Letter for Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

• Rotarians set fine example for all

The Garden Island has recently done two fine articles on our Rotary Clubs of Kauai.

Having watched the wonderful work this fine organization has done over the years for those in need on our island, it has inspired me to say mahalo to TGI for giving credit where credit is due and to thank the Rotarians for all they continually do. And, in particular, my good friend and their ace go-to man, Ray Carpenter.

All this they do without asking for one penny from our government to fund the multitude of tasks that they perform, like giving scholarships to those who could not afford to go to school (college or trade) without this help; paint, maintain and help seniors who can no longer do their needed choirs; and so many other community services too numerous to list.

Their organization is living proof that with the right leadership, experienced people in charge, no subsidizing (taxes!) is needed.

Certainly, these Rotarians and all other private organizations that do so much good with so little are only a microcosm of running a government with 70,000 people.

But certainly our county government could take a page from their successful play books (prioritizing their needs so that income is always greater than outgo with emergency funds left on hand) and make all our county operations more efficient and successful.

Glenn Mickens, Kapaa

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