Keep road closed, priorities straight
So interesting that we of the North Shore were told that the one-lane bridges, historical treasures, had to be updated and redesigned (at the objection of all that attended the public meetings on the subject), so that they could withstand the weight of the heavy equipment needed to repair the roadways damaged in the flood. Now the road is deemed finished and the bridges are not!
We were also told by DOT that the federal government required that the road be finished and opened by May 1. Referenced in a statement from Sen. Hirono’s office, no such requirement was ever in place.
The road is opening before being totally complete (are not the bridges part of the road?), to placate the complaining tourists and vacation rentals and the councilmembers who support them (they shall never get my vote again).
When will our politicians and those in other powerful positions in government learn that the almighty tourist dollar is not the most important thing in our islands. The safety and welfare of our people, the sacred beauty of the aina should be number one.
Didn’t we just read that suicides and attempted suicides in high schools here on Kauai were beyond anything we imagined? And the primary reason given by these kids? The hopelessness for their future as they felt everything was geared for tourism, nothing for their futures, their hopes and dreams, their success.
Regina Mears, Hanalei
Let’s aim high to save lives
I read with great interest (The Garden Island, April 22) about the Hawaii Tourism Authority and DLNR collaborating to produce and distribute, at considerable expense, a series of 30-second videos on topics having to do with taking care of endangered Hawaiian species (such as ohia trees), as well as with promoting safety awareness — including water safety awareness.
The idea is that these videos will be shown on incoming Hawaiian Airlines flights, and hopefully this will spread to other carriers.
Such airline videos are a pipe dream that has been held by many for a long time.
Will this initiative finally be the solution for these areas that desperately need any and all attention that can be mustered?
Do all incoming visitors watch airline videos?
Do all airlines even show videos, in this era when many passengers use their own laptops for their in-flight entertainment?
Well, the answers are no across these three questions.
But that said, I believe in the metaphor of having arrows in a quiver. This effort is certainly one such arrow, and you never know when one or another of your arrows might hit a bull’s-eye with someone and might change the course of a family’s life and a species’ future.
Many thanks to HTA and DLNR for this great initiative.
Monty Downs, M.D., President, Kauai Lifeguard Association