Post office decision over and done with
Mr. Tolbe, too bad you’re a day late and a dollar short, as they say. Your plight and all the coconuts that were sent to California are unable to save the Lihue post office.
The USPS doesn’t have the funds to keep the Rice Street location “operable,” as you put it. That’s why it’s been identified to be shut down and services will be relocated to the Kapule Highway location.
Let’s accept it and move on.
Ka‘aona Kipuka, Lawai
Don’t legalize recreational marijuana
A recent, very short article in TGI titled High on the highway was excellent, and it is too bad that it was not on the front page.
The article stated that “Traffic deaths in Colorado involving drivers who tested positive for marijuana MORE THAN DOUBLED from 2013 to 2016, a study found. The study also noted a 35 percent increase in emergency-room visits related to marijuana. Stores in Colorado began selling recreational cannabis in 2014.”
Marijuana is a mind-altering drug and, as the statistics prove, a very dangerous one, as are all drugs. It is also a gateway drug, and though the feds list it as being a criminal possession (crime), the states are insanely legalizing it and, for what, for the almighty dollar! Municipalities see this drug as lost revenue from illegal users but close their eyes to the added costs it will bring from deaths and all other tragedies that drugs bring.
Don’t we already have enough issues with alcohol, cocaine, ice, opioids and all new drugs coming forth by adding another level of problems to the equation?
Don’t our police officers have their hands full enough now trying to stop possession of drugs and drug-related crimes without adding another level of headaches to their duties?
And, even more importantly, we are spending millions of dollars a year to educate our young people to leave drugs alone. By more and more states legalizing the recreational use of marijuana aren’t we just wasting our efforts and money by hypocritically countering this message?
If cannabis has positive medical uses then let the AMA (American Medical Association) and the doctors be the judges of that and let them give prescriptions to be filled at pharmacies like all other medications.
But there is something totally wrong with a system where a drug is listed as being illegal by the feds but legal by state law. Hopefully Hawaii will never make marijuana or any other drug legal for recreational use.
Glenn Mickens, Kapaa