Letters for May 10, 2015

• All boat operators should play by same rules • Praying with whom you want is perfectly fine

All boat operators should play by same rules

I found the article on the recent citing of illegal boat operators on the North Shore interesting and somewhat amusing.

Here we have an industry promoting the beauty and charm of our home, Kauai. Nothing wrong with that in itself. Rules and laws exist to maintain balance and fair play within the entire scope of any industry.

While I despise big government (as I think the world is over-regulated in the first place) it’s hard to sympathize in this case with the un-permitted, illegal boat operators working among owners who do abide by the existing laws and pay their fair share of revenues and taxes.

Don’t get me wrong, I think everyone is entitled to be an entrepreneur and pursue their dreams. However, I find it hard to support anyone who will say “I couldn’t get a permit but the heck with it, I’m doing it anyway!” How in the world are you supposed to defend that kind of logic in a court of law, much less get any support from the community? I just don’t see it.

Stephen Shioi, Kapaa

Praying with whom you want is perfectly fine

Concerning Kimo Rosen’s letter “Praying? More like preying,” letter, Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai (IRK and the Kauai Island Ministries (KIM) are simply labels whose functions are probably a 501(c) related. As philosophical differences, I am sure the term “mutual respect” is applicable between the two.

The fact, here, is people are getting together to pray “at the same location on the same day” and that’s wonderful. In addition, I am sure — and please those in authority at IRK and KIM, correct me if I am mistaken — both atheists and agnostics are more than welcome to attend this gathering. In fact, I am sure the collective of both organizations would pray they would attend.

I, personally, do not equate religious diversity as something infused with “judgment” but rather a sign of healthy and free and society. I agree we are “all in this together,” but I do not believe it means the ideal is we should all think and be the same and be in total agreement with each other on all counts.

Not only do I find this boring, but also a very dangerous mind set in many ways to many people … I suggest celebrating diversity a much healthier train of thought in any society.

Chris Schaefer, Kapaa

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