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Letters for Dec. 5, 2015
Fever will not break your bones
The Garden Island provided me a good opportunity to laugh and I am appreciative. It gave reference to dengue fever now prevalent on The Big Island. Using an alternative but common description calling Dengue “Break-bone Fever” it referenced how the bones break if one contracts the fever.
Let me reassure the readers of The Garden Island, if by chance you contract this illness your bones will not break. The symptoms may make you feel that your bones are breaking, but they are not nor will they.
Monroe Richman, M.D.
Concerns arise about election process
The Na’i Aupuni election process to elect delegates to convene for the purpose of focusing upon the processes and procedures by
which the destiny of the kanaka maoli may be impacted raises the following concerns: 1) Why have some of the delegates chosen
not to be a part of this endeavor?; 2) Shouldn’t the concerns be addressed up front to establish integrity, clarity, transparency, and
accountability?; 3) Why not have proponents and opponents to this election “face-off” in a debate and have that broadcasted on
public access community television to the merits and demerits of this proposal may be evaluated before the election process is held?
Shouldn’t every effort be made to be pono to dispel any innuendo about the legality of what is going on? Too much is at stake “as is.”
Jose Bulatao, Jr.,
Good reasons to legalize marijuana
When are we going to stop funding drug cartels and violent gangs in America?
Government dictated prohibition does not work when “We the People’” agree on what we want. Colorado has taken back some $125 million (FY 2015) that would have gone to drug cartels and violent gangs, and used that money to fund public schools and infrastructure.
Instead of funding jobs for murderous gang members, Colorado has created thousands of jobs for hard-working Americans. Change is never easy for some, but Hawaii will legalize marijuana some day, so why wait?
Legalizing marijuana would also see the product being safely grown, including organically grown, so that it would have agricultural
inspections, just like the meat or dairy industries. One day, people will look back on arguments against the legalization of marijuana and laugh at the absurdity of not wanting to regulate an industry that is never going away.
Like we once had a prohibition against alcohol and people went to jail for possession of alcohol. Absurd for any government to try to take away something its own people want. It does not work.
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