Backs council incumbents
We watch the County Council meetings on television all the time. The five councilmembers who are eligible to return are all very good. We urge all Kauaians to vote for them.
Those five are Mason Chock, Felicia Cowden, Luke Evslin, Arryl Kaneshiro and KipuKai Kuali‘i.
Sadhu Nadesan, Wailua Homesteads
Address tourism before ‘gate opens’
Now is the time to start addressing tourism before the gate opens up. I know that the lack of tourists has been a good thing…uncrowded roads and beaches. Great to see local ‘ohana coming out and enjoying. It is very apparent how much tourism takes. It is also true how much they contribute in jobs and service industries.
Before “the return,” our lawmakers should consider how to really make tourism contribute and pay for our much-overused infrastructure. How large does this industry need to get before “the traffic snake” chokes us? What about the environmental impacts? I don’t believe the tourist industry can produce an acceptable EIS (environmental impact statement).
To our lawmakers: Increase tourist accommodation taxes to help with the tourist industry’s use of our roads, beaches, parks, etc. This is a touchy subject because the tourist industry “butters a lot of bread.” I myself was raised by a father who worked as an electrician for Sheraton.
Big problem, or just look the other way? There are a lot of people out there thinking the same thing, but feel nothing can be done. Please try.
Woody Conant, Kapa‘a