Letters for Sept. 1, 2014

• Time for change with Cowden • Let’s not fall as quickly as Rome • Answering questions on the anti-Superferry logic

Time for change with Cowden.

Aloha Kauai voters,

I am writing in support of Felicia Cowden who is seeking to serve on our County Council. She has a strong background in community development as well as having been in small business here on Kauai. She has some very well thought through ideas for our county, especially with regards to the current real property tax issues. Please read what she has to say before blindly voting for the status quo. She is accessible via akamaimom@gmail.com or by phone.

I know so many people fear change, but Felicia would make for a change in the right direction. She is passionate about our island, the Hawaiian culture, teaching our keiki and doing what is right for Kauai.

Please give her your serious consideration.

Mahalo plenty.

Bob Wilson

Kapaa

Let’s not fall as quickly as Rome

So, Gov. Abercrombie is blaming his humiliating primary loss on his decision to call a special session to legalize homosexual marriage. Perhaps he should, as he evidently hasn’t learned much from the past. In a way, weren’t we here a couple thousand years ago? The ancient and primitive Greeks and Romans crassly valued homosexual relations. But eventually the people wised up and realized that was a mistake (e.g., Plato condemned homosexual activity), and homosexual activity was again logically deemed unethical and was basically driven underground.

Now, wayward, ever-so-trendy “progressives” are trying to take us back thousands of years to more primitive and decadent times, despite the fact that thinking people have known for centuries that homosexual activity is immoral and a bad legal precedent.

It may surprise you that some colleges like Harvard now have officially recognized student groups devoted to promoting the acceptance of BDSM — sexually deviant bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism. That’s right. If you are a student who gets turned on by smacking people around, some colleges like Harvard now have groups for you! Bizarre.

The “logic” of heterophobic homosexuals is rapidly leading this society down a slippery slope to a more aberrant, disordered and irrational society. Rome didn’t fall in a day. But it did fall. Let’s not join the race to the bottom.

Wayne Lela

Downers Grove, Ill

Answering questions on the anti-Superferry logic

Mr. Valenciana says that all debate regarding the Superferry “must be based on what is best for Kauai herself,” rather than the people who live here. The “I” arguments are portrayed as something selfish and invalid in his letter. Really?

The needs and wants of the people of the island aren’t valid? Why ever not? And how does an island express itself in a debate without the voice of the people?

It can’t.

How could there be more net cars on Kauai because people drove their own rather than rent one here? Why would the mongoose and other invasive animals jump on the Superferry and not all the other boats that come here daily/weekly/monthly?

Especially when the ferry had strict rules about car cleanliness. How is this vessel going to mow down all the whales when they’re super easy to see and there is a spotter? Why would the homeless take a ferry and not a plane to Kauai? What’s to stop Kauai’s homeless from taking the ferry to Oahu instead of the other way around? Why would anyone in this isolated hurricane vulnerable state care if the military or any other entity needed to utilize the ferry for some need or other? Are thieves only on Oahu?

There are no good arguments for any of these complaints. I don’t think the impact would even be noticeable but, in any event, the benefits far outnumber the perceived negative issues. An alternative choice to the expensive and cumbersome airlines is long overdue.

Gayle Hughes

Kalaheo

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