Mayor is putting up communication roadblocks

I was disappointed to read in The Maui News on June 27 that the mayor directed all county civil service employees, directors and their staff to halt direct communication with the Maui County Council pertaining to county business, official or otherwise, unless authorized by the mayor or managing director.

Channeling all communications from nine council members and the concerns of their constituents through the Mayor’s Office is counterproductive. Taxpayers expect the mayor, the County Council and their employees to use their skills as described to meet the needs of the county. When communication between these two branches of government is restricted to one channel, business slows to a trickle.

November cannot come soon enough if this is what Mayor Alan Arakawa is promoting.

Greg Kauwe