Campaign Violations

Feeding at the public trough (June 21, 2018)

Regarding the story “Rep. Kaniela Ing Fined $15,000 for Campaign Spending Violations,” I find it inconceivable that he is still running to represent Hawaii in Congress. He blames youth for his indiscretions and then begs to have the fine reduced because

“The fine would be a financial burden to his family.” All he has shown is a need to feed at the public trough.

Meanwhile, the commissioners did not refer this case to the prosecutor because it might affect his future political career. He shouldn’t have one, at least for 10 to 20 years. We have enough corrupt politicians in the nation going to jail. We should not be enabling another one.

— Lynne Matusow, Honolulu

GOP Push

Republicans on a roll (June 20, 2018)

Story this morning by Stewart Yerton seemed fair and pointed out rather clearly the differences between the three Republican candidates for Governor. (“Saving Hawaii’s GOP: A Tough Job For 3 Candidates For Governor“) Thank you! I’d like to see more political stories from him.

Is there hope for more fair look at conservative views?

— Marian Grey, Hawaii Kai

Free-Roaming Cats

Cats are not a threat (June 20, 2018)

Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources unnecessarily provoked alarm by claiming that cats “pose a significant health risk to people.” (“3 More Monk Seals Die From Disease Linked To Feral Cats“) Just three months ago, the Hawaii Department of Health testified to the legislature that cats “do not pose a public health threat.”

Feeding bans for cats are not the answer, either, and just encourage cats to search farther for food. The best approach for Hawaii’s community cats is Trap-Neuter-Return — sound public policy that manages the population while reducing euthanasia. It saves taxpayer dollars and is the most humane and effective option.

— Becky Robinson, Bethesda, Maryland, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies

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