Letters for Monday, May 6, 2019

Gather in respect to heal our world

Thank you, Susan Campbell, for your heartfelt Forum article on April 30, asking us to “reach inside and listen” in order to heal our broken world.

We have the unique opportunity each year on Kauai to meet members of our community who pray for our ohana and nation in a variety of ways, each reflecting her and his chosen religious or spiritual paths.

My husband and I have attended the National Day of Prayer in the Lihue Civic Center rotunda for many years and were there again this Thursday to show our respect for the many ways people express their spirituality in our free society.

This year especially, I will listen for and feel into the love that can heal our world.

Marian Head, Kapaa

Mayor is doing a fine job

That’s funny. I mean there were a lot of campaign signs up while the candidates were running for office. But I don’t remember seeing one for Linda Bothe. However, according to her recent letter (TGI, April 27), she feels that Mayor Kawakami is not doing a good job as our mayor.

Well, if you think you could do better, then I suggest you step up to the plate and run for mayor if you think it’s so easy and you have all these solutions to what you perceive to be problems here on Kauai.

The cane haul roads and pesticide stuff is old news already. We’ve been down that rabbit hole. Mayor Kawakami, don’t pay any attention to the peanut gallery. They’re absolutely insignificant at the least. You’re doing a great job as “our” mayor. We’re proud of you and your accomplishments, and look forward to what’s on the horizon.

Ka‘aona Kipuka, Lawai

  1. ruthann jones May 6, 2019 6:44 am Reply

    Ka’aona….’pesticide stuff is old news already’???? Really, so has Kauai banned the use of Round up?
    If not, shame on you. Think of the keiki.

  2. RG DeSoto May 6, 2019 8:20 am Reply

    “We’re proud of you and your accomplishments…”
    Really?…like hiking the GE Tax as one of his first actions? The GET is hugely regressive…that is, it falls disproportionately on lower income people. You’re proud of him for that?
    RG DeSoto

    1. rk669 May 6, 2019 6:14 pm Reply

      Wasn’t the G.E.T increase instituted by Taylor Camp JoAnn’s comrades?

      1. RG DeSoto May 7, 2019 8:32 am Reply

        As I recall Derek was the one that fueled this while he was in the council. Joann, of course, never saw or heard of a tax increase she didn’t like and went along with the program.
        Derek immediately signed the measure into law as soon as he was elected.
        Especially disconcerting since he comes from a family that has made at least a part of its fortune in the grocery business…but then again he might not care since the GET is simply passed along to the consumer.
        If you’ll note, the effective rate for the 4.5% tax is 4.71%. Only in Hawaii…they charge 4.5% on gross revenues which by their definition INCLUDES the GET collected. That’s right, a tax on a tax.
        RG DeSoto

  3. hutch May 6, 2019 10:14 am Reply

    It looks like the garden island will publish anyone’s letter, no matter how inane or poorly thought out. As if Linda was obligated to run for mayor before being eligible to offer an opinion on our latest do-nothing. And note the not-so-subtle dog whistle of “our” mayor. Meaning, of course, that since Kawakami is ‘one local boy’ he is above reproach. This is the kind of ignorant thinking that leads to the same lineup of clowns being elected over and over.

  4. Joe Public May 6, 2019 12:18 pm Reply

    Mayor doing a good job? Drive through Kapaa, or drive west in the afternoon. I believe he said that he was going to solve all of that…still waiting, but in the mean time he has time to go surfing everyday

  5. Makani B. Howard May 6, 2019 3:40 pm Reply

    “Peanut gallery”????? Whom might that be? The people of Kauai? I didn’t know that some people mean more than others!

    “Insignificant” people on our island? I hope the mayor doesn’t share in your thoughts!

  6. forget science...think of the keiki May 7, 2019 8:49 am Reply

    I think the shame should born by those who dont know the difference between a pesticide, and an herbicide…but ban it ALL…do it for the keiki….right?

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