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Your Views for January 1

Shabby streets

After reading the mayor’s wish list for road repairs in Hawaii County, I would like to take this opportunity to add to the list. I am aware of the plans to improve Kilauea Avenue and the future plans to work on Kamehameha Avenue. Mahalo for that. However, the huge “need” does not stop there for Hilo.

Haili Street is a mess! The other day while driving between the Palace Theater and Sack N Save, I literally had to stop, wait for oncoming traffic to clear, then cross the centerline in order to avoid a very large hole and rough area. Another disaster is Waianuenue Avenue all the way from Hilo High to where it intersects with Kamehameha Avenue. It is an extremely uncomfortable ride, and in many areas feels like “off-roading.”

I could go on and on … Kinoole Street, Kaumana Drive, to name a few. Living in Hawaii automatically increases our prices for purchasing automobiles. Living in Hilo and having to drive on our streets increases our costs for maintaining our vehicles — tires, wheel alignment and other problems that arise from the daily excessive wear and tear.

Please, our streets in Hilo need more tender-loving care!

K. Butler


Abortion and guns

So much is being written about gun control after the senseless killing of children in Newtown, Conn. However, I’ve not read one word about the thousands of senseless deaths that occur each and every day throughout the United States, when innocent unborn are either burned alive or have their limbs violently pulled apart while still in their mother’s womb.

Most people don’t want to admit it, but the devaluing of human life in America started when abortion was legalized in the 1970s. I’m sorry, society, but you cannot have it both ways. If you want choice, then you have to live with your choices. Like it or not, just as a woman has the legal right to “choose” whether or not she wants her child to live (often at a man’s bidding, whether a father, husband or significant other), so does someone have the legal right to “choose” to own a gun. Ultimately, it’s how the individual chooses to behave or act with that weapon in their cache.

Ironically, abortion is used as regular “birth control,” ending the life of innocent children and robbing our country of their potential at a far faster and higher rate than a lone gunman ever could. Both are the cruelest of acts.

Sadly, I’ve helped many women deal with their post-abortion trauma. Their grief is as real and devastating as the mothers on the East Coast who had to claim their children at the morgue.

Karen Welsh



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