Letters for Sept. 23, 2016

• Get our council back in touch with the citizens

Get our council back in touch with the citizens

Once again Walter Lewis has very articulately summarized some of the major shortcomings and failures of our Kauai County Council (“Council has lost touch with the citizens it represents,” Friday, Sept. 16, TGI). His critique of the council’s failure to act on a county manager proposal reminds me of the old adage of: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t always make it drink”.

With regard to Walter’s spot on assessment that the council is out of touch with Kauai citizens, I would like to once again suggest that council representation by district rather than the current county at-large representation could help ameliorate this situation. This would better facilitate residents providing input and feedback to their local council representative. Residents of a district might organize neighborhood morning coffee and doughnut meetings or evening wine and cheese meetings with their council representative to exchange ideas, complaints, and suggestions.

The council has in the past rejected putting this to a vote of the people just as they rejected putting the county manger to a vote of the people. However, it’s high time we get this horse to drink.

Peter Nilsen, Princeville

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