Letters for Sunday, July 28, 2019

When did Hawaii outlaw turn signals?

I think I need to pay more attention to Hawaii state news.

I missed the passage of the new bill that the governor must have signed outlawing the use of turn signals. I have noticed, however, how many people are following the new law.

I guess I just missed out. The new law does tend to help you stay awake while driving, because you have to try to guess what every driver around is going to do next.

I’m still trying to get used to it, though. I find myself clicking the signal before I turn, just by force of habit. I hope I don’t get a ticket for that. It’s really amazing how most people are able to adapt to not using signals so quickly and so completely.

Maybe I’m just getting old.

Charles Herbert, Kilauea

Job well done road crews

I live in Hanalei and work in Princeville. I go up the hill five days a week and pass the road construction due to the Hanalei hill landslide. Overall, I’ve been REALLY pleased with the management of the roadwork taking place. Mostly there has been one lane open at a time for through traffic, even though I realize it is NOT easy to get work done while constantly juggling passing traffic. Also, I realize the county has to pay at least three extra people to monitor the flow of traffic and keep it safe and that it is a very tricky job.

Well, this last Friday I drove up Hanalei Hill at about 9 a.m. There was plenty of work going on, including managing one lane of traffic, laying guardrails on the lower slope of the road and doing some trimming of buffalo grass. I only had a ten minute wait.

When I returned in the late afternoon, I was extremely surprised to see that all of the road crews were gone for the first time since May and the project looked cleaned up and complete!

Now, after looking at the D.O.T. website, I see that more roadwork still is needed, and that it isn’t complete after all. However, I want to take this time to say “Mahalo nui loa” to the road crews, engineers, managers and county for working together to make this road passable, stabilized and safer. Cheers to an emergency management job well done!

Kimberly McLaughlin, Hanalei

Water pollution goes back for years

I read with a little exasperation, your July 17 commentary on the water pollution at West Kauai Beaches.

Whether it was your intent or not, it will persuade more crowding at unwelcome areas, and punish innocent businesses out west. You give the impression the ADC is solely responsible, and the problematic water management system has only recently been in effect. In fact, well before 2006 when you were Hawaii State Senate Majority Leader, and could of done something about it.

William Hartsell, Kekaha

  1. Citizen Cane July 28, 2019 2:35 am Reply

    Totally agree that too many Kauai drivers expect the rest of us to read their minds, and have decided to just skip that cumbersome “nuisance” of signalling their turns. It’s like, “Hey, I know where I’M going, buddy!” (They say a law unenforced is no longer a law. Thanks, KPD.) To that you can add folks that think if there’s a blockage in their own lane, like a pedestrian or bicycle, they can just cross over into yours—even if it’s double yellow. Do I need to say that you need to slow down and wait till your lane is clear? Well yeah, I must.

  2. ruthann jones July 28, 2019 4:09 am Reply

    It seems California has joined Hawaii in the new law of forbidding turn signals! Pretty terrifying.

  3. kauaiboy July 28, 2019 6:41 am Reply

    Re: Mr. Hartswell and his letter about the pollution of westside waters by the Agribusiness Development Corporation, I am wondering if some of these noxious chemicals have affected Mr. Hartswell’s ability to communicate about the issue.

    What can he possibly mean when commenting that bringing this pollution to the attention of the public “will persuade more crowding at unwelcome areas”? That more people will choose to bathe at Poipu instead of at Kekaha?

    Then he accuses Gary Hooser of giving the impression the ADC is solely responsible for the pollution, without giving any information about who, or what, amy share in that responsibility.

    Finally, he castigates Hoser for not bringing this to the attention of the State Senate and the public 13 years ago when he sat as the State Senate Majority Leader. Does he not consider that this information is only now coming more clearly to light?

    I quote from Hooser’s commentary: “United States District Court Judge Derrick K Watson on July 9th, 2019 ruled that the ADC is polluting the waters off of west Kauai and doing so without a permit required by the federal Clean Water Act.” A Federal judge made a damning determination about this issue less than 3 weeks ago!

    Quit looking the other way in an attempt to protect westside businesses, and get involved in fighting the ill-advised Agribusiness Development Corporation. Please tell those clowns that the future of westside agriculture is in hemp production. Lots of it. It will help remediate the soils of the westside and provide tons of added-value employment for future generations on Kauai.

    As Hooser suggested, please read the court decision yourself: bit.ly/2SjsyFy

  4. rk669 July 28, 2019 7:17 am Reply

    Ainokea! I do what I like do! Lawless local style driving,welcome to the Ghetto! Locals want respect without giving any themselves! It’s the socialist way!

  5. Ka'aona Kipuka July 30, 2019 12:09 pm Reply

    @rk669 last time i checked the airport was fully operational… feel free to take mistah herbert with you too…ALOHA!!!

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