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Your Views for April 21

Wrongful action

The actions taken by the Department of Land and Natural Resources in arresting the activists, and especially the uprooting of viable food in Wailoa Park was heinous and irresponsible.

The destruction of viable food anywhere, when there are people going hungry, is itself a reprehensible act, regardless of who, in reality, holds a clear title to the land into which it was planted.

Apparently, the uprooting of food is much more palatable to the current guard than uprooting (and bringing to light) the truth about the history of these islands. They seem much more comfortable upholding the lies and deceptions that persist from over a century ago.

When land is stolen by force of arms, it should be no surprise to anyone that a clear title cannot be issued. Only clear titles convey true ownership, at least in places where rule of law and due process are actually still valued and upheld. Where does that leave the DLNR? The truth is always stranger than fiction.

The past is locked in time and cannot be undone, but the future is up to all of us. I believe (and I am not the only one) that an honest examination of past events will provide the only sure foundation upon which to chart the future of Hawaii, especially now, as the current empire begins to wane. A future that is pono and steeped in aloha will surely serve us all best in the waters yet to come.

Jason Riessland


Not my views

This is in response to Sen. Russell Ruderman’s absurdity.

First he wants to tax us for craving sugar in our drinks. Of course he will benefit from it since he runs a health food store.

Secondly, he now wants to drop the speed limit on the Keaau stretch without any corresponding data to support it. He wants to punish tax-paying citizens for doing exactly that, going to work so we can pay our taxes.

And now he wants to intervene on behalf of an accused marijuana dealer.

Mr. Ruderman, not all your constituents are organic-minded, government-supported hippies.

Brian Peterson


Sign is gone

Where is Amelia Earhart?

Being a tour guide for the past 15 years, I always travel through Banyan Drive and explain to my guests and visitors that these trees were planted by famous people when they visited this beautiful Big Island.

I knew the shrubs had been cut away from her tree about six months ago, but her sign is no longer there. So please tell me where is her sign and when will it be replaced? Visitors and guests and locals want to know.

Michael Phillips


The aloha spirit

Recently, I went to the police station in Hilo to get a picture ID.

I am old and getting blind so I cannot drive any more. I thought my just-expired driver’s license would do as identification, but found out that many places now require a “current” identity card.

One of my sons had time to take me to Hilo. We went early, No. 33, and were told that would be about an hour’s wait … enough time to get yet another piece of paper to prove that I had a street address as well as a mailing address.

I want to thank the people at the police station who helped us. They were considerate, friendly, truly helpful.

Our family has lived in Hawaii since 1963 and on this island for half that time. Now I could not live anywhere but in our little paradise in Puna.

I don’t like the traffic of Hilo and the bureaucracy of paperwork required these days, but my experience at the police station was true aloha spirit.

Thank you all for reminding us what wonderful people there are here on this island.

Robert J. Wolff



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