Letters for Monday, November 26, 2012

• Tulsi is a star already • Let the mayor use all the gas he needs • Controlling population is human responsibility • Recognition, appreciation for Myles Emura

Tulsi is a star already

I don’t know if other people follow the news like I do, but I wanted to point out that newly elected Congressional representative Tulsi Gabbard is no longer a rising star in the Democratic Party — she is an actual star.  

She’s been interviewed and featured in countless national news programs, such as CNN, MSNBC, USAToday and others.  Each time I’ve seen her, she’s handled herself with poise, intelligence and a gracious sense of aloha.  

I am proud to have such an exceptional leader representing Hawai‘i in Congress. With her newfound influence, Tulsi will be better equipped to help lead and tackle the important issues facing us today, such as the economy, the war in Afghanistan, Medicare and Social Security.

Malia Alana



Let the mayor use all the gas he needs

I feel outraged that the mayor is under a witch hunt for using too much county gas. Did somebody say, “Who cut the cheese?” The gas problem may not be with the mayor but rather with all the hot air all over the coconut wireless by his accusers that seem to be the real cheese cutters?

Remember, in comparison, our local County Council members get $500 a month car allowance along with a very generous salary of $56,000 a year for what is only a part-time job. Everywhere the mayor goes he is on the clock, whether it’s a luncheon, a meeting, an annual event, giving speeches, ribbon cuttings or going to the grocery store, he is always approachable with aloha, kokua and a pono spirit.

The job of mayor is a 24-7 position. Even when going grocery shopping, the mayor is approachable. For that I say let the mayor use all the gas he needs. Better yet, to solve the mayor’s gas dilemma, give him one of the electric Nissan Leaf cars that the county recently invested in.

The joke goes, “My girlfriend asked me to take her somewhere expensive for her birthday, so I took her to the gas station.”

Because of the price of gas I’d rather the mayor use an electric vehicle. After all, it’s no fun being around a guy with a lot of gas.

I don’t care if the mayor fuels his vehicle with gas, cooking oil, manure, electricity, 12-volt batteries or the sun. What I do care about is that we have one dedicated public servant we can all be proud of who works tirelessly for us with kokua.

Mahalo nui loa, Mr. Mayor.

James “Kimo” Rosen



Controlling population is human responsibility

Let God decide the Earth’s population? I couldn’t agree more with that statement. The only thing that’s in question is how do we define “God.” Mr. Kirk obviously believes in the Christian concept of God as an all knowing, all powerful male deity who has a predetermined plan as to how every detail of every moment is going to happen. He sees God as a separate entity that lords over us fallible humans and we have no power over our collective fate.

This is of course, the lazy way of existing and viewing the world. Why bother doing anything to make the world a better place when you have no power to change its predestined outcome?

Good deeds for people with this mind set are just a way to secure personal salvation from a post life punishment. Others however, believe that God is the spirit, the energy force, the internal light that exists within all of us and empowers us to act in ways that actually change the world for the better.

They realize that exercising their God-self is not a way to avoid damnation, but a personal responsibility of being aware of the true nature of God.

Controlling the world’s population is a collective responsibility of those humans who are aware of the true nature of reality and those who believe in magical, external gods have nothing to offer to the conversation.

And if I’ve offended any religious types by scoffing at your beliefs, great! That was my intention.

Jason S. Nichols


Recognition, appreciation for Myles Emura

We are frequent vacationers to Kaua‘i. The beauty of your island is magnificent, and the warmth and friendliness of the people in your service industries and restaurants continually draws us back to Kaua‘i.

One of your “locals” — Myles Emura, a senior lifeguard at Poipu Beach — exemplifies the spirit of your island so deeply that we wish to express our appreciation for Myles and the County of Kaua‘i for all you do to help your visitors experience the great love and beauty that your island has to offer.

We met Myles during a day trip Po‘ipu Beach and had an instant admiration and respect for him. Myles had control of the beach (he had a knack for keeping his eyes on everyone, at all times), he was the most popular lifeguard on the beach (all of the locals and frequent vacationers knew him), and he performed his job with the utmost professionalism, responsibility, teamwork, kindness and compassion.  

Over the years and several visits to Po‘ipu Beach, we have exchanged gifts and stories with Myles and watched him lead and train young lifeguards, gently carry wheelchair-bound people across the sand and float them in the water, treat snorkelers’ wounds from scraping the coral or getting stung by jellyfish, and teach locals and tourists alike to appreciate, respect and preserve Kaua‘i’s ocean, beaches and marine life.

Myles is a unique man — patient, generous and selfless in his care for the well-being of others. As a lifeguard and as a representative of the County of Kaua‘i, he impacts the lives of immeasurable numbers of people every day.

We wish to express a warm and heartfelt thank you to Myles and to the county for all you do to make your visitors feel welcome, cared for and loved.

Royal and Andi Manaka

Jamul, California


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