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Letters for Thursday, May 23, 2019

Time for action; improve roads

A big mahalo to TGI for taking a poll basically showing how many people would stop using their vehicle for a bus, bike or walking — the only other means of transportation on Kauai.

Thus, from the response it appears that about 80% of those polled said they will not give up their vehicle, whereas about 20% would use one of the other options — some with dream-world reservations like “they would have to pay me a lot of money” to do that.

And none of the other options will alleviate traffic, as years of these options have shown. We have spent $5 million per mile to build a bike/walking path (last I heard was that about six miles of the 24-mile proposed path has been finished. So where and when will the other $90 million or more come from??).

Can’t those in power see that the mass of the people (people like those who took this poll) will use their vehicles and stop using these bike lanes and buses as an excuse for wasting time and money? Make this island more vehicle-friendly or our roads will become one big parking lot!

People we elected promised to do something about our traffic. When is action going to start and talk stop?

Glenn Mickens, Kapaa

Scores indicative of local education

Out of 50 public schools in Hawaii, from Waipahu in Honolulu to Maui High School to Waimea High School on Kauai, the scores ranged from 8 to 60 in math. In reading, the scores ranged from 21 to 78, and in science, the scores ranged from 7 to 64, 64 being the highest.

Taking all figures into account, the median score for all high schools in math was 34. The median score for reading was 49. And the median score for science was 36. This was taken from Honolulu magazine’s April 2019 edition. Not taken into account was demographic location.

Meaning the scores from a community situated in a more complex, yet more determined to be community centered, rather than education centered, was not taken into account when analyzing grades in the public high schools in Hawaii.

Waimea High School scored 33 in math. Math was below the median score. Also, science was below the median score. And about 100 students are graduating from Waimea High School.

One A was given to University Lab School. One F was given to Molokai High School. The rest of the schools were in the middle. This is an overview of what the education system is like in their analysis of the academic achievements of the 50 public high schools in Hawaii.

Dean Sabado, Honolulu
Source: The Garden Island

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