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Your Views for October 5

Ruggles’ struggles

I doubt I’m the only voter disappointed that Jen Ruggles decided to represent only one race from her seat on the Hawaii County Council.

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Hopefully, the clear-thinking and rational council members will draft and pass what’s needed to prevent this from happening again.

Oh, to have only known she was a closet activist and be given the chance to vote all over again!

Good luck finding your next job, Jen.

Scott Brown

Mountain View

‘You took an oath’

A note to Jen Ruggles: You think you might be committing war crimes against the Hawaiian kingdom by participating and voting in council meetings, but you’re also not doing justice to the people of Puna who voted you in to represent us in important issues regarding our community.

I thought you took an oath of office to do so, and you are letting us down.

This is quite sad. Removing your name from the recent voting slate was the correct thing to do. As for the future, noncompliance of job duties should result in the official not receiving their salary.

Cher Miles

Pahoa

Sexism encouraged

I, like any other woman, take sexual assault seriously.

When I heard that Christine Blasey Ford accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, I read and watched as information came out.

I learned that Ford does not know where it happened, when it happened, and all those she named as witnesses say the incident did not happen.

In the midst of it all, a statement by our senator and judicial committee member Mazie Hirono is made: “Men of this country and the men in this committee” need to “just shut up and step up.”

Freedom of speech nixed, and sexism encouraged.

Now we have Deborah Ramirez. She only recently recalls it was Kavanaugh after six days with her Democratic lawyer.

Though there are gaps in her story, because of the large volume of alcohol consumed, she is confident in her new recollections.

Stop the madness!

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Barbara Ferraro

State director, Concerned Women for America of Hawaii