April 22, 2021


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Letters: Hidden transportation fees continue to a huge burden Why isn’t everybody carrying masks outdoors? Legislation enforcement for ‘will-not’ homeless

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In reaction to the the latest Island Voices column (“The significant price of dependent on your vehicle,” Star-Advertiser, March 24), a reader mentioned the price of Hawaii’s ground transportation system to island households ($46,800 for every calendar year for every household) is seemingly an unbelievably significant portion of the ordinary household revenue ($80,212) for the reason that it leaves tiny to pay for other necessities (“Estimates of substantial car prices really do not incorporate up,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, March 27).

When motor vehicle possession charges ($22,400 per residence) mirror actual out-of-pocket expenses in the form of household charges, the oblique “public” expenditures are not seasoned as immediate expenses. Some are compensated by federal government by means of taxes (this kind of as infrastructure investments) even though other folks are not (such as congestion, accidents and air top quality impacts).

Blended household expenditures are a consultant metric that conveys the magnitude of hidden expenditures. The reader validates that these fees are too frequently unseen and taken out from dialogue of significant transportation investments. The objective of our report was to expose these incredibly true fees.

David Ryder

Fairfax, Va.


As opposed to other states, Ga law unfair

If columnist Cal Thomas would make the effort and hard work to assessment point out election regulations, he would finally obtain four states who do a lot more than “aim” for precise and fair elections (“Georgia election legislation aims to make voting correct, reasonable,” Star-Advertiser, March 30). They established the product for attaining this kind of ambitions.

They are Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Hawaii. None of them has outlawed providing meals and consume for people standing in line to physical exercise their voting legal rights. Georgia has.

Regardless of modern gatherings, ideally Thomas is correct in believing that folks will settle for the defeat of their candidate if they think the process was reasonable and the tabulations exact.

Much too terrible that the latest modifications in Ga law appear to be a alternative wanting for a challenge. That difficulty, of course, getting Georgia’s past countrywide election, which was moderately honest and precise — besides for a candidate who termed condition officials and requested them to increase a certain selection of votes in his favor.

The new improvements do little to reassure the voters of Ga that the method will be reasonable in the long term.

Edward B. Hanel Jr.



Quick-expression rentals will hurt neighborhoods

Investigate conduced by the Harvard Business enterprise Evaluation found that Airbnb is obtaining a detrimental effects on housing stock across the U.S., as it encourages landlords to move their suitable- ties from the extensive-phrase rental and for-sale markets to the brief-phrase rental market.

The place are regional individuals supposed to live if Airbnb and its ilk are authorized soak up all the rental inventory? The additional Airbnb, the much less work for our struggling resort personnel.

Airbnb negatively alters the neighborhoods it is in. Be sure to post testimony for the Honolulu Division of Planning and Allowing listening to on April 6.

Bradley Shields



Why isn’t anyone putting on masks outside?

I will have to be living in a COVID-absolutely free Zone. I reside around the Hawaii Conference Center and a short while ago, as I was going for walks towards Kapiolani Boulevard, I encountered a lot more people not sporting masks than individuals putting on masks.

I can only assume that this community someway has grow to be COVID-free of charge and nobody advised me. Aren’t I fortunate?

Leslie Hayashi



Law enforcement for ‘will-not’ homeless

The problem of homelessness can under no circumstances be totally solved. Listed here is why. The homeless drop into three distinct groups: the have-nots, the cannots, and the will-nots.

Properly dealing with the homeless circumstance demands it to be properly managed, relatively than fully solved.

Answers can most undoubtedly be reached for those in the 1st two groupings. It calls for the support of social assistance providers to compassionately present and reach methods.

On the other hand, regulation enforcement may possibly be necessary to regulate the will-nots.

Almost all progress can take area outdoors of conventional ease and comfort zones. For that reason handling the will-nots might require law enforcement to do superior by often showing up poor.

Handling the will-not homeless may well necessitate law enforcement intervention, and for homeless guidance advocates to be much more worried with the fact of the necessity for management alternatively than masking up the homelessness trouble with a fig-leaf answer.

Stann W. Reiziss



Sign up ammunition together with firearms

Persons even now don’t forget Dec. 7, 1941, as the day when our military was caught with its pants down and everybody wondered how to shield their beloved types from a pending invasion.

The resolution to gun violence is basic: Instead of restricting firearms, need all firearms to be registered, with registration qualifying the owner to utilize for an once-a-year license to obtain ammunition for that specific firearm.

The value of the yearly license ought to be enough to address the price tag of maintaining a system that, like a credit score card with picture ID, instantly registers the acquire of ammunition and alerts authorities of any abnormal invest in.

Just consider the advantages to regulation enforcement if registration was also required for a bullet fired from the firearm.

Rico Leffanta


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