Letters for May 22, 2016

Bain served KIUC, Kauai well • Rental car tax makes sense

Bain served KIUC, Kauai well

Carol Bain’s passing is a great loss to the community as well as to KIUC. And, I am glad that the good old boys at KIUC finally appreciated her talent and dedication. If I recall correctly, she went the petition route for her initial election to the board. Then, after her first term, the all-male KIUC nominating committee didn’t even nominate her for another term. So, she had to get on the ballot again by petition.

The best thing the good old boys can do to show their appreciation of Carol’s service is to select another talented, dedicated and qualified woman to replace her on the KIUC Board.

Linda Estes

Koloa

Rental car tax makes sense

I look forward to reading the The Garden Island news online daily.

The struggles your small island is experiencing are not unlike many communities in America. Trying to provide necessary services without taxing your permanent residents beyond their ability to pay is challenging.

For the privilege of visiting your beautiful home I would gladly pay an additional tax on my rental car. I believe it is appropriate for those putting an extra burden on your roads to bear the costs of repairs, maintenance and traffic solutions. I find it difficult to understand why there would be opposition to such a tax. People are not going to stop coming to Kauai because of a rental car tax.

If I go to McDonald’s and order a hamburger I do not ask the person following me to pay my bill. How is that any different than asking the permanent residents of Kauai to pay the bill for problems created in part by non-resident rental car users? Give the bill to the right people.

Karol Kusunose

Maple Valley, Washington

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