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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1915.
THE MAUI NEWS
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DECEMBER 3. 1915.
COOPERATIOX IX ROAD MAIXTEXAXCE
WHEREAS, The poor condition of the roads during recent rains
in the Kuialia homesteads has been the cause of much annoyance, delay
and indirect loss to the homesteaders ; and
WHEREAS, It is our opinion that the labor on the roads lias not
been expended to the best advantage; be it
RESOEVED, That the Haiku Farmers' Association hereby volun
teers to the Board of Supervisors to assume, without cost to the County
charge of the supervision of the road work in the homesteads, to the
end that if such work js not directed to their satisfaction in the future
the homesteaders themselves will be responsible; and be it further
RESOLVED, That in connection with the making of this sugges
tion this Association does not wish to be understood as implying any
criticism of the County Engineer or the Board of Supervisors, but it
makes the offer believing that better work and greater satisfaction will
be obtained with the Association responsible for the detail of road main
tenance acting under the general directions of the County Engineer.
The foregoing resolutions were presented at a recent meeting of
the Haiku Farmers' Association, but were not acted upon owing to the
press of other business; but it is very likely that at the next meeting
some proposition of this kind will be formally made to the County.
The plan is one which should be met fully half way by the supervisors,
and the idea might well be extended in other directions. The idea is new
in Hawaii, but it is not new in many places on the mainland. It is
based on the theory of putting the responsibility for good or bad roads
upon the shoulders of those most directly concerned. If the Kuialia
homesteaders believe that they can handle their own road problems
more efficiently than can the county, why not let them try it?
In some county districts on the mainland the upkeep of different
sections of road are undertaken by small groups of farmers. There
is generally a healthy rivalry between these groups, and where this
is so there is usually little to be desired in the condition of the high
ways. In some places the county furnishes the necessary tools. In
others the entire equipment of implements and teams allotted to a given
district, is turned over to responsible organizations of farmers or in
dividuals. The plan is one that tends towards better citizenship, because it
brings the responsibility closer home to the individual. It would, of
course, not be applicable to all parts of the county, but in those in which
the residents have common interests, and especially where they arc or
ganized, and willing, it would doubtless be a big success. In any event
it is worth giving a trial. If it docs not work, neither the roads nor the
County w ill be any the worse off for having made the experiment.
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SAVE THE BOYS.
The whole territory is concerned over the spirit of insurrection
manifest recently at the Boys' Industrial School at Waialee, Oahu. Fol
lowing the break for liberty of fifty-four of the boys in the institution,
early last week, five more escaped last Saturday evening, and the com
missioners of the institution are agreed that the rebellion is still smould
ering fiercely. As we stated last week, there is something badly wrong
at W aialee. The system of handling those youthful delinquents is ob
viously a mistaken one. And it is too serious a matter to lie lightly
passed over. The trouble must be largely in the personality of the
superintendent, because he is the one w ho supplies the personal element
to whatever general regulations may be determined upon by the direct
ing board. These commissioners can never satisfactorily run this re
form school alone the superintendent must always be the all-important
factor for success or failure. It is clear that the present superintendent
has not made good. " The Territory could well afford to send to the
mainland, if necessary, for a trained man for this place, and to pay al
most any salary to the right man. It isn't simply a case of giving un
fortunate boys the chance and the help they deserve, but it is also the
cold-blooded question of making these young delinquents assets or
burdens to the community.
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BOOST THE MAUI COUXTY FAIR.
Everybody ought to get back of the Maui County Fair idea ; and
from present indications, everybody will. Moreover there is no reason
why the fair should not be a great success. The county of Hawaii
held its first fair last fall, and in spite of the fact that the weather
in llilo was not at all favorable, it proved to be one of the most satis
factory things ever undertaken on the Big Island. Maut can certainly
do as well. Enthusiastic support has been promised by agriculturists of
aft branches represented on Maui. The plantations are interested, the
pineapple men have promised to help, and enthusiasts in various minor
branches are anxious to do their part. Maui is particularly rtunatc
in having as a resident, the man who probably did more than any
other one man to make the Hawaii fair a success Mr. Fred A. Clowes,
now connected with the Lahainaluna School. Mr. Clowes is enthusias
tic over the matter, and if he can be persuaded to take the general
directorship, the success of the undertaking would seem to be as
sured. But it will be up to every person in the county to do his part,
if the fair is to be the success that it should and can be.
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BACK UP THE POLICE.
The police are doing some good work lately in nabbing automobile
speed fiends. It isn't the fault of the police' that the 15-mile per hour
speed is too slow in many places, or that nearly everybody, not exclud
ing the honorable supervisors themselves, breaks the law almost everv
day or night when he thinks there is little danger of getting caught.
The police are sworn to enforce the law, and it is entirely to their
credit that they are showing some energy in doing it. If it were pos
sible to catch everybody, every time he breaks the speed law. the weak
oints of the law would mighty soon be corrected; and the nearer
the police can come to doing this, the sooner will we have workable
laws on our statute books. It is the winking at law breaking that
plays hoij with a resectable community.
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The attorney-general's opinion to the effect that territorial money may
not be legally used in surveying roads for the counties, will doubtless
give a setback to the Haleakala road project. This road, however,
will be more of a territorial asset than a county one, and when it is
built will have to be made, in part at least, a territorial matter. In the
meantime the promotion committee continues to advertise the beauties
of Haleakala, which the average tourist later finds he cannot see. It
savors quite a little of deception, but as Maui is not a party to it, to any
extent, perhaps it doesn t matter much to us. We would like to have
the tourists visit us, of course, but the territory as a whole should
desire it a great deal more.
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