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Your Views for February 9

Not so just

It is hard to decipher the justice system after reading the reduction-of-bail decision for the armed robbery in downtown Hilo and plea deal for the rapist.

There are not enough fonts in this mail to express the rage and disappointment in the judge’s and prosecutors’ decision. The reduction was based on a first-time offense? Hmmm … she had a loaded .22-caliber handgun, which could have gone either way, robbery or murder. Reduction? Please.

But then we see the plea deal for the rapist who kidnaps and rapes a woman and leaves her on the side of the road without clothes? So the clear message to the community is this: Rob someone at gunpoint for the first time allows a measly $18,000 bail. And our friendly rapist strikes a deal that takes him out of the 20-year sentence equation. So, the proverbial icing on the cake is Judge Harry Freitas’ comment concerning the reduction: “Your attorney did good.”

Really, that is the best you got, Your Honor? So, when they say “and justice for all,” what they are really saying is get the right judge and attorney and it is “all good.”

Steven Markham


We’re herbivores

I am literally surrounded by hunters, ranchers and fishermen, so what I say is not going to make me friends with any neighbors, that’s for sure, but I have to say it.

How long will we torture our fellow animal friends? No one needs to eat meat, fish or fowl. The poor monk seal that died a six-month agonizing death after swallowing a fishhook never needed to die. Many more animals that are by-catch die in fish nets. Only man’s greed for animal flesh causes this. We even kill gamebirds for fun — if that’s “fun” — gambling on blood sport.

A vegetarian diet is the proper diet for humans. We are not carnivores, or even omnivores (plant and animal diet) by nature. We are herbivores — eating plants only — by nature. To learn why, Google “The Comparative Anatomy of Eating” by Dr. Milton Mills.

Bob Wahler


Dear lawmakers …

I am dismayed that all the important lawmaking decisions happen with only a day or two notice for public input, and that some really good bills just languish in committee due to politics and favoritism. What is the big rush?

How can you possibly spend an adequate amount of time discussing new laws for the people, when you have 10, 20, 30 other bills scheduled for the same day? What do you do the rest of the year?

We need to spread out this process so the people are able to study and consider the bills and have time to formulate their suggestions without stressing because it is due by midnight. Also, all bills should be heard, not just ignored and left to die for another year in this frantic rush you all go through every year.

Sara Steiner



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