Some elected officials can’t be trusted
“Change (one’s) stripes. To radically or fundamentally shift one’s opinion, ideology or allegiance, especially in relation to politics. Derived from the phrase “a tiger cannot change its stripes,” meaning that people are incapable of changing their essential nature.”
This is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Gov. Ralph Northam. Formerly foes of Afro-Americans, LGTB folks and supporters of dictators like Assad of Syria. I don’t trust them and think they should resign from office.
Jon Appleton, Princeville
Cyclists, please pay attention
Yet again it happened today! A young man riding a bicycle on the wrong side of Kuhio Highway, without even taking the trouble to look out for oncoming cars or signaling his intention, suddenly swerved across three lanes of traffic. Cars screeched to a stop, narrowly missing him. Horns blared. Fortunately for him, and no thanks to him, Mr. Oblivious continued unhurt on his erratic way.
While I agree with a recent letter-writer that motorists need to show more aloha and intelligence toward cyclists, cyclists need to do the same toward motorists. All too often I see bike-riders ignore stop signs, run red lights, ride on the wrong side of the road, and indulge in other illegal and imprudent behavior. Many of them are clearly old enough to know better, so it is not just foolish kids who do this.
Please, bike-riders, consider that no matter who is at fault, you are more likely than the driver to be hurt or killed if you collide with a motor vehicle.
So, obey the laws and use what, alas, seems to be ever-less common sense. And please wear helmets. While not all the two-wheel scofflaws I see are unhelmeted, most of them are. Is there any correlation here between bare- and boneheadedness?
I suppose it is some cause for gratitude that these morons are only riding bicycles. How much more dangerous they would be if they were driving cars.
H.M. Wyeth, Anahola