Letters for Tuesday, June 23, 2020

What about opening our State libraries?

Yah …. OK to open the Hawaii bars and restaurants! We live in Princeville and my “compromised-wife” has needed to check out audible books or large-print books. Didn’t do any good to contact Tulsi Gabbard. Thought she could nudge our Governor into action. The State libraries could require gloves to be disposed upon leaving, as well as masks. Any large-print books or audible CD’s wouldn’t be contaminated. She’s not contaminated.

Mahalo nui,

Alan Faye, Princeville

Kaua‘i should elect by district

I have been beating the drum for electing council members by districts for many years so it is nice to see Gary Hoosier finally come around. Also, it is interesting to note that the issue came before the Charter Commission several years ago and was defeated by one vote which was cast by the chairperson of the Commission at that time. Check him out!

The present system is a disgrace in my opinion. The biggest problem is that if you disagree with a council member on an issue or personal behavior ( Arthur Brun for example), there is no way to run someone against that particular member. A person has to run against the whole Council, not just the person you want to defeat.

Any kind of districting would be better than the system that is now in existence.

Linda Estes, Koloa

  1. ruthann jones June 23, 2020 7:15 am Reply

    Alan…consider gifting your wife with a Kindle.

  2. Richard S June 23, 2020 7:40 am Reply

    Districting failed in 1982, 1996 and 2006 and I believe that the community is somewhat divided in the middle. The deciding vote is the blank vote. In 38 years it failed 3 times. Why? Was it the particular wording? Was it those to creating districts? Who knows? Nobody really bothered to investigate the reasons why.

    I agree it would be nice to have an instrument to ‘vote the bum[s] out of office.

    On the other hand the charter is over 50 years old, served us well, but is it not now the time to replace ‘Tin Lizzy’ with something modern?

  3. Kauaidoug June 23, 2020 8:35 am Reply

    Vote by district!

  4. Raley Peterson June 23, 2020 11:05 am Reply

    Hawaii libraries have been open for some time. Go to their website.

  5. Diane Torkelson June 23, 2020 12:49 pm Reply

    Regarding the use of our public library system. It is now possible to ‘order’ any book you want online and placing it on hold. Your preferred library will then inform you when they have the book ready for you to pick up. At that time, choose a ten -minute time slot and date when you want to do your pick-up. Therefore, your wife can access the library for what she needs. The restriction is that she won’t be able to go into the library to browse the shelves. This is my current understanding of how the library is serving its customers. I have used the above method and it works well.

  6. Katherine Bengston June 23, 2020 4:33 pm Reply

    Aloha e Mr. Faye,

    I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t been informed of HSPLS’s current library services! Although our buildings remain closed, we’re currently offering Library Take Out (holds pick-up and walk-up reference) and Computer Time at the Library.

    I understand from your letter that your wife prefers large print and audio resources. We’re happy to suggest some Large Print titles and audiobooks based on her reading preferences. HSPLS has a wide array of resources your wife may be interested in. Please give us a call at 808-826-4310 and ask for the branch manager. Our hours are listed below.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    With aloha,

    Katherine Bengston
    Branch Manager
    Princeville Public Library – 4343 Emmalani Dr. – Princeville, HI 96722
    Monday-Friday 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. / 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

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