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• Suggestion to improve traffic flow • Stayed attuned to climate change issues • Peter Nakamura would be proud
Suggestion to improve traffic flow
We were headed south to the airport on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. for a 9:50 flight. Just before we got to Wailua, we noticed the back log of traffic. It was bumper-to-bumper until we got to Coco Palms at 8:15 p.m. During this short period of time, we were worried that our son and wife would miss the flight.
I have suggested a few times that the traffic should be two lanes from the bypass all the way to the airport and Wilcox hospital 24/7. This would eliminate the daily labor force that sets up the contraflow of traffic. A great saving to the county for sure. Why don’t you try this out for three months and see how it works.
Nothing can be more annoying than being held up in traffic on a hot day for no reason.
Syd Jacobs, Kapaa
Stayed attuned to climate change issues
I just got done watching the third day report of the Paris climate change meeting of the First World and the Third World countries of the world. Amy Goodman is hosting the hour-long “Democracy Now” program both available online and on kkcr91.9 FM, our own homegrown radio station 11 a.m weekdays with much of the program devoted to interviews with those in and those protesting outside the meeting.
The talks will continue Monday through Friday and you can hear and see for yourself what’s going on. Protests have officially been banned because of the recent terrorist attack. They are banned until two days after the talks. Interestingly, the ban on street gathering is only around the convention center areas. Huge marches had been planned to draw attention to the monumental occasion.
There isn’t the same pressure put on the governments to act now to bring oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy to an end soon enough to stop the earth from burning up.
Thankfully, activists there are talking about protests going on around the world to draw attention. A California legislator interviewed said the state was acting to divest from oil; Germans are acting likewise to divest funds in their country. This is huge, I understand.
It is becoming clear that top officials will not act without push from their citizens and local governments.
Linda Harmon, Hanapepe
Peter Nakamura would be proud
Thank you to The Garden Island for its coverage of the first Lo‘a Mai Ka Ike Fund award in honor of my late brother, former county clerk Peter A. Nakamura.
Thank you also to the Kauai County Council and Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. for helping our family celebrate this award, and congratulations to Marisa Valenciano, this fund’s first award recipient.
Peter would have been extremely pleased. One thing unmentioned was our family’s desire to grow this fund so even larger scholarship awards can be made to qualified county planners in the future.
In this vein, our family hopes to make future additional contributions to this fund, and hope others who knew Peter will do so as well to honor his memory and what he was most passionate about; sound community-based planning for Kauai’s future.
Further contributions can be made in care of the Hawaii Community Foundation, 4193 Hardy Street, Suite C, Lihue, HI. 96766, attention Darcie Yukiumura, re” Lo‘a Maik Ka Ike fund.
Galen Nakamura, Kapaa
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