Letters for Monday, October 13, 2008

• Is Kaua‘i ready for an economic hurricane?

• Sacrificing our children

• A touch of gray

• Fact versus fiction

Is Kaua‘i ready for an economic hurricane?

As events unfold from afar, first with energy prices and more recently with financial markets, I cannot help but wonder if Kaua‘i is prepared for what lies ahead.

These economic events began in earnest in August 2007 and since then I have been watching closely what the community of Kaua‘i is doing.

What I have seen is the people of a beautiful place mostly continuing about their daily lives and not expecting nor demanding significant changes from public or private sector leaders.  The people of Kaua‘i appear to have been comfortable and happy with things the way they have been.

That comfort level may change from here out.  

For the community, a good place to start is with the upcoming election. Both of the Mayoral candidates seem to be good, kind people but Kaua‘i will need more than that, and soon.

As the election approaches, I hope all of the voters will truly consider which one of these two imperfect mayoral candidates has the experience and intellectual interest to help solve the complex problems set to rain down upon the island.

Crises are never easy to deal with, but JoAnn Yukimura is the only one of these two who has shown the experience and knowledge on the issues to help solve the complex problems up ahead and bring the community together.

No matter what, Kaua‘i will get through this hurricane, again. Let’s make it a better place and community on the other side with JoAnn as our mayor.

• Brad Parsons, Hanalei

Sacrificing our children

Thank God, someone is finally talking about something other than the economy (“The Obama abortion menace,” Media Voices, Oct. 11).

Thank you for printing this important article in your forum. The recent news coverage of the financial crisis in the world has been a convenient distraction for Sen. Obama as he waves his banner of “Change.”

What better timing for him?

Kathryn Lopez’s editorial points out the callousness of the man claiming to be an agent of social justice when in fact he wants to continue the bloodbath perpetrated against the most vulnerable members of our society — the unborn children (55 million since 1973).

How in good conscience can anyone of faith support someone that cannot even make the right decision on something as basic as life? Can we really trust someone that supports the heinous act of infanticide to make ethical decisions on anything else?

These questions need to be at the forefront of this presidential race instead of on the back burner.

Voters need to stop thinking about their wallets for one minute and think about what is really at stake here. If we continue this holocaust on the unborn, there will be no economy to worry about.

God almighty will bring judgement on us for sacrificing our children on the altar of convenience.

• Janet Eisenbach, Princeville

A touch of gray

The world has changed  since the last time I donned a beard.

Jimmy Carter was president, disco was the dance and in California clothing-optional beaches were the norm.

Now George W. is president, the dance is survival and clothing optional only exists since the economy is so bad people cannot afford clothes or anything else.

Present day, the grocery stores and fast food restaurants are all starting to give me a thing called a senior discount without even asking for it. All this because I decided to not shave and my beard is now white.

For anyone capable of growing a white beard, it is a sure way to budget in these rough economic times.

Three cheers for a touch of gray.

• James “Kimo” Rosen. Kapa‘a

Fact versus fiction

Below is information from www.FactCheck.org.

“A National Rifle Association advertising campaign distorts Obama’s position on gun control beyond recognition. The NRA is circulating printed material and running TV ads making unsubstantiated claims that Obama plans to ban use of firearms for home defense, ban possession and manufacture of handguns, close 90 percent of gun shops and ban hunting ammunition.

Much of what the NRA passes off as Obama’s ‘10 Point Plan to Change the Second Amendment’ is actually contrary to what he has said throughout his campaign: that he ‘respects the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms’ and ‘will protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport and use guns.’

The NRA, however, simply dismisses Obama’s stated position as ‘rhetoric’ and substitutes its own interpretation of his record as a secret ‘plan.’

Said an NRA spokesman: ‘We believe our facts.’ Perhaps so, but believing something doesn’t make it so. And we find the NRA has cherry-picked, twisted and misrepresented Obama’s record to come up with a bogus plan.”

That’s just one of the many distortions McCain and Palin have used in their dirty campaign against Obama. There’s lots more on Fact Check.

Let’s also keep in mind that if 72-year-old McCain gets elected and something happens while he’s president, then his utterly unqualified Vice President Palin would become the most powerful person on the planet.

That’s a really scary thought.

• Laurel Kenney, Kilauea

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