Letter for Thursday, July 5, 2018

We must learn more about the candidates

I just finished reading Ka’aona Kipuka’s letter and I felt the need to agree and expand on the subject.

That subject being the current group of candidates for Kauai County council as well as Kauai’s mayor. While I am sure the majority are fine people who have the best interests of our island at heart, but how do we know which ones agree with what we think is best? I have always heard that the best way to find out about a person is to talk to them. So far, I, or as far as I know anyone, has had the experience of any candidate canvassing or going door to door, or having a town hall, or a public forum of any kind.

It is not a fact that the candidates who have the most sign wavers will do the best for us once in office. It might be fun, but it doesn’t tell you about the candidate.

I want to hear from Lenny Rapozo about the conditions of our county parks. I want to know why Milo Spindt doesn’t have the time to introduce himself to a constituent. I want to know why Derek Kawakami has come out in favor of the proposed disastrous dairy in Mahale’upu. I want o know why Roy Saito has the poor judgment to display a Trump/Pence sign in his establishment. I do know that when Joann Yukimura was called out on her handling of the Hurricane Iniki aftermath by her critics, she was quick to respond in this newspaper with her reasons for her actions, and reminded us of the letter from the military leader charged with the federal response defending and applauding her actions.

In my opinion these are all important issues, and they will not be addressed by waving a sign.

Happy Independence Day everyone.

Allan B White, Hanapepe

  1. Jake July 5, 2018 6:13 am Reply

    It’s just a broken, old, outdated system that gets the most popular elected, which means the “best and the brightest” are not leading the County to provide leadership, progress, and critical thinking.

    Keep electing professional politicians, former athletic standouts, old family money, plantation ties, and one former felon. Is it any wonder why Government is a joke?

  2. james July 5, 2018 7:40 am Reply

    Good letter! I also want to know why Kagawa felt it necessary to try and eliminate term limits, after voters had already decided they wanted term limits for council members. I also want to know why all other council members voted with Kagawa except Councilmembers Mason Chock and JoAnn Yukimura, who voted against the resolution. Those who voted in favor of disregarding the wishes of the voters must really want to stay in power, most likely for their own benefit. What other logical conclusion can one draw?

    1. Lucky We Live Kaua’i July 5, 2018 10:12 pm Reply

      Kagawa had to put the resolution up because he will term out in two years. It was very self serving. The other Council members that voted for it did because the “Boys” stick together.

  3. LMat July 5, 2018 12:26 pm Reply

    James, the Council voted on whether or not to include the term limits question on the voter’s ballot, not whether or not they would actually be discontinuing the term limits. So the vote passed and the question will appear on the ballot. YOU still get to decide if the county should keep term limits. SO BE SURE TO GO VOTE!!!

  4. Lucky We Live Kaua’i July 5, 2018 9:58 pm Reply

    It is important to know what goes on behind the scenes. Derek Kawakami try to put forward a resolution to raise the height limit on Rice Street only. It never made it to the Council floor and so it was never made public. Now Arthur Brun is putting forward a new zoning change just for Rice Street where Derek owns multiple properties to increase density. The resolution creates new zoning for increased density from R-20 to a new R-40. Should make Derek lots of $$$. It is on the agenda for County Council July 11th.

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