Letters for March 16, 2016

Letters for March 16, 2016

Most people respect warning signs

Closing Queen’s Bath after the recent death of a tourist will not solve the problem. Concern for safety of visitors is sincere by responders, officials and especially residents in the area who may view foolishness daily. But it has been on the alluring map for a long time.

Whether it be a treacherous hiking trail, beach or shoreline, someone will challenge Mother Nature use bad judgment that ends in tragedy.

The majority of people respect warning signs and should not be denied access to Queen’s Bath because of questionable behavior.

Sandra J. Abrajano

Chicago

Different opinions a chance to learn

I’d like to tell all the people that read my letters, I’m a narcissistic, opinionated jerk. I understand this, but I want all of you to know that I read your letters and carefully consider your opinions. There is a fair chance I am wrong in my beliefs, and if that is the case I want to reconsider my opinion.

I simply want to tell everyone who writes in that some of my letters are borderline offensive, but I read all of yours and many of them influence me in a direction I had not previously considered. It makes me a better man and I want to thank all of you. I love to learn and I get taught a whole lot from your letters It’s a blessing even when I don’t agree with you.

Joseph Lavery

Kapaa

Trump a terrible candidate

Mark Beeksma’s March 10 letter in the TGI Forum “Trump could be another Bill Clinton” misses a few points.

Bill Clinton, with all his faults, never called for building a wall between Mexico and the U.S., never referred to immigrants as “criminals and rapists,” never espoused their wholesale deportation, or proposed the banning of the members of an entire religion from entering the U.S. Bill never founded a “university” that bilked thousands of students out of their money, never insulted a female candidate, denigrated a handicapped reporter, or bragged about his “hand size” during a nationally televised debate, and never allowed protesters at his rallies to be roughed up and ejected.

Perhaps I am naive, but in 67 years on this planet, voting in elections for the last 45 of those years, I have never seen a candidate as slimy, as unprepared and unqualified to be president as Donald Trump.

Back in the day, I worked for the election of LBJ against Barry Goldwater. I hated what Goldwater stood for, but I always respected him as a person of conviction, and the GOP as a political party.

With Trump, I have no respect. He says whatever he thinks will stir the pot and damns the consequences. He appeals to the absolute worst parts of us all — and basks in the warmth of the fires of hate and intolerance he stokes.

Bill Peterson

Kapaa

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