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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 12:00 am

Congested Kaua‘i

Imagine an endless line of cars with nowhere to go. Kaua‘i may soon come to this reality. Every year there are thousands of people coming of age to drive, not to mention the many new people who move here every year, translating to even more traffic congestion.

The cosmic island of Kaua‘i is only 33 miles long and 25 miles wide.

The major thoroughfare which nearly runs around the whole island is called a highway, although it looks nothing like a highway, more like a country road with speed limits posted in most areas at only 25 mph.

There are more than one million registered motor vehicles in the state of Hawai‘i, that’s more than one vehicle for every man woman and child.

Every day car dealerships sell more and more vehicles, and car rental agencies frequently sell out of inventory to our visitors. When will it end, where will all these vehicles go, after all we are are only an island?

There is no state in the United States with fewer lane miles than Hawai‘i, with Kaua‘i ranking last place in miles of road among the four major Hawaiian islands.

Electric cars will not solve this dilemma of too little space. Walking, biking, the bus and more roads is a step in the right direction to alleviate bumper to bumper traffic and road rage.

With approximately 235 miles of paved roadways on Kaua‘i, there will soon be no place to drive, just motor vehicles at a standstill from one end of the island to the other.

Please remember to wave at me as I pass you on my bicycle.

James “Kimo” Rosen


Senator wishes not fulfilled

It is a sad day as Gov. Abercrombie did not follow Sen. Inouye’s wishes to replace him with Colleen Hanabusa. For all what the senator did for Hawai‘i was like nothing as the governor did not follow his wishes.

We will all remember the governor next time he runs for governor, also we will follow Senator Inouye’s wishes and vote for Colleen Hanabusa if she chooses to run for senator’s seat.  

This will come up when we have the next elections.  

Good luck to Brian on his position but Colleen can do a better job.

Gilbert Nobrega


Why deny Inouye’s last request?

Before a dead man (inmate) walks to his death, he is offered anything he wants to eat or drink. And most likely he gets it.

However if a a war hero and senator (Dan Inouye), requests a person to carry out and finish the rest of his term, his request gets ignored and/or questioned.

I’m not saying that those who apply can’t do the job. They probably can.

I’m simply saying there is something wrong with this picture of an inmate on death row vs. a hero and senator whose request gets honored.

Is this a case of a war hero being forgotten? Sure hope not!

Howard Tolbe


Unanswered questions about the Kilauea Gym

This was my testimony before the Council on Dec. 19, and since it was deferred to March 20, 2013, I thought that TGI readers might be interested in viewing about the gross incompetence of our county government in “solving” these long ongoing problems with the Kilauea Gym.

“Before you council members receive this item, isn’t it way past time that you get answers to the many good questions that have been asked by you and the public?

Remember that this is an 18-year-old issue that has never been fully addressed.

You have given this administration MORE than enough time to respond to your questions but continue to get non answers.

If our administration heads cannot give answers then why not get our CEO, the mayor, here to address your questions. Remember that he was the head of Parks and Recreation before Lenny Rapozo got the job.

Also, under our Charter section 3.17 it states, ‘The Council or any authorized committee thereof shall have the power to conduct investigations of the operation of any agency or function of the county and any subject upon which the council may legislate.’

It would appear that this problem is a classic example that fits section 3.17 and the council would be wise to take action upon it.

Here are some relative simple questions that were asked at last week’s committee meeting but never answered.

1) Since our Buildings Division has been in charge of this leaky roof problem from its beginning, and since our Parks and Recreation Department has never been involved with it, why has the problem been given to them?

2) Why weren’t any of our good roofing contractors ever contacted about this problem?

3) Why should we pay $120,000+ to a consultant to tell a competent roofing contractor how to install a roof that will not leak?

4) Where has the oversight been to see why we have been making the same mistake for 18 years and getting the same result?

5) Why has no one in authority ever required obtaining a long-term bond guaranteeing both workmanship and materials against leaks?

6) And why wasn’t the leaky door problem solved long ago by our in-house people?

These aren’t questions that need months or years to answer but should be answered immediately.”

Glenn Mickens


End of year thoughts

Here are some parting thoughts in seeing the year 2012 fade away to join the relentless march of time:

1. It boggles my mind to see the rush to own assault weapons by those who feel it is their right to bear arms. To protect oneself is one thing. To have the capability to commit mass murder is another. Is it not possible to retain that right and privilege as intended in the Second Amendment, and yet find ways to monitor the easy access to firepower with such massive capabilities to utterly decimate so many, so quickly?

2. It is appalling to see party politics trump the decision-making processes of governmental systems established to meet the needs of the public. To act so immaturely like children who have tantrums unless they have their own way is inappropriate.

It’s time for us to weigh and consider what can and must be done to bring common sense and decency in the decision-making processes on these matters!

Jose Bulatao Jr.


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  • manongindashadow posted at 8:25 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    manongindashadow Posts: 319

    RGGJR , I'm talking about adults who keep their weapon in plain view and with ammo next to it for anyone to see.. Especially children The key word to your statement is"stolen". That is a horse of a different color.
    If I ever own a weapon I would keep it in the rule of thumb under triger lock in a locked cabinet and my ammos would be somewhere else. If someone stole it. They would have had to really be searching and be breaking things to have found it. Then I would report the stolen weapon to the police right away.

  • manongindashadow posted at 10:08 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    manongindashadow Posts: 319

    RGGJR, Now you're talking of a horse of different color. When a gun is stolen and reported to the police right away. It (the gun) will be a federal offense aginst the thief who stole it and who used it in a crime.

  • Cholan posted at 9:53 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Cholan Posts: 4

    Agree that B.S. is a brown nose, Hanabusa isn't better either.
    Remember that Hanabusa pushed for legislators 40%+ pay raises while senate president here...said; "we deserve it."
    Then this recent comment @ KHON2 report titled; Federal funding secured for Honolulu rail project
    "So this rail project is something I know by these three attempts, and this is the third." ---Hanabusa; WHAT are you saying?

  • run4yourlife posted at 8:36 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    run4yourlife Posts: 16

    Not so. I'm a long time reader that gets tired of the same people saying the same things. Seriously, do some of you have a life? I'm going surfing...........

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 6:13 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    You better hope if you have any they are never stolen and used as such... you'll walk the line and regret these words.

  • manongindashadow posted at 5:57 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    manongindashadow Posts: 319

    Newwheeulz, You're right a lot of adult are not responsible when it comes to guns. Maybe those irresponsible adults should be locked up or executed along with the shooter. When convicted and proven guilty.

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 3:12 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    I can hardly wait for tomorrow's letters on Morality, ethics and good manners...& the new hit jingle "A Carvalho Carol"... about Whitewashing...

  • posted at 2:47 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.



    When I saw you mention the Porters, I realized your slurs were aimed at me. I'm surprised; you usually wait until you know I'm gone a few days and deliver your attacks while my back is turned.

    I never called you a "drunken wackoo." Like others, I noted it a time or 2 when you appear to be drinking heavily; that is all.

    I never called you an "opinionated matriarch." YOU GAVE YOURSELF that name a while back (perhaps after you'd been drinking?).

    After you falsely wrote that the Porters had "been arrested," & Ltereader & I asked you several times to recant or apologize, & you refused, I phoned them & made sure they knew what you had written. I made NO effort to "get them to sue" you (I don't think you're that important) -- nor did they ask my opinion re what they should do. By bringing it up again after all this time, apparently your conscience still bothers you about what you did.

    I'll be gone this weekend. Have fun while my back is turned.

  • posted at 2:18 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.


    Rightisright, are you reading today?

    I'd like to have a comment or 2 about your suggestions about having school nurses administer tests to school kids to determine if they are disturbed.

  • albino posted at 1:52 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    albino Posts: 79

    Whoa dude.. Harsh. Chillax man. :-P

  • posted at 1:08 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.


    Well, it looks like our "leaders" in Washington are going to play Fiscal-Cliff-Chicken right up until the stroke of Midnight Dec. 31.

    Happy New Year and Hang on!

    manong... and ruthann ... re your comments late yesterday:
    We can agree that all would be well and good if all adults acted responsibly around guns ... but unfortunately that's not the case. I think many people have offered good ideas here; perhaps "the answer" is some combination of several of them.

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 12:52 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Jeez, another regular opts to make a new ID and post incognito...

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 12:45 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    I have no idea as to whom this person is with the information provided... guaranteed... maybe... 1+1+2+(-5)+8=7x√2=9.899495-.039895=9.8596÷π=π ... yep my arithmetic skills are fading... π=3.14...

  • run4yourlife posted at 12:40 pm on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    run4yourlife Posts: 16

    Where did this ramble come from? Guess you just had to put something out there. You must toss and turn at night. Maybe a nice walk on the beach would help. But I doubt it.

  • interesting posted at 10:15 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    interesting Posts: 1931

    ya dude, share with us some more wisdom/insight from the surfing community..

  • onegeaeme posted at 8:45 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5742

    KIMO, I love to wake up in the morning & like President Obama read your letters. I'm reminded of the day I had lunch at your house & afterwards we went to an office to conduct some urgent business. I drove my car through the horrid mess in Kapa'a. You rode your bike, with Obama in a basket, & beat me there by several minutes.

    And dear JOSE BULATAO: your letters are a refreshing island breeze.

    With KIMO, JOSE, & MICHAEL all over the Forum there is hope. Thank you, Editors, for a wonderful early morning read.

    A quick note to RICHARD, concerning yesterday's events on line. I always thought meddling, camp following, gossiping, chattel females were the worst, but you've 'bumped' up against a male contributor who takes the cake. Two years ago at this time of year the called me a drunken wackoo. Last year I was an opinionated matriarch. This meddler actually called the Porters & tried to get them to sue me. With a little bit of luck maybe he'll go away?.

    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 8:26 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    It's painfully obvious some of you would throw your Bill of Rights under the bus over a feeling.


    That's what its about.

    How's that make you feel?


    Do you like the control of the full body scan or intrusive pat down for a plane ride?

    How about the full body pat down on your child?

    Does that make you feel better?

    When you lose your control and intrust it to someone or an entity other than yourself and they do to you what you'd never do to yourself... does that make you feel better?

  • ripped off posted at 6:27 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    ripped off Posts: 171

    The Kilauea gym fiasco, is just one of a number of examples of poor governance. The problem is that the County is not only inept, but operates with leadership which mandates corruption-- failure to act in an honorable, ethical manner. The civil service fails to uphold the rule of law, but instead, like the County Attorneys Office, is excessively creative in interpretation and circumvention of County and State Statutes. This Administration has continue to ride roughshod over the public civil rights, spinning its way towards the hidden agenda--tax and spend!

  • interesting posted at 3:51 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    interesting Posts: 1931

    the cult of Inouye runs strong, apparently

  • sunkauai posted at 1:28 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    sunkauai Posts: 10

    You Westside guys breathe too much GMO dust are you serious?? Brian Schatz is a young intelligent politician who wants to move our state forward, and he will. Inouye's wish would have cost us an expensive election, and Lingle would have popped-up as a candidate to replace Hanabusa. Put on a gas-mask and learn this is a democratic controlled state, if you want republicans go vote in Florida!

  • southsidesurf posted at 12:40 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    southsidesurf Posts: 0

    far outweighs having a crony rep who just toes the party line. Brian Schatz is where he is today by just following orders and doing what he's told by the democratic party. What a gutless choice governor. You have simply made the biggest political mistake you've ever made and you will pay the price politically. As if that actually matters going forward.....lol....I mean who actually believes the government is still going to exist much longer.....

  • southsidesurf posted at 12:35 am on Fri, Dec 28, 2012.

    southsidesurf Posts: 0

    It isn't that the governor ignored the last request of a man who was far more of a human presence than he will ever be, it's that he ignored his final request to place a party puppet with little experience and almost no public respect into one of the most powerful positions in the nation because he could. Abercrombie must have spent far too long in Washington D.C. and has come to believe that the "ways" of the beltway are acceptable in Hawaii and has essentially assured himself of a one and done in the Governor's role. Inouye knew how to play the Washington game better than any politician, but he still never lost the sense of purpose and integrity instilled in him from being raised in Hawaii. Abercrombie actually represents my beliefs far more than Sen. Inouye who imo, had become a relic policy wise with his disproportional focus on military spending, but Inouye understood that to represent Hawaii it is far more important to have a senator who reflects the beliefs of the residents


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