Letters for July 17, 2015

• Marriage definition remains the same • Council decisions making life more difficult

Marriage definition remains the same

The definition of marriage has not changed. Historically, same-sex marriage existed in Ancient Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, Egypt and in China, southern Provence of Fujian during the Ming Dynasty. These are just a few examples.

“A same-sex marriage between two men, Pedro Diaz and Muno Vandilaz in the Galician Municipality of Rairiz de Veiga in Spain occurred on 16 April 1061. They were married by a priest at a small chapel. The historic documents about the church wedding were found at Monastery of San Salvador de Celanova.” This is a quote from Wikipedia, History of same-sex unions.

I suggest people check their facts and read a few history books, before they jump to conclusions and condemn good people. Ignorance, ethnocentrism and bigotry should not be tolerated at any level in a free society as ours.

Chester Mazurowski, Kapaa

Council decisions making life more difficult

“Just ignore it and they will eventually go away.” That’s what is on our minds as we watch the ongoing results of what we feel were prejudice statements that were madeby any elected official serving on our council (KITV news June 23).

Those of you who depended on your homestay rental income to make your mortgage, pay taxes and insurance, are now faced with an application with the regulations,requirements, and rules that have been purposely enforced to politely tell us that your business you used to make ends meet has a good chance of not making itthrough the application process, which can only handle 10 a year.

I believe what the council does not realize is the seriousness of their actions and the optimistic thoughts that these business properties they have shut down will neverbe affordable for “local families.”

I see the popularity and demand to live on Kauai as the biggest reason for it not being affordable. People are willing to pay dearly for this lifestyle. Homestays beingshutdown hurts everyone. I’m now beginning to understand why we have a national rating of 50th for business-friendly climate.

Steve Martin, Wailua

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