Letters for Saturday, January 6, 2018

There are ways to control growth

In October, New Zealand banned foreigners from buying property. This would help keep housing affordable, plus stop population growth. This move was for the people of New Zealand. The same mentality, only modified somewhat, could keep Kauai from being ruined. But it would take a huge change in government that just ain’t going to happen. How can you keep electing the same people and expect anything but the same?

David Cooper, Lihue

Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion

Regarding the article where Roy Moore accuses Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones of being “pro-abortion” — I have never met nor heard of anybody who is “pro-abortion.” Pro-choice advocates maintain that decision is the woman’s right alone to make.

Congress failed to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program past the Sept. 30 deadline, leaving millions of American children at risk of losing their health insurance. The U.S. Senate decided one way to offset the $1.5 trillion tax cut for corporations is to reduce funding for social programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, veterans’ benefits.

Joan Chittister is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania:

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

Let’s converse about the “bug splats” of Afghani children on the screens of drone operators; or the children who lose parents to Big Pharma opioids – annually, 20 times the number of people lost on 9/11. The bipartisan Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of how many Americans will die each year because of loss of health care coverage approaches that number.

Susan Oakley, Kapaa

  1. Steve Martin January 6, 2018 12:56 pm Reply

    Mr. Cooper… This is America, anyone should be able to exercise any rights that you have and don’t f or get it!

  2. RG DeSoto January 6, 2018 2:54 pm Reply

    Mr. Cooper puts on full display a gross ignorance of what a Constitutional Republic and its constitution stand for. Life, Liberty, Property and the Pursuit of Happiness ring a bell?
    RG DeSoto

  3. David Presley January 6, 2018 4:08 pm Reply

    Nope, not going to be any changes. Look, tourism is up, big time. Going to keep going up. Not safe for Americans to go places that they use to go. Education system has been cut so that we have a, generally, dumber population many of whom don’t even own a passport or know that the earth is, in fact, round and not flat. Where you gonna go? Vegas! Sorry, yes Vegas, bur after that? Hawaii. It’s going to get worse. Now, it’s easy. I drop a 100 dollar bill on the ground and how many of you are going to stop me and return it. Yeah, yeah, publicly all of you. Privately, none of you. We all want them dollars. Human greed. In all of us. Nothing is going to change that. Get used to it. Housing prices will go up, more tourist and the corporations are going to make millions. Don’t worry, new tax cuts will save you 10 dollars next year. Of course, you won’t have any health care, social security of human rights, but you got your 10 dollars. Enjoy.

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