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•Look out for each other
• Obama’s inflation causing price hikes
•Rambo saves the day
Look out for each other
A home repair scam is occurring on Kaua‘i. Senior citizens are the target. The group may start with offers to wash off exterior wall mildew and clean gutters for a cash fee of $500 or more.
Their approach is friendly, and know personal information about the targeted victim such as other family member’s names. They attempt to convince the homeowner that other repairs can be done and they can do it quickly.
The senior is rushed into making decisions as well as giving cash including withdrawals from bank accounts. These are con artists.
Our kupunas are so trusting and often vulnerable due to loneliness or isolation. Neighbors, watch out for each other and strangers in the neighborhood.
Diana Kam, El Cajon, Calif.
Obama’s inflation causing price hikes
It seems we’re starting to feel the beginning of an inflationary cycle and one of your readers is a little perplexed that the prices of everything seem to be going up. (“No more price hikes,” Letters, May 28).
Mr. Rosen is absolutely right, groceries are up, golf, the bus and just about everything else we buy (except real estate) are trending up. So why not just ask our president to pass a law demanding that everyone keep their prices exactly where they are because of this “recession” we’re in? Isn’t that what we should do?
Being a good forward thinking liberal, let’s demand this from our current leaders and make sure we’re protected from all those companies conspiring to “gouge” us because of their greed and selfishness. For more insight on this, I keep asking myself, “What would Jimmy Carter do?”
Other than these horrible companies, what could be the cause of a situation that may just become a runaway period of inflation, or maybe worse, deflation for the first time in 60 years and its accompanying catastrophic unemployment rates.
Let’s see, our president has now shown clearly that his “plan” for overcoming the current financial crisis is to use our taxpayer money to create thousands of jobs and buy up many of the largest companies and banks in the world to save them from themselves.
Wow, that’s intelligent. Let’s call it the “See problem throw money” plan. Then we, through our trustworthy government, can own all the banks and companies so everything will be better! Does it really matter that over the past few months we’ve increased the national debt, heaped more burden on our future generations, and with the president’s Trillion dollar bailout plan, spent more money faster than with any President in history?
Thank goodness our Democratic leaders are discussing a new National Sales Tax on goods and services to help pay for all this, as well as for the president’s “free” health care for everyone pledge. Mr. Rosen, if you think prices are high now you won’t believe what will happen next given our direction.
It was just announced the feds are worried the United States may lose its AAA credit rating because of the president’s remarkable insight, “complex” recovery plan, and money-printing talent.
But who cares, we have the money-printing press at our national mints and can print as much money as we want! Forget about the concept that the more you have of something the less valuable each one becomes.
But that’s OK, we love our president because he has style, and whatever decisions he makes are not his fault. It’s so obvious this is George Bush’s doing anyway. Not to worry! In the end our president will save the day by doing what he does best. Organize the community.
Gordon Oswald, Kapa‘a
Rambo saves the day
This past Saturday, a group of seven of us set out to hike the spectacular (and torturous) Kaapoko Trail through the tunnels to the Hanalei River.
Unfortunately we lost the trail, but found the most generous young man who was in the vicinity pig hunting.
He most graciously abandoned the pig that his dogs had cornered, and in perfect Rambo fashion, grabbed his machete and blazed us back to the trail.
This act of kindness represented the true spirit of aloha and allowed us to complete our journey. Mahalo nui loa to Makani Taniguchi and his trusty sword for a truly phenomenal day! You are our angel!
With love and aloha from your biggest fans.
Brenda Sameshima, Poipu
Emilia Meza, Koloa
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