Letters for Saturday, July 15, 2017

• Maluhia Road closings hard on Omao Road residents • Mahalo for Geyer’s words

Maluhia Road closings hard on Omao Road residents

Last Saturday the “Tree Tunnel” road was closed once again for cleaning, and traffic was detoured to Omao Road and Koloa Road. As a resident of Omao, I wish to protest the designation of Omao Road as a detour for Maluhia Road. Koloa Road should be the only designated detour. It is a major, numbered route and has a proper traffic signal and turn lane at Kaumualii Highway.

Omao Road is a residential road with children playing and people walking dogs. There are no turn lanes nor traffic signals at either end of Omao Road, and using it as a detour causes a severe back-up of traffic at both ends.

In addition, the frustrated drivers exceed the speed limit and endanger everyone. A person on a bicycle was actually knocked off his bike on Omao Road last Saturday.

Omao Road residents are practically prisoners from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during these closures! Please give us a break during future clean-ups.

Edie Moe, Koloa

Mahalo for Geyer’s words

Once again I would like to thank the editors for an excellent Forum page (TGI, July 12). One of the clearest, soundest voicesappearing frequently on this page, along with Gary Hooser and Gene Lyons, is Georgie Ann Geyer.

She writes simply, surely and well. And her words, and theirs, reach out and speak to those of us who love our country (andKauai) and have grave concern for its leadership. The answer to her wonderful question as to whether “‘The Donald’ is anaberration in American politics — or whether he is us,” is one I look forward to reading. My answer would be, “He is many ofus, but he is not all of us.”

That she sees Donald and Putin with fresh new eyes “crouched over ominously with their arms hanging loose, as though theywere going to pounce,” is delightful and frightening. She is a writer’s writer and the voice of the reasoning mind.

Bettejo Dux, Kalaheo

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