Letters for Tuesday, August 29, 2017

• Thank you to our Kauai ohana • Path proving to be too costly

Thank you to our Kauai ohana

At the point of disbelief and confusion, our Kauai ohana came from all points of Kauai — from adults to young children. You worked to collect HI-5 recyclables, through your love and concern for others, you gave all your Hi-5 recycles to help the need of others.

You came to our church with smiles dropping your HI-5. We had phone calls asking if someone could come to their house to pick them up. Cards were mailed to our church. I remember the words you said: “Don’t take the presents away from the children,” and “Give the children their Christmas.” Most of all, I heard and read letters saying you “want to HELP the youth to make it happen.”

To Kauai, my heart was filled with much joy and I was overwhelmed. My body felt warm and my smiles wanted to cry with joy. How amazing it felt.

What just happened, turned into what we hold, Kauai, the meaning of love, joy, hope, faith.

You were called to bless children.

Our youth group continues to accept HI-5 recycle donations. They can be dropped off at the church office, 4340 Nawiliwili Road, Lihue, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We continue to raise money for the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoe Box ministry to make sure children in need around the world receive Christmas gifts.

Mahalo one and all.

Lihue United Church youth coordinators

Path proving to be too costly

Our multi-use path is front and center again with TGI story (Aug. 20), “They should’ve left the place alone.”

Both Rupert Rowe and Puanani Rogers accurately voiced their opinions that this path has no business of going through areaswhere burial sites are discovered.

From the get-go, this path was touted as an alternate transportation route for biking and walking to take vehicles off ourcrowded roads.

Those who have pushed for this path have said how it will alleviate traffic knowing good and well that this path to nowherewill never have anything except recreational people on it. True bikers will never use it for fear of hurting people walking dogsand kids on tricycles and thus it will never be a true transportation path.

The last progress report on the building of this path from Parks and Recreation director, Lenny Rapozo showed that from thestart of the path in 2002 to June of 2012, 6.8 miles of the 23.8 miles had been completed at a cost of $34,298,502 or$5,127,600 per mile!

In fact, the less than a mile segment of the path through the Wailua corridor cost $1.9 million or at a mile rate of $15 million.The “engineers” will tell you that the escalated cost for this segment was due to “removable” slabs of cement 8’ by 10’weighing 15,000 pounds needing to be placed there to protect the path — what machine and people will be there to take itout in case of a disaster, flooding or a hurricane?

On Oct 18, 2007, TGI ran an article saying that “Council approves path audit” by a 4 to 3 vote. Councilman Rapozo wiselypushed to have this audit done by state auditor, Marion Higa but she had the super ferry debacle to contend with at the timeand the audit was never done.

So here we are today with about eight miles of the path completed (in 15 years!) with two-thirds more to finish-— 30 years ormore even with funds being available and that is not likely to happen. We need this audit today as badly as we needed it in2007 to let the people know where their tax dollars are going as well as so many other unanswered questions like thoseasked by Rupert and Punani.

Whether you like or dislike this path I hope that common sense will tell every taxpayer to find out why this extremely lowpriority project is being pushed with so many other important issues facing us.

Glenn Mickens, Kapaa

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