Elected officials shouldn’t get paid during shutdown
Now that our government is officially shut down, thousands of government workers will not be getting paychecks. Isn’t it curious that our senators and representatives will continue to be paid? It’s only fair and logical that they, too should not be paid during this shutdown. Philosophically, the president should also not receive a paycheck, but he doesn’t.
Michael Diamant, Koloa
Why no criminal prosecution for DLNR official?
TGI ran a story on Dec. 20 about a DLNR official who committed fraud, took kickbacks and stole taxpayer monies.
First, why are we just reading about this now after a settlement has been reached with the ethics committee? No one at TGI was aware of any investigation or pending action? This is a huge local news story!
Secondly, why isn’t he being prosecuted? Why aren’t his co-conspirator(s) being prosecuted? Where is the investigative journalism about this story from the paper? What is the state’s DA’s office doing about this?
We need transparency and follow-up on serious criminal matters that involve our local government. It feels like this is being swept under the rug. I think maybe it’s time for the FBI to start an investigation.
Wally Wedge, Kalaheo