Letters for Friday, June 18, 2021

Kealia roundabout atrocious

The new roundabout at Mailihuna Road in Kapa‘a is an absolute disaster.

The traffic backed up for miles in both directions today.

Traffic way into Kapa‘a and way up to the solar-power station.

How can anyone even think of making a roundabout on a highway?

Lionel Moore, Princeville

Bill cutting tobacco programs a bad idea

Governor Ige: Please veto tobacco legislation that will cost Hawai‘i lives and money

As a cancer survivor and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer, I’m deeply concerned that the Legislature eliminated our tobacco-prevention and cessation funding.

Tobacco use is responsible for nearly one-quarter of Hawai‘i’s cancer deaths. I am alive today because of investments in programs that were in place that helped me with early detection of the disease.

I oppose House Bill 1296 and ask Governor Ige to do the right thing now and veto it.

Not only is tobacco use the leading cause of preventable death, it also costs the state roughly $526 million in health-care costs each year. Taxpayers already face this enormous financial burden — and if this legislation becomes law, health-care costs will only increase, and more lives will be lost. As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, we should prioritize public health, especially respiratory health — not eliminate funding for proven tobacco-prevention programs.

For 20 years, this program has successfully decreased Hawai‘i’s youth and adult smoking rates, saving countless lives and more than $1 billion in health-care costs. Unfortunately, the current youth e-cigarette epidemic threatens much of this progress — and investing in tobacco-control efforts has never been more important.

Governor Ige, if you are serious about improving health outcomes in the state, please veto this legislation.

Uri Martos, Lihu‘e, State lead ambassador, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Condo sales article was ‘useless’

I’d like to respond to an article that ran in The Garden Island on June 16, 2021, “Condo prices skyrocket over five years.”

Really, who really gives a rat’s behind about the condos and how much money the Realtors are making? Only the Realtors, the rich and the very rich. And to think that the article was very long, but very meaningless, no value and very futile to the low-income, the needy and the homeless, and those wanting and needing help. This article only benefited the high-class Realtors. This is a useless article, I feel.

Why not talk and write something that would help and benefit those very unfortunate? Why not have the rich and the Realtors who are making all of those monies and donate some lands, monies or something to the poor?

Are these The Garden Island are important news? No one and nobody has ever done or spoken of what they can do for the poor. Just the for the rich ones.

I really don’t care whether the prices of condos are valued high. Do, write, and have those rich people, and you Realtors, give something to the poor.

Ray Domingo, Lihu‘e

  1. Will G June 18, 2021 1:35 am Reply

    Hey Lionel, atrocious? Have patience, quit whining, and wait till it’s done! It’ll give folks up the hill a fighting chance to get in on the action!
    Traffic is part of our reality now. Get used to it.

    1. nobody June 19, 2021 6:12 am Reply

      Traffic is part of our reality now. Get used to it.

  2. Mark June 18, 2021 3:45 am Reply

    Dear condo sales cry baby, grow up. In what reality do homeless people create wealth. How many terrible socialist pipe dreams are going to be enough for you? The article was about facts. Prices are on the rise. Get off moms couch and realize it’s not everybody else’s fault you hate everything you can’t have. So what if hard working people make money. They earned it . You liberals are so pathetic always the same bitch. Truth is you are a under achieving whimp.

    1. ikashibi June 19, 2021 8:58 am Reply

      re: Mark’s response to condo cry baby
      What an arrogant disgusting misinformed pile of political BS. Saying you will be a condo owner on Kauai if you work hard is ridiculous. And perhaps a little reflection on community quality of life and protection of the ‘Aina is in order for you Mark. You care for neither.

    2. RevW June 19, 2021 11:38 am Reply

      Mark – That’s not a Socialist or a Liberal complaint about the condo reality in Hawai’i. It’s the kind of tunnel vision, finger pointing, * opinion * that every single identifiable “group” on the planet indulges in. Usually with very very selective use of ‘facts’.

  3. debra kekaualua June 18, 2021 6:47 am Reply

    Thank You Ray Domingo. Narcissism vs Empaths, Evil vs good. This is EXactly the agenda that has taken over the world! One only has to listen to or see Real news media coverages to see all of the truths that are occurring, while most of the community are not “paying attention”. Let us Pray! Amene!

  4. RGLadder37 June 18, 2021 7:05 am Reply

    What is the survival rate if you got cancer from Tobacco? 1980s. Major league players. I am not from your line of thought. I just want to know. Hawai’i

  5. RGLadder37 June 18, 2021 7:12 am Reply

    Interesting point Ray Domingo. I am sure your county council are flunkouts and have no money and is not rich. Not to worry about them.

  6. nobody June 18, 2021 8:02 am Reply

    Roundabouts on major highways are common around the world, although challenging to those not used to the concept. The previous intersection there was a literal killer. Let’s give it a chance to see. Many people not following the rules of the road trying to be polite adding to traffic snarls. I bet we’ll see bad behavior at first at this new intersection.

  7. james June 18, 2021 8:09 am Reply

    Hey Ray, why do you feel people should give you money or land? Most likely, those folks worked hard, earned money and didn’t ask for hand-outs or wallow in self-pity. There are countless jobs available right now. This is a great opportunity for those with desire, to work hard, save money, and with proper budgeting and self-discipline, be able to afford their own condo. There are many government and private sector programs to help with the down payment and interest rates are still low. A young couple I know, born and raised here, worked hard, saved money, and just bought their first home all on their own. It is not beyond reach. Go for it instead of whining about what other people have or have done for themselves. Don’t play the poor victim. Go out and make it happen.

  8. Stu Pud June 18, 2021 9:29 am Reply

    The roundabout is a beautiful structure it’s only flaw is that its flow is often controlled by selfish drivers.

    The rule should be that every other two cars enter and pass through the roundabout.

    That means you should only have to wait for two cars to pass in front of you as you slowly merging to the circle. Sticking to this rule Will keep the traffic moving and that is what makes the traffic circle work.

    If someone violates this rule the car to the right that’s getting denied entry to the traffic circle should rudely honk their horn to let the other cars know there is a flagrant traffic circle violator.

    Shame alone could be what keeps the traffic circle moving smoothly. Mahalo

    as to tobacco and Vape in they should be immediately made against the law with strict punishment, it is a farce that society and medical disease care do not get together with legislation and eliminate those two poisons they kill way more than regular illegal street drugs every year and why is it tolerated except the silly notion of capitalism deserves to make money especially if you are a large corporation.

    And the nonsense including the silly programs to try to make people not start or to make people stop just plain old make it illegal and arrest people on site that is smoking or vaping. Make it illegal to sell it to anybody or to grow tobacco of any kind or manufacture vaping products or equipment.

    Allowing irresponsible elected officials government agencies and what have you to allow this literal cancer to plague our community and our youth.

    I wonder if they vote next election whether county or state with the responsible people vote down tobacco products and vaping and end this continual cycle of disease self-inflicted with the help of stupidity.

    1. Doug June 18, 2021 9:40 pm Reply

      That is NOT how a roundabout works, cars already in the roundabout have the right of way, period. Today that roundabout was running smoothly until someone within the circle stopped to let 3 cars in from Malihuna road and the entire roadway came to a complete halt. Had that driver merely continued on their way all 3 cars from Malihuna would have gone behind my car as there was a huge gap behind me. That is the way a roundabout is supposed to work.

  9. nothings free June 18, 2021 10:49 am Reply

    Ray – if you want to give something to the poor that’s at all meaningful and uplifting for their future, give them a JOB, which our Government can do by giving incentives to business to create more of them. If they’re mentally ill, give them medical care, if they’re handicapped, give them a minimum living support stipend. Unfortunately, since the liberals like you feel we just give them money at the expense of people who are working hard, paying taxes, and actually earning their money (like realtors etc), there is only one direction we can take? Your “Dear Socialism” fantasy world. Of course, that only makes everyone, outside of Government employees, equally poor. But of course everyone knows that connecting that dot may be beyond our liberal Democrat minion’s pay grade.

    1. Confused June 20, 2021 5:08 am Reply

      “If they’re mentally ill, give them medical care, if they’re handicapped, give them a minimum living support stipend.”

      For someone so adamantly against socialism, your solution is a socialist solution. Free health care? Universal basic income? These are the cornerstones of a socialist society. I don’t think that you understand what socialism is. I suspect you use “socialism” and “communism” interchangeably to whine about liberals from too much YouTube and Facebook posts while actually supporting socialist policies as you state above. Sorry to break it to you, but if advocate for free healthcare and a basic income, you are a socialist! Welcome to the club – now if you could only stop shooting yourself in the foot by recognizing this fact.

  10. therealhawaiian June 18, 2021 11:03 am Reply

    How can one whine and moan about a Round a Bout that isn’t in full operation, a portion of it’s main lane is blocked, construction is still going on, and everyone’s still confused about how to use it because driving over the apron of the inner courtyard is making everyone slow down? I used the Round a Bout more than most, at all hours of the day, and I’ve not seen one total stop of traffic for more than a few seconds, even at rush hour? At least the cars keep moving continuously, unlike at a traffic light. Would you rather have had a traffic light? You do that and the Kealia area would mirror the Wailua area with total stop and go cars backing up from the Coco Palms area all the way back to Safeway!

    1. MisterM June 19, 2021 3:25 pm Reply

      @therealhawaiian – Nothing better for traffic than roundabouts. Dummies in the US are unfamiliar but the rest of the world knows better. Sure, it will slow down traffic, because that’s what it’s supposed to do – to allow far-safer turns across a busy highway.

  11. YuCalJoe June 18, 2021 1:18 pm Reply

    Aloha, everyone! Have a great weekend!

  12. hwyengrkauai June 18, 2021 8:06 pm Reply

    Many years ago i had the privilege to drive our highways with a couple of Federal highway engineers, national experts, these guys were great. i made us stop at Kuhio and Mailihuna, as i had never felt safe traversing this intersection while living uphill at Keapana for many years. These 2 men agreed, Something needed to be done. AND HERE WE ARE PEOPLE! Safer for drivers and kids going to and from the beach! Slow down a little, save lives! More roundabouts are in the works, get used to them! Aloha ^

  13. Marie June 18, 2021 10:15 pm Reply

    When you are in the roundabout you move constantly through it. That is how roundabouts work. Coming up with any other ideas of what should or shouldn’t be done won’t work as it’s not a traffic law the rest of the county, state, nation or the world would have any idea of. Stopping to wait for a car to enter is just downright dangerous as it won’t be expected by anyone else.

  14. Jjjames June 19, 2021 10:34 am Reply

    Even a 3 way stop would work better than that huge waste of taxpayers money.

  15. Kaaona Kipuka June 19, 2021 7:14 pm Reply

    Mistah Domingo retired from Hawaii DOT Crash Fire & Rescue. So it’s his fault if he can’t budget his finances. Don’t make it societies problem.

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