Letters for Sept. 5, 2016

• Give Green Party a chance • All aboard the dream train

Give Green Party a chance

The first of the election debates is Sept. 26. These debates are the strongest determiner of how people will vote come November. Why isn’t Jill Stein included? It’s unfair for a number of reasons.

l. She hasn’t gotten sufficient air time because the media has been biased against her.

2. The Debate Commission isn’t a public run one. It is a private corporation funded by both the Democrats and the Republicans.

3. The commission has determined that the candidates must have earned at least 15 percent score before they can enter the debates.

4. The poles that are chosen to be rated in some cases don’t even include Jill Stein as a contender.

5. In poles that include her, she has met the 15 percent minimum.

7. When President Carter was rerunning, he refused to debate independent candidate John Anderson so Ronald Reagan opened the democratic process by debating him separately. That is another option, the way already established.

Let’s open the door for more options for our future. Let’s hear Jill Stein in the debates.

Linda L Harmon, Hanapepe

All aboard the dream train

A dream solution to the traffic and transportation dilemma on Kauai and at the same time create a unique asset with world-class efficiency and the charm of a bygone, mythical era.

Just think of it; What if our one main road around the island and some smaller roads had an old-fashioned train track along side it? No expensive monorail or bullet, just an efficient little old train. Many roads already have some extra room next to them to add lanes. We could have a regular train track, instead. Every small, medium, and large town would have a train station. This would not only take passengers but handle shipments, good and deliveries.

Right now, everyone on Kauai who needs anything must jump in their car and drive to wherever. What if you could take your deliveries to the nearest village train station and send it to the next station where your client would go to pick it up? Have you noticed the efficiency of the USPS and the ease of online ordering? Many times it is easier to order online than go to town shopping.

This train would not become obsolete (“aren’t trains already obsolete?” you ask) but would excel in efficiency to the point that the private vehicle or delivery truck will be the last option for most transportation and delivery needs.

I told you it’s a “dream” but I also feel that it would cost the same as adding more lanes, however, more lanes won’t solve the traffic problem, just add more cars. This dream train will!

John Wooten, Anahola

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