Trump is not the problem
There have been lots of letters over the last few months about being uncivil, mostly attributed to Mr. Trump, and they are increasing in number each day.
I continue to try and warn my fellow countrymen, Democrats and Libertarians alike, that leftism should be your greatest fear, not the right, or Mr. Trump.
The Democratic Party is running America, mostly because its followers don’t realize leftism has taken it over.
The letters continue to prove that the leftist media and education system are winning the day.
Even with all of the left’s obstruction, the Trump administration has accomplished much. Some examples, appointing constitutional judges, the economy better than it has been in years, and improvements in immigration, national security and foreign policy.
I leave you with these thoughts.
You are responsible for your own happiness. You are equally responsible for your own unhappiness. That simply means stop blaming Mr. Trump for your anger and being uncivil.
Although a hard sell in a predominantly democratic state, I offer this. I add my voice to the “vote in November crowd,” with a caveat. Forget about the tweets. Would you care if a crass surgeon was about to save your life?
Lastly, if you really want to make a difference in America I encourage you to join the “#WalkAway” movement. Walk away from the Democratic Party. America, as the founders envisioned it, hangs in the balance.
￼Bill Botts, Kaanapali, Maui
Please think before you vote
Mel Rapozo is standing up for the little guy and all of the working class who have to get up every morning and enter into roadside combat just to make a living.
Mel strongly supports working with the residents of Kauai from the lower-income wage-earners to the major property owners, in a manner that will secure access to the old cane haul roads and other unused property for permanent paved alternate roadways.
Mel is taking a hard look into not bringing in more rental cars by supporting our tourism industry in a factual and conservative way that will work for all of us.
Mel has the common sense to not try to force alternative types of transportation on us. One only has to look at California to see that people are not going to give up their cars.
Mel has adopted the phrase “Keep Kauai Moving,” and he states that there is no single solution to the many-faceted problems at hand, including traffic, tourism, and solutions to the overburdening of our infrastructure such as waste management, both solid and wastewater. But he knows that the only way to solve these problems in by all of us working together to realize what is needed and to accomplish the unified success of solving the needs of our Garden Island.
Regardless of who you vote for, make sure that you do exercise your right to vote.
Wally Jaynes, Kapaa
Hats off to community coalition
Obvious at first blush was all the arduous work, detailed planning and organizing that went into putting on five forums all across the island — one for mayoral candidates only (Island School), three for County Council candidates (Koloa, Hanapepe and Kilauea), and one with both mayoral and council candidates (Anahola).
In their introductory remarks, candidates addressed questions based on the “theme” chosen by that area’s sponsoring organizations. They then rotated amongst all groups, fielding questions posed by participants related to broad themes such as affordable housing, infrastructure, preservation of Native Hawaiian culture, etc.
The format appeared to work well for candidates and attendees alike — the best opportunity we’ve had on Kauai to discuss issues one on one. Voters certainly deserved the chance to hear how incumbents plan to address Kauai’s mounting crises. Maybe it’s time for Kauai to be represented by councilmembers who make serving the island a full-time job.
Ellen Ebata, Koloa