Letters for Nov. 14, 2015

• Leaders need to act now • What happened to sugar industry monument? • Thanks for taking pride in work

Leaders need to act now

To our elected officials: Mayor, council members, DOT, state and county and whoever else makes decision for better living conditions on our island.

C. Mahikoa stated in 2013 that bus shelters (8) of 46 will be completed. Could we have a time line for the completion of the remaining shelters? One in particular, the one fronting the dome church in Hanamaulu, so our kupuna don’t have to be standing in the hot sun and also when it rains.

The Wailua corridor highway fronting Coco Palms is full of pukas. This stretch of highway really takes a toll on our vehicles. Please don’t wait another two years (2017) when Coco Palms is said to be completed. It’s been long enough.

These problems should be a top priority of our so-called leaders. Please stop the procrastination and do what is pono.

So, let’s do this the local way. To our so-called leaders, kou (your) po‘o (head), pa‘akiki (stubborn). Your pepeiao (ears) are kuli (deaf). You hear but don’t listen. Kou maka (eyes), piapia you look but don’t see.

Jerry Kaialoa, Kapaa

What happened to sugar industry monument?

As 10-time visitor to your island and with an interest in your history and culture, I am at a loss to understand what happened with the sugar industry monument in Koloa. To make a long story shorter, one of the sculptures has been removed, the overseer on the horse is no longer part of the memorial. I would really appreciate knowing why this was done and by what authority. Political correctness?

Was this done with the approval of the artist? What a shame to alter this important historic, beautiful memorial. I know the memorial had not been altered when I visited in 1998. I read the letters online every day and I would be most grateful if some one would be so kind as to provide an explanation.

Jeff B. Pignona, St. Albans, Virginia

Thanks for taking pride in work

I would like to thank the Public Works Department, Larry Dill and the Solid Waste Recycling Division for the services they recently provided to the residents of Kauai.

My burned-out fluorescent lamps were accumulating in my heater room for over five years and I was relieved to have the Hanapepe Refuse Transfer Station collect them. It made my day when I arrived at the station to see the organized set up, drive-through service, and the workers smiling and eager to unload the lamps and cans/bottles of old, unused, hazardous chemicals.

These young men brought a smile to my face and a pleasant start to the day. It was the manner in which they operated that made me feel the “work ethic” is still alive. That Kauai, in spite of all our seemingly unsolvable problems, will be OK.

Thank you to the Solid Waste Department for following through with the trash cart pickup project as scheduled. It was a huge undertaking to get the designated cart delivered to the property owners, to schedule the pickups, and to have the special truck operators ready to go. I was amazed at how well it worked out. Thank you.

Lastly, I am so grateful to the Department of Transportation for the repaving of the highway on the Westside, even if I missed some appointments due to holdup in traffic during construction. When I drive at night, the reflectors, the striping and smooth-as-silk highway between Hanapepe and Waimea makes me feel safer, especially when it rains. The reflectors are a blessing on our dark highways; more so, when the white lines edging the street are stained with red dirt.

I finally made the time to express my gratefulness to those provide a service to the people of Kauai, who have pride in their work, and who value what they do for others every day.

Sarah Date, Waimea

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