Letters for July 5, 2016

• Council decisions hurting neighborhoods • Governor using ‘community safety’ to take away rights

Council decisions hurting neighborhoods

Because of the recent council decisions regarding homestay operations, some of our council has decided that tourists can no longer use accommodations outside of the VDA areas. To further control on what homeowners can and cannot do with their property, the council established requirements for homestays and B&B so that most will give up the hassle with the high cost of trying to make ends meet by applying for a permit. Again, it’s selective decisions of discrimination to allow some and not others to do this.

What really makes a difference between a resident and a tourist when it comes to accommodations? For the council to categorize and label people in order to say where they are allowed to stay on the island has been a great mistake. In our neighborhood we had two homestays for the last 18 years. If I didn’t mention it no one would ever know. That’s how compatible they were.

Our neighbor recently sold his property to a mainland buyer who purchased the property from a picture on the Internet. After the purchase, the new owners decide they must rent it in order to pay the high mortgage. The new full-time renters appear to be more than one family in order to pay the $2,700-plus utilities to make it.

Since they have moved in, what was a quiet neighborhood for the past 20 years has become a loud, domestic, foul-mouth situation with too much drinking at night. We want the tourists back.

Steve Martin, Kapaa

Governor using ‘community safety’ to take away rights

Many have heard that Gov. David Ige has used his phone and his pen to bring to Hawaii “community safety” by signing SB2954. I could tell you how government placing law abiding citizens exercising their second amendment rights on an FBI data base for their own good, goes against everything our Founding Fathers gave us in the constitution. I could try to explain that the “Federal Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986” summarized:

No such rule or regulation (under the) Firearms Owners Protection Act may require that records be maintained under this chapter or any portion of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any state or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or disposition be established.

This is just a symptom of a much greater problem facing Hawaii. Nobody really cares. Governors like Ige tell us about how they’re going to make things safer. They’re going to fix our problems. They need a million dollar study. And if the results show we don’t need anything, “We need another study!”

We don’t know anything. We need governors to take care of us. We are all victims of Monsanto, or some insurance company, and we are willing to give up the foundation of liberty to governors that are going to regulate, tax, study, and scare us into submission behind a premise of “community safety.”

How far will you go Gov. Ige? Do you wish to subvert my First Amendment rights while you’re at it? Will you next put me on your data base for speaking my mind? Maybe send it to the IRS? Oh that’s right, they already do that!

Dennis Bosworth, Kekaha

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