Letters for Nov. 22, 2016

• Parachini column poorly conceived • Hawaii could be independent

Parachini column poorly conceived

It both saddens and angers me to read (Sunday) morning Alan Parachini’s attack on the character of both myself and former Council Member Tim Bynum who passed from this world only a few days ago. The timing, tone and general message was inappropriate, insulting and void of aloha and sensitivity to the Bynum family and his many friends.

Tim was a friend and a good man who did nothing for political gain. His only motivation with regards to all of his work on the council over the years was to always simply seek justice and do good for the community.

Mr. Parachini should be ashamed of himself. When his obituary is ultimately written it will indicate somewhere I am sure that he was an arm-chair quarterback who behind the safety of his computer keyboard attacked, demeaned and diminished the actions of others.

Gary Hooser, Kauai County Council

Hawaii could be independent

For those unhappy with the results of the U.S. presidential election, Hawaiian independence offers another option for governing the islands.

With a booming tourism industry, Hawaii could be self-sufficient and also establish itself as a place to conduct business, in between Asia and North America.

Hawaii is not located in North America, so it makes sense to build our trade ties with other countries in Oceania.

Hawaii could enter into a defense and customs union with New Zealand/Aotearoa, providing a currency and military for defense.

Our national anthem could be, “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole.

Rev. Dr. Eric Hafner, Mountain View, Hawaii

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