Letters for Monday, March 13, 2017

• Kauai no longer for Kauai people • Tokioka was right about bill • Prayer luncheon a success

Kauai no longer for Kauai people

So the dairy has been delayed again. Why? To preserve the beauty of Mahaulepu? Poipu? Koloa? To “keep it how it is?” Well, here is the truth. Koloa/Poipu is not how it was and nor will ever be again. Majority of the people who live there are not local people. It is not those who where born and raised here.

Many of the homes you see being built there are not for the people who have created the unique culture that everyone from around the world fall in love with. So getting back to the dairy and the questions what do we want? For me, it’s an easy question.

I would rather see cows there then a resort, or a multimillion-dollar home for someone who will call it a ranch, to take advantage of the agriculture zoning or changing the zoning. Oh, I know many of you will respond that “Oh no, we won’t let that happen,” but it will.

Look at the Koloa bypass road. Look there, what do you see, not affordable homes for the local people of Kauai, but homes for the rich who care not that they are raising land prices to the point that the few local people who still live there can no longer afford the land tax nor the insurance for their homes.

So those of you who are fighting to save Mahaulepu, here is a cause which needs to be fought: “Save Kauai’s people.” Kauai for Kauai people!

Mae Lynn Rita, Kalaheo

Tokioka was right about bill

Some time ago, I wrote a letter to TGI criticizing Rep. Jimmy Tokioka for voting in committee for House Bill 1586, which would have taken money generated by the transient accommodations tax away from the counties. In retrospect, I think that I was too hard on Rep. Tokioka. According to him, he needed to vote that way in order to have the bill killed later on, which did happen. He was trying to do what was best for Kauai.

I should have railed against a system which would put an elected official in the position of needing to vote for a bill which he fundamentally opposes in order to see it fail further up the line.

My apology to Rep. Tokioka.

Linda Estes, Koloa

Prayer luncheon a success

I wanted to commend everyone who worked so hard to make the Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon such a great success and for the great article (TGI, March 5) that Bill Buley wrote.

In a time when there is such a landscape of failed father figures, abuse and abandonment, the messages that were shared were aimed right at the heart of the problems. Taking the wise words spoken at the luncheon to heart will most certainly bring healing to families. You guys did a great job covering the event in a positive, unbiased way.

Dr. Gregg Townsley, Lihue

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