Letters to the Editor: April 19, 2021
In search of their profit margin
Money in politics has allowed corporations to deceive voters for many years. I think it’s time to hold them accountable for how their influence is hurting people in America.
It is well known that the tobacco industry knew of the link to cancer in 1950. The petroleum industry knew in 1960 that burning fossil fuels caused air pollution; endanger human health. Pesticides have long been linked to cancer and now the weed company for “Roundup” is fined $ 10 billion for its proven link to lymphoma. Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to claiming that Oxycontin was not addictive.
The gun industry is no different in caring more about money than people. Its NRA lobbyists deceptively claim that the Second Amendment grants citizens the absolute right to “bear arms” and that the legislation is an offense. They also say that citizens should have weapons in case it is necessary to overthrow our government; forgetting to mention that this is illegal sedition and that you are going to jail.
The NRA goes through the wording of the Second Amendment stating that the reason citizens were allowed to “bear arms” was to create “a well-regulated militia”; in case a foreign power like Britain tries to gain the upper hand. This need for citizens to act as a militia ended with the creation of official state and federal armed forces. The NRA tries to ignore that when the 1980 Supreme Court ruling DC against Heller eliminated a link between gun ownership and a “well-regulated militia,” it did not eliminate the constitutionality of the regulation of the conditions of possession of firearms.
Businesses fight regulations all the time; not for the good of the American people but for their own benefit. They seek their profit margin and make politicians lie for them. I think it is high time to take some money out of politics.
Ask your pastor
It is done. Bill 576 was signed by Governor David Ige on Monday. The bill will dramatically increase the number of abortions for native and naturalized Hawaiians. There was not even a groan of repulsion from the church. Why not? Ask your pastor why not. A refusal from one of our Hawaii County or State officials? Nothing. A final irony: Ige signed the bill directly in front of a large copy of the Great Seal of the State of Hawaii, which reads “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ‘Aina i ka Pono”, which means “The life of Earth”. is perpetuated in righteousness. “
The management plan has been submitted
In response to Patti St. Clair’s Friday letter to the editor regarding the maintenance of the Kaloko Trail: Mahalo Mrs. St. Clair. I agree the trails need some monitoring and management. In the suggestion form that we submitted to the Commission for Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources (PONC), there is a management plan.
Jeff McDevitt, Grant Miller and I are the core group to form a 501 (c) (3) to manage this trail. We collaborate with the neighbors of Kaloko. Once properties are acquired with 2% land fund, they are eligible to apply for maintenance fund stewardship grants. Jeff and Grant have been building and maintaining the trails since the 1990s as volunteers. The stewardship funds from the maintenance fund will allow them to extend the maintenance of this trail. We are working to form a non-profit organization.
The cost of a public access trail easement will be much less than that of a fee simple land purchase. When Councilor Brenda Ford and I drafted the enabling legislation for the 2% Land Fund in 2006, one of the criteria, as you mentioned, was access to the beach and the mountains. One of my most desired outcomes was to see more trails become available to bring Big Island residents into the wild. The Kaloko Trail that winds through the unique environment of the Kaloko Cloud Forest is one of the few mauka trails that can be accessed by keiki and the elderly as it is quite flat, not shady or muddy, and is not overgrown with tree roots. To my knowledge this would be the first trail acquired with 2% of Land Fund funds hopefully paving the way for more accessible and maintained trails around the island. Hope this addresses your concerns. Please contact me at [email protected] with any further questions or suggestions.
Campaign coordinator for the 2% Land Fund program
How long can it take?
If you’ve never seen a well-connected entrepreneur milking a government job, I suggest you take a drive along Alii Drive during working hours on a weekday. Try to count the number of Isemoto employees and you will lose count. It will take 30 minutes to cover a short distance. I’m wondering if there is a reasonable expectation as to when this work will be completed. How long does it take to build a bridge?
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