Letters for Thursday, May 23, 2019

Time for action; improve roads

A big mahalo to TGI for taking a poll basically showing how many people would stop using their vehicle for a bus, bike or walking — the only other means of transportation on Kauai.

Thus, from the response it appears that about 80% of those polled said they will not give up their vehicle, whereas about 20% would use one of the other options — some with dream-world reservations like “they would have to pay me a lot of money” to do that.

And none of the other options will alleviate traffic, as years of these options have shown. We have spent $5 million per mile to build a bike/walking path (last I heard was that about six miles of the 24-mile proposed path has been finished. So where and when will the other $90 million or more come from??).

Can’t those in power see that the mass of the people (people like those who took this poll) will use their vehicles and stop using these bike lanes and buses as an excuse for wasting time and money? Make this island more vehicle-friendly or our roads will become one big parking lot!

People we elected promised to do something about our traffic. When is action going to start and talk stop?

Glenn Mickens, Kapaa

Scores indicative of local education

Out of 50 public schools in Hawaii, from Waipahu in Honolulu to Maui High School to Waimea High School on Kauai, the scores ranged from 8 to 60 in math. In reading, the scores ranged from 21 to 78, and in science, the scores ranged from 7 to 64, 64 being the highest.

Taking all figures into account, the median score for all high schools in math was 34. The median score for reading was 49. And the median score for science was 36. This was taken from Honolulu magazine’s April 2019 edition. Not taken into account was demographic location.

Meaning the scores from a community situated in a more complex, yet more determined to be community centered, rather than education centered, was not taken into account when analyzing grades in the public high schools in Hawaii.

Waimea High School scored 33 in math. Math was below the median score. Also, science was below the median score. And about 100 students are graduating from Waimea High School.

One A was given to University Lab School. One F was given to Molokai High School. The rest of the schools were in the middle. This is an overview of what the education system is like in their analysis of the academic achievements of the 50 public high schools in Hawaii.

Dean Sabado, Honolulu

  1. Craig Millett May 23, 2019 7:27 am Reply

    Glenn Mickens,
    If we paid the true cost including cost of climate change and other environmental damage then gasoline would cost somewhere in the range of $25-$30 per gallon. Perhaps that might change your tune.

  2. Charlie Chimknee May 23, 2019 7:45 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou…and the Evaluators themselves scored ZERO when it comes to educational scores in the area of Human Health, the study of each students’ own body…the very vehicle which carries them through Life.

    The study of Anatomy (all the body parts as in cells, tissues, and organs), Human Function (physiology) of all of those parts, the study of different Human Cells (histology), and the promotion of Health (sun, water, air, rest, exercise, live fresh all natural chemical-and-poison-free food, sanitation, quality mental health, living free of alcohol, tobacco, and all drugs legal, illegal,or prescription; prescription drug use means you have a disease or injury and we are talking about prevention and avoidance through education).

    Thus the Study of the Causes of Disease, the Prevention and Avoidance of disease and their many causes. Family and friend values, respect of all people and things. Tolerance of difference; as in religions, relationships, and politics.

    These and other topics should be an important part of 12 years of study 5 days of week at 6 hours a day and about 9 months a year…or about 12,000 hours of schooling up to high school graduation…before going onto college.

    Maybe concentration on subjects more important to life than advanced math and irrelevant sciences is a better way to bring our children up into adulthood and their guidance of the next generation.

    After all we are not preparing all of the youth of Kaua’i for a life in New York City or Hong Kong, but we should prepare them for a high quality of life on a beautiful island in small towns filled with Family and Friends and access to locally grown live fresh natural foods untouched by the poisons of modern science and the people being plagued with the cancers, heart and stroke diseases, obesity and diabetes followed up by elderly dementia and Alzheimer’s.

    Education from keiki years should be to get a Quality of Life Education, and leave anything else to secondary importance.

    Back to human basics and respecting Nature wins the day in every day of a life with longevity and health.

    Mahalo, thanks for reading,


  3. James Kuroiwa, Jr. May 23, 2019 10:59 am Reply

    What can the “Community” do to improve Public Education? The Law was established in 2004 under Act 51, mandating each school and each Complex to organize, develop and adopt by-laws, elect officers and approve their individual financial and academic plan. Each elementary, middle/intermediate, and high school must meet to discuss and establish their Complex organization, by-laws, and their financial and academic plan. And, I would suggest sharing information and ideas with the Honolulu U.H. Lab School, for they are doing most things right for the students.

  4. ruthann jones May 23, 2019 5:15 pm Reply

    Right on, Charlie.
    Thank you.

  5. Charlie Chimknee May 23, 2019 6:35 pm Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    Cars don’t cause traffic problems…Comouters that can’t control stop signals do.

    Add to that the failure to put (police) boots on the ground linked by their island wide walkie talkies to push 100 cars at a time through the intersections so that they form a non stop 100 vehicle train that freely moves from north Kapa’a to the Rice st. “T” intersection in LIHUE.

    Though it seems the traffic has been temporarily fixed by the situation with the tourist attraction of the North Shore being a slow jam for the time being waiting on further collapse of island wide tourism until hopefully when the northern road is fixed.

    Rumors are: new landowners above the Hanalei road down to the Hanalei Bridge, graded the summit above the road and caused the collapse of the hill above the now 1 lane closed road. Any truth to that?

    Massive cities around the world use policeman on the ground to direct traffic so that it keeps moving in a manner satisfactorily to the majority of people.

    Are the Kaua’i Police above directing traffic? If so bring out the Boy and Girl Scouts with loud safety clothing and big flags…Green and Red..


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