Letters for Oct. 9, 2016

• Walter Lewis made Kauai better • John Carroll is a good candidate • Kaepernick and Obama, trump this Kool-Aid

Walter Lewis made Kauai better

One of the best advocates for “A Better Kauai,” Walter Lewis, whose editorials and actions have sought to enhance our lives is, regrettably, leaving our island.

A brief summary of how Mr. Lewis has been involved and what he has meant to Kauai follows:

He fought KIUC to keep them from paying way over book value for a utility that wasn’t worth the asking price and won — for the people!

He was the key person to get the Ohana Kauai charter amendment passed which was a huge savings tax by a 2-to-1 vote of the people. But the county sued the county and got the state Supreme Court to vote the measure down by a 3-to-2 vote.

He diligently worked for 10 years to get a manager style of government on Kauai and, though stalled, may still hopefully happen.

His editorials to help keep Kauai Kauai are classic and regretfully those who run our government were reluctant to take his learned advice.

On a personal note, my 22 years of being a government “Nitpicker” (watchdog) on Kauai has been supervised by Mr. Lewis, which I am extremely grateful for. If I had been billed for all his pro bono advise over these years the amount would be astronomical.

Hopefully, Mr. Lewis will still stay involved with the activities on Kauai even though he will be 3,000 miles away. All those who were fortunate enough to have known him will miss him but wish him the the best wherever he might be.

Glenn Mickens, Kapaa

John Carroll is a good candidate

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate John Carroll is the best, most qualified candidate to fill the position. With decades ofexperience as a well respected Hawaiian Airlines pilot and lawyer, John Carroll is someone I personally know to be a strongadvocate for regular people and doing the right thing.

The Democratic Party of Hawaii is a broken machine that has turned the Land of Aloha into the Land of Red Tape and PoliticalCorruption.

John Carroll is the only candidate willing to support local organic food production, tackle high taxes and repeal the brokenJones Act, which makes shipping costs for Hawaii obscenely high. Shipping companies are making all the money, whileHawaiians are getting robbed by the U.S. government’s bad policy.

I hope you will join me in voting for U.S. Senate candidate John Carroll. Let’s send him to Washington to fight for better jobsand lower taxes.

Rev. Dr. Eric Hafner, Mountain View, Hawaii

Kaepernick and Obama, trump this Kool-Aid

I had tears of joy in my eyes the day President Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United states of America.

Many including myself never thought with our nation’s history of black slaves, a little over a century later we would elect ablack president!

First of all let me say, I hate Kool-Aid but not only drank the Obama Kool-Aid, I was mesmerized by it. I defended everythinghe said. I even named my female dog after him.

Fast forward 8 years — so many changes. I am blown away that my president will not identify the enemy and defends footballquarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during America’s national anthem.

Watching NFL football used to be a safe zone, away from the political hoopla, a time to give our minds a rest. Not any more.Now we have a bunch of overpaid millionaires dictating to us on their company’s time their political beliefs?

How many people would be allowed to protest their beliefs during working hours? Let the players protest on their own time,not while being paid obnoxious sums of money to play and entertain us.

So as the election nears, remember to stay away from the political Kool-Aid and think for yourself. I prefer Lemon-Aid. Cananyone trump that?

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa


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