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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

"Kaua'i faces multiple problems..." 'Glen Mickens' (Special to dakinetalk)

Glenn Mickens has lived on Kauai  with his wife Ruth for the last 26 years. Born July 26, 1930 in Wilmar, California, USA) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched in four games (two of which were starts) for the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. He also played for five years in Japan, from 1959 until 1963 for the Kintetsu Buffaloes. There, he compiled a record of 45–53 with a 2.54 ERA.  Glenn also  served in the Army for 2 years and coached baseball at UCLA for 25 years. 
Last but not least Glenn would really like to see Kauai give the county manager style of Government a chance.

Kaua'i faces multiple problems
Mr. Mickens is locally known
as one of Kauai county's
political watchdogs.
Mahalos Glenn!

A recent guest columnist in The Garden Island News, Kathy Sheffield (TGI Forum 11/25) does an outstanding job of enumerating the multitude of problems facing our Island. 
(Editors note, guest columnists are not included in the online edition of  The Garden Island News,therefore no link to share.)

Her plea for no increase in the excise tax is valid since it is regressive and hurts those in the struggling class of our population far more than it does those who are doing well. Yes cities like Los Angeles have higher sales tax rates than Kauai but, as she says, they do not tax professional fees, rent, medical expenses and groceries as we do which probably brings our rates near or above theirs. 

And she makes another truthful statement that everyone knows but no one in power wants to admit to:
The infamous "bike path" was built for alternate transportation (later changed to a "multi use" path since it was never used for transportation to lessen traffic"). And the bike routes along our highways and streets maybe have one or two riders on them each day while traffic is bumper to bumper on roads that need widening. 

Also we are going to spend $12.5 million to beautify Lihue---proposing to again make Rice street 2 lanes from the 4 lanes it is now only to exacerbate our traffic problems. From 2 to 4 and back to 2--Planning?????

To do this the "planners" are proposing to put bike lanes on each side of the street (for phantom bikers) and making 12 foot wide sidewalks for the phantom walkers who want to see the beauty along that street! Who are these planners that don't have a clue to what this Island needs for the long term? Are they the same ones who we have paid huge dollars to that have gotten us into the mess we have today? How hard is it to prioritize our needs BEFORE spending millions on projects that are worthless.?

Then Ms Sheffield wisely says, "What you need to rethink is cutting the budget and bring responsible contractors for the millions of dollars spent on projects that are supposed to be enhancing our lives on Kauai."

And finally, in her closing statement she says, " It's time for a professional county manager." Please keep that thought in mind, Ms Sheffield and make sure all your friends hear your words. 

Now that Councilman Chock, Kualii and Kaneshiro along with Council chair Rapozo are working hard to push this manager issue forward, there is a good chance that Kauai will finally have a Council and a Manager who are responsible and accountable for all actions taken on Kauai. 

Editors note,
This blog also appeared as an opinion article (LTE) in the Sunday 12-13-15 edition of The Garden Island news titled, "County plans won’t solve traffic woes."  Listed Below;

Check out Glenn's Wikipedia page;

With all the stress of the world, don't forget to
watch the sunrise or sunset, it's free! 

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KimoRosen said...

Glenn, love your blogging, you are welcome anytime, however I disagree with one of your statements. I firmly believe the multi-use trail is a huge success!

Read my blog; The trickle down beauty of the multi-use trail.


Glenn, one thing I disagree with you on is the multi-use trail... (bike trail) (pedestrian trail)I feel it is one of the best ever use of taxpayer money ever on Kauai. I use it daily and see people cruising in their wheelchairs, moms with strollers, friends walking their canine, power walkers, slow walkers, people on bikes like myself and even people pushing their loved in in wheelchairs. a fried of mine and about 5 other businesses now rent bikes to tourists to use on the trail. Therefore the trail has created jobs-- with jobs comes taxes going back to the county...

Rick Comstock said...

I too agree with Glenn. Lets not forget the huge amount of federal tax dollars already spent on this path. More dollars per mile than the resent upgrades to the highways around the mall. The path that has no continuity. As nice as it seems you still cannot travel Lihue to Kapaa. And soon we will be funding the maintenance issues that will plague this "Path to Nowhere".... Jobs are specialized and minimal. Without the path being continuous it forms only neighborhood loops...To the extent of how does Rice Street connect to the path? It will not IMO. Once again our county planners along with all the well wishers service the resorts first while local residential taxpayers get heald accountable.... Bike paths need to service urban destination points to really work well. The idea that out of 65,000 residents on Kauai fewer than 1% travel to the path and use as intended. To get pressure off the infrastructure. Should we connect the mall to the Rice Street pipe dream....Yes....For what valid reason? County Offices, fast food, Bars, furniture stores, real-estate services. Once again planners fail the population. I say stop the madness....A ride with a view is a "Disney" idea. Give people what the majority WILL use and STOP pandering to resorts and carless that make they'er neighborhood their whole world. We need a Manager System and not the next job for the mayor or cronies.....

Bettejo Dux said...

Read article briefly. Disagree with some parts. Very soon we will find the bike and walk paths more popular. The greening--beautification of Lihue-- is a great idea. Many people won't like it. Many will. It will lighten traffic. It will boost a healthier style of living. It will freshen the air. I much prefer to breath clean air than I do exhaust. Thank you council members and a mayor who thinks ahead.
Privatizing government is not a good idea. There's more to running a government than counting money. Put a dollar sign on good health.
Glenn, so happy to hear you are with me as a devout non believer. Hope you saw Inherit the Wind. The Richard Dawkins Foundation is funding this magnificent historical theatrical production all around the country. We have really great theater on Kauai.
Bettejo Dux

Glenn Mickens said...

Aloha Bettejo:
Please do not live in Yukimuras dream world and without any factual evidence presume that the mass of people will ever abandon their vehicles for bikes, buses, walking or any other means of transportation. For convenience if nothing else people will use their vehicles as no other means of transportation will ever offer that major option. As the age of the people on Kauai increase it makes these other means of travel even more remote. Yes, we need buses for those who cannot drive but, as one woman who lived on the big island said, a taxi service to take those people to and from their destinations would be far more cost effective and convenient than a big bus---she did this for a living. I can give you many facts and figures of why the vehicle is here to stay but I probably would not be able to change your mind.
And yes, I did see the motion picture Inherit The Wind (not the play) and with Spencer Tracy and a great cast it was a wonderful picture.
You appear pragmatic enough by being a non believer just as I am but try and be the same (PRACTICAL!!) with projects that have no basis in fact for dreaming and keep being realistic.
For me religions have caused more deaths and wars throughout mankind than any other single factor and the only thing I will continue to believe in is my fellow man and the hopefully good he can do.
Happy holidays and great new years ahead.