Your Views for March 21

No socialist utopia

A letter to young voters: socialism explained.

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You study all week for a tough exam. You take the test, and just know you aced it.

When you get the test paper back from the teacher, your grade is a C. You complain to the teacher that you know you got all the answers correct, and other students in the class that didn’t even “crack” a book also got C’s. How come?

The teacher explains that her class is now adopting socialism, and that’s how socialism works — everyone is equal.

Under capitalism, if you earn an A, you get to keep it (after taxes, of course). And if you don’t study, you flunk.

Keep this in mind when you hear about how “socialist Democrats” will transform our country into a utopia.

C’s for all!

Sam Wallis

Hilo

Not saints, not pono

Let me get this straight: Two Leilani Estate protesters flew to New Zealand to rail against evil government and greenhouse gases and carbon footprints by flying there in a huge plane?

When I saw the picture in the paper (Tribune-Herald, March 16), extolling them as saints, I just about fell off my chair.

Such hypocrisy to leave such a huge carbon footprint, only to make yourself look like you’re actually doing something when, indeed, you are only adding to the problem. Then we get to see essentially chest-thumping phonies show us “how it is done.”

This was sheer and unmitigated audacity and unbridled showboating and virtue-signaling, if I ever saw it.

Shameful. The only thing they were trying to do was make themselves look pono.

Oh, no. Oh, no.

Allen Russell

Hilo

Another route needed

Regarding the article “‘Shovel ready’ by August?” (Tribune-Herald, March 20): Having roundabouts and signals on Highway 130 are fine, but what Puna residents really need, in my opinion, is another route out of Hawaiian Paradise Park and Pahoa in case of fire, hurricane or earthquake.

Even when there is a fatality on the highway that closes both lanes for hours, residents are stuck where the only way to Hilo is up Ainaloa Drive through Hawaiian Acres. Takes about 25 minutes to get to Keaau.

Opening up Railroad Avenue all the way to town would be the best way to do this.

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J. Ingman

Hawaiian Paradise Park

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