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• The final solution • A privilege, not a right • Lessons for Kaua‘i • A slap on the wrist • ‘Ohana first
The final solution
I totally agree with the letter by Gordon Oswald. (“Accept your fate,” Feb. 14)
My bible tells me these people are an abomination and are definitely an “aberration,” as Gordon mentions more than once. My Christian god agrees. He told me so. In case you don’t know, God is like Santa Claus for adults, and He wrote a holy book that is 100 percent accurate.
For instance: If a bunch of perverts come to your house and want to “know” your guest, what God says is to offer your daughter to be gang raped instead. And God tells us that when you want to take over territory, be sure to kill everyone, including women and children, unless you want to keep some of the really young girls for your entertainment.
Also, God has some handy rules about beating your slave. Unfortunately, we had the Civil War a while back and, although it took another hundred years, those pesky slaves finally got their civil rights like the rest of us real Americans.
But concerning these homosexuals; I think we should refurbish the camps that we kept those Japanese “Americans” in during World War II and they can study interior decorating and hair styling all they want.
I just can’t see why they keep demanding equal rights. It’s not like they’re real Americans, anyway. We could call it “The Final Solution.”
I think there was a guy in Germany a while back who had a similar problem with homosexuals and it worked out great. Plus, he got rid of a few others who hadn’t accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Phil Higginbotham, Kapa‘a
A privilege, not a right
Boy, lots of bellyaching lately about the cell phone ban, but not a valid complaint yet. Almost all of them have been the same tired refrain — government is taking away more and more of our rights.
While it may be true that government is stripping more people of their rights (I personally doubt it), it doesn’t even apply in this case. The problem appears to be that people don’t understand what a “right” is.
More and more people are claiming every little ridiculous thing they do as a “right.”
Driving, in and of itself, isn’t even a right. It is a privilege. That privilege can and has been stripped of people who don’t behave responsibly. The most basic logic would then say that since driving isn’t a right, driving while talking on a cell phone can’t be a right.
Talking on the cell phone is an irresponsible and selfish act that people have unilaterally decided is perfectly acceptable to do while making use of a privilege that has been extended to them.
That doesn’t elevate cell phone use to the level of a privilege, much less a right. And because too many people have adopted this practice, and created a public safety issue, government has decided to step in to try to do something about it — exactly as it should.
It’s no different than people stupidly demanding all speed limits be reduced from a perfectly fine 50 mph to 40 mph.
Please learn the difference between a right, privilege, and personal act before you start commenting on bans. Behave responsibly for once!
Michael Mann, ‘Ele‘ele
Lessons for Kaua‘i
Having witnessed the long lines, I am guessing that most people reading this letter have seen the movie “Avatar.”
I was deeply touched by the film and ask that I bring to your attention two important lines:
“They killed their Mother”; Another statement was spoken from the future, “There is nothing green left on their planet.”
Poisonous chemicals are sprayed daily contaminating our top soil and our water. The growth of many GMO fields grown by the biggest chemical companies in the world frightens me.
The military continues playing and expanding their war games in once peaceful Hawaiian waters and are now adding the return of the Superferry. Is this an intelligent path?
My questions to you are, can we change our direction? Will we stop destroying? Can we, respectfully, create Kaua‘i’s future and share her beauty and abundance?
Diana LaBedz, Waimea
A slap on the wrist
In response to Kailey Martin’s letter (“Our furry friends,” Jan. 30), I too am appalled at the short 30-day jail sentence given to the man who starved his dogs to death.
But I am even more angry about the man who shot and killed a pregnant endangered monk seal did not get any jail time at all, just a slap on the wrist. Where is the justice?
Mohala Comstock, Kapa‘a
No county or taxpayer funds should be spent towards the acquisition of a helicopter that is used on “green harvest” maneuvers — at which point I believe the county will be legally responsible for their actions in this regard.
I also believe I am not alone in the population of Kaua‘i far more concerned with destructive drug use such as ice, or heroin or cocaine versus marijuana.
I know that it feels like a war zone to me on the days that green harvest flies down close to our homes and can only imagine how our war veterans feel when this clear invasion of privacy occurs.
And I also believe I am not alone in the disappointment with the news that the North Shore may become the next place for a “5-star” rehab center when what we need is something low key for our local residents that they can afford without the expense and disruption of having to leave the island, their home and community to get adequate care.
Whatever happened to taking care of our ‘ohana first? I believe that if this new rehab center is to open they should be taking on a certain percentage of local patients without charge as a condition under which they may operate to show their goodwill towards Kaua‘i.
Petrina Britt, Princeville
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