A question of freedom
Well, they’re back. First they hung out in Kapa‘a, their tiny group begging for attention. Next it was Rice Street, where they wanted drivers to check and see if their horns worked. Now they’re parading around as though someone just got married and tooting their horns to get their pathetic attention needs met.
Who are they?
Good question. Their hastily-thrown-together signs indicate that they want their “freedom” and “no restrictions,” and then it’s revealed, “no masks.” And alas, we know who they are.
They are the people who don’t care about others. Do they consider kupuna and many others expendable? They don’t want “restrictions” from what? Is it really too much to ask folks to wear a mask when scientific evidence has proven it does save lives? Oh well, to hell with science.
However, there is a solution. The “I want my freedom cult” can move to a state without restrictions — they have that freedom. Also, they don’t have to go into the post office, they don’t have to go in a store, and they don’t have to give a care about anyone but themselves and their inconsiderate, selfish needs.
The vast majority of people on Kaua‘i have set a respectful aloha tone and are behaving in a way that has saved lives, perhaps even theirs.
Lawrence Hornbeck, Kilauea
Payroll tax cut will harm seniors
I’m coming to you not as a Republican or Democrat but as a concerned citizen of our great nation. Like many of you I have been watching the candidates and their promises kept and those which have been overlooked. One of those such promises is the Social Security protection for seniors.
Our seniors depend on their Social Security, for which they have worked for, and this benefit is in jeopardy of being lost. And for those of us who will be retiring in the future, this benefit will be gone, if we do not take action now.
The president has vowed to cut the payroll tax (this tax is what funds the Social Security benefit). If this happens, most working Americans approaching the age of retirement simply cannot afford to retire. And those who are currently receiving Social Security may see a dramatic change to their current financial status. I’m not trying to be an alarmist, but simply want to bring your attention to the payroll tax, as it can be lost in all of the noise of politics.
When you go to the voting polls in November 2020, keep in mind if this president gets four more years not only will our seniors lose, but our veterans, those who are planning for retirement, the homeless, and the disabled.
Whatever side you see yourself on concerning this issue of cutting of the payroll tax, please consider my thoughts and vote in our 2020 elections.
Every vote counts.
Alvin Alsberry, California