Letters for Tuesday, April 18, 2017

• County missed opportunity to support women • Please, county, fix the parking lots • Too much development hurting Kauai

County missed opportunity to support women

On April 12 the Kauai County Council had a unique and timely opportunity to support the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Almost all countries in the world have ratified CEDAW — 187 out of 194 countries. The United States is one of seven countries which have refused to ratify CEDAW. Other cities and counties across the nation are moving toward the adoption and implementation of CEDAW as a means to ensure gender equity in all city and county services, policies, and procedures, and to institutionalize gender equity in new and innovative ways.

Last year, Honolulu County became the first county in the state to pass CEDAW legislation, and Hawaii County was the second to follow. Despite having a patchwork of various federal anti-discrimination laws, we are witnessing these laws being significantly curtailed and rolled back.

The current presidential administration just rescinded guidance from the Office of Civil Rights regarding Title IX. With the rescinding of Title IX guidance, we can expect that federal protections for women will be significantly weakened.

We shouldn’t squander an opportunity to take a bold step for women and girls locally. It is clear that we can and should be doing more to ensure the safety, economic self-sufficiency and equitable treatment of women and girls in Hawaii. When women thrive, families and communities thrive.

Cathy Betts, Honolulu

Please, county, fix the parking lots

The parking lots at the various beach venues on Hanalei Bay are in deplorable condition. We recently got high-centered afterdescending into a replica of a volcanic crater and were only saved by a nice chap with a big truck who could pull us off.

Of course, there was substantial damage to the under-carriage of the car. This was at Pines. Then it happened again two dayslater at Pavilions.

Come on, Kauai County — winter rains are over. Let’s fill the holes and grade the lots or, God forbid, let’s pave them and endthis nonsense.

John Erwin, Princeville

Too much development hurting Kauai

I have been coming to Poipu for 20 years and have always enjoyed the views offered while we stay at our timeshare, The Pointat Poipu. Now you allow us to look onto some rich peoples’ houses instead of seeing the beautiful ocean. What you do forprofit is disgusting. We don’t need additional development on this island. I really feel sorry for the locals and how they areconsistently losing the island they love.

Jim Martin, Long Beach, Calif.


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