Letters for Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Let’s keep our beaches clean

We’re a small local business who has noticed that many of our beaches on Kauai are getting filled with trash. We rent camper vans to visitors to Kauai, and we have begun inviting them to clean up a bag of trash while we’re here. We provide every renter with a plastic bag and gloves and will give away a free T-shirt to any who join us in our effort.

We are also happy to give anyone in the community (whether they do business with us or not) a free T-shirt if they participate by filling up a bag of trash at the beach.

We were inspired to do this when one day we were at Hanamaulu taking some photos and our friend gathered up some trash. In about 15 minutes he had enough to fill a whole garbage bag! That beach has potential to be much more beautiful than it is if we keep it clean.

Anyone who would like to join in can find more details on our website, lemondropcampers.com or by giving us a call (phone number is listed on the top of our home page).

Ray Banks, Lihue

GOP has more than enough faults

I’m delighted that Kimo found welcome at the Republican gathering. Everyone deserves a coterie. He lauds the GOP.

He laments being denied services because of his MAGA clothing. The GOP favors denial of services on the basis of immutable traits like sex (ERA opposition), disability (ADA opposition and weakening), race (Civil Rights Act opposition), gender identity ( “religious freedom” bills), national origin (Mexican rapists, Hispanic judges), etc.

It’s the “pro-life” party! Its advocacy for capital punishment, huge military budget, withdrawal from nuclear arms treaties, refusal to join global ban on landmines, Trump’s adulation of despots with bloody hands like Kim Jung Un, Putin, Xi Jinping, and Duterte, refusal to sanction Saudi Arabia for the Khashoggi killing (US citizen and journalist), continued involvement in the Yemen war where death and starvation are rampant, etc., make that an empty moniker.

Next: support for the right to bear arms. Obtaining a gun, even an AR-15, remains easy. Reducing the slaughter (right to life?) of 40,000 Americans annually seems a more pressing issue. Our Supreme Court says gun regulation is permissible: why are attempts to define that anti-Second Amendment?

It “amazes” Kimo that most fellow Jews don’t support the Republicans. I’m a firm believer in Israel’s right to exist. Most people and scholars who want to achieve a lasting Mideast peace decry the US’s recently taking positions designed to enrage the non-Israelis, thereby disqualifying itself as a mediator. Millions there live in poverty and without hope. That offends our Jewish tradition and sensibilities: “Shalom” is our favored greeting.

I’ve written before that the GOP border strategy/immigration hysteria is merely a deflection from looking at the real cause of many of America’s woes – its infatuation with billionaires.

May your days be filled with qloha, Kimo. Glad you found your compatriots. Shalom.

Jed Somit, Kapaa

11 Comments
  1. Ian July 17, 2019 2:59 am Reply

    Thank you for doing something to keep Kauai clean. It’s a shame that we have to pickup after other people. Shame on the people that create litter!


  2. Craig Callaway July 17, 2019 6:55 am Reply

    Mahalo for your efforts, Ray Banks.


  3. gordon oswald July 17, 2019 7:24 am Reply

    Sorry Jed, you’re a bit askew in your thought process. President Trump is the only thing standing in the way of what had become an astonishingly corrupt group of career politicians, self agenda driven law enforcement department heads, IRS miscreants, and the “in their pocket” main stream “fake” news media assembled together by the most corrupt Democrat/Socialist Presidency and administration in History. If you can’t see that, you can’t see through your own misdirected and naïve agenda. Your response could only be authored by a Jew, if you are of that proud heritage, in name only.


  4. gordon oswald July 17, 2019 7:25 am Reply

    Great letter Ray, and thank you for your service!


  5. andy July 17, 2019 8:09 am Reply

    Very well said, Jed. It will be interesting to read the fiercely negative comments which a cogent and fact-based letter like yours inevitably receives. But then, one thing you didn’t mention is how, to the present administration and so many of its supporters, “facts” are nothing more than inconvenient distractions to be denied at all costs.


  6. Kauaidoug July 17, 2019 8:43 am Reply

    Let’s not forget the simple fact the GOP is now condoning blatant racial speech and completely blown the national budget into dangerous waters. Plus the our President is a crook, draft dodger and pretty bad example for our keiki.


  7. RG DeSoto July 17, 2019 9:07 am Reply

    Jed:
    See this: https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/07/walter-e-williams/things-havent-always-been-this-way/
    Also the majority of gun related deaths are suicides and another major source is gangs…especially in the cities, like Chicago, Baltimore, LA, DC etc. with the strictest gun laws.
    Get a grip,
    RG DeSoto


  8. LMat July 17, 2019 9:59 am Reply

    Bravo Jed, bravo!!


  9. Charlie Chimknee July 17, 2019 9:59 am Reply

    Hanamaulu…? Bacteria infested cess pool unsafe for any living thing except the thriving diseases dispensed daily…the stream a stagnant vampire on your health.

    We wonder why the DEPT of Disease doesn’t do something about the pollution in Hanamaulu waters and the corporate all day and night toxic poison polluters on the Westside…

    Maybe replacing the top people at the Dept of Disease will get the follow up people interested in protecting the people more than their job and retirement.

    Mr. President Duterte takes care of criminals before they take your life or your children’s lives…stop the cause..he is.

    The levels of pollution on Kauai are criminal, worse than meth

    No one but drug addicts ask for drugs, and no one asks for toxic POISON chemicals in our food, air, water, and land…except corporate type who live elsewhere and their stupid poison handlers HERE…

    “Hey it’s OK, ITS ONLY POISON.
    Bust the biggest culprits, end this nonsense.


  10. I saw a Vampire once July 17, 2019 2:22 pm Reply

    Good topic Jed. I think the Israelites are the same. I think Trump is just making himself known. America has always sided in with the Israelites. As for religion, “Amen”. Christians acknowledging the Jews as the main group or people in which christianity came from, still holds. And Trump is in the middle. Commited, yet unbiased on the issues of sexuality. He sounds like he’s for the church. Christian church. It looks wide open for Trump.


  11. Pete Antonson July 18, 2019 1:58 am Reply

    trump is now an overt racist.
    No more dog whistles or clever remarks with built in deniability.
    He is an overt racist.
    If you support him, you are a racist as well.


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