Your Views for September 22


A good ol’ law

In the paper of Sept. 20, in “This day in History,” there was an article from 1962 about an ordinance requiring all political signs be no larger than 1 square foot. What ever happened to that?

Granted, it was 50 years ago, but do laws die after so many years? It would sure do a lot for the view along our roads if all the signs were 1 square foot!

Judith Grogg

Kurtistown

The war on business

The war against millionaires and billionaires and big corporations in America is one of the many hypocrisies of President Obama. And to have his administration and the Obama campaign attack successful businesses, no matter their size — and the men and women behind them, and the many workers they employ — the president is out-of-step of what is a nation of opportunity.

He even attacks “mom and pop” stores and other small businesses with his deceitful taxation policy, especially under Obamacare.

It must be reiterated that the $716 billion “stolen” out of Medicare for Obamacare is one-third of the Medicare budget. This would not only deny care that seniors and the baby boomers worked so hard to achieve and secure for themselves, it would destroy the very foundation of Medicare.

And Obama, in part, blames the millionaires and billionaires and corporate America for this. The hypocrisy of this is that many of the president’s big time donors are the very entities he is waging war against. And by so doing, his war goes beyond this and threatens the very foundation the United States was established on — the principle of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

America is the only nation in the world in which citizens and legal immigrants have equal opportunity to pursue their dream. The United States of America does not deny the rights of Americans to strive for the best they can become. It encourages the very best in all Americans.

Drew E. Kosora

Hilo

Protect farmers

Robert DeCoito’s letter (Sept. 9, Tribune-Herald) implies that introduced game animals’ destructive impacts on the environment are justified because they provide food for hungry people. Well, what about the people who pay higher costs for locally grown products, or higher costs associated with protecting ranches and farms from feral pigs and other ungulates? As if this is not enough, axis deer have been brought in to do more damage.

Introduced birds are another problem. One example is the Kalij pheasant. As their numbers increase, so has the damage reported by farmers and home gardeners. In the Volcano area, they are damaging vineyards, taro and commercial maile. Hamakua farmers report similar problems.

So far, the hunters have not been able to contain these animal populations to a level where they are not a threat to our ranchers and farmers.

Agriculture generates far more income, jobs and tax revenue than sustenance and recreational hunting. I for one do not want to subsidize hunting at the expense of the farmers and ranchers.

Don Baker

Volcano

 

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