Letters for Oct. 30, 2016

Who votes Democrat or Republican?

The wealthiest regions in America tend to vote Democrat, while the poorer regions tend to vote Republican.

I think that the biggest factor in people’s voting decision is whether they live in a rural area or near a city. Rural areas tend tohave lower incomes, yet this is where the Republican support is the strongest.

Rural people tend to be able to take care of themselves. They can plant a garden or go hunting. They are less class conscious.The idea of helping your neighbor is more common to rural culture. Rural people are more likely to attend church, wherehelping your neighbor is encouraged, as well as moral concerns such as being pro-life. They don’t see the need for biggovernment and socialism. They enjoy their freedom and want to maintain it.

In cities, it is not as easy to get your own food or take care of yourself. People are dependent on government transportationand other services. Wealthy people prefer to stay in their wealthy neighborhoods and want the government to take care ofthose in need.

Blacks tend to be more religious than average and are pro-life. Yet, they do not vote for the Republican Party, whose veryexistence was started to set them free. Why? Apparently, their pro-life concerns are outweighed by their economic viewsassociated with urban living.

I think that a bigger government in Washington, D.C., (5,000 miles away from us) only makes the divisions and contentionsworse. It would be much better to let each state decide how socialistic they want to be.

Mark Beeksma

Koloa

Yukimura always fighting for Kauai

I recently read a quote saying “Create a world where it is easier for men to be good.” (Peter Maurin)

I think of our Councilwoman JoAnne Yukimura, always fighting for what is good for the island of Kauai. I remember herproposing a “park and ride” shuttle from Princeville to Kee Beach over 20 years ago. Today, when she approaches projectssuch as the new affordable housing in Eleele, JoAnne speaks about designing a walking town with services nearby, acommunity which enjoys being in its own neighborhood.

JoAnne has been for Kauai and its people throughout her career.

That seems like a definition of a true public servant.

Mary Alfiler

Kapaa

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