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Letters for Wednesday, March 8, 2017

• Crowds, traffic ruining Kauai • Voice concerns about various healthcare plans now • Electric cars are cleaner, better

Crowds, traffic ruining Kauai

Another paradise loved beyond its capacity. That sums it up. Kauai’s straight-up appeal is the lack of development. A friend came over last fall and stated he would never be back. Crowds and traffic. It is up to the elected officials to stop development. They won’t. A change has to take place. It is with the local government.

David Cooper, Lihue

Voice concerns about various healthcare plans now

President Trump and the Republican Congress have promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is a huge questionwhether or not they will actually replace it with something that will provide insurance for most Americans. In 2009, Hawaiiestablished the Hawaii Health Authority to research how the state might provide a single-payer healthcare for all.

The state Legislature is now considering whether or not to fund the HHA in the annual budget (HB100). If you get your healthinsurance from the health exchange, there is an excellent chance that you will not be able to buy any comprehensive oraffordable health insurance in 2018.

If you are on Medicare, there is an excellent chance your benefits will be cut and/or your premiums will go up. If you are onMedicaid you should have even more incentive to take action.

When the Congressional Republicans fail us, the state government must step up. Call your state representatives today. Moreinformation can be found here: http://www.healthcareforall-hawaii.com. You can find your state representative and submittestimony here: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov.

John Zwiebel, Kalaheo

Electric cars are cleaner, better

As a visitor each year who drives through Kapaa in the stop-and-go traffic, it occurred to me that if more people on Kauaiwould buy and drive electric vehicles, the air here would be cleaner and islanders would save untold gallons of gasoline (andmoney). Drive electric; the planet will appreciate it!

Al Pugsley, Koloa

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