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Letters for Dec. 2, 2015
Please support property tax cap
To all property owners on Kauai. We are long-time owners in Hanalei. In the last four years, our property taxes have increased a horrific 473 percent. If you are a homeowner, I’m sure you have a similar story.
Gary Hooser has proposed a bill that would reinstate the property tax cap that was canceled in 2013. If this Bill 2606 is passed, any future tax increase would be limited to the most recent cost-of-living increase reflected by the Consumer Price Index. It would protect us all from exorbitant, unexpected tax increases from year-to-year.
Come help support Bill 2606 and make your voice and your story be heard at the public hearing at the Kauai County Building at 4396 Rice Street, today at 1:30 p.m.
Love is the better way to go
It has been my privilege to live here on Kauai for the past several years. I feel very blessed and thankful for all my dear friends here. The letter that The Garden Island printed regarding the nature of the Muslim religion was just a bit disturbing. I encourage free speech, but free flowing hate doesn’t advance our island culture in any way.
There are many mean-spirited (divisive) people in the world. They arise from every religion and belief system, and will twist their
scripture in knots to justify violence, prejudice and acts of intimidation. Whether it is violence at the Hanalei Pier, Oklahoma City
or in Paris, these acts are fueled by ignorance and promote an attitude of hate, not aloha.
I have been involved in interfaith activities for over 30 years, and personally know individuals of many faiths, including Muslims,
Buddhist, Hindus, Jews, Sikhs, Atheist, Yogis, followers of Jesus, and many others. I have studied, read and discussed spiritual ideas
and teachings for decades. No path advocates violence, hate, intimidation, terrorism or a mean spirit, unlike Friday’s vitriolic letter.
It is easy to love thy neighbor. They are most likely, like you. My question is, can we be kind to everybody, equally? Can we live the aloha spirit, or do we choose to love some, like some, and hate the rest?
It is a choice. I choose love, how about you?
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