Letters for Sunday, November 10, 2013

• Listen to the people• Mayor doing his job • No weapons in space • Don’t quote Bible • Fill the seat

Listen to the people

Mayor has shown his true colors. We now know him as “let’s sit and talk story to figure out what’s best … but then I will do what I want!”

He must think Kauai is stupid and can’t figure this out. 1) these companies contributed to his election. 2) His hiring of Nadine Nakamura from the council to be his aide next week! 3) He held out his veto to the last possible minute so time will expire on a possible override needing Nadine’s vote. Not surprising considering all those years in sports practicing the two-minute drill.

Politics to the max. This is not about what is best for Kauai. This is mayor playing games with our future.

Martin Wessler, Lawai

Mayor doing his job

Why you guys get mad at the mayor? He only doing his job. Like any other job, you gotta do what’s right for all concerned, some of you won’t like and some will. So suck it up! Why act like children? Act like adults. Act civil. As for division on this island, it wasn’t done by the mayor, it was done by Gary Hooser when he introduced Bill 2491. If Mr. Hooser did his homework more better, it wouldn’t have come to this. And some of you because things no go your way no need to get mad and threaten the mayor. So stop acting like spoiled children and act like adults. We on the Westside have aloha!

Carmelita Haumea, Kekaha

No weapons in space

The science fiction film “Gravity” was the top-selling movie for weeks. The premise is that a piece of orbiting space junk collides with a space station, putting George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in peril. It’s fiction based on fact.

America’s first woman in space, Sally Ride, had a run-in with space debris on her first shuttle mission in 1983, when a ding appeared on the shuttle’s windshield. Back on Earth, analysis showed the shuttle was hit by a fleck of paint dislodged from another satellite traveling at the same low orbit speed of 17,500 mph. Sally Ride deduced that more and larger debris in space can pose a risk to valuable satellites. Ultimately she became a vocal opponent of weaponizing space, citing the ultimate catastrophe of space warfare, shutting down Internet, TV and radio transmissions and crashing the world economy.

The priority mission at Pacific Missile Range Facility here on Kauai is land basing the Aegis missile. Sold to the public as being solely for defense, its only non-test use has been as a space weapon, shooting down a satellite in 2008.

U.S. security is not served when the Aegis is being deployed near the borders of China and Russia, two countries whose cooperation is essential to stopping nuclear proliferation among nations as well as preventing a ruinously expensive race to weaponize space. Seen in an unvarnished context, PMRF’s mission translates to consolidating power in the Pentagon establishment and assuring profits for the armaments industry into the future. Forever war is forever profitable.

Kip Goodwin, Kapaa

Don’t quote Bible

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.”

Are you testifying against same-sex marriage using biblical passages? If you are in a mixed-race marriage, you miss the irony and cast the same stones used against you! According to the famous landmark legal decision Loving v. Virginia in 1958, you broke the law:

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”

Today in Hawaii, the races are so mixed that very few are 100 percent anything. So now the former perpetrators of God’s will are using the same arguments to condemn the next group of feared minorities.

Only in hindsight can we see the hypocrisy of using God to discriminate in barring marriages.

Sean Tesla, Anahola

Fill the seat

The council needs to quickly and expediently fill the seat left by the departure of Nadine Nakamura so that the business of the people can move forward properly. The 30-day deadline would bring it past the time of deliberations on 2491 and many other important issues facing the council.

That being said, in this particular instance it was clearly done to usurp the people’s process and to cause chaos because the actions of the council were not in sync with the administration’s goal of shutting down the people’s bill for a more palatable one for their ideology, agenda and goals. The timing of this makes the administration look very bad indeed, even though there is a chance that it was unintentional.

I urge the council to fill the seat before any more deliberations on the fate of 2491, and we the people would very much appreciate that seat be filled before the next meeting on the matter Thursday, so that we can have a full and workable council.

It is not just about 2491, it is about doing the business of the county properly and with the seven seats that the charter calls for filled. We are confident that anyone you so wisely choose will be able to hit the ground running. So please, let’s get that done. If, by the time this letter gets printed, you have filled the seat, my thanks for doing so, so that the business of the people can continue.

Anne Punohu, Kapaa

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