Letters for Nov. 10, 2016

• State’s pot plan will go up in smoke • Open door makes America special

State’s pot plan will go up in smoke

Hawaii’s medical cannabis system isn’t working for patients, and the planned dispensaries will only serve to inflate the prices paid by patients, as well as to incentivize the state to end home-growing to increase retail sales-tax revenue.

The state of Hawaii and the dispensary investors are laughing all the way to the bank with their sham monopoly dispensary program, where a few will profit and the sick masses will overpay.

A shady organization called Americans for Safe Access has been closely involved with the dispensary plans in Hawai’i. One of their leaders, Dan Rush, a labor-union official in California is now under federal indictment for taking bribes.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Honolulu should open an investigation into the awarding of dispensary licenses and other potential corruption tied to Americans for Safe Access in the bid to bring dispensaries to Hawaii.

Rev. Dr. Eric Hafner, Mountain View, Hawaii

Open door makes America special

On an iconic statue there is a wonderful statement that reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearningto be free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, send these, the homeless tempest tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Many thousands of immigrants passed through these doors to make a better life in America. The open-door policy has given America her strength, her determination, her freedom; and now one person wishes to take all of that away.

He says one thing today, the complete opposite tomorrow. He swears like a sailor, publicly stated he wants a war, cannot speak without vulgarity, and has also stated he plans on spending the first 100 days suing every person who had come forward about his alleged sexual assaults. Men and women who fought to defend our country deserve better than the tripe given them by Mr. Trump. Please think about your country.

Ali’ilani Kanui, Kapaa

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