LETTERS for the July 19 issue
County could find better ways to spend $500,000
Great article by Louise Rockett regarding the Launiupoko proposal. Why doesn’t the county just condemn that stretch of land and leave it as-is?
Save the $500,000 for something more important, like our schools or, even better, a “real” hospital in West Maui.
SU CAMPOS, Napili
Support storm drain stenciling and public art
At this point, I plan to be at the storm drain stenciling event to support it as ART IN PUBLIC PLACES in HAWAII (as well as storm drain awareness).
I also have sent a personal invitation to Hawaii Senator Roz Baker to attend this event and be photographed with me for my Facebook page.
LEO THINER-BRICKEY, Honokowai
Senator seeks comments on Supreme Court vacancy
As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’m deeply concerned about the integrity of the Supreme Court under the Trump Administration.
We know how Donald Trump views the courts – not as impartial arbiters of justice according to the law, unbiased information and precedent, but as a vehicle to implement and uphold his far-right extremist agenda. And he’s doing so with support from Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans.
A Trump Supreme Court threatens Roe v. Wade, immigrant and LGBTQ rights, and affordable healthcare. I won’t stand idly by while Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell politicize the highest court in the land, but I want to hear from you.
With so much at stake, will you take just a minute to share your thoughts on this Supreme Court vacancy with me? You can use this link: surveys.signforgood.com/hirono-scotus.
SEN. MAZIE HIRONO
Support leaders when they are right
Not long ago we celebrated Memorial Day. I watched newsreels of battles Americans fought. I wondered about these brave souls who gave up their liberties, their hopes and dreams and for too many, their lives. Why? Because they answered the call to defend America. Shoulder to shoulder, they stood and fought while watching each others’ backs.
Truly a band of brothers. It didn’t matter what social class they were or what age they were. Black or white, in the midst of battle, huddled in the trenches, nobody cares if you’re Republican or Democrat. They were simply Americans fighting together and dying together (the key word is “together”). My question is: how as Americans can we honor them?
The answer is by getting along and working out our differences. Remember: united we stand, divided we fall. I support President Trump, as we should. Does that mean I agree with everything he says? No. I don’t. When President Obama was in office, I supported him every time he was right. We should cheer the president when they are right and pray for them when we don’t agree.
Americans are one people; one flag under one God. We honor our heritage, embrace our diversity and share our future. All Americans should pray for our leaders; this is not the time to let our differences divide us. We have too many enemies who want America to fail. Let love be our guiding force, and we know God is love.
CHAYNE MARTEN, State House District 10 Candidate
Help people facing poverty
To the United Nations and world governments: people can survive without shelter and clothes for a long period, but it’s not possible to live without medicine and food (21 days).
For all living creatures in this world, the midday meal is most important for their survival.
At an eatery like “Shirdi Sai Prasadalay,” around 25,000 to 60,000 people are eating daily.
Free meals are served to poor, blind, handicapped and similar people. In general, for one U.S. dollar, people are getting six to seven meals.
Sai Baba of Shirdi (a saint) during his time used to bring in raw materials of food through begging, then cook it himself to feed others.
Honoring his ideologies, Shirdi Sai Prasadalaya (Mega Kitchen) was established.
If we eat together, our love towards each other will improve; humans will socialize more – it’s a policy of Shirdi Sai Baba.
This is a kind request from me to implement these types of projects in areas where people are suffering from food poverty: Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Suriname, Guyana, Nicaragua, Honduras, Moldova, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Georgia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Eritrea, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.
The Mega Kitchen should be kept open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to feed people.
It’s a kind request to the world’s top 1,000-ranked companies to support, implement and run these projects by donating money (through the United Nations).
I kindly request you all visit Shirdi once before you implement this project live.
SANJAY KUMAR PATNAIK, Odisha, India