Letters for April 6, 2016

Letters for April 6, 2016

Aware of issues that come with population growth

OK, I’ve learned my lesson about talking with reporters. My comments about population growth (TGI, March 31) were taken out of context so that I appeared to be out of touch with Kauai’s reality and encourage population growth. In fact, I was reacting to the reporter’s statement that some people claim most of the island’s growth is from homeless people moving to Kauai.

I said that claim is not supported by the reports I’ve read on the state’s homelessness. I said we can’t prevent people from moving here and most who come are either retired or bring skills that may benefit the island and possibly assist in diversifying the economy. I cautioned that we already have a housing shortage and need to ensure that homes are available for residents and the newcomers and that we have sufficient infrastructure in place. I mentioned that a traditional Hawaiian value is to make everyone feel welcomed.

The county is in the midst of updating its General Plan, intended to guide decisions about land use, infrastructure, county services, etc. Anyone wishing to contribute to the discussion about population growth and how best to plan for Kauai’s future can get involved. Check out the website http://plankauai.com.

Diane Zachary

Kapaa

Coral disease not unique to Kauai

In the past few weeks, the media have reported on the massive coral bleaching on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The dominant reason given is warmer water due to climate change.

I hope Kauai’s renowned ocean scientists and the researchers from Down Under are sharing and considering each other’s research to determine an effective way to save the coral — evidently as important to the ocean as honeybees to land.

As I think about Kauai’s strength of spirit, the rest of us can support the researchers’ work through prayers that mitigate the effect of mental hot spots and senseless embroilments that heat up and poison our planet’s innately good atmosphere. If a church or meditation group, or spiritually minded individuals do their part in saving our dear oceans, perhaps their inspiration can be shared in this paper.

Kauai is also known as the Healing Island. A focus on divine universal love nullifies hatred, heals disease, and cools tempers. A quote from one of my favorite authors, Mary Baker Eddy, in Science and Health, supports researchers and prayer teams alike in our island family’s hopes for healing: “Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.”

With Love governing thought, we can heal our undersea gardens as surely as our prayers for “gentle rains and calming winds” effectively dissolved the impacts of the many hurricanes headed our way last year.

Wendy Winegar

Kilauea

Trump supporters not the ones in the wrong

In response to Richard Robinson letter on April 2. “Something seriously wrong with Trump supporters”

I can see where the liberals and the corporations are afraid of the free speaking Trump. He speaks what is on the minds of many Americans even though his delivery is not “politically correct.” He addresses many issues that are harming America. I don’t often agree with his execution, but I do like that he is not a career politician that plays the Washington games. That has not worked in the past.

You mention Trump is racist and oppresses other religions, and is misogynist. Well, I can see where you might not have heard from the liberals that we have Muslim extremists that want to kill us. They cannot even utter the word Muslim extremist. They say jihadist as not to offend anyone. Heaven forbid we offend the religion who says the west is evil. The mast majority of Muslims in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq etc, consider themselves fundamentalist. Do the homework. That means Syria law. Hilary says the idea of newcomers posing a danger “is not who we are.” The nations top security experts say they cannot vet individuals coming from high security nations. But the liberals are kumbaya, ya’all come over here! Sorry, I am not for that and I admire a person that is not afraid to say it.

They say Trump’s rhetoric is what incites Muslims to terrorism. Really! Think about that stupid statement. Hmmm … and Trump doesn’t like woman. Some woman I suppose, I don’t like some women either. But he sure has a host of women and gay women working in top positions for him. The abortion statement was careless, but who among us hasn’t made a statement they regret.

And finally “it is not aloha.” I lived in Hawaii for five years. I didn’t get much of that aloha. I was treated different than the locals even thought I was raised on a tiny island for a majority of my life.

It is your choice, like everyone else, to vote for a candidate knowing the facts. You have belittled people who do not think as you do. I choose not to vote for a Democratic socialist. I choose not to vote for Hilary who has a long record of wrong doing and lying to the people she serves.

Pure and simple, your letter was hateful. There was no need to call anyone wearing a Trump T-shirt stupid. In the “aloha spirit,” you owe Kimo an apology.

Carrie Eckert

La Quinta, California

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