Your Views for October 4


Lingle’s agenda

Dr. Pradeepta Chowdhury’s uncivil letter (Sept. 15, “Hirono is a ‘twit’”) was most disappointing. Name-calling and unsupported, nonfactual opinion are no stranger to the letters space. But unfortunately, calling people “twits” and “opinionated” may say more about the opinionated writer than it does about the targets of his derision.

Chowdhury’s endorsement of former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle for the U.S. Senate fails to provide a shred of evidence that Ms. Lingle would stand up to the right-wing pressures of her fellow Republicans in Washington. On the contrary, as a member of Carl Rove’s Republican fight club, she is working with Rove to reach out to the traditionally Democratic Jewish community for the Republicans.

Only six GOP senators have dared NOT to sign Grover Norquist’s pledge to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business, and to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” Lingle signed on in 2002, opening the flood gates to GOP and right-wing super-PAC support for her campaigns. She is no “moderate” Republican.

In contrast, Mazie Hirono has a solid voting record of support for legislation that would support the social safety networks that Dr. Chowdhury presumably supports and that the Republicans seek to dismantle. In today’s Washington, the term “fiscal conservative” is just the code word for the Republican agenda — neither socially liberal nor fiscally responsible. In the U.S. Senate, Lingle’s influence will have disastrous national consequences.

Robert and Nan Sumner-Mack

Hilo

Ilagan clarifies

I would like to clarify a statement made in last Sunday’s article (Tribune-Herald, Sept. 30) about the District 4 council race. I do not support a special assessment on property owners being considered by the community association board to improve Hawaiian Paradise Park roads. This is very unpopular and is not a viable option.

While I oppose an additional assessment by the community association on Paradise Park owners, I support county funding of road improvements in the subdivision.

People in so-called substandard subdivisions have been living on a “one way street” since these subdivisions were formed. Taxes flow out and few benefits flow back. We are not substandard taxpayers, and we are not substandard citizens. We should not be relegated to substandard treatment.

Part of my job as a council member will be to find innovative ways to correct long-standing inequities in the Puna District. Puna’s voice is getting stronger and the one-way treatment is coming to an end.

Greggor Ilagan

Candidate, County Council District 4

 

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