Your Views for August 21


Mixed messages

In the letter “Sticker shock” in Your Views, Aug. 20, about two bumper stickers on a car with one being the words, “Defend Hawaii” within the outline of a machine gun rifle, and on the same bumper a “Live Aloha” sticker, a question was promptly asked: “Can these be reconciled?”

On the reverse side of a U.S. dollar bill there is an eagle with an American flag on his chest, grasping an olive peace branch in one claw and grasping a cluster of war arrows in the other claw.

Everett Franco

Paauilo

Bring a knife

With many recent shark attacks that have occurred in the state, I highly suggest all surfers, divers and casual ocean swimmers equip themselves with a diver’s knife attached to their legs, as many ocean divers currently do.

The object is not to kill the shark, but a diver’s knife will certainly do a much better job at fending off a shark rather than trying to kick or punch the shark, which could be less effective

Rick K. LaMontagne

Volcano

Dying wish

When a person is in pain and suffering much and has expressed a wish to die, don’t you believe that to deny that person his/her dying wish should be considered cruelty to a human being?

T. Ono

Hilo

Disregard for charter

Congratulations to Brenda Ford, Karen Eoff, and Margaret Wille for fighting to uphold the rule of law in our county. On the issue of the position of director of the Department of Environmental Management, there is no doubt that the mayor’s pick is a capable woman. However, the County Charter has changed since she last held the post.

It is difficult to understand how the mayor, corporation counsel, and a majority of the County Council could convince themselves that English and law degrees are “an engineering degree or a degree in a related field.” Unless of course they had a desired result and did not mind ignoring that pesky charter and the will of the people.

A previous letter writer did an admirable job comparing the study requirements for science and engineering to those of English and law. I will turn the argument around, as a hypothetical question for Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida, former Deputy Corporation Counsel Bobby Jean Leithead Todd, and Mayor Kenoi, all attorneys:

If the county charter were to require that the head of the office of corporation counsel have a degree in law or a related field (this is hypothetical, as the charter actually says otherwise), would my engineering degrees qualify me for the job? Would you argue that the charter is “ambiguous on the issue” and that the council should decide?

Rod Hinman

Kailua-Kona

 

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