Letters for Sunday, March 26, 2017

• County’s public transportation services are inefficient • There are ways to control rat population other than poison

County’s public transportation services are inefficient

For any of you who have used alternate transportation such as Uber or Lyft, it has become the most efficient way to move people from one destination to another. Millions of tourists depend on its fast, efficient services.

Through its transportation providers, it offers a complete line of any vehicle needed for any situation desired by the consumer. To have this service would bring an end to the county-subsidized bus system that forces taxpayers to cover the costs of an inefficient system that many to none use themselves.

The high costs of government subsidized transportation as well as the red tape involved is proof to show we can provide a better more efficient service for all people through the private sector and it will also provide many jobs with related businesses which would surround such services.

The new transportation services would also get more car rentals off our roads daily and the $8-10 million subsidizing money for the county bus system can then be used to help provide maintenance and the necessary tools for creating better ways of moving traffic and creating a more efficient way to help those in need of special handicap transportation.

We have had many people elected to positions who think government is the solution to our needs, but the track record shows many so-called solutions to our needs are inefficient and are pushed down our throats at obviously any costs to burden our citizens wallets.

Thank you for my input here.

Steve Martin, Kapaa

There are ways to control rat population other than poison

Just a thought about the rat overpopulation on Lehua. There’s a company called Senes Tech that has had great success with rat birth control. Yes, it turns out that most rats live an average of eight to 12 months and with their environmentally neutral rat birth control, they will not reproduce and naturally die off.

While I realize most people don’t have much affection for rats, they suffer horribly from typical rodenticides.

I’m not sure what other methods have been investigated, but something that is not going to harm other animals, mammals, fish and birds and the surrounding ocean and land environment would certainly be worth a try.

Delpha Menor, Kapaa

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