopae Road north will exit the old poi factor of Kawaihau Road, heading makai, a left at the intersection of the Catholic Church and Kapaa High School, Kealia Road all the way to Anahola, and finally the old highway toward Hanalei, is a rarely needed alternative yet. 

Stay safe and don’t wear dark clothes when walking on a darkened roadway. 

Debra Kekaualua, Anahola

New health care surcharge questionable

Thought this might be an interesting new topic to pursue as it’s just surfacing in the restaurant scene on Kauai.

A Hanalei restaurant is now adding a 3 percent health care surcharge to every dinner bill. They are not forewarning patrons, though, prior to dining or ordering dinner. 

This is a “trend” with restaurants on the Mainland — specifically successful L.A. and San Francisco eateries. 

This gesture seems to be raising some discontent already with patrons — as many feel the patron should not have to pay for someone else’s health care. 

If you do some research online regarding the financial outcome of this new surcharge, you will find restaurants on the Mainland are making a generous profit after paying the health insurance, with restaurants not even using the “surcharge” fees for actual employee health insurance. 

These financial records are by law, available to the public, at least in the city of San Francisco.

J. Wendy, Lihue

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