Letters for Saturday, May 3, 2008

• Rights of personal sovereignty

• Wasn’t pilots’ union fault

• Enjoy the scenery

• Let truth steer you

Rights of personal sovereignty

With regard to Hawaiian “nation” sovereignty, there is the matter of personal sovereignty beyond nationhood. It should be obvious that human beings of all races are created with inherent, inborn, ingrained, innate, instinctive, intuitive and inalienable natural rights of free will, and until they are balanced among all members of the one human family, there is no true justice, peace, or freedom.

Inalienable natural rights include:

• To protect against initiatory physical force, coercion and fraud.

• To protect self-governance.

• To protect against environmental and physical harm.

• To protect justly-acquired personal property.

• To protect one’s free will to travel, trade and associate with others.

• To protect free will expression on public issues.

• To protect one’s right to participate equally and vote directly on public issues.

• To protect one’s right to dissociate from any principle, policy, program, practice or person.

• To protect against human-contaminated air, water, soil and food.

• To protect equal access to public places and public information.

• To protect open transparent settlement of differences with others.

As individual, natural rights are protected, so is all life including earth protected for the highest good of all.

Triaka-Don Smith


Wasn’t pilots’ union fault

Editor’s note: This letter was written before Aloha Cargo found a purchaser.

Don’t blame the ALPA (pilots) for Aloha Cargo’s demise. The pilots’ sticking to their position was not the reason for the failed purchase. The secured lender in the bankruptcy, GMAC, was not willing to accept the bids of the two prime buyers, and that was what ended the deal.

The cargo division was still making money, but the prospective buyers were not willing to offer enough to clear the current debt, and so it went the way it did.

My family had been “railroad” for four generations. We know a lot about organized labor and the complex relationship between it and corporate America.

I am not, however, so much a fan of unions as I am (I think) realistic about certain factions of top management being far more concerned about bottom line … and, perhaps, bonuses … than about whether their employees can make their rent or feed their kids.

Want someone to blame? Focus on Mesa Air Group. Boycott go! airline, and eventually Mesa will have to stop the bleeding and leave.

If go! pilots were better represented, perhaps their working conditions would have prevented the alleged falling asleep at the stick on that flight to Hilo.

Elaine Albertson


Enjoy the scenery

What’s up with all the speeding on the island?

Many drivers seem to blatently disregard posted speed limits — usually by about 10 to 15 mph. I notice this when I am on my bicycle: people just zoom by as if the road was the Autobahn or something.

Why are people in such a hurry? Is one person’s time more important than another person’s life?

I appreciate the effort Kaua‘i Police Department is making to enforce posted speed limits but it takes everyone’s willingness to adhere to the law in order to slow things down. Furthermore, remember that bicyclists have full rights on Kaua‘i’s roadways and are subject to all traffic laws as well: I point this out because some riders are pretty clueless too. Oh, and the reduced speed limits in work zones are applicable 24/7 for the duration of the work project and not just when work is going on.

Please Kaua‘i, jus’ slow down and enjoy the scenery.

Ann Leighton


Let truth steer you

In response to The Garden Island story “Spraying and GMO hot topic under tent,” A1, May 2:

In Kekaha, it didn’t matter if it was called Kukakuka, circus, hot topic, ignorance, coalition, or pro-active. It didn’t matter if the specialists came to speak on special interests, if a coalition was formed to venue their own agenda, or if a citizen’s group was seeking grants to independently monitor situations. The fair, equal, honest and open approach this tent event brought to the community of Kekaha, was as the heart-of-love behind it. This harmless grassroots effort protects the intelligence and practice of the ho‘oponopono. Even a person with a PhD can envy this process of thinking, talking, listening and forming solutions to the “multitude of problems” that exist in the neighborhood. The highest result of this behavioral science was to form people to work together, even though they might disagree or might not have what they wanted. They simply understood that “filling their piko—!” the center of existence, with solutions to problems begins and ends with the strength of the people. After all that went on, they shared their truths.

Mahalo Uncle Jimmy and all the folks at Kekaha. Let “truth” steer your community to safety.

Genara Campos



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