Your views for November 21


Goodbye, jobs

Dear Hawaii County Council members: Thank you very much for passing the biotech/GMO ban bill. I appreciate you all for again setting our island’s economy in reverse. We so desperately need a stable industry to help sustain our island’s people.

It’s so funny how our government, both local and national, keeps screwing ourselves. The sugar industry and other ag industries were ruined because our government decided to purchase and/or subsidize cheaper products from foreign countries. The other trend is to ship production and jobs overseas to be produced cheaper and purchased by Americans to increase profits for American corporations, shareholders and CEOs.

Then, when locally we have businesses and industries that would like to set up here, our very vocal minority of residents and testicle-less leaders discourage and scare off these companies. Can’t even find a compromise to solve our differences.

Mayor Billy Kenoi, I hope you take extra care before signing this bill into law. Think of our future generations. Our children will have less opportunities. We cannot just depend on tourism. Our state’s foundation, like our country, should be agriculture. Agriculture will spawn other businesses to be created and grown.

Cary Tahara

Hilo

Throw them out

The six County Council members who voted for Bill 113 should be thrown out of office. What an irresponsible thing you’ve just done.

You voted for junk science and paranoia, rather than reason and sound agricultural practices.

Mayor: Please veto this terrible bill.

A. Yamamoto

Hilo

Unfair headline

The Associated Press article by reporters Perry and Teves on Nov. 19 is most unfairly and unfortunately headlined, “Corruption magnifies effects of typhoon.”

It’s unfair because the article presents no evidence of corruption in the current relief effort. Rather, the authors use an opinion from the editorial adviser of the Filipino Migrant News, a 4-year-old example of corruption in Northern Luzon and an unrelated scam (the Priority Development Assistance Fund Scam) to suggest current shenanigans. These are red herrings and the Tribune-Herald might have characterized them as such. The authors’ own observation that “it is far too soon to say how much aid … might end up in the wrong hands” is the fairer view.

The headline is unfortunate because it might discourage people from providing much-needed assistance to the recovery effort, for fear that their contributions might be wasted. We here in Hawaii are blessed with many good and decent Filipino-American neighbors through whom we can confidently donate to the relief efforts. Seek them out and give.

Ed Comstock

Hilo

 

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