Letters for June 8, 2016
Fishing plan better for all
On behalf of the Hui Maka‘ainana O Makana of He‘ena, Kauai, we would like to extend our gratitude for unanimous support of Ha‘ena’s Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) management plan meeting at Kilauea. Especially, we would like to mahalo to the communities of Ha‘ena and Wainiha for their trust and patience during their 20-year pursuit of Ha‘ena CBSFA.
We believe that community-based management was the past and now the future. We are not excluding anyone from fishing in Ha‘ena. Just follow our rules and regulations, take only what you need and Lawai‘a pono.
Presley Wann, president
Hui Maka‘ainana O Makana
Mayor would still have important role
The Garden Island newspaper on May 20 did an excellent job of highlighting exactly what a county manager style of government is with the fine “A Better Kauai” article by Walter Lewis (Welcome back Walter!), the excellent letter from Larry Arruda, and TGI article, “Kauai County Manager System deferred.”
However, I believe the statement in TGI article, “Under a city/manager system the role of mayor would become ceremonial and the council would hire a professional manager to carry out the executive functions of running government operations” should be clarified.
The statement suggests that with a county manager system the role of the mayor would be limited to ceremonial duties. Actually the mayor would be elected as is now the case by public vote and the mayor would become a member of and chair of the council as well as continuing to have his/her civic duties.
I do not want the public to have the impression that they elect a mayor whose sole responsibility is civic duty activities.
The mayor and the other council members will guide the manager who will oversee our county operations. No more hassle between the council and the mayor since they now sit as one body. Having the manager now responsible for running an efficient operation, with accountability, transparency and continuity are just some of the many positive things that would unclog the problems that face and have faced our island for years.
And a huge mahalo to Ccouncilwoman Yukimura for her passionate involvement to move this important proposal forward.
Glad to see Rita in TGI again
It’s so good to see Rita De Silva back with The Garden Island where she belongs!