Letters for Friday, April 21, 2017

• Like the letters, Gabbard story • Tulsi a great leader for country

Like the letters, Gabbard story

Once again I’d like to thank the editors for the Forum. It’s my favorite page. Particularly loved the letters by Suzan Brooks and Leo Gushiken, April 20. Suzan’s line— “Then ponder whether or not you’ve caught the brass ring or the brass knuckles.”— turns me green with envy. In total agreement, Suzan.

Leo, I agree those horrid beef and milk factories must go. But I will argue that real dairies should exist. Five hundred head of registered Jersey cows on 750 acres of green meadow is better than a concrete coated subdivision. More cars, more traffic, more ticky-tacky houses, more people on 750 acres is not the answer either. Meadows help keep the air fresh. Green grass is one of the best photosynthesizers.

I love cheese, by the way. Is goat cheese kosher? I make the most delicious cream of mushroom soup with diluted goat cheese you ever tasted. Haven’t even tasted a sliver of beef in over forty years.

Also: thank you, editors, for the front page, top of the page, article about Tulsi. “Tulsi faces friendly crowd” is a really excellent piece. Thank you, David McCracken.

Bettejo Dux, Kalaheo

Tulsi a great leader for country

I’m proud of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and proud of my fellow residents of Kauai for the palpable feeling of aloha shown by both Tulsi and the members of the community during Tulsi’s recent town hall meeting. The culture of aloha that Tulsi brings to Congress is what our country needs more of.

As Tulsi said in the introduction, “Can you imagine if every conversation, if every talk story in Washington began with the aloha that we have in this room tonight?”

On the issues, Tulsi addressed the growing threat of North Korea and answered numerous impromptu questions on the need for Medicare for all, what’s needed for the future of the Democratic Party, the decriminalization of marijuana, improving constituent services to people on the outer islands, how to help counteract the cuts to the EPA and protect our oceans and Raina, ending the devastating, regime-change war in Syria, the importance of preserving workers’ rights, criminal justice reform, and many other concerns.

Though many of us have deep concerns about the future of our state and country, it’s clear what’s needed is more and more good hearted people to step up, like Tulsi has, and get directly involved in the leadership of our beautiful state and our country.

Ellen Abrams, Kapaa


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