Letters for March 14, 2015

• Pay price to clean up government  • Theft disheartening for wrestling coach • Alternate route, bridge needed

Pay price to clean up government

Oh boo, hoo! Councilman Rapozo on your recent statement in TGI pertaining to how much money was spent in the Ernie Paison case.

I am willing to pay the high price tag along with other people who knew Mr. Paison for what monies are necessary to cover the cost of this case. Mr. Paison was a brave employee to speak out to the County Council and law enforcement about the 2012 audit on county fuel costs that seemed to negatively affect the mayor.

If more people stood up against the rampant corruption on this island, we might have politicians who do the right thing.

I am just sorry that illness caused Mr. Paison not to go to trial and have to accept such a paltry settlement.

Condolences to Mr. Paison and his family for the illness he has. I am sure it was brought on by the stress he had to endure throughout this whole process.

Gail Rosen


Theft disheartening for wrestling coach

Waimea loves their high school sports. I have had many in-laws, wife her sisters and brother, mother etc. pass though WHS. I have had three grandchildren and have one son and two more grandchildren who will pass though those educational doors.

Saturday, Feb. 14, was our home wrestling meet and, as I tended the food booth, I had all my and the team’s wrestling gear stolen. In the three seasons as a wrestling coach, I would never has thought that someone would steal the coach’s stuff and at our home gym. The equipment had my name on each piece and is of no use to anyone but the WHS wrestling team and cannot be used for other sports.

Wrestling shoes, knee pads, head gear, stop watches, first aid and CPR kits, rule books, training, conditioning manuals, and various gift certificates and coupons.

Rather than feel sorry for myself and the loss for the team; I take this as an omen or sign. Maybe this would be a time for me to get out of the sport of wrestling. Maybe take up bridge or mahjong. Of the 28 wrestling spots to fill in our 2014-15 season – 14 boys and 14 girls, we were only able to fill six positions – five boys and one girl.

Robert Ritch


Alternate route, bridge needed

The Garden Island (March 8) recently posted a guest opinion by JoAnn Yukimura that offered possible solutions for the traffic woes along the Kapaa/Wailua corridor. She ruled out a bridge over the Wailua River due to its estimated cost of $1 billion.

I find the cost of this bridge is grossly overestimated. The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge located in Boston was built at a cost of $105 million.

It should be noted that this bridge is 10 lanes wide and far more complex than a two- or four-lane bridge that would span the Wailua River.

There is no solution for the Eastside traffic woes that uses the existing highway. Rotaries (Roundabouts) don’t work with high volumes of traffic. More traffic lights only compound the problem. The only solution is to get the traffic off the highway by building an inner beltway with a mauka bridge over the Wailua River.

David Giuliano



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