Letters for Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Thanks for removing junk vehicles

Wow! All those cars that have sat for months abandoned along the roadsides, vandalized, with their trunks and hoods and doors left open, have disappeared, one by one! A huge mahalo to that patient tow-truck driver for returning beauty to our roads.

Ruta Jordans, Kapaa

Fresh start needed in politics

The news reports of the numerous candidates looking for office, are more and more confusing and troublesome. Mr. Biden says it’s a US “obligation” to provide free healthcare to “undocumented immigrants” (illegal aliens). On the other hand, he vows to reinstate the individual mandate for taxpaying citizens levying an additional monetary penalty for not having proof of health coverage when filing income tax. So, obligation to provide free health care for undocumented immigrants but penalize tax paying citizens who can’t afford health care. Hmmmm.

Then there is Ms. Harris who wants to provide $100B (yep, BILLION) in housing assistance to black citizens in reparation for the Civil War and past injustices. Who is going to pay for this? Isn’t this reverse prejudice?

This format is not big enough to raise all of the questions I have, let alone bring forth the inequity of the programs that are being proposed.

Then there is the removal of a Depression Era artist’s mural at a San Francisco school that depicted George Washington with his slaves among other tableaus because it is offensive. You cannot change the past. Those who don’t know the past are condemned to repeat it.

Our society seems to be more and more left than center and there is no discussion of funding and the presumption that all of these programs will be under the auspices and oversight of the government.

I don’t know about you, but the government (under numerous administrations) has been unable to solve the social and economic challenges in today’s society.

There needs to be detailed information on these proposals as it appears that it is only campaign rhetoric, most of it inflammatory and divisive.

We, the voters, need to have more information in order to determine the best course of action moving forward.

I say, let’s start fresh and if someone has been in politics as a career, don’t vote for them. They had their chance and it still isn’t fixed. The founding Fathers did not envision politics as a career, but citizens with expertise contributing to a government of the people, by the people, for the people, then returning to the private sector.

Food for thought.

Deborah Johnson, Lihue

  1. Butterkup July 10, 2019 3:35 am Reply

    Mainland tourist need to stop abandoning their vehicles all over our beautiful countryside. Mahalo!

    1. RG DeSoto July 10, 2019 3:58 pm Reply

      Your porch light is on…but looks like you’re not home. I think you have this backwards. It’s locals that are abandoning the vehicles, not tourists.
      RG DeSoto

      1. ruthann jones July 11, 2019 4:54 am Reply

        RG…I believe Butterkup’s comment was done ‘tongue in cheek’! Of course it is the local population who tosses old cars and appliances around this beautiful island!

      2. Craig Callaway July 11, 2019 12:01 pm Reply

        Butterkup was using satire, RG.

  2. Lawaibob July 10, 2019 7:26 am Reply

    Here’s more food for thought. Vote Trump for Prison 2020.

  3. Debra Kekaualua July 10, 2019 8:02 am Reply

    On-point Deborah! We, especially on Kaua’i, would do much better had we boycotted the last election scam or big bucks FB moguls who worked with a retired KCC HS fabricator to get what was their dream to “own” and continued control of all our precious resources, places and people! It is all way beyond the “stolen mailbox” guilty verdict! I say, these issues are just the Tip of the politicojudiciary coconut wireless. Dismiss this regime and its Hewa.

  4. Charlie Chimknee July 10, 2019 9:37 am Reply

    Mahalo Deborah, well said.

    Free Health Care for illegal aliens and foreigners but fines for US Citizens who can’t afford health care with minimum wages and 2 to 3 jobs.

    Some in control and hoping for more control have lost their minds.

    Besides so called Health Care is a scam to sell carcinogenic Cancer causing petrochemicals by under trained doctors who only know which drug pill for which symptoms and diseases.

    Drugs don’t restore health they maintain your ongoing disease with more drugs and more drugs after that for the side effects of the first drugs.

    This disease care systems prefers to keep you on a lifetime of purchasing of drugs.


    Most drugs are from petroleum, oil, putting oil in your body is not healthy. That is one reason you are only getting disease care.

    America $4Trillion spent annually on disease care and few are getting well while the statistics and numbers of sick people are getting worse.

  5. gordon oswald July 10, 2019 11:04 am Reply

    Deborah, all of this is easily explainable! There are two main “philosophy’s of life”, and it all starts there. First, I was born into this world and I will need to work to survive, and work even harder if I want to achieve my life’s dreams. Second, I was born into this world and the world owes me many things: among them, free health care, free housing, free college, free money if I want to have a lot of babies but don’t want to work, free food if I don’t want to work, and the list goes on. Most intelligent people know that hard work creates rewards, and the informed among us realize that there is nothing in this world that is “free”. The more stupid among us are rising in numbers, and they have, as unbelievable as it is, reached around 50% of our population! They shamelessly call themselves Democrats, without realizing that the definition of a Democrat/Socialist is “an idiot in search of a unicorn”. We’re experiencing the exact same circumstances that led up to the Collapse of every world empire since the beginning of man. It’s our turn, and the only thing we can do is cling as long as possible to the greatness created by our ancestors that has provided the fat and freedom and circumstances we all have and that has resulted in the Billions of people all over the world who want to come here and be us. All we can do now is hope we can somehow Make America Great Again and Keep it that Way!

    1. Carrie July 11, 2019 8:48 am Reply

      Great response Gordon! Sad but true

    2. Craig Millett July 13, 2019 8:37 am Reply

      Dear G.O.,
      You failed to remember that the “great American economy” that moved us up in the world of the 18th and 19th centuries was built on the backs of millions of slaves who were stolen from their homes and forced to work for the “great American economy”. So if you want to be “great” again first you need to pay off your massive historic debts and learn to treat people right.

  6. dawg2000 July 10, 2019 11:27 am Reply

    I’ve never understood the thinking that we should pick someone with no political experience to be the top politician in the world. Would you invest in a company that chooses a guy that’s never even managed a McDonald’s for it’s CEO? Its that kind of thinking that got us Trump. Look for someone that has been a successful governor or mayor of a large city at least

    1. RG DeSoto July 10, 2019 3:55 pm Reply

      You mean more of the same old political hacks that lie to us and suck the life-blood out of our labor earnings?
      I personally would prefer none of them….
      RG DeSoto

  7. Lei July 11, 2019 4:30 pm Reply

    Obama had no private sector experience.
    He was a bureaucrat, nothing more.

  8. who done it July 11, 2019 8:18 pm Reply


  9. Pete Antonson July 12, 2019 2:11 am Reply

    So here we have the stereotypical FOX viewer in Gordon, who is well trained in the following stimulus/response game:

    Liberal: I just don’t think that in a country with the resources our’s has, that anyone should be starving to death!
    FOX viewing conservative: So, you want to give everyone lobster and caviar?

    And then his cheerleader, Carrie, born into great wealth, always finds it “sad” when any money is directed away from the deserving wealthy!

    1. Carrie July 12, 2019 9:29 pm Reply

      Pete, you are still delusional and your statements can’t be any farther than the truth. You talk gibberish.

  10. Pete Antonson July 15, 2019 2:26 pm Reply

    I’m guessing that your move over to right wing extremism was an effort to stay in your right wing extremist parent’s will..

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