Letters for August 9, 2015

• New law on dog barking a must • Fewer changes, the better • Restrictions needed on North Shore

New law on dog barking a must

After so adamantly pursuing the repeal of the barking dog law, dear members of the council who weren’t willing to compromise — please pull together now and get to work on a new one. To leave the citizens of Kauai adrift without something to refer to regarding excessively barking dogs is as disturbing as it is having to listen to inconsiderate neighbors’ barking dogs and feeling helpless to do anything about it.

Please do not let this sit on the back burner simmering. Everything is already in place. All it needed was a few adjustments. You went to great measures to discredit and abolish the law, now move forward with equally great measures to improve and reinstate it.

Valerie Freitas, Kalaheo

Fewer changes, the better

I would like to suggest some ideas I have for Haena State Park (particularly the Kee beach area), which would solve many of the current problems. I believe some of the“proposed” ideas are invasive, expensive, and will have a terrible visual impact.

First of all: Leave the area alone as much as possible! Do not install an overhead walkway, as this would be far too expensive and ugly. A simple walking path through thewoods or shoulder on the side of the road is sufficient.

There is no need to build a building or expensive plaques pertaining to the history or culture of the area. Building things there is expensive and unsightly. A link to thehistory of the area should be posted so that people can access the cultural, historical, and geological information via the internet. Almost everyone has a “smart phone.”A wireless internet connection should be set up in the area so that people can be informed while they are there.

Do not install a gate or park hours, as some enjoy the serenity of the twilight or dusk hours.

Pertaining to the quarter-mile back parking lot for Kee Beach: Please fix the lot as it is a mud pit full of rock hazards. Pave it properly with marked parking stalls. Allhikers should be required to park in this lot. As it is now, a huge number of the stalls near Kee beach are taken up by hikers/ Kalalau campers for days on end. Beachparking should be only for beach-goers and overflow should be in the quarter-mile back parking lot only. All parking on the side of the road must be stopped.

Please do not charge to go to the beach. This is not Oahu or the Mainland and we like it that way.

Christopher Rivera, Kapaa

Restrictions needed on North Shore

At last, the state may do something about the overcrowding of Ke’e on the North Shore. Once a remote and pristine area that tourists and locals enjoyed has become aplace that is no longer pleasant for tourists and where locals no longer want to go. We on the far North Shore totally support restricting the number of people to thisarea. Within the last five years overcrowding has also become a problem at Little Lumahai, where cars are now parking on both sides of the narrow, curving road creatinga dangerous situation. Fortunately, unlike Ke’e, there is nowhere in that area to build a parking lot to accommodate more cars. Before there is a terrible accident at thatlocation, there should be legal restrictions to parking on both sides of the road.

If tourism is our life blood, we are slowly but surely killing ourselves by allowing tourism overcrowding. It is time something reverses this situation before it is too late.

Cherril Sparks, Hanalei


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