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Letters for Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Maybe time to rethink election process

Gary Hooser is to be commended for his concern over the number of women on the Kaua‘i County Council.

It is interesting to note that all of his examples of political bodies which have elected higher percentages of women — state Senate, state House of Representatives, county councils on all of the other islands — have one thing in common: They elect their officials by districts! What does that tell the citizens of Kaua‘i?

Linda Estes, Koloa

Contraflow could use some revisions

Has anyone looked at shortening up the contraflow hours?

For one thing, we aren’t yet at full visitor load, with about 70% of the pre-COVID travelers. Plus, we have a severe shortage of rental cars, yet the backup coming into Kapa‘a in the late morning now exceeds reasonable delays with non-moving gridlock.

Possibly the cones could be picked up earlier to facilitate better flow. I shudder to think what the situation will look like when the visitor counts rise further and more rental cars than now are on the road. What a mess the Eastside traffic nightmare is on our tiny road due to Kaua‘i’s serious lack of planning and past approval of large construction projects.

Fortunately, the HoKua Place project of 769 residents will not be built and will not be adding further to this problem.

Paulo Tambolo, Wailua Homesteads
Source: The Garden Island

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