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Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:00 am

The Bus needs more routes

I am a sophomore in high school. Like most people my age, I can’t drive yet. I would love to be able to depend on the island’s bus system, but sadly, the Kaua‘i Bus doesn’t have many convenient times and has a limited route.

For example, there are only four routes a day to Koloa from Lihu‘e, and even then there are no available buses going there on the weekends! For people that don’t have access to vehicles, it can create a problem in getting to where they need to go.

If we had more bus routes and better times, I’m sure there would be many more frequent bus users. It would be easier just to ride the bus rather than wasting gas in the car, which would help to reduce pollution from transportation, and also reducing traffic flow. I know I’m not the only person who would frequent the bus more if the county made the bus system more convenient.

Lorinda Sasan


Give ‘em da gas

Regarding county gasoline and diesel fuel supplies, the public can inform themselves of the known facts by reading the County Auditor’s Fuel Audit published on the county website. The audit is written in simple language to inform the general public of the facts. In addition, there is substantial public testimony by administration officials recorded in several years of annual council budget hearings. Fuel security and usage are matters of law, not tradition, as is the mayor’s compensation contract.

Budget hearing testimony by the administration includes statements and rationales regarding the electronic fuel control system owned by the county. Testimony states it has not been properly repaired or maintained for years, even though monies were appropriated specifically for maintaining the system. The administration was fully aware that by disarming the electronic security and record keeping functions there would be no means to control, track or audit fuel usage.

Any person knowing the security code was/is 0000 could take county fuel.

The Fire Department and Police Department have fuel facilities at some of their stations but they never bothered to publicly report the lack of controls or security or opportunity for theft to the council, Loss Control Commission, or other authority which has oversight. Tens of thousands of gallons of fuel have been dispensed with no record of why or by whom fuel was taken.

According to administration testimony, the electronic fuel tracking system repair personnel are located in Honolulu. Travel issues allegedly have created an insurmountable problem bringing repair technicians to Kaua‘i. The administration budget testimony included consideration of purchasing an entirely new system, but no decision or action had been planned or taken regarding the currently inoperative system’s repair or replacement.

The legal protection of county resources, including fuel, is a matter of law. The mayor’s expenses are a matter of law, not tradition. Whether the fuel “traditions” of Kaua‘i embrace crimes, gross negligence and incompetence or “home rule” will be decided in court.

Lonnie Sykos


Grateful for a president that understands

Thank you President Barack Obama for running for re-election despite the tremendous adversity you have faced.

You, unlike any other U.S. President, have had to endure constant attacks about your citizenship, faith and even racism. All of this leveled at you by people who claim to be “patriotic Americans.”

For the first time in our history we have a president that understands what it means to grow up facing financial and personal hardships.

An individual who understands what it is like for your family not to have the health care they need.

I am truly grateful for our Constitution, a document that reflects a government “For The People and By The People,” a document that continues to protect our fundamental rights, to vote, have freedom of speech and religion.

I am grateful for a president that understands that our government, like many in the industrialized world, have a responsibility for their citizens.

Accept today that this is a “New and Forever” changed America.

To those “Americans” who want to secede from the United States, you have a right to leave any day you choose. The phrase “love it or leave It.” still applies.

Pat Vialpando


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  • PeteAntonson posted at 1:34 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    PeteAntonson Posts: 2514

    You post what you agree with so you own it. Man Up

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 12:36 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    But to be honest about that line you quoted; it was from a yuck yuck email someone sent me that I injected the mainland reference part into it because it was funny but needed that added to it... So in reality it wasn't really my prediction but that of another I recited with a touch of seasoning...

    Either way it was funny...

    But if you promise to lay off the sauce...


  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 12:26 am on Tue, Dec 4, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    OK I'll give you a retread...

  • PeteAntonson posted at 5:11 pm on Mon, Dec 3, 2012.

    PeteAntonson Posts: 2514

    Caught ya dead to rights old man, c'mon, man up, the world won't end if you do!

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 1:21 pm on Mon, Dec 3, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Pete they did change their President from one service of elected term to another elected term of service... As always you must elect a President for each individual term...

  • PeteAntonson posted at 7:54 pm on Sat, Dec 1, 2012.

    PeteAntonson Posts: 2514

    RGGJR - 22 hours ago - "By the way Pete I never predicted a Romney victory..."
    RGGJR - November 05, 2012 7:27 am - "Day light savings time caused people to change their clocks on the Mainland Saturday night; tomorrow I predict they'll change their President too."

    It doesn't...wait, let me take another sip...get much better than this!
    P A Lawai/Manila

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 1:18 pm on Sat, Dec 1, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    That's all you got Pete... I expected better!

  • PeteAntonson posted at 3:55 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2012.

    PeteAntonson Posts: 2514

    Keep 'em coming. It's amazing how entertaining my good wine makes your cheap whine!

  • RGGJR posted at 8:55 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    RGGJR Posts: 1076

    By the way Pete I never predicted a Romney victory; merely taunted you with: "What will you do if Romney wins."

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 8:17 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Pete it's a good thing you're not a mind reader because I'm anything but bitter... I'm laughing so hard because I see it coming and I am positioning to pick the plums when it does come.

  • PeteAntonson posted at 5:15 pm on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    PeteAntonson Posts: 2514

    RGGJR is predicting several very scary things. Why am I thoroughly content and unconcerned. For starters, after a full year of acrimony, my side won. Not only that, there are several indicators revealed so far that the other side, especially the most extreme, are in deep, deep trouble maintaining their influence on the future. It doesn't get much better than this except for watching that assessment come true.

    Second, seldom a day goes by without one of these dire RGGJR predictions (granted, it's often the same one just repeated). I can't remember any of them coming true; especially the Romney/Ryan victory. I'm sure that if one had, he would have let us know!

    Third, I confess to enjoying these sources of acrimony, r..is..r, happyconservative, happyaccident, rggjr, slowing twisting in the winds of realization while continuing to sputter their failed campaign slogans as if, like Superman effortfully did in the movies, you can reverse time and change events. I like sipping some very good wine as I read the anquish with pleasure!

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 10:31 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Overthetop, still lacking cojones eh? You just you wait & see... New Government programs & regulations will vastly outstrip any new tax increases on the rich of which I'm not; I'm just comfortable & virtually debt free by effort to ensure just that. I planned ahead and did without working harder than most would ever consider to do for themselves.

    So where does the money come from for these Government things? Downgraded credit rating? More borrowing? Or do you think the Government will start to tap the greatest cash cow it has... Tens to hundreds of millions of citizens in usury fees and tax increases to feed the Hogs of Government programs many cheer for but wouldn't give a dime to if asked... Wait until it hits their wallets...

    One more payment and I'm debt free again... Utilities, daily things in life, insurance, property & income taxes of which I find ways to deduct many of those to further limit my tax exposure... Ha Ha... I can't in good conscience let the Government squander it if I can keep them from getting it by their own devices...

    I think we should cancel Christmas, its associated holidays and others of the sort... No Christmas vacations for kids or adults; just another workday in life and no shopping sales to go too so people can pay more in taxes to the Government to hand away to their minions of supporters of Government entitlements. That should make the LibTards happy & the Socialistic Pinko Commies too; while Progressives gloat in glee...

    While I'm at it to |-|3|_|_ with Happy Holidays too...

    This is America; it's MERRY CHRISTMAS & there's no X in it either!

  • overthetop posted at 7:49 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    overthetop Posts: 0

    Why is it that you consider over 50% of the electorate to be clods? Because they didn't vote for the clown the Republicans put up they're ignorant? Maybe they know something you don't and never will because you're just too thick-headed, Richard.

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 7:35 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Johnny Z, when will you stop being so obtuse?

    You're like a gnat that unwittingly wanders into some lightly fanned air and immediately goes into a tailspin.

    Actually it's quite enjoyable to observe. Take what Tiger stated and your reaction.Instead take the time to rearrange your furniture as I'm sure you'd just love to take some of the Guantanamo Muslim Terrorists in for indoctrination purposes.Whose indoctrination will ensue is up in the air... Well maybe... I'm sure it will be no time at all until disassembled cell phones will be found on your garage workbench... Do remember the Federal Building is in Lihue... There you go... Plenty of turbulent air Johnny Z!

  • Toomie posted at 7:19 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    Toomie Posts: 105

    Not sure when this letter to the editor was written but, there are a lot more than just 4 buses to Koloa each day.

    As for Routes, maybe some On-Call stops in the more isolated parts of towns.. Like Hanapepe Heights or Waimea Valley.

    The morning buses unload a huge amount of passengers at KCC perhaps another bus during that time?

  • dakine posted at 6:35 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    dakine Posts: 611

    I can understand that...I've not had to go out to that area as yet (been riding it for about six weeks now). Definitely room for improvement.

  • overthetop posted at 3:57 am on Fri, Nov 30, 2012.

    overthetop Posts: 0

    People will be blaming Bush 40 years from now, and rightfully so, for the horrible mess he and "Lil Dick" Cheney and their Wall Street pals created and left America with. Maybe that's the reason Bush and Cheney are hiding out on their ranches.

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 11:16 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Lets bring 1/3 of Guantanamo prisoners to Chicago, 1/3 to San Francisco & the last 1/3 to Kauai...

    This will surely make all the Liberals very happy!

  • jzwiebel posted at 9:02 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    jzwiebel Posts: 5

    Stop with the false "blessing," it's BS now.

    Bush (et. al.) worked to destroy our country and you expect me to forget it?

    Talk about "rose colored glasses." I still blame Reagan!!! (and Clinton, and Nixon, and Ford -- you don't get it do you.)

    I did NOT get what I wanted. I got your version of your worst nightmare, which doesn't hold a candle to mine -- a bunch of uninformed idiots who listen to Fox News and believe it so that I have to defend the "less evil" rather than discuss what is really going on. We have more in common than you want to admit, but you're so infatuated with hating Obama (for only-god-knows-why) that we can't even find a semblance of "common ground" on which to discuss it.

    Fox, CNN and MSN(BC) are just different manifestations of some infection that destroys common sense. That doesn't mean that they don't sometimes tell you "the truth." It just depends on whose "ox is being gored."

  • interesting posted at 8:53 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    interesting Posts: 1931

    neocons - you are right. dump your stock asap. no other option. sell what you got. buy gold. thank you

  • jzwiebel posted at 7:16 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    jzwiebel Posts: 5

    Oh, I am so sorry, Guantanamo...

    Obama hasn't closed it because for some reason Congress won't let him. Let's see, a Republican house and a Senate that has enough Republicans to filibuster everything.

    But Tiger, you don't care. You just hate Obama for no good reason that I can understand. What - specifically - did he do that makes you so mad?

  • millerlee posted at 6:42 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    millerlee Posts: 22

    dakine 16 trips daily in and out of koloa every hour and weekend service. But the folks in Wailua Homesteads to go to Kapaa must first go to Lihue then catch the Hanalei. Coming home, the same thing in reverse. One rider asked Ms Yukimura and she said the shortage of bus availability is due to lack of funds. Hopefully in time that will change. Good luck to you. My daily ride Waimea to Kapaa and back is just north of 3 hours.

  • Tiger Fan posted at 6:10 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    Tiger Fan Posts: 0

    jz I guess I could read the unbiased CNN or MSN blogs to get your point of view. Speaking of nothing useful to contribute, you continue to wear those rose colored glasses and you liberals got what you wanted. I guess you'll still be blaming Bush 4 years from now.

    Have a great day in paradise. Aloha Y'all.

  • jzwiebel posted at 5:12 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    jzwiebel Posts: 5

    What has Obama screwed up? It takes time to fix what Bush did.Now, if you were to talk about the NDAA or Indefinite Detention, or the failure to close Guantanamo, or how Obamacare is a gift to the Insurance companies who get to skim 20% off the top for doing something that costs Medicare 3%, or the failure to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan, -- you'd have a point. But these pointless accusations without any substance to them are getting quite old. Likewise the pretense that liberals blame Bush for "everything," I blame him only for his screw-ups, which includes tanking our economy by going to war over phony weapons of mass destruction. But you won't even admit to these obvious issues. If you haven't anything useful to contribute, why don't you read the Fox News blogs instead.

  • Happyconservative posted at 3:04 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    Happyconservative Posts: 0

    Other industrial nations? Take a look at Europe (except Germany). The rest of the place is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. What a great future to look forward to. Maybe a close-by nation with sensible policies might be great. Europe has the channel Islands, Luxembugetc.

  • Tiger Fan posted at 2:37 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    Tiger Fan Posts: 0

    Maybe I missed something but just exactly what financial and personal hardships did our Dear Leader face? I though that he grew up in one of the most affluent sections of Oahu and has never worked at a real job a day in his life. The Democrat party wanted him reelected and got their wish, now the onus is on them to come up with a plan to fix what he has broken. You can't have increased taxes without decreased ending and, after 3 years still no budget that can get past his own party. Gonna be an interesting 4 years now that Bush can't be blamed for all the problems.

    Watch your 401k accounts folks, Uncle Sugar will be trying to get them next. After all, it ain't fair that everyone doesn't have one.

    Have a great day in paradise. Aloha Y'all.

  • posted at 1:01 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.


    If anyone is interested in reading the most hopeful, encouraging thing I've read in a decade about America's future, get to a magazine source, buy the December "The Atlantic," and read the cover story (stories, actually), "COMEBACK: Why the Future of Industry is in America."

  • Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts posted at 12:22 pm on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    Regular Guy Giving Just Retorts Posts: 941

    Obama isn't done yet...

    Just you wait and see...

    Taint gonna be about 2 years...

    Taxes on the middle class & no class are coming and going up...

    Only then will the brain dead minions of Obama supporters start to wake up...

    I'd like the taxes on them to start sooner... But those pesky 2014 elections are yet to pass...

    Obümmēr has his spell on you...

    I'll just laugh when the clods start to wake up...




  • onegeaeme posted at 10:49 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5777

    Nonsense. Thank you for the comment. It only proves 'our' case.

    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

  • onegeaeme posted at 10:45 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5777

    'Clueless cretaceous critters'? Love it. Certainly 'wringers and clutchers.'

    Love you, MICHAEL.

    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

  • onegeaeme posted at 10:40 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5777

    Thank you, LORINDA. Wonderful letter. Keep on writing. More and more people are listening.

    Thank you PAT- I hope it's PATRICIA, you sound like a PATRICIA- only thing you'll find, I think, is that CLINTON was also a poor kid. Extremely bright. This is why the 'wringers and the clutchers' hate them. Please keep writing and pop in here once in a while.

    Hope you all read GENE LYONS this morning. Debt Jockeying is an excellent read.

    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

  • rightisright posted at 9:10 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    rightisright Posts: 9

    Wow Pat! How's that time warp of stupidity thing working out for ya?

    You and your liberal fair weather "friends" have now put all of us into a position of 4 more years with a lack of leadership, experience, and unbelievable naivety! Congratulations!

    The only thing good about Obummers re-election is that this time - "you own it"!

    No more running and hiding under George Bush's skirt. No more blaming everyone but your dear leader about this dismal economy and projection of weakness around the world.

    YOU now own it folks! Yep! You and Obama now own this economy, and whatever happens - it's on you! Let's just wait and see what happens.

    It'll be so interesting to see how you're gonna spin your stupidity over the next 4 years. One thing we do know for sure - Your "dear leader" Obama didn't do it, no matter what! Right?.

  • Happy Accident posted at 8:58 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    Happy Accident Posts: 473

    Yes, thank you Oh Great Lord Obama for lying to us with all your campaign promises you haven’t kept, for dividing this nation with the class war YOU initiated, for leading the ignorant masses to believe that simply raising taxes on the rich will correct your historically immense budget deficits which haven’t done squat to resolve the recession as you promised; a recession caused by your party’s lack of oversight of your Wall Street campaign donors who bribed the Democrats into expanding Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae into the high risk, non-qualifier mortgages. Good job, Obama! You are the Showman of the Century because of all the Americans, who have no clue about sound fiscal policy, bought your lies. And finally, it was YOU and your party of liars who called good people racist if they dared to disagree with you. Obama you’re a populist dictator as shown by the thousands of new government regulations and distorted interpretations of the law you have given us. Mahalo!

  • jzwiebel posted at 8:08 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    jzwiebel Posts: 5

    WRT personal and financial hardships, I think Bill Clinton had it much harder than Obama -- who attended Punahou. Abe Lincoln was born in a log cabin. Harry Truman didn't even want to go into politics. Grant was a drunk with lots of personal demons who died broke. So Obama isn't exactly "the first".

    Obama's 'responsibility for [his] citizens' greatly depends on what those citizens "make him do". He may be inclined to do "the right thing", but witness Obamacare and the gift to the Insurance mogols. Or the NDAA and indefinite detention of American Citizens. Or the drone program that has been used to assassinate American citizens, including a 16 year-old-boy, without trial.

    Yes, it is a good thing that Romney lost, but that doesn't mean Obama is the good guy you think he is.

  • dakine posted at 7:11 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    dakine Posts: 611

    You're right, Lorinda. We need more busses on the schedule. Not more routes, necessarily (a route is where the bus goes, but the schedule says then they'll go there). Koloa is underserved with only four busses a day, but the entire island is underserved on the weekends, with busses only every two hours, and the last bus starting at around 4:30PM for all routes. One can't really do much of anything on the weekends, and especially anything in the evening.

    Bus service on Kaua'i, on the other hand,is generally good. The weekday schedules are decent, the drivers are polite and competent (on the whole), and the busses themselves are clean and decently maintained. Having a chair lift on every bus is a huge plus. The cost to riders is reasonable...and we should all remember that public transit is never a self-supporting proposition.

    I have no car, and depend on the bus. I am grateful for it, but really would like to be able to do things on the weekends with a bit more convenience.

  • millerlee posted at 6:50 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    millerlee Posts: 22

    Hi Larinda. You will be glad to know that sixteen connections to Koloa occur now via Kalaheo. Good luck!

  • W8a2nd posted at 5:38 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    W8a2nd Posts: 58

    Pat, it is people like you who stand vigilant, who demand respect, and who vote that makes it all possible for someone like Obama to lead this nation. Your eloquent words are very uplifting and at the same time reassuring that "the people" rule our country, not a small fringe of wealthy elitists. If only more of those "love it or leave it" types would follow there own advise we would be so much better off!

  • kauaiphil posted at 5:35 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    kauaiphil Posts: 252

    For Pat Vialpando: Excellect letter! And not to mention the complete economic mess that the ruling class and their Republican puppets left the country in. An incredible situation that Obama had to inherit, and save our country from a complete meltdown. What I find most amusing was the Robber Baron's certainty of a Romney win and their complete shock that they were unable to buy a President. Like in 1896. And I certainly remember those "love it or leave it" bumber stickers from the late 60's and early 70's. At that time, they were primarily meant for people who were against the war in Vietnam. All the various reactions, on the right, including this secession thing, is something I've never seen In my 64 years of life. Totally infantile. Mahalo for your letter.

    Phil Higginbotham


  • interesting posted at 3:54 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    interesting Posts: 1931

    pretty straightforward and compelling fuel usage rules letter

  • MichaelMann posted at 12:36 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    MichaelMann Posts: 495

    Lorinda, thanks for your letter. You are correct that there are many people on the island who would ride the bus more frequently if the bus system were more convenient. I applaud the extension of service until 10 PM during the week and 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday. This was a change which was appreciated by many bus riders (me included). Unfortunately, it isn't enough to make the service convenient to the point that people would give up driving. Personally, I would love to not have to drive here, as the drivers suck (no, I'm NOT leaving).

    It is also unfortunate that there are some very vocal DINOSAURS on this island who insist on believing that the bus service is a complete waste. They frequently throw around unsubstantiated claims of 95% or higher of the residents using cars, so money needs to go into building more roads. Clueless. Young people such as yourself can speak up to silence these Cretaceous creatures.

    I would urge you to E-Mail the County Council and make a plea to them.

  • BornANDraised posted at 12:29 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

    BornANDraised Posts: 113

    Willy Kaui wrote a dissertation called "The Birthers Were Right For All the Wrong Reasons."

    basically, obama=born in Hawaii, Hawaii=not legally a US state, Obama= Not Natural Born, Presidency=not legal

    hmmm...Pat, I'm feeling your "love it or leave it" phrase...it's just maybe you're the one who should leave.


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