Letters for Aug. 19, 2015
Consider rights of all and fix, don’t repeal law
Subject: “Quiet enjoyment” of neighborhoods on Kauai. I recently emailed Mayor Carvalho at Mayor@Kauai.gov to “Please veto the repeal of the barking dog ordinance” and cc’d the Kauai Councilmembers with this message: “Please let Ordinance 967 stand. If it needs amending, request that the Council produce a replacement BEFORE repealing the existing law. The neighborhoods have been without recourse for far too long with incessant dog barking, and this law resolves many hard feelings among neighbors. The barking dogs affect more than just one neighbor.”
Councilmember Kagawa emailed Mayor Carvalho and me this reply: “Defendents (sic) have a right to due process as provided in the Constitution of the USA. The current law violated this critical right of our citizens. It may not matter to you but as a lawmaker, it sure matters to me. Sent from my iPad”
I replied that in reading Ordinance 967 (link below): “The citation process mentioned in “Sec. 22-__.5 Violation-Penalties” begins with “Unsuccessful remediation of the nuisance barking following intervention by the enforcement officer may result in the issuance of a citation.”
I am not a legal beagle (arf!) but I would understand the remediation efforts by the enforcement officer, which MAY result in issuance of a citation if unsuccessful, to be part of due process. The court would then have jurisdiction, and the citation(s) can be paid or appealed.
Has the court found any citations invalid or in violation of due process?
The “severability” mentioned in “Sec. 22-__.8” and “Section 2” allows the other provisions or applications of the ordinance to stand, in the case of any provision or application to any person or circumstance may be held invalid.
My plea is still to allow Ordinance 967 to stand. Amend any provision needed, but please consider the rights of ALL neighbors affected.
Thank you for your consideration.
Boy Scouts turning away from God
What will be the new Boy Scout oath and law now that the BSA has completely lifted its LGBT ban on leaders and members?
It is lying and hypocrisy for scouts to raise their hands and swear “on their honor … to do their duty to God and country … and keep themselves morally straight.”
The Bible says concerning:
Duty to God
– “Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV).
– “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Leviticus 18:22; Genesis 13:13; Ephesians 5:11).
Duty to Country
– Sodomy “defiles nations” and “cries greatly to God for their destruction” (Leviticus 18:22-30; Genesis 18:20; 19:13).
– “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Morally straight means “not deviating from good/right conduct, according to God’s law, to evil/wrong conduct” (Webster’s 1828 dictionary).
Instead of “keeping themselves morally straight,” the Bible says gay scouts “change,” “dishonor,” “corrupt” and “defile themselves with mankind,” committing sins “against nature” which their maker declares “abomination” (Romans 1:24-26; Hosea 9:9; Judges 19:16-22; Ezekiel 16:46,47; 1Timothy 1:10).
The BSA now gives boys young as seven and young men leaders whom God calls “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” (1Corinthians 6:9).
Instead of remaining “trustworthy,” “brave,” “loyal” and “reverent” in its “duty to God and country,” the BSA has betrayed God and country for “the love of money” (1Timothy 6:10) and corrupted itself. It fears political correctness and loss of revenue from corporate sponsors more than God.
Michael W. Ellis, Eagle Scout 1968
Brother, Eagle Scout 1973
Father, Eagle Scout 1943 and