Letters 1-20-2013


Bail reduction

Restore judicial system

A young man in our community was recently involved in what is perhaps the most horrifying incident any parent could possibly endure — he accidently ran over one of his children and killed him. This man from a foreign place did not have a driver’s license and should not have been driving in the first place; however, it is not an acceptable rationale for the court to imprison him for minor charges at a bail level that neither he nor his family could possibly afford.

He is being denied any sense of compassion or humanity essential to his personal survival by a judicial system that refuses to recognize the human side of this near unbearable tragedy, and is focused instead entirely on retribution and control. Maybe the reason so many people do not want a revision of the interpretation of the Second Amendment is because this practice of the administration of justice is not the exception, it has in fact become the rule in courts and police departments across America. If this is justice in the eyes of our judicial system and those who enforce it, what happens next?

I wear my seat belt while driving, not to lessen the consequence of being injured in an accident but because I fear being cited and what that could and has led to. Fear is the most effective component in controlling society and instilling fear has become common practice in the enforcement of all regulatory procedure, be it the denial of the use of plastic bags to carry groceries in or even in the expression of an opinion. When the consequences of not being afraid are as severe and inhumane as they are becoming, is it any wonder an individual would fight to preserve the Second Amendment as it is written?

If we now want some form of gun control in this country, and I might argue that some is needed, let’s first identify the problem, which I see as confidence in the judicial system. A system that needs to reverse its role from dispensing fear and control to applying justice and fairness. Let this young man have the freedom to heal his soul – he need not endure further punishment from a system of oppression.

Kelly Greenwell

Kailua-Kona

Signs

Where did they go?

Does anyone know what has happened the beach access signs between the Keauhou Surf & Racquet Club and Kahaluu Beach Park?

Once there were access signs at the Keauhou Surf & Racquet, also one between Surf & Racquet and the old Kona Lagoon Hotel and until lately, one next to the Keauhou Beach Hotel. When I say access, I mean as they have on Oahu, a pathway that is at least 8 feet wide. That is a fine beach near the Keauhou Beach Hotel and it would be nice if we could access it with no difficulty.

Josephine Roy

Keauhou

Road work

Like the bypass?

Is it my imagination or is the widening of Kaahumanu taking on the same odor as the bypass?

Richard Allen

Keauhou

Obama

Hypocrisy displayed

Emperor Obama once again shows his hypocrisy in his recent criticism of a recent ad run by the NRA. In the ad, the NRA points out that while Obama refuses to consider allowing armed guards at schools, his own children are protected at school by armed Secret Service agents. The White House called the ad “repugnant and cowardly” and criticized the organization for using the president’s children as “pawns in a political fight.”

Meanwhile, the president signed his new executive order on gun control with several children standing around him like a bunch of props. The same thing he pulled back when he signed Obamacare into law.

Why is it acceptable for him to use children like this but wrong for the NRA to point out his hypocrisy with his own children as an example?

Thanks to the Democrats who elected this elitist hypocrite into office. I hope you appreciate what you’re getting for it.

Shawn Lathrop

Kailua-Kona