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• Stop siding with the Arabs • A loving, kind woman • Practice what you preach • Quit job to run
Stop siding with the Arabs
I am shocked by the rude statements of Joe Biden and Ms. Clinton condemning Israelis for building in their Eternal Capitol.
I am even more by the Israeli prime minister kowtowing to their demands.
The pressure on the tiny Israel to surrender half its capital to its enemy can only have one source; namely anti-Semitism!
The claim of Arab-Muslim rights to Jerusalem is just as absurd as would Jewish claim be to Mecca. Let Arabs give half Mecca to the Jews first.
Israel is tiny. It is 700 times smaller than the Arab countries. Arabs control 99.7 percent of the total Arab-Jewish land in the Middle East. It is naive to think that Arabs need land. They simply hate Israel and want to eliminate it.
Through the centuries of Arab occupation of Middle East, they have exterminated the native cultures of Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and the whole of Northern Africa. They eradicated the native people, their culture, religion, language.
Jews are the only indigenous people who have survived the Arabs, and naturally Arabs cannot accept this.
Stop siding with the Arab colonists. Arabs have no business being in Judea, they belong in Arabia, Jews are native to Judea.
Julian Kess, Kapa‘a
A loving, kind woman
There are only a few you meet along this road of life that leave a lasting impression in your heart. Happy Pleas-Preble was one of those few!
She was loving, kind, giving and a true lady. She would always stop and take some time for you, if you needed it. She made each day a little brighter for those around her with her positive attitude, straightforward words and humor.
As I read the notes in TGI (Page A8, March 18) sharing her words “Hi Dee Ho” and “water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink,” tears rolled down my cheeks and I could not stop the sobs.
What a joy to have know Happy all these years. I too, will miss her smile, joyful spirit and zest for life.
Melinda Uohara, Lihu‘e
Practice what you preach
In response to Rick Bundschuh’s letter, “A lamp for my feet” (March 18) I would like to start off by saying that I agree with a lot of what you have to say on the issue of people having misconceptions about the bible and its teachings.
I would also like to acknowledge the great work done by the Pierces and many other wonderful people that I know in your congregation.
Where I disagree is when you contend that it is the bible itself that people have a problem with and use as a “convenient whipping boy.” Millions and millions of people read the bible because it has a lot of good teachings and lessons to be learned. Even if they don’t believe Jesus is God. It is after all the number one best-selling book of all time.
There are many factors that play into the misrepresentation of the bible. I believe it is the fault of people, not the book itself, when it comes to misguided disdain for Christians, or for Christianity.
First of all, I believe it all starts in the church. Church is a place of worship, not a place of judgment. Especially not by pastors, elders, or members of the congregation.
Far too many times I have noticed that certain churches have a sect of people that are judgmental, cynical and sometimes arrogant with their beliefs. However small these groups may be, they have a powerful effect on how people view the church, and it can cloud peoples beliefs on the fundamental lessons of the bible.
I know many people that have given Christianity a shot, and been turned off by the elite social structure that some churches unfortunately have. It seems cliques, politics, gossip and personalities have taken over certain churches, therefore taking away from the message people show up to hear.
This permeates into society and into the minds of people. Causing some to blame the bible, rather than the actual problem.
Dan O’Flaherty, Koloa
Quit job to run
Mayor Fasi was the most legislated-against mayor in the history of Honolulu. The chief instigator was David Trask Jr., using the political power of the HGEA. Trask was a Jack Burns Democrat.
Yes, in those days there were Fasi Democrats and Burns Democrats. The aim of the Burns Democrats was to keep Fasi out of the governor’s office. To do this, Trask got the state Legislature to pass a law which required incumbent candidates to quit their jobs in order to run for another office.
This law is still in effect and should be repealed. Today the person immediately affected is Mayor Hannemann, who must resign in order to run for governor. It is totally unfair to require anybody to quit his present job in order to seek another. This law should be repealed immediately.
Harry Boranian, Lihu‘e
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