Letters for June 4, 2015

• Seed companies important to Kauai • Government should benefit the people • Work together to keep Kauai beautiful

Seed companies important to Kauai

The Garden Isle Racing Association has been active in Mana for more than 15 years. Our mission is to promote safe motorsports, to host family oriented community events, and to educate and encourage safe driving on public roads.

GIRA monthly events draw hundreds of participants and spectators throughout the year to enjoy a great community experience on Kauai’s west side. The races couldn’t happen without our volunteers and support from our sponsors, including the seed companies that operate in Waimea and Kekaha. Syngenta, in particular, provides lights for our events free of charge.

The seed companies are important to our economy, providing jobs and keeping our agricultural lands in production. They are also generous community members who are supportive of our schools, our charities, and many non-profit organizations like GIRA.

Having good neighbors like Syngenta and the other seed companies is what Kauai is all about, and what makes it possible for us to sustain our treasured rural lifestyle. GIRA is thankful for their support.

See you at the races!

Best regards,

Tony Ricci, President, Garden Isle Racing Association

Government should benefit the people

Thank you, Glenn Head for your thoughtful, factual article in the Forum, “One voice, one team, one Kauai” May 31.

Your positive words about a county manager style of government points to a system completely devoid of politics — no D’s, R’s, or I’s. Just a democratic form of government structured tobenefit the people, not the elected officials or other political appointees.

Only those who are personally profiting from the antiquated system now in place will fight against change, change that can only benefit our Island and its citizens.

Your last paragraph says it all and is worth repeating for those who might not have seen it.

” The shift to a county manager is an important step forward to bringing our council and mayor together so we have leadership as one voice, respectful of differences, grounded in the alohaspirit, in service for the good of Kauai.”

Glenn Mickens, Kapaa

Work together to keep Kauai beautiful

This is in response to comments by an Alberta, Canada visitor in “Don’t let Nāwiliwili look like Pittsburgh.” After making a call to the appropriate county personnel last Tuesday, I’m happy toreport that the van was removed and is no longer disrupting visitors’ enjoyment of our island’s natural beauty. As a county council member, I take great pride in acknowledging the quickactions of our county personnel and ask for everyone’s kokua as we work together to malama our ‘aina the best we can.

To report an abandoned or derelict vehicle located on state or county property, contact the abandoned vhicle coordinator at 241-4836. Be prepared to provide important information regardingthe make, color, vehicle description, and the address or location of the vehicle. County officials will take all steps necessary to identify the proper protocol with respect to the vehicle.

KipuKai Kuali‘i, Council member

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