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Letters for Saturday, August 11, 2018

Trump is not the problem

There have been lots of letters over the last few months about being uncivil, mostly attributed to Mr. Trump, and they are increasing in number each day.

I continue to try and warn my fellow countrymen, Democrats and Libertarians alike, that leftism should be your greatest fear, not the right, or Mr. Trump.

The Democratic Party is running America, mostly because its followers don’t realize leftism has taken it over.

The letters continue to prove that the leftist media and education system are winning the day.

Even with all of the left’s obstruction, the Trump administration has accomplished much. Some examples, appointing constitutional judges, the economy better than it has been in years, and improvements in immigration, national security and foreign policy.

I leave you with these thoughts.

You are responsible for your own happiness. You are equally responsible for your own unhappiness. That simply means stop blaming Mr. Trump for your anger and being uncivil.

Although a hard sell in a predominantly democratic state, I offer this. I add my voice to the “vote in November crowd,” with a caveat. Forget about the tweets. Would you care if a crass surgeon was about to save your life?

Lastly, if you really want to make a difference in America I encourage you to join the “#WalkAway” movement. Walk away from the Democratic Party. America, as the founders envisioned it, hangs in the balance.

Bill Botts, Kaanapali, Maui

Please think before you vote

Mel Rapozo is standing up for the little guy and all of the working class who have to get up every morning and enter into roadside combat just to make a living.

Mel strongly supports working with the residents of Kauai from the lower-income wage-earners to the major property owners, in a manner that will secure access to the old cane haul roads and other unused property for permanent paved alternate roadways.

Mel is taking a hard look into not bringing in more rental cars by supporting our tourism industry in a factual and conservative way that will work for all of us.

Mel has the common sense to not try to force alternative types of transportation on us. One only has to look at California to see that people are not going to give up their cars.

Mel has adopted the phrase “Keep Kauai Moving,” and he states that there is no single solution to the many-faceted problems at hand, including traffic, tourism, and solutions to the overburdening of our infrastructure such as waste management, both solid and wastewater. But he knows that the only way to solve these problems in by all of us working together to realize what is needed and to accomplish the unified success of solving the needs of our Garden Island.

Regardless of who you vote for, make sure that you do exercise your right to vote.

Wally Jaynes, Kapaa

Hats off to community coalition

Obvious at first blush was all the arduous work, detailed planning and organizing that went into putting on five forums all across the island — one for mayoral candidates only (Island School), three for County Council candidates (Koloa, Hanapepe and Kilauea), and one with both mayoral and council candidates (Anahola).

In their introductory remarks, candidates addressed questions based on the “theme” chosen by that area’s sponsoring organizations. They then rotated amongst all groups, fielding questions posed by participants related to broad themes such as affordable housing, infrastructure, preservation of Native Hawaiian culture, etc.

The format appeared to work well for candidates and attendees alike — the best opportunity we’ve had on Kauai to discuss issues one on one. Voters certainly deserved the chance to hear how incumbents plan to address Kauai’s mounting crises. Maybe it’s time for Kauai to be represented by councilmembers who make serving the island a full-time job.

Ellen Ebata, Koloa

  1. Steven McMacken August 11, 2018 6:43 am Reply

    What’s the matter, Bill, can’t convince the people of Maui to buy your claptrap, so you thought you’d give Kauai a try? I think most Kauaians are smart enough to see through the dishonesty in your letter and the attempt to make it appear as a well-meaning and purely altruistic message. You know, there’s a good reason Hawaii is a predominantly Democratic state: Hawaiians long ago had had enough of right-wing shenanigans. So please take your Republican lies, along with your #WalkAway friends, and go back to where you came from.

    1. Kauai guy August 12, 2018 9:45 am Reply

      Well, Steve you pretty much proved his point. Good job!

  2. gordon oswald August 11, 2018 7:05 am Reply

    Thank you Bill Botts for a voice of reason in a sea of mental confusion!

  3. Anchors away August 11, 2018 11:09 am Reply

    Good one Bill Botts. Being the zen person you are, I gather you never blamed President Obama for anything. Oh wait, you are blaming the “left” for you and your president’s problems, never mind what I said.

    If you want people to “forget about the tweets”, Trump needs to stop tweeting while dropping anchor in the A.M.

  4. numilalocal August 11, 2018 11:29 am Reply

    Mr Botts, Trump is just the tip of the iceberg of the problem. His occupancy of the White House has enabled and emboldened the misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia and racism held by too many people who choose not to avail themselves of the facts.

  5. Just Saying August 11, 2018 2:15 pm Reply

    Well, Bill Botts has written a good example of the confused and disorganized thinking behind support of trump. With no discernible “beginning, middle or end” he takes us on a romp around the corral on a horse that doesn’t know where it’s been (No sense of History), doesn’t know where it is (Not tethered to the truth), and doesn’t know where it’s going except ’round in circles (No vision for the future other than his own reelection)! The horse’s name is trump and it won’t hunt!

  6. gordon oswald August 12, 2018 8:06 am Reply

    The comment section should have some basis in facts? But wait! If we follow the facts, and not the stupid knee jerk, misinformed, and liberal sheep Baa baa baaing of the left, we get to what we now have in the big cities all over America! Cities run by big Government liberals who unfortunately worship at the ” I can’t make any money in business and economics so I’ll make a fortune herding the liberal sheep who actually believe in a self serving “I can get something for nothing in this horrible country” pap. Whoops! Taking advantage of the producers of our society does nothing more than drive the producers away! The Socialist loonies are left with nothing but misguided Democrats mumbling excuses and talking to themselves! Check out the big cities in America and the world’s countries run by Socialist Democrats ladies and gentlemen! Go get ’em Bill and President Trump! Just tune out the negative failures at life and their self serving drivel.

    1. Just Saying August 13, 2018 2:21 pm Reply

      So, just for the sake of your anti-liberal tribalism, you to turn a blind eye towards trump’s racism, sexism, and religious bigotry not to mention the stupendous demagoguery at these rallies and on Twitter!

      It’s NOT your finest hour!

  7. Chamundi Sabanathan August 13, 2018 6:55 am Reply

    It seems to me that ever since Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful campaign for governor of California, the Republicans have (at least occasionally) deliberately fielded candidates whose personal failings or idiosyncrasies are guaranteed to grab the headlines, thus diverting voters’ (and journalists’) attention from the actual issues at stake. Just like a bullfighter with his red cape.

    I think it’s time we recognized this strategy and started focusing on the issues rather than the red capes.

  8. Steve Martin August 13, 2018 12:58 pm Reply

    Great letter Bill.. You got them frothing ,from the mouth. I’d be scared now do what they say go back where you came from..LOL

    1. Just Saying August 14, 2018 2:56 pm Reply

      “Froth” is what comes out of that ugly little square orifice belonging to the vile, fat, orange, babysnatching, small handed, narrow minded, ignorant, unfaithful, immoral, russia loving, criminal clown supported by aging, ignorant, fearful, white guys!

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