Letters for Oct. 25, 2016

• Yukimura deserves support of voters • A few more questions for candidates

Yukimura deserves support of voters

For more than three decades, Kauai has been blessed by JoAnn Yukimura’s tireless, selfless service to our community. There are so many positive ways that we have all benefited from JoAnn’s expertise, wisdom and integrity. Here are three personal examples:

During her first years on the council, JoAnn was instrumental in starting the Sunshine Markets. I can still remember her words to our small group of farmers in the parking lot of Wilcox School where the first market was held from 1979-1980.

In 1991-1992, my husband served as project manager for the first self-help housing project on Kauai that resulted in 16 homes in Kilauea. JoAnn introduced the legislation that allowed this project on county land. She even had to work with other council members to override a mayoral veto in order to implement the project. JoAnn’s visionary thinking paved the way for numerous affordable self-help housing projects.

In 2007, a group of farmers approached JoAnn about the need for affordable farmworker housing. Our ad hoc committee of farmers, including Kauai County Farm Bureau officers, met with representatives from county planning and other county agencies for two and a half years. JoAnn worked with Councilman Jay Furfaro to sponsor the necessary legislation to pass the final ordinance. After many long meetings and hearings, Mayor Carvalho signed the Farmworker Housing Ordinance into law in 2010. I am proud to have served on this committee. Thanks to JoAnn’s attention to detail, we created a solid ordinance that supports farming while restricting speculation on our precious farm lands.

JoAnn has always been a champion for affordable housing and agriculture on Kauai. We need to keep her vision, wisdom, integrity, and experience on the Kauai County Council. Please join me in voting for JoAnn Yukimura.

Louisa Wooton, Kilauea

A few more questions for candidates

I want to thank the Garden Island for their “13 candidates, 5 questions” article in the Oct. 20 edition of the paper. I found it very informative and helpful, but I would like to submit five more questions that I would love to have an answer to.

#1 Which of you besides Gary Hooser, Joanne Yukimura and Mason Chock will join them in openly opposing the disastrous dairy being proposed for Mahaleupu.

#2 What will you do to expedite the re-location of the county landfill which has currently become Mt. Mana.

#3 What steps would you take to diversify our economy to make it less reliant on tourism and bring in eco-friendly businesses like the growing and processing of hemp or other crops that would nourish the land.

#4 What steps would you take to reign in the chemical companies posing as farmers that are constantly poisoning our land, water and children in the pursuit of profit.

#5 What steps would you take to ensure that future developments are required to submit plans to ensure our infrastructure is upgraded to offset continuing pressure on existing roads, sewage treatment, schools, etc.; and how would you ensure these plans are implemented.

I would dearly love to make an informed decision on Nov. 8, and the answers to these and your questions would be most helpful.

Allan B White, Hanapepe


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