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• Mahalo from Na Mana Ola Hou
• Who makes the rules? You choose
• Who’s in charge?
• Mahalo for bagging the drift
Mahalo from Na Mana Ola Hou
On behalf of co-sponsors Na Mana Ola Hou and the Kaua’i Peace ‘Ohana, I would like to thank the more than 50 persons who attended last Sunday’s screening of “Arlington West” at the Hanapepe United Church of Christ. Panelists Rev. Dr. Robert Ganung (Hanapepe UCC Interim Pastor), Dr. Mitsugi Nakashima (retired educator), Claire Mortimer (Green Party chair), State Rep. Mina Morita, and retired educator Joanne Watanabe provided excellent commentary and response during the hour of discussion following the film.
The clarity and resolution of Kaua’i citizens regarding war in general, and more specifically the war we are currently involved in, was apparent. As Rev. Ganung stated, “…it is no longer appropriate for the church to remain silent on this issue.” Dr. Nakashima and others commented on how our complacency enables the corruption of power.
The film will be made available soon in other venues other than the West Side. I hope readers will make an effort to see it.
Who makes the rules? You choose
I am responding to Bettejo’s letter printed on the 13th of September.
I feel that you are earnestly seeking the truth. Your question is, why all the fighting between scientists? Because this is a question of who makes the rules. Basically what intelligent design scientists are saying is that real observable science proves that evolution is impossible at the molecular level and therefore impossible at any other level.
Scientifically, this should end the debate right there. And scientists have known this for some time, but society has been sold a false bill of goods. Why would the media, our schools, and some scientists knowingly sell society a false bill of goods? Why would they knowingly censor any scientific evidence contrary to evolution? Why would they refuse to remove proven falsehoods from their school text books? Because if there is ape in your ancestry, then mankind makes the rules. We are not accountable to an almighty creator God. Get rid of too many cats; get rid of too many babies. What’s the difference?
If Genesis is not scientifically accurate then it is not spiritually accurate as well. Marriage can be between a man and a man, a woman and a woman, a man and a woman. What’s the difference?
Do what you want with sex. Show nudity, sex, and violence on television and in the movies and call it a comedy. What’s the difference?
The media prides itself in controlling public opinion and shaping society’s morality. Or should I say immorality. The truth is that we were created by an all-knowing, all-powerful intelligence that we choose to call God. Intelligent design scientifically proves that we are indeed accountable to this all-knowing God and therefore God makes the rules. You make the rules or God makes the rules. It’s your choice. Which will you chose?
Who’s in charge?
May this be received with good intentions and results.
I am having a little difficulty in understanding the current issue being displayed in the public newspapers concerning the Kaua’i Police Department’s hugely overspending their fiscal budget for the year. As I understand it, a budget is initially drafted by the department’s head. That budget has to be reviewed and approved by someone else, as in the case of the police department someone must do that review and acceptance. When that budget is approved and funded by the County of Kaua’i and in place for the year then who is ultimately responsible for the budget from that time on?
It is hard to understand when you have a police commissioner indicate it is the finance director who should be watching how the money is being spent. It is also hard to understand when you have another police commissioner indicate it is the chief of police who should be responsible. It further complicates things when the chief of police indicates it is his own fiscal department who is responsible but he was not aware of what is going on in department spending.
Now in any private industry a company has a president or chairman who is usually monitored by a board of directors. If the chairman or the board of directors does not know what is happening in the company then that company is in deep kim chee. In a short time that company will be dysfunctional or broke. I do hope this is not what is starting to happen with the Kaua’i Police Department.
From my general knowledge of government functions and watching a few County Council meetings and Police Commission meetings I distinctly remember in the past that County Council members did bring up the subject of who’s in charge. Did not the council inform Police Commissioners Mike Ching, Carol Furtado and Police Chief Lum at a public meeting that they (the chief of police and the Police Commission ) were solely responsible for the police department’s budget and implementation?
Now, being a logical person and a taxpayer it is quite embarrassing that the police department has spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars that they shouldn’t have and then not know who is supposed to be in charge. Can you all please get together and inform the people of their duties and responsibilities without more humbug. Maybe someone should sit down with each of the parties and tell them their job description and requirements so they can stop claiming this I Don’t Know Syndrome.
Then when all is done, everyone in the community can feel better that all is well and their dollars are being taken care of and spent wisely.
Mahalo for your time and patience,
Mahalo for bagging the drift
Mahalo to the folks across Hawai’i nei, for their clean-up efforts on “Get The Drift and Bag It” day. On the third Saturday in September, people across the state are urged to organize beach clean-ups in their area.
Malama Maha’ulepu volunteers picked up trash from Maha’ulepu Beach to Haula Bay. We noted the absence of bottles and cans in this year’s day. This could be a sign that the “Bottle Bill” deposit and refund system are helping to reduce our roadside trash problem.
Mahalo Kaua’i. By returning your cans and bottles for refunds, not only are we keeping garbage off the beach, we are recycling reusable materials. Separating our trash and recycling glass, metals, plastic and paper significantly reduces what goes to the landfill. When you recycle, you will see how much less you bring to the curb for regular garbage pick-up. Every bit helps, please continue to do what you can to malama ‘aina.
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