Letters for Thursday, December 25, 2014

• Happy birthday, Jesus! • County manager-style of government the way to go

Happy birthday, Jesus!

This is the day for birthday parties for Jesus. In an ABC poll this year, 83 percent of Americans identified themselves as Christians. 

Christians believe that Jesus was not just a great and loving man, but that he is also the unique son of God and the savior of the world. 

We celebrate the birthdays of Washington, Lincoln and King. We can certainly celebrate the birthday of Jesus. We don’t know the exact birth date, but this is a great time of year to celebrate. The winter solstice is a traditional party time, but it also has a wonderful symbolism for the birth of Jesus. From this time on, light is growing and darkness is shrinking. 

Worldwide, 33 percent of people are Christians. 23 percent are Muslims, who believe the Jesus (Isa) was a great prophet, who was uniquely able to do miracles.

That totals 56 percent of the world, who has a very high belief in Jesus. Both of these faiths continue to grow in numbers and in percentage of the world. 

Faith in Jesus is sweeping the planet. Jesus bore the sins of the world on a cruel cross. His followers have fed the hungry and built hospitals and schools around the world in Jesus’ name. Other followers, like William Wilberforce, put an end to slavery. Jesus elevated the role of women in society. The list of blessings goes on and on.

We have a lot to celebrate! 

A very merry Christmas to all of you! 

Mark Beeksman, Koloa

County manager-style of government the way to go

Thank you TGI for printing Mr. Micken’s letter about our county auditor, Ernie Pasion, “County auditor case a disgrace” on Dec. 22.

Why haven’t those responsible for this illegal use of county gasoline been prosecuted? Where is our prosecutor? Is it because the mayor and former county attorney heavily supported him to unseat an incumbent? After an unprecedented 32 executive sessions for this case, why hasn’t the public been informed as to what is going on? As in this gas audit case and the Morita case, is there really a double standard for those in power and the average citizen? If we had a county manager-style of government, couldn’t this whole mess have been prevented?

These are all good questions that seriously need answers. There are way too many wrong doings in our current form of government operations and change needs to happen. I hope and pray that some members of this new County Council would sponsor a resolution to have the County Charter changed by putting it in the 2016 general election.

Lynn Spears, Lihue

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