Letters for Sept. 3, 2016

• Buses a solution to traffic and much more • Guards reunion a wonderful time

Buses a solution to traffic and much more

Ken Taylor’s recent letter “Buses no solution to traffic woes.” Really? But wait,listen!

Mr. Taylor left out many factors; the bus is not only a solution to traffic woes, but a solution to a stress free driving by having your own personal chauffeur and air conditioned bus. Not having to worry about costly annually county registration frees and state safety inspections.

No vehicle insurance worries. Never having to worry when the police officer is following your car and thinking you did something wrong. No tickets for illegal parking or running a stop signs. All those costly mechanical repairs.

The bus to me is one of the best things about Kauai. Mr. Taylor says, “It’s the dream of every bus rider to own a car.” Really Ken? I own a car. My car sits in my driveway. I hate driving on Kauai. People tailgate me every time I drive and I get super stressed. Nothing I enjoy more than a ride on the Kauai bus and somebody else driving for me. I can read TGI! I can even play on my cell phone, try doing that while driving?

Ken talks about having to walk an extra 30 minutes. Ken’s a senior citizen like me. There’s a paratransit system that if you call a day in advance picks seniors up right at your home and takes you right to your destination, a real first class service. The service has gone through some changes but I must admit I am impressed and sorry for my recent criticisms.

The bus drivers are always friendly with aloha and a good morning/afternoon smile When I take para transit or need an on call reservation the reservations clerks are always kind and put up with me and at times I may not be the easiest person to accommodate.

Mahalo to all the switchboard people at the bus, I would list names but I do not want to leave anyone out. In the past I have been critical of the bus only because I went them to be perfect. Right now I give them a 99.9 percent rating!

Mahalo Kauai Bus. And may I suggest to my senior citizen friends and Mr. Taylor, try taking the paratransit, I think you will be impressed!

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

Guards reunion a wonderful time

A big shout out and mahalo for a very successful reunion of the various Hawaii Air National Guards units here on Kauai to Stanley Dela Cruz and his committee (Johnette Chun, Suzette Yokoyama, and Susan Honjiyo. The 2016 Muster Reunion included the 150th ACWS (55th anniversary), the 298thATCF (40th anniversary) and the 154th ACS (26th anniversary).

The no-host cocktails and luncheon was held on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Omoide Restaurant and attended by about a 100 former unit members and their families. The place resounded with fun and laughter, renewed friendships as everyone reminisced about the past and their experiences at the Kokee and PMRF work sites. Lucky numbers were drawn and various prizes awarded. A video and roll call of the many deceased members as well as the numerous members still alive and well was shown. There was also a table display of memorabilia from the Kokee site.

Ron Aceret, Ret. 150th AC&W SQ.

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