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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

"Vote no to golfing and drinking..." 'Glenn Mickens' (Kauai county watchdog)

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 Kaua'i give the county manager style of Government a chance.
Above photo of Glenn Mickens courtesy of Kauai Garden island news, used with permission...



Editors note;
Kauai Chief of police Derryl Perry wrote an editorial in the Kaua'i 
Garden Island news on the matter of legalizing drinking alcohol
 on the Wailua golf course.He is asking the county council to reconsider their vote.
I agree with the Chief, The Mayor and Mr. Mickens.
Check out the Chiefs editorial;
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/guest/mayor-plans-correct-action-on-booze-bill/article_a6f74497-0547-554f-9b0e-dc221cdad3b2.html

Mr. Mickens is locally known
as one of Kauai county's
political watchdogs
and Nitpickers...
Mahalos Glenn!
Vote no to golfing and drinking
  
I was shocked and highly disappointed to see Bill 2635 passed by the council on a 6 to 1 vote. It allows the concessionaire to sell liquor on the course.

Only Council Chair Rapozo had the brains and common sense to vote against this bill and he is certainly to be commended for his action. Even though he knew that he would not have the votes to stop it he voted his conscience.
Kauai county chair
Mel Rapozo


Our Mayor very wisely vetoed the bill and I thank him for doing his part in trying to stop a very wrong bill from becoming law.

And, Kauai Police Chief, Darryl Perry, wrote an excellent article (TGI 12/24) on why this bill should not be passed and I hope that everyone got a chance to read it.
http://thegardenisland.com/news/opinion/guest/mayor-plans-correct-action-on-booze-bill/article_a6f74497-0547-554f-9b0e-dc221cdad3b2.html
He gave 10 factual, unarguable reasons why we do not need more alcohol use anywhere. He and his fine officers must be the first responders to the carnage that happens on our roads due to drinking drivers so what better source to listen to regarding bill 2635 than our Chief.

 Let me quote one fine paragraph from Chief Perry's article:
" No matter how it is rationalized, the overall impact of allowing more alcohol to be served at the Wailua Golf Course adjacent to Kuhio Highway is a very bad decision and detrimental to the public we are sworn to protect."
Kauai Chief of police
Derryl Perry

Even the rational for passing this bill is extremely flawed. Supposedly by making an illegal action (drinking while playing golf) legal we are going to somehow increase the amount of golfers using the facility. People are already drinking and golfing but with no marshal to enforce the law the illegality goes on. 

Tax payers are subsidizing that course to over a million dollars a year and we are trying to increase participation to make it a true enterprise fund (income greater that outgo) as it was many years ago. 


Reliable sources say that we have taken in enough money over the years to maintain the course without subsidization BUT we have used those excess funds for other purposes (Like the General Fund!) and thus the need for added taxes.
Kauai Mayor
Bernard Carvalho jr.
 

Also, we are spending millions of dollars (Fed, State and Local) teaching our children to leave drugs along (yes, alcohol is a drug and probably the cause of more problems than any other) so by passing this bill we are sending the wrong message to them, counter to what we are trying to teach them. 

Hopefully at least 2 other members of the council will join Chair Rapozo and vote "no" when this bill again comes up so that a 5 to 2 override of our Mayor's veto will not happen.


P.S.
Check out Glenn's Wikipedia page;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Mickens
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