Letters for Tuesday, June 20, 2017

• Time to lower political rhetoric • High home prices affect locals • Welcome to visit elsewhere

Time to lower political rhetoric

It’s time to lower the temperature on the political rhetoric.

What did you think would happen? With all the bickering, hate and civil discourse with many Americans not accepting Trump as president, it was only a matter of time until a political assassination attempt would occur.

The shooting at the GOP baseball practice is a wake-up call of what can happen and continue if Americans doesn’t lower the political rhetoric.

Friends and family no longer speak to each other — some are calling this America’s second Civil War, although there is nothing civil about what’s happening in America. America is on it’s way to hell. It’s time to be one America.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

High home prices affect locals

Having no knowledge about real estate on this beautiful island of Kauai or anywhere else, I cannot believe that for the poor,the underprivileged people like me, there is, according to what was quoted to the reporter, Alden Alayvilla of The GardenIsland newspaper of June 14, a housing crunch for the outsider, the Mainlanders. Really, who give a big rat’s behind aboutthat?

Obviously, many of the real estates are not geared for the local people, and surely are not benefiting low-income, unfortunatepeople like me. Am I upset? You damn right!

People like me, who need a home, a place to live comfortably, and who work hard and tirelessly to buy a place, cannot andwill not be able to.

The crunch only benefits those who sell the lands to developers, then to the Realtors who sell them to the people for whateveramount they can get out of it, and not once thinking that the unfortunates won’t get a chance to buy them. How sad.

The Habitat for Humanity is trying to help, but how and how much? Look at the development coming up in Hanamaulu:$400,000, and this is considered affordable? What about those homes in Kukuiula? Millions dollars? And why? How comenothing is ever mentioned about affordable houses, and I mean, affordable houses not exceeding over what a guy like me andthose like me, makes a year.

There isn’t any room for affordability for local homeowners. And guess why? Everything is geared for the rich. And we worriedfor the rich?

Ray Domingo, Lihue

Welcome to visit elsewhere

In response to the letter from Mr. Dittig, “Kauai must balance tourism services,” Sunday, June 18, if I understood you correctly,you suggest we stop helping local folks who need help, for whatever reason, because they do not contribute enough andthink twice — at least twice — before we raise taxes on visitors such as you who have been here “eight times.”

I’m sure you, and others like you, would be much happier visiting with the Donald in Florida, at Mar-a-Lago, and, if I were notan atheist, I’d wish you godspeed.

Bettejo Dux, Kalaheo

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