How can we trust the candidates?
About 10 days ago our newspaper TGI had a front-page article about Lenny Rapozo’s decision to run for the office of mayor of Kauai at the next election. He has been known to run the Department of Parks and Recreation for many years. This made us think about the track records of the candidates in general.
When we have to choose who gets our votes, our decision should not be based on the frequency we see the candidates waving signs on the roadside nor on their campaign promises, but on the quality of service they have provided for the county in their current office. Why? Because the question comes up if one has failed frequently in the task his or her office was entrusted with, how can we trust his or her ability to handle the bigger task that he or she is campaigning for?
This should apply not only to the mayoral, but to all candidates. When it is hard to decide, the letters about the successes and problems published in TGI will give you a good guidance for your decision, for example the many letters about the dismal state of our county parks.
I am connecting this to another editorial published last week by TGI in which Mr. Gary Hooser gave the candidates several pieces of advice, which are good, but he forgot the main ingredient: the good track records.
I am sorry, but without that it is like baking a bread without flour. So, we’d better watch out at election time.
Kealii Kanahele, Kekaha
Many slip through cracks in island’s medical care
I read the letter to the editor from James “Kimo” Rosen about El Aina at the bus stop. I am concerned. I spent time talking withher. She was very bright. We talked about different things. I noticed her feet and asked her about that. She said the doctors atWilcox could find nothing wrong with her and she was released back to Kapaa.
She said walking is difficult and she feels safer at the bus stop because there’s more traffic. I have a concern. There’s adisease transmitted by mosquitoes called elephantiasis, which can cause swelling of the feet in early stages not unlike what ElAina exhibits. There’s also something called lymphedema which apparently is related to breast cancer.
Now I am not a doctor, but there’s definitely a problem. She said it came on since she’s been here in the islands.
On an unrelated topic, doctors in Kauai are very hard to come by. For example, I have Type 1 diabetes and there is noendocrinologist permanently here on Kauai. We diabetics have to depend on an endocrinologist who comes once a week tothe island, but one must set up appointments far in advance to see her.
From talking with doctors on the island, Type 2 diabetes is extremely prevalent here. Endocrinologists should be on all of theislands and especially on Kauai for the local population of 60,000-plus people.
El Aina appears to have slipped through the cracks here on our Garden Isle. How many others are slipping through the crackswith her?
Robert Dixon, Kapaa