Letters To The Editor
July 20, 2011 - MidWeek
May I please request a correction to a quote that appeared in Dan Boylan’s July 13 column “Hanabusa: To Run, Or Not To Run.”
Dan quoted me as saying “The Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees are the most bipartisan in the House.”
There was a miscommunication, because while I believe the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is the most bipartisan committee in Congress, I believe the Natural Resources Committee is very partisan.
Through HASC, I am able to pass amendments with support from my Republican colleagues. That is not the case in the Natural Resources Committee.
That said, I am grateful that I have the opportunity to experience both ends of the political spectrum.
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa
There were two columns I especially agreed with in the July 13 MidWeek: “Bob Apisa For Five-0 Governor” by Don Chapman and “Illegal Snakes, Irresponsible Owners” by Larry Price.
Why is it that people from Hawaii are not more represented in this new Five-0? Bob Apisa would be a welcome and refreshing person of interest for guv. Are you listening, Five-0?
As for illegal snakes, are the people who bring these in that ignorant of our laws? I agree with Larry to ship the people who bring them in out.
Bob Jones certainly showed his blatant prejudices as a “progressive elite” in his “The Quirks Of American Politics” column. After all, what he wrote is what sets liberals apart from those of us who espouse traditional conservative values. Bob and his fellow urban educators are the enlightened elite; we are social Neanderthals interested only in keeping what we have and denying rights to anyone who is different.
Having been raised in Los Angeles and having lived in small-, medium-, and large-sized cities and towns in Oregon, Georgia, Utah and Hawaii (as well as in Japan), I can honestly say that I would prefer to raise my children in a socially conservative, Bible-thumping America than in the squalid drug-infested, welfare-dependent, socially enlightened (pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, anti-religion) areas of the two coasts.
And to answer his question, it is not the 1700s, the 1800s or the 1900s we are interested in taking us back to it is to a country where political leaders listen to the taxpayers, not those who bribe them with donations, where schools educate children to be successful academically and morally, and to a country where we find “liberty in law” (to quote America the Beautiful) not where laws are ignored.
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