Voters need to be informed
Thank you TGI for keeping us up to date on the Arthur Brun story.
It is still hard to fathom how an alleged criminal can be elected to serve on our County Council. I wish I had known before casting my ballot.
To this end, I would encourage the candidates on the upcoming slate to share publicly all of their prior arrest records and any on-going investigations.
Perhaps the TGI could help to inform the voters in this endeavor?
TGI prints the arrest logs, so maybe we all just need to be reminded of some happenings in the last 10 years or so?
Mahalo in advance.
Olaf Hoeckmann-Percival, Waimea
Pandemic of speeding was here way before COVID-19
We have another pandemic here on Kaua‘i, and it preceded COVID by many years. That pandemic is speeding.
I have been working for the U.S. Census, and everywhere I go on this beautiful island I see signs that say things like “Drive Like Your Kids Live Here,” “SLOW DOWN,” “Try Slow,” “This is a Neighborhood, not a racetrack!” Signs are posted emphasizing 25 mph, and in many other ways to try to get people to obey the speed limits.
I would imagine that a very large proportion of the accidents here are caused by excess speed. People die in those accidents, pedestrians die.
I live on Kamalu Road, which is used as an alternative to the bypass because it connects the circle on ‘Olohena to Kuamo‘o Road (thus eliminating the wait to merge from the bypass as well as the light in Wailua). The posted speed limit is 25. The average speed is 45, with some exceeding 75 or more.
We have a trailhead here for Nounou. There is no crosswalk for the trailhead, as there is on Kuamo’o, so pedestrians take their chances with the speeders. I walk to that trail every day with my dog. I am a senior citizen and cannot walk easily, so I walk on the road, because there are no sidewalks and the sides of the road are frequently muddy and filled with water. Drivers sometimes slow down as they pass. Many do not, and some seem to not see me and drive directly toward me.
Yesterday, I was coming from the Westside and someone attempted to pass me on the right on one of the double-lane areas. This made absolutely no sense since there was a line of vehicles in front of me all doing the same speed as I. But speeding makes no sense anywhere on the island. Someone passes you at an extreme rate of speed and you are right behind that car at the next light.
I realize that the police are working hard with the problems of COVID, and I thank them for that.
I am asking that Mayor Kawakami and Chief Raybuck get to work on the other pandemic, and save lives that way as well.
Donna Gould Carsten, Kapa‘a