Think before you speak
Prettier, more articulate, but still Hawaii’s own Sarah Palin.
I, too, was raised in a conservative, Christian household that subscribed to the same “values” as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. They shared the same views on the LGBTQ community (and also thought that MLK was a “rabble-rouser stirring up the blacks”). The difference is that I could do my own critical thinking at an earlier age — like 12. Just saying.
Gayla McCarthy, Waimea
Bicylists face dangerous situations on the road
I have been a mountain and road bicyclist on Kauai for nearly 25 years. Most everyone knows that the sides of the roadways are, for the most part, overgrown with grass, shrubs and, in certain areas, noxious, invasive “cat’s claw.”
The state and county cannot keep up with the maintenance to keep Kauai’s roads clean and safe for those who commute and exercise along them. Add to this the traffic congestion, along with a disregard for pedestrians’ and bicyclists’ “right of way,” and you create an extremely dangerous condition. It can also involve litigation, which will cost government and individuals large sums of money.
Most people show aloha to us, but it only takes one vehicle to kill a bicyclist or pedestrian. I personally have been hit by a Kauai Bus (yes, I filed a KPD report, and complaint at DOT, with no effect), and several close calls by individuals who challenged my right to access Kauai’s roads.
I contacted KPD again this week, and they verified bicyclist ( and pedestrian) rights on Kauai’s roadways, so long as the individual bike rider has the proper lights, license, goes with the flow, and stays to the right edge of the road.
The bike path is a limited good, safe place to bike and walk (and that is even getting very busy with tourists walking and riding rental bikes). I use it whenever I can. We need to expand our bike path.
Motorists need to be reminded/educated about bicyclist and pedestrian rights of way on our roadways.
Mahalo to those who already do so.
Sherwood Conant, Kapaa