Letters for Sept. 7, 2016

• One council candidate stands above the rest • Fresh candidate, ideas needed

One council candidate stands above the rest

There are some fine new candidates running for council this year and some very good incumbents. But none of these candidates possess the amazing qualifications that Norma Doctor Sparks does.

Her experiences would certainly qualify her for any governmental position in Hawaii and would make her a prime candidate for our County Council.

She was born in Koloa and her passion is to make Kauai a better place for all of to live. She wants to use her years of knowledge and experience to make this happen. She learned well from her parents, Bienvenido and Sofia Doctor, about helping others as they started the first nursing home in Hawaii in 1957 and ran it for 30 years.

She is a retired attorney and former Hawaii State Deputy Attorney General. She earned her master’s degree in social work from University of Hawaii and got her Juris Doctorate from the same school. That doctorate is for being an expert in law, scholar or writer in the field of law.

She worked for the State of Hawaii for 20 years as a social worker, supervisor, and administrator in human services. For 10 years, she managed two statewide agencies and had offices on all islands, including Kauai. Most recently, she lived in California where, amongst many other important positions, she was the assistant director with Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services where she managed a $4 billion dollar budget with 14,000 employees under her.

She has extensive experience in budgeting and financial management contracts, human resources and informational technology. For her work and skills of what she accomplished, in 2007 she was recognized as one of the top 100 Filipino women in the U.S. — an amazing honor for any person! And in 1999 President Clinton recognized her for the highest percentage of increased adoptions in the nation,

Needless to say that the people of Kauai would be fortunate and honored to have this brilliant local woman with all this ability being one of their seven council members. Think of our budget continually exploding and how she could help manage it without raising taxes.

When you vote, remember the name of Norma Doctor Sparks.

Glenn Mickens, Ken Taylor, Walter Lewis, Larry Arruda

Fresh candidate, ideas needed

Just because I know a woman leader would be best doesn’t mean I’d vote for just any woman. I would vote for Jill Steinthough, especially if my vote didn’t end up in Trump’s box.

Just talking real, who’s the best person running for the job? Stein.

Who’s the system rigged for? Democrats and Republicans.

How do we change that? Demand equal representation of candidates. I’ve heard enough from Hillary and Donald. Let Jilldebate, be on the ballot without some undermining, all or nothing, fear mongering boys game of, “vote for her and getTrump, that’ll show you.”

I’m tired of the bully threats, how can we simply vote for who we feel is the best candidate? When you go to the store and it’sKraft or Nestle what do you do? For my health I have to find fresh food, fresh ideas, fresh leadership and courage.

Karin Medigovich, Waimea

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