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May 26, 2011

Lights Aren't On

Recently while driving home from Makakilo, I noticed a long stretch, once again, where the lights are out. It was the same way a year ago. It's an area where people travel 60 MPH, or more, on a regular basis, and the lack of light on the highway sure doesn't help things out. Nor does it help to have the lights out along the Pali Highway, as we see all too frequently.

While new moneys have been approved by the legislature for much-needed and additional pothole and road repairs, let's make sure we don't ignore the incessant problem of highway lights or streetlights being out. The rationale at one point on the Pali darkness years ago was a transformer was blown, and it would take four-months to get one sent from the mainland. Really; must have been a Pony Express delivery. Then there is the problem of copper thieves, an issue which seems to have diminished somewhat as the crackdowns got more serious and a few bandits got burned.

Having weeks and months go by where street lights are not on in places that certainly need them is not a good sign nor does it make for a safe navigating environment. Perhaps constituents who live in these areas can get the ball rolling by calling their local legislators and demanding action. That way, voters can really see if the lights are on, but nobody's home. Think about it…

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