Letters for May 1, 2015

• Kapaa traffic the worst • Kauai has some wonderful people • Letter to The Mayor and County Council

Kapaa traffic the worst

Most of us will wish both the North and South shores a solid solution to their local traffic woes, with the county’s new study. But as those of us on the Eastside know, don’t even try to travel between the two, because there is a far worse problem in the middle called Kapaa. And you can’t there from here. Best of luck though.

Paulo Tombolo, Wailua Homesteads

Kauai has some wonderful people

Snowbirds are flying the coup for their Mainland and sad to have to go. Kauai is a meeting place for new and old friends where familiar faces of islanders who maintain an image make every visit a homecoming.

Kudos to all in the service industry, local volunteers with a passion for a cause and those who serve and protect. Five stars to the lifesaving Hanalei Fire Department staff, who tend to mishaps and ailments with a smile, and they all could be in the movies. So until the snow flies again, aloha.

Sandra J. Abrajano, Chicago

Letter to The Mayor and County Council

This is a critical time in Kauai’s history. You have the opportunity to either sell Kauai aina to the highest bidder (ie: gentlemen farm estates along the coast ofAnahola to Princeville; Kukuiula Golf Course properties) or to ensure Hawaiians and kamaainas are valued and have opportunities on Kauai to own a home.

I remember a time when any development was required to build a specific amount of affordable housing for the working poor. Hard-working Kauaians are beingtaxed every time we turn our heads to see another new construction. Our own home may look the same — in need of paint and repair — yet our neighborhood hasmushroomed into two-story deluxe houses around us.

Our children cannot afford homes, much less today’s skyrocketing rent! They take our grandkids to places like Utah and Oregon in search of the American Dream.

Are people who are born and raised Hawaiian comfortable on Hawaiian soil? Your civic duty is to your people!

I also urge that a law be passed that houses cannot be built makai of coastal roads. That land next to the ocean should be kept open for public use and so we mayall enjoy the view. Perhaps decades to come, this land could become a valuable public park.

Dianne Sumida, Kekaha

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