Make cesspool conversion easier
The owner of a house where I previously rented an apartment received a letter about a code violation because my apartment had a kitchenette. Apparently, it’s having more than one food-prep area with a cesspool that’s a problem.
In my searches over the last three years for apartments on Kaua‘i, every single one had a kitchenette (AKA food-prep area). I find it hypocritical of the government, on one hand, to acknowledge the severe shortage of affordable-rental housing on Kaua‘i (the places I looked at had over 100 others also looking!), and then to say second living spaces may not have a kitchenette while turning a blind eye to all the apartments that do, but randomly fining a few.
Why pick on just them? All they have to do is visit apartments for rent and find that, surprise, they all have a food-prep area! The fines certainly would help balance the government’s finances, but not help people searching for a place to live one whit. Hmm, isn’t the purpose of a government to help its constituents?
Tell me, why is it all right for the second apartment with a cesspool to have a toilet? Doesn’t that cause more of a cesspool problem than a sink in the kitchen? But the owner is not fined for having a second or even third toilet. But we need to worry about the gray water from the kitchen?
If the government was really concerned about its people and their health it would make cesspool conversion easier or work on getting more water-treatment plants rather than sporadically fining people for having a food-prep area within a separate living space.
Ruta Jordans, Wailua Homesteads
Ax all government COVID restrictions now
The governor has said all COVID restrictions will be removed when we reach a 70% vaccination rate. We will never get there.
There are too many people in this state who have decided not to get vaccinated. It is obvious that the vaccination rate has stalled big-time. It’s taken a month to go up 2 percentage points. We haven’t even reached 60%, and 70% is nothing but a political pipe-dream.
So where does that leave us, both the vaccinated and unvaccinated? We are apparently destined to wear these darn masks and have our businesses prevented from fully opening up forever, or at least for months and months, unless Ige comes to his senses and does away with all restrictions.
I, for one, am frustrated that those of us who got vaccinated continue to have to have these restrictions because the government refused to recognize that a good percentage of folks will never agree to get vaccinated. Ige, let it go. Just do away with all restrictions now, and let those who chose to not get vaccinated take responsibility for their own safety instead of forcing the rest of us to coddle them so they don’t get sick. I’m positive most unvaccinated folks would agree with me.
They don’t want these continued restrictions any more than we do. If we have small clusters of the unvaccinated catching COVID at churches or restaurants, so be it. Everyone should be responsible for themselves and let’s get the government out of our lives as to these COVID restrictions. Other states have done it without significant issues. Let’s get back to normal and do away with all government restrictions NOW!
Jim Henry, Kalaheo