Letters for Monday, May 1, 2017

• Mayor Carvalho will be missed • Gabbard taking right apprpach

Mayor Carvalho will be missed

I will sorely miss the man, the former NFL Miami Dolphin and UH offensive lineman, the man with the singing chops of an angel, the man who wears a kukui nut and green ti leaf lei more fashionably and with dignity, yet such a humble man — the man we all know as Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.

The year 2018 will soon be upon us and will be time for a new mayor for Kauai County and Niihau.

Term limits will have expired for Bernard Carvalho Jr.

I can’t imagine the Garden Island without Mayor Carvalho as its CEO. The charismatic man who makes the time of day for anybody, even me.

I believe most people do not realize being mayor is a 24/7 job. You cannot just turn it on or off.

Bernard, no matter where you see him, whether in the supermarket, at your favorite fast food restaurant, at a friend’s potluck, a religious ceremony, at a ball game, or even at Kauai’s signature event, the Taste of Hawaii, he always has time to hear your concerns, to listen and talk story. He makes everyone feel like they are important and part of an islandwide ohana.

There are coconut wireless rumors of three popular kamaaina that may be in the running for the mayor’s job come 2018. It’s going to be hard to make a decision on who to vote for because all these citizens supposedly running are good decent people and fellow islanders, of which many of you including myself consider friends.

In the interim whomever becomes the next mayor will have big shoes to fill; have you ever seen those shoes of Bernard’s? They’re yuge (sic).

I believe and hope our Mayor Carvalho will soon be “Governor Carvalho,” should that be in his long-range goals. Good luck and God bless Mayor Carvalho and first lady Regina. They are both a class act and are going to be sorely missed and a hard act to follow.

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

Gabbard taking right approach

A letter writer (April 22) falsely claimed that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard “supports” Syrian President Assad without providing anycorroborating quotes to support that claim. This failure is not surprising because Tulsi does not “support” Assad.

What Tulsi has done is ask for proof that the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical weapons attack in Idlibearlier this month. As Rep. Gabbard has stated, prior to even considering a military strike/act of war against the Syriangovernment, President Trump should have waited for the UN investigation at the site of the chemical weapons attack to becompleted.

Evidence gathered in the UN investigation, which was underway when Trump ordered the missile attack on Syria, should havebeen submitted to Congress and to the American people. The congresswoman is correct. We should always have solidevidence before we take military action.

As Tulsi pointed out, our country went to war to overthrow Saddam Hussein in Iraq based on evidence provided by ColinPowell, President Bush, Hillary Clinton and other U.S. leaders — “evidence” that later turned out to be false.

By rushing to war in Iraq, we wasted trillions of dollars, thousands of American lives were lost, and Iraq became a haven forterrorists simply because we took action without demanding actual proof that Saddam Hussein had weapons of massdestruction, and that he was in league with al-Qaeda.

We need more people like Tulsi Gabbard in office with the courage to demand evidence when our leaders want to rush to war.

Diane Bell, Koloa

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