Letters for Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Old envelope found in a book

Someone on Kaua‘i might want this envelope found in a book.

It’s addressed to Mr. E.J.G.Bryant, Kilauea, Kaua‘i. It is postmarked Honolulu, dated Jan. 21, 1895. The postage stamp was 2 cents. Maybe a family member would be interested.

Emily Bott, Maui

Return bonsai trees stolen from Po‘ipu

Aloha Kaua‘i, we can do this!

These two bonsai trees were stolen last Friday night (Oct. 14), and we have a video of a car.

I have watched the owner of these bonsai work every day for 20 years on these trees. Whoever you are that stole them: please bring them back. No questions asked, just return them to the yard.

We all know you will do the right thing. We are begging you to return them.

Sam Lee, Po‘ipu

Abortion choice is a woman’s

Quality of life?

I’m compelled to respond to columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez, “On the importance of foster care,” on Oct. 18, 2021.

She rants and raves about the value of foster care for children. But then she points out that, “foster care is difficult: about half foster parents quit during their first year.”

Then, guess what? The child is possibly mistreated, ignored or rejected by someone who knows nothing about the responsibility of quality child care. Lopez ends by writing about abortion, and says, “Too often it is all about adults and not the child who has a right to not just life, but love.” To me, that is a glaring contradiction of what she said before.

Take a teenage girl or even a single mother who has an unwanted pregnancy. If she gets an abortion, it is obvious that the child is unwanted. In my mind, parenting is the most-important responsibility that a person can take on in life. It requires intelligence, gratitude, devotion, kindness, knowledge, love and selfless dedication to another human being for at least 18 years. A 16-year-old girl who gets pregnant is not prepared to be a parent. Sadly, there are countless children who are unwanted and suffer through a lifetime of stress because of it.

A woman is doing the embryo a favor by getting an early abortion. In addition, it should be the choice of women, not men, to make that decision. There are three women on the Supreme Court to rule on Roe v. Wade. States that ban abortion, e.g., Texas, need to be challenged. Let’s use some common sense when it comes to abortion, and remember that “quality of life means so much more than just the right to life.

Gabriela Taylor, Kapa‘a

This letter was updated on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 to correct how many women are on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  1. kauaiboy October 20, 2021 7:43 am Reply

    Aloha Gabriella.

    I agree regarding your opinion about the rants of Kathryn Jean Lopez.

    However, I correct you in stating that there is only one woman on the Supreme Court. There are two. Also, can you clarify where you found the Lopez column in question. I cannot find it in TGI.

    1. Guy October 20, 2021 12:30 pm Reply

      Speaking of corrections. She has one “L” in Gabriela. It’s right there on the page for you to see, or even copy. She also stated there there are 3 women on the SC, not one, and certainly not the two you claim (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Court_of_the_United_States#Current_justices).

      As to the article, I don’t know that you could get a printed copy where you live. You need to look at the print replica – it’s a shared article from the National Review: https://printreplica.thegardenisland.com?selDate=20211018&goTo=A06&artid=0

  2. Bari Levine October 20, 2021 9:51 am Reply

    You’re both wrong. There are 3 women on the Supreme Court

  3. Jjjames October 20, 2021 6:44 pm Reply

    Throughout my life, I have known parents who have lost children at various ages, to various illnesses; to tragic accidents; overdose of drugs; or even suicide. Then there’s those that lose their new born baby after falling so much in love with that new life even before the child is introduced to this real world. Then there’s the ones that don’t even make it that far. Those little lives that, for one reason or another, just “stop”. And have to be removed from its mother.
    Whatever the age, whatever the reason, whatever the cause, the parents, both mother and father live the rest of their lives with that “void” in their hearts and the wondering of what “would have been”, and “could have been”.
    A mother-to-be, who loses her baby, whether by miscarriage or stillborn, will live with, and take with her to her grave, that ache in her heart and the void in her life. It is an emotion that is “maternal”. And it’s one that will not diminish with time. It’s not just a human emotion because we see it in other animals as well.
    That emotion is not just maternal, but quite often is paternal as well.
    Leaving all religious beliefs and feelings aside, and leaving all legal opinions out, that maternal and paternal emotion, along with the feeling of emptiness and the ache and void, will surface eventually and have an emotional effect on those that even willingly choose to end that little life before it’s natural time.
    “Pro-choice will result in heart breaking regrets”
    “Pro-Life will result in a life that can choose for itself”.

    1. Guy October 21, 2021 12:08 pm Reply

      That is your perspective, which is great for you. But others might feel quite the opposite, which is why choice is the more correct answer.

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