Letters for June 17, 2016

• America is still great • Time for a change

America is still great

When did America stop being great? My wife and I were born in the 1930s, so we know that America was great in World War II; then helping the world after the war; and becoming the world leader when Soviet Russia and communism collapsed.

President Bush told us that weapons of mass destruction were there in Afghanistan and persuaded us to go to war then. Did that end our greatness? No, because we kept our democracy alive and well.

Did the recession from 2008 on end our greatness? No, because we came out of that recession and our momentum has us climbing back to the pre-2008 days.

If America is still great, what can we do to make it better? Increase the middle class and stop the 1 percent from increasing their incomes while the rest stagnate.

I’m glad to be an American, I’m proud to be an American — what a great country we live in!

Peter Sterne, Koloa

Time for a change

It is high time that Kauai get someone qualified, like Kanoe Ahuna, to challenge Ron Kouchi for state senator. Instead of the same long-time politician we now have a choice of someone new with fresh ideas, values and no conflicts of interest.

For those impressed with Mr. Kouchi’s supposed influence as Senate president to bring state funds to Kauai, please be reminded that the state funds rural hospitals, affordable housing, workforce housing etc. according to a needs assessment. Not by which senator represents which county.

Kauai gets only one state senator and it’s past time for a change. Let’s change our senator to Kanoe Ahuna.

Paulo Tambolo, Wailua Homesteads

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