Letters for Monday, June 16, 2008

• Call for healthier diet

• Future is wide open

• We were set up

• Study history

• Is this progress?

• Let’s fire them


Call for healthier diet

I would like to congratulate Hawai‘i senators Carol Fukunaga, Mike Gabbard, Clarence Nishihara, Suzanne Chun Oakland, Norman Sakamoto, Brian Taniguchi and Jill Tokuda for winning the Compassionate Legislator Award.

This award, presented by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was in response to the bill they introduced to our state Legislature requesting that vegan and vegetarian food be offered in all of Hawai‘i’s public schools. I would also like to thank all members of the House and Senate, including those from Kaua‘i, for unanimously supporting this bill.

A vegetarian lifestyle, or even a vegetarian influence, can target many of Kaua‘i’s problems, including child obesity. This is to say nothing about extreme animal cruelty in factory farms and the immensely negative impact that a meat-based diet has on the environment (deforestation, water pollution and carbon output).

Our senators’ actions represent the true spirit of aloha and provides Hawai‘i’s children the option of choosing compassion and better health.

Joshua Duvauchelle

Kaneohe


Future is wide open

Digital cameras are a phenomena. There is no longer a need to buy film, or drop negatives off to be printed. You can e-mail your digital files to any Costco, Longs, Wal-Mart, Kmart or professional processor and easily print them at home with the push of a button if you desire.

Just as there is no longer a need for film with cameras, there will come a time in the very near future when there will be cars without the need for gas.

There is currently the air car in India and many hybrid electric solar ones in the works.

They say the technology of the last 20 years is going to be mild in comparison to what we have to look forward to.

I am looking forward to the day in the very near future when I can tell my grandkids, “I remember the time when cars ran on gas and all presidents were rich white guys,” and they will reply, “No way grandpa.”

Kimo Rosen

Kapa‘a


We were set up

Regarding Thursday’s supreme court decision, the “brilliant” Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy said, “This decision sets the United States apart from those who wish to harm us.”

Only two words are wrong. In reality, that decision sets us up for those who wish to harm us.

Don Paul

Kalaheo


Study history

They are back. My reference is a letter demanding a dog bark law. Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. A few years back, Gary Hooser, Becky Rhoades and a small coterie of virulent dog-haters put together a bizarre ordinance. The exact details now escape me but, in effect, the law specified a number of barks allowed in a short time interval.

Picture this: Now Fluffy you have had four barks so wait until 10 a.m. to tell the intruding cat to go away. The goofy ordinance went nowhere fast. Several public hearing were held. Lots of snapping and snarling between dog-lovers and the above listed few.

Suzanne Woodruff

Kapa‘a


Is this progress?

I guess George Bush and I have different ways of measuring progress. At least this is my conclusion I can draw from the TGI Editorial Roundup, Sunday, “On asylum in the U.S. for Iraqis.” But let’s look at the numbers and the facts.

The United States “liberated” a country, which produced 4.5 million displaced Iraqis. Out of these 2.5 million fled the “liberty” created in Iraq by U.S. and the coalition forces. When looking at the pre-war area, we can see that in 2002, 193 Iraqi citizens applied for admission to the United States as political refugees from Saddam Hussein’s dictatorial regime and the U.S. admitted only 148 of them. Now, according to the article, this nation has to look forward to a new wave of refugees fleeing Iraq, because they can no longer stay in their own country, after having somehow aided the “liberators.” In other words, they helped the liberators to liberate their country, where they can no longer stay, because their countrymen who have been liberated with their help hate them so much that they have to leave their liberated country. It’s an interesting side effect of “liberty” and heck of an interesting way to measure progress. Picture this: Now Fluffy you have had four barks so wait until 10 a.m. to tell the intruding cat to go away. The goofy ordinance went nowhere fast. Several public hearing were held. Lots of snapping and snarling between dog-lovers and the above listed few.

János Samu

Kalaheo


Let’s fire them

It’s time to hold Kaua‘i’s council members accountable.

So far we keep talking about it, but come election time, we keep voting some back into office to work against us once again.

Over 80 percent of the people on Kaua‘i want to be able to enjoy the freedom of walking their dogs on leash on the path.

And if any of the current council members vote against us, by not letting us use the path with our dogs on leash, then let’s vote them out.

Let’s fire them for not representing us.

If Councilman Mel Rapozo opposes our rights, then let’s fire him.

If Council Chair Bill “Kaipo” Asing opposes our rights, then let’s fire him.

It is very easy. When you see their name, do not check that box. Leave that box empty.

If newly placed Parks and Recreation Director Bernard Carvalho works against the wishes of the majority of Kaua‘i, then let’s get him out of a job that he is proving ill-equipped to do properly.

We need to remind the County Council members, and state and county employee’s that they were hired to work for us, and not against us.

And for those council members who are working against us, we need to show them that they will be replaced in the upcoming election.

I hope all of the people of Kaua‘i will join me in taking a stand this election time.

Let’s show them that we can do more then just talk or complain.

Let’s hire people who will work for the benefit of all, instead of just themselves and their friends and family.

So let’s all watch carefully on which Council Members vote against our wishes, and vote them out this time!

Dennis Chaquette

Kapa‘a

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