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TVR rate increase needed
To the three members who see the need for this additional revenue at “this time,” I thank you. We have had a much-discussed housing problem for a long time. When did we not need funds for affordable housing?
Mr. (Conty Council Chair Arryl) Kaneshiro found money to repave and widen Koloa Road, known locally as “Kaneshiro Highway,” to facilitate his commercial operation, but doesn’t see the need to facilitate affordable housing. Mr. Kaneshiro is not representative of the average person of Kaua‘i.
Lest I diverge, I urge the others to revisit our needs versus the needs of resident and absentee commercial business operators with TVRs (transient vacation rentals).
Cowden and DeCosta’s votes surprised me, as I thought they ran with affordable housing as an issue. Am I wrong? Politicians!
Rick Atwell, APRN, Kalaheo
Ban visitor rental cars on parts of the island
On Catalina Island, tourists aren’t allowed to drive a vehicle around the island.
Maybe here on Kaua‘i we could do the same in some locations, such as the North Shore. The tourists should be allowed only to be shuttled in, ride a bicycle, or walk/hike. South Shore could be the same. And, last, the Koke‘e/Waimea Canyon State Park. Tourists should be shuttled/bused up to the lookouts (Canyon, Pu‘uhinahina and Kalalau). If they decide to hike any of the trails in Koke‘e, they should catch a taxi to a drop-off/pickup point.
With what’s mentioned above, we can lessen vehicles on the roads/highways and lessen hazardous drives from tourists parking their vehicles on the side of the road near blind curves and narrow roads.
Kaua‘i is too small of an island to be having tourists clogging up our highways!
Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele
Howard, my man, that is a great idea. Take it farther, ban tourists from the entire island. Then you can starve along with the rest of the “locals”. Also, Howard how long since you were a rental car driving tourist. I assume you came to the north shore in a rented camry, not a dug out canoe from across the Pacific a millennium ago. You have no more right to public roads than any other person.
I like to rent a car on Oahu to do things sometimes. Traffic is even worse. Should Kauai residents be banned from renting on Oahu?
There are NO cars on Catalina Island. That includes the residents. Same as Mackinac Island in MI. So if you want to make that law then you better start sharpening up your biking skills. To do otherwise is discrimination.
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