Letters for Monday, February 15, 2021

Hold acquit voters accountable

I think a vote to acquit is a vote for civil war.

Have you ever ask yourself, why the 6th?

Why was the protest moved to the 6th?

What could Trump possibly hope to accomplish by calling all these people to DC on the 6th?

Does anyone really believe that he called them all there on this particular day to stand outside the capital building and peacefully protest?

Protest what?

How would a peaceful protest accomplish anything meaningful?

How might that “stop the steal?”

It wouldn’t. It never could. So there was only one reason for the 6th.

And Trump set that date with that reason in mind: Keep him in office with a lie. Throw everyone else’s votes away.

It was his lie that was the gasoline. His incendiary words were the big lie, told over and over and over.

This trial is NOT about Donald. Rather, it is about IF a president can tell lies this big to try and steal an election.

So to my friends the Republicans, and I do mean my friends: I do not believe you are so stupid, to swallow this big a lie.

So, yes, if you vote to acquit, you will be on the wrong side of the police, and you will be on the wrong side of the majority.

And I will hold you personally responsible for starting this civil war.

I will stand tall today. I will not tolerate having my vote trampled on. Please consider this carefully.

Howard Johnson, Kapa‘a

No statehood for Washington DC

51st state? Why on earth would a tiny city of about 700,000 be allowed to be a state? Would they be allowed two senators like Hawai‘i?

The Constitution says Washington DC is a federal jurisdiction and cannot become a state. Washington DC has too much power now! Adding statehood will give them more.

Why are our own Senators Hirono and Schatz in favor of this? Don’t we have enough problems at home to be wasting time giving DC more power?

Marianne Martin, Lihu‘e

  1. james February 15, 2021 5:56 am Reply

    Most politicians don’t live in D.C. It’s the residents of the District that want Statehood and equal representation. What other part of the US, other than territories, has 700,000 citizens without Senators to represent their interests? I don’t see the downside of having DC become a state.

  2. YuCalJoe February 15, 2021 6:00 am Reply

    Sad that people think that one side is right when both sides have done wrong for many, many years in the DC swamp. China Joe and his partners in crime will make things worse. For examples, look at California, New York, and the cities of Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Seattle, and more.

  3. Kauai Boy Mainland February 15, 2021 7:19 am Reply

    Howard, you said: “How would a peaceful protest accomplish anything meaningful?”

    Ask Dr. King.

    Time to unite, not divide.

  4. Doug February 15, 2021 10:04 am Reply

    Yes Marianne, they would get two senators with the addition of DC as a state. That, my dear, is their whole reason for adding it as a state……………

  5. Kimo February 15, 2021 10:45 am Reply

    Howard, Keep drinking the KoolAid. It may not help your massive case of TDS, but at least it keeps us sane people entertained.

    1. Whichwaydidhegogeorge? February 17, 2021 12:39 pm Reply


      It’s the height of hilarity – and ironic AF – that you trumpers consider yourselves sane when Mango Mussolini and his followers have done everything possible to destroy all previous norms and the practice of civil discourse and compromise in governance.

      Keep telling yourselves that you’re the sane ones when the Repugs tried and nearly almost succeeded in destroying our democracy and the electoral process (all while providing not a single shred of evidence of widespread fraud in dozens of court cases).

      Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. The cognitive dissonance from the right is at least consistent. My Grandpa almost died in Europe fighting fascists. To be antifascist is to honor the memory of all our troops who died or almost died fighting facism in WW2.

  6. Hirondelle February 15, 2021 11:45 am Reply

    Why on earth would a “tiny city” of 700,000 be allowed senators? The state of Wyoming has fewer than 600,000 people and it has representation in the House and Senate. And those 700,000 in Washington DC are citizens. (As a bonus, consider “taxation without representation”.)

  7. Patrice Asuncion February 15, 2021 11:48 am Reply

    By similar “No Statehood” logic Vermont and Wyoming sand possibly Alaska should not have state status. She theses population facts:

    Alaska 734,002
    District of Columbia 720,687
    Vermont 628,061
    Wyoming 567,025

  8. Kaaona Kipuka February 16, 2021 3:08 pm Reply

    BTW it’s Capitol not “Capital”…

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