Government can’t take away rights
In response to Mr. Wayne Reese’s letter dated April 8, Easter Sunday, American Taliban? In his letter he states if anyone shows up at his door to convert him to their religious beliefs he will politely tell them to leave his property. Mr. Reese has the right to slam the door in their face, he lives in America.
The Declaration of Independence states all people are endowed with certain unalienable rights. These are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is the proposition upon which America was based. Our Founding Fathers believed God granted rights directly to every person. Moreover, these rights were “unalienable.” No government or anyone else has the power to take then away.
Because of the Founding Fathers’ belief that power comes from God to each individual, the Constitution of the United States begins with the words “We the people,” not we the government, we the state or we the church.
He says in his letter, “Evangelical conservative Christians and their banner bearer Rick Santorum are the American Taliban.” Mr. Reese, did not notice during his time in Iraq that Sharia and Sunni law state women have no freedom? They are forbidden to shop in public without a male escort. Women are not allowed to drive a car. They have no choice in their dress code (who would choose to wear drapes on their body with only eyes showing).
He closes his letter with this sentence, “Hopefully, the conservative right won’t start another Holy War.” We promise we won’t, if we can still put on a bikini, drive our cars to Target, shop, shop, shop and then on the way out grab a Starbucks coffee — and thank God we still have Holy Bibles, where we can read the most repeated phrase in the Bible — fear not.
Patricia J. Worrell
Use donation to erect signs for public
With the recent anonymous donation to the Waimea Trails, perhaps those in charge might see this as an opportunity to erect signs for the general public.
Trail hours could be posted so the residents of Kahawai Street would not be subject to strangers walking past their homes in the night.
Users of the trail could also be warned there is no parking on the one-lane road and residents need to access their driveways without having to maneuver around cars and humans. And, lastly, perhaps some kind of safety measures could be put in place that would deter any individual from allegedly seeking self-gratification in an area meant for public use.
Warehouse-type building is eyesore
How did the building department authorize this horrific building behind the University of the Nations? It is an eyesore, does not fit into the neighboring environment and looks like a warehouse that can be seen from all areas.
This is disgusting.