Letters for Tuesday, May 30, 2017

• Play Hawaiian music with pride • On bridges, bicycles and dangerous decisions • Please, clean up highway

Play Hawaiian music with pride

Why is there no Hawaiian music being played that people will listen to. All I ever hear is Jamaican music from the folks, have they lost or have no pride in Hawaii to not have their own music to be proud of, we are not Jamaica, let us be Hawaiian!

Come on folks, be proud and share the great Hawaiian music we have. No need to copy any other one, we are unique, let’s show it not imitate it.

Paul E DeRocle, Koloa

On bridges, bicycles and dangerous decisions

Puʻuʻopae Bridge Replacement:

“The project (in Wailua Homesteads) would replace Puʻuʻopae Bridge by implementing structural and safety improvements that retain the bridge’s original one-lane width, length and basic appearance. It would provide a safe bridge accommodating any legal weight of truck or bus, maximize safety for motor vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles, be practical to maintain, and preserve the bridge’s historic character.”

The preceding paragraph is copied from a May 23, 2017 environmental notice for the project.

Building a one-lane bridge is dangerous and asinine. It subjects the County of Kauai to unlimited liabilities because it does not comply with standard highway design. There are standards for bridges everywhere in this country. I would strongly recommend that the county start complying with national standards.

A shared traffic lane with bicycles is also asinine, as it is anywhere.

A standard width bridge with pedestrian sidewalks would make a lot more sense. Then share the sidewalks with bicycles. Bicycles sharing the sidewalk with pedestrians is a hell of a lot safer than vehicles sharing a lane with bicycles.

The “historic” significance of this old bridge is non-existent, except maybe in the minds of some of the older generation of Kauai. “Fond memories” does not make for “historic significance.”

Let’s avoid regrets down the road.

Let’s do the job correctly.

Let’s work on reducing liabilities. Not creating new ones.

My Dad always said, “Any job worth doing is worth doing well.”


Larry Arruda, Kapaa

Please, clean up highway

Our beautiful highway between Puhi and Lihue is getting to look rundown. It need new striping. The striping is worn out from heavy traffic. The medium is overgrown.

DOT, get these (mentioned above) fixed and trimmed. It is embarrassing when tourists have to view these things.

Some are calling us names such as “The Garbage Island.”

Howard Tolbe, Eleele


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