Letters to the Editor

Elected officials don’t have to support president

I was gobsmacked by an April 27 letter writer who actually said elected officials, judges and “so forth” must, by law, support the president. He went on to say that if they don’t, Trump ought to remove them from their positions and put them in jail.

“You must stand behind our president,” he wrote. “His words are law. Didn’t they teach that in school?”

Well sir, no they didn’t and they don’t, and no matter what Donald Trump, Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions and the rest of their pals come up with, they won’t.

Mary Lawrence

Kihei

*****

George Will describes Trump administration

Republican pundit George Will described the Trump administration as a “cumulative critical mass of impotence.” That is objectively insightful.

Jeff Bigler

Wailuku

*****

The word of the president is not law

It’s hard to respond to one of the April 27 letters without seeming to bash the writer. I will try to educate him in a few sentences.

The word of the president is not law. Laws are passed by the Congress and upheld by the president. We elect a president, not a dictator. He (or she) is still subject to the law of the land and laws are also subject to judicial review. Duly elected governors and legislators can not be removed by a president. It is voters who make those decisions.

The writer seems to misunderstand that in a democracy we tolerate dissent and don’t jail those who disagree with elected officials. We value truth and open dialogue.

Marjorie Bonar

Pukalani

*****

Why isn’t it illegal to walk on the reef?

Shocked to recently see two spear fishermen (looked like local residents) walk the entire length of the reef between Mokapu and Ulua beaches. (The reef is about 3 to 4 feet deep in that area.) One then stood on a rock while the other spearfished. They had undoubtedly been there before as the man on the rock knew which rock to stand on so he wouldn’t be swept away by the surf which had come up. After a while, they walked to yet another part of the reef.

All of us who saw it were shocked and infuriated. Why isn’t it illegal to destroy the reef in this way? I realize tourists can be bad, but this was beyond anything I’d ever seen.

Lori Pappajohn

Vancouver, British Columbia

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Most drivers don’t understand roundabouts

As a Kihei scooter driver who uses the roundabout there frequently, I have realized that most people don’t understand them. Drivers are supposed to use their turn signals as they exit and also you do not stop at the yield sign as you approach one (of course if someone is in the crosswalk you stop).

If everyone is using their turn signal, then there is no reason to stop because you can see which car is exiting where. You simply slow down and merge as you approach. This is a driving rule in Europe (using turn signals on roundabouts) because it is necessary to keep traffic flowing.

There are multiple-lane roundabouts all over the world and traffic rarely needs to stop — the whole idea behind it! Please stop slamming your brakes on at the yield sign when you approach a roundabout and please use your turn signal as you exit!

You can Google “roundabouts” to read more or find a tutorial on YouTube. Roundabouts are safe and efficient when drivers use them properly. (DMV, why is this not part of the driver’s test yet?)

Marie LeBoeuf

Kihei

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U.S. government is not a dictatorship

Regarding the letter on April 27 from man in Kahului: I do not know what school he went to but I was taught there were three branches of government in our country so we would not have a dictatorship which is what Trump would like.

There are no laws against us having these checks and balances to prevent what is happening in Syria, Russia and many other foreign countries. I would suggest that if he thinks this form of government is good that he move to one of these countries and try it out.

Karen Whittingham

Pukalani

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