Letters for Feb. 22, 2016

Letters for Feb. 22, 2016

Current government system isn’t working

In The Garden Island “Other Voices” column (TGI, Feb. 13), Glenn Head shows why he is yet another strong advocate of a county manager style of government. His views and opinions were well researched and excellently presented.

Voice after voice keeps appearing in the Forum section of the paper telling why we desperately need a change from the broken system we now have in place.

When our roads are ranked 48th (50 being the worst) in the U.S.; when our traffic is affecting not only our locals but tourists we depend on for our economic well-being; when our homeless people embarrassingly sit on benches in front of the Historic County Building where our council meets; when only 1/6th to 1/10th of the money taken in by our gas and weight tax ($6 to $12 million a year) is going to roads maintenance and the rest for “other” purposes; when people are struggling to find low income housing and rental units; and when our long-range planners keep dreaming that buses, bikes, walking and shuttles will get people out of their vehicles with no proof of this being done in a municipality the size and location of Kauai with 70,000 people, then it is way past time to hire a qualified, experienced county manager to do the job.

I lived under a manager system for 48 years and found it extremely efficient, cost-effective and beneficial to the people and, in my opinion, it can do the same for Kauai.

Ken Taylor

Kapaa

Shouldn’t be a fee for paying online

In order to cut down on the long lines at the County Building, one would think that the county would make the online motor vehicle registration process more attractive by perhaps offering a discount to those who pay online. Instead they levy an “administrative fee” of an extra $7. I’m curious as to what this fee is for.

Greg Shepherd

Kapaa

A love letter to Kauai

My nomadic tendencies usually only have me staying in one place no longer than three years. I feel so blessed and privileged to have called Kauai home for the past six years.

How can I express all the beauty and kindnesses that graced my time here?

To my beloved kupuna, taiko mates, Kauai Community College market vendors and customers, and to all my colleagues and those who know me as a friend, I am so grateful for your generosity of spirit and know that it is inspiring me forward toward my next destination.

My mind and heart (and stomach) are full with the most cherished memories. Mahalo, Kauai, for protecting me in your waters and surrounding me with unparalleled beauty and wonder, for sharing the bounty of your aina, and for the privilege of calling you home. Never before have I experienced the true meaning of “ohana” and “aloha.”

Until we meet again, Me ke aloha pumehana,

Cynthia Chiang

Laguna Wood, California, formerly Omao

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