Letters for Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

We must stop deficit spendingGetting a breakTry living in Waimea Valley

We must stop deficit spending

A reply letter to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who asked for “Ideas” about bringing an end to “Shut Down.”


Just thought I would take a moment and respond to your request. First let me say, I’m Portuguese and I can’t help myself, I sincerely thank you for your service. I think you are unique among many lawmakers — enough said. Ideas and opinions on the shutdown are like belly buttons. Far right, centrist and far left thinking are just that — thinking. All of those folks who have been in the “lawmaking/lawpassing” business may have finally got the message, although they don’t want to admit it. We, as a government, (I say “we” because myself and all of the voters are just as responsible as the “lawmakers”) have run ourselves into the financial abyss of ruin. We are embarrassed to admit it, but people like Ted Cruz and his compatriots are correct in not wanting to spend one more dollar of hard-earned tax dollars, until we can figure out a way not to run deficit (of any type) spending.

OK, so that’s my diatribe. Here’s my idea. Take a big mirror, a real big mirror to work, have everybody look into it, and realize that everyone looking back, not just a few zealots, are responsible for the situation we are in. Yes, I am in the reflection as well. Then take a very deep breath and say, in unison, we cannot continue to spend one  more dollar than we take in, period, ever again, and we are stopping this behavior right now. Put all of us on notice that we are going to have to not only pay all of our debt off, but we are not going to fund any new programs of any type, until our debt is paid off.

Then tell the American people in mass. Give them that message, and tell them you (you being yourself and all the other lawmakers) are going to have to raise everyone’s taxes: rich, poor, middle class, business, 501(c)3s and every other person and entity in the US that has enjoyed their time at the public trough in an amount that will extinguish the $17,000,000,000,000 and counting “on the books” debt.

You asked for an idea. It really is not an idea. It is just what a parent would tell their child, their prodigal child, “You can’t use the family car again until you have worked off the $1,000 you borrowed and promised to work off six months ago for a new iPad, smart phone and date money.” There would be a hell of a lot of gnashing of teeth, whining, crying, name calling, but you would be acting on their behalf, teaching them fiscal responsibility, thrift, good stewardship of things of value entrusted to them, character and common sense. By the by, you should  ground them for the name calling in addition to the loss of the car privileges. This assuming the parent had not also been name calling to cover their lack of the former life lessons to be learned.

Tulsi, I really hope you read and listened to this “idea.”

Gil Scott


Getting a break

Recently, Kimo Rosen introduced me to the TV series “Breaking Bad,” doing what he could to educate me by email messages/links. I had not heard of the TV program. For years, there was no television in our family home — only select movies, CDs and books. This was a conscious decision.

I began Web searches. Reviews found to “Breaking Bad” included descriptions such as “pop-culture explosion,” “media darling and ratings powerhouse.”

Where had I been?

I attempted to click to one of the series, and watch for myself — I was curious. However, being in Thailand, there were international restrictions … I was left wondering.

The next morning, I meet up my new American traveler friend — a retired science teacher from Texas.

My friend asked me if I liked the TV program “Breaking Bad” — fancy that. My friend began to express her enthusiasm for the program, how it had “grabbed her” — she was addicted. It was as though Kimo, from the “Cosmic Island,” was channeling through my friend.

There I was in a foreign country feeling more foreign around my own fellow Americans, as my friend tried to impress upon me the significance of “Breaking Bad.”

While bull dust flies on Kauai and around this TV Series “Breaking Bad,” headlines are exploding around the world — with descriptions such as “6.6 million people watched “Breaking Bad” during Emmy Award,” “fifth season strong,” and from Vanity Magazine, “Breaking Bad’s Crowning Night is an ode to quality.”

This series was awarded Best Drama. For me? I’m still trying to hop on to the “Breaking Bad” carousal that is turning around me; I hope I get a break.

Deborah Morel

Perth, Australia

Try living in Waimea Valley

To all council members: You all should move to Waimea Valley and see what is happening. See if you can put up with all the dust and spraying of chemicals.

This goes for all seven council members. I have watched many council meetings concerning Bill 2491.

The governor is leaving this matter in your hands. With all the testimonies up to now, enough is said and you should vote on this matter now and not wait until we have more and more people getting sick, whether children or adults.

You’re lucky you live far away from the spraying and dust coming from the fields. Do your duty, stop looking out for your next vote to be on the council.

Everyone knows who they will be voting for. Stop copping out on the matter and pass this bill.

Thanks for all that has been done up to now revealing all the testimonies from both sides of the bill.

We need to get this matter taken care of now. Vote yes for Bill 2491.

Gilbert Nobrega



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