Letters for Friday, March 10, 2017

• Prayer luncheon excluded some • Dear President Trump • Pavilion didn’t need to be torn down

Prayer luncheon excluded some

In response to your article regarding the Mayor’s annual prayer luncheon (TGI, Forum, March 3).

Every year, the mayor participates in the prayer luncheon, which is organized by the Christian community. The mayor has the right to practice his belief system in any way he desires. We live in a free country, and he has the right to pray in any way he wishes.

The organizers of this event have made a decision to include Christians, and to exclude the participation of others, specifically the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai. The Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai is an inclusive organization, welcoming people of all beliefs.

The Roundtable feels that understanding perspectives, other than our own, enhances our ability tolerate and understand. Sponsoring events that exclude people, due to their belief, is divisive, spiritually immature and mean spirited. Normalizing segregation, promotes divisiveness.

I hope in the future, we can pray together and include people of many beliefs. Excluding the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai doesn’t feel very aloha.

The mayor has an opportunity to demonstrate mature and enlightened leadership by insisting that the luncheon that carries his name, become inclusive, not exclusive, and that all activities that carry his name are integrated, not segregated.

The mayor is a good person; he has a chance to be a great person. If you can’t see God in all, you can’t see God at all.

Dr Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, Chairperson of the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai, Anahola

Dear President Trump

Please “make America great again.”

Resign.

Charles Herbert, Kilauea

Pavilion didn’t need to be torn down

I see the Kapaa Beach Park pavilion has been demolished. Must have cost a lot considering county employee wages. Maybe I’m a dreamer like John Lennon. I believe that if persons in positions of power could learn to think outside the box, those monies could be spent in better ways.

I have a half-acre parcel with a 1,500-gallon septic tank attached to a leach field that’s sitting fallow. With what it costs to demolish that shelter, I could have built four, five, six, seven shelters under my 60-year-old mango trees.

But persons in positions of power would find ways to stop that. And tonight, the homeless sleep in the bushes.

Barbara Guiliano, Kapaa

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