Letters 6-24-13


New seat belt law

Is it for our safety or monetary benefit?

Now that the backseat occupants must wear seat belts, I figure the coffers will get double figures in theirs.

Remember this jingle from the Federal Highway Safety Division:? Buckle up for safety, buckle up, always buckle up, buckle up for safety buckle up, show the world you care by the size you ware, buckle up, put your mind at ease, always buckle up and so on.

“Click It or Ticket” hasn’t anything to do with safety, it’s pretty much spelled out in “click it or ticket” that it’s for monetary purposes only.

Jim Wiese

Kona

Surveillance

Thoughts, methods of action are chilling

This letter is in response to a letter written by Leighton Loo. Mr. Loo, your ideas for a Big Brother surveillance state are chilling to say the least. I think it would be safer for you to relocate to London, where average citizens are under surveillance by public cameras more than 50 times per day. I am sure that has solved all of their problems.

Since you are so fearful for your security, here a a few other methods maybe we should employ:

c Maybe we should all have RFID chips implanted in our bodies so that government computers could track everyone’s every move 24/7 (but it’s only for bad guys).

c Maybe we should have routine warrantless checkpoints on the highway so we can make sure there are no terrorists running around.

c Maybe we should just ban guns, knives, pressure cookers, fertilizer and backpacks.

Our once great country is already quickly sliding toward a police state where everyone is a suspect and must live in fear of the terrorists. The actions of a few should never undermine the freedom of everyone else.

I suggest you read the novel “1984,” Mr. Loo, because that is the kind of world you are asking for.

The Founding Fathers said it best: “Those who would give up liberty for a little security deserve neither.”

Ron Becker

Kohala