Letters to the Editor: 9-29-17

Boycott NFL

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Boycott NFL

National Boycott NFL day, Nov. 12, Veterans Day weekend. Everyone is for free speech. Well, maybe not the left-leaning groups in this country such as Antifa. They block free speech any chance they get. The root of fascism.

These NFL players have so many other avenues to advance their causes. Disrespecting the country, flag and anthem should not be one of their means. They have money, celebrity status, press conferences, for goodness sake, they can afford to pay someone to express their views and write op-eds for them. With their celebrity status, every paper in the country would print their concerns. I’m a nobody writing an opinion and submitting it to a local newspaper, just hoping it will be printed.

Come on NFL, stand up and be proud of this country that allows you to be paid millions for playing a game and entertaining.

William Coleman

Kailua-Kona

Where’s Kim amid crisis?

So, the HR director has quit. Other department heads have resigned. The homeless problem still persists, and the water well issue seems to get worse daily.

Through all this, not a single word from the county’s chief executive. My question is: does the island of Hawaii have a living, breathing mayor?

Barry Finkenberg

Kona

Letter full of untruths

The Sept. 28 letter by Doreen Vail was repulsive and full of untruths. It is not acceptable that she call President Trump so many names without proof. She called him a bigot, a misogynist, bully and a narcissist who is all around mean-spirited.

These unfounded and certainly uncalled for untruths are highlighted by her saying, “He praises white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the KKK but lashes out at a rally speech knocking the NFL.”

Ms. Vail, I suppose you didn’t take the time to examine exactly what President Trump said so I’m going to show you his exact words here. Perhaps after you read these words you can stop being so negative about this president.

On Aug. 14, he said, “To anyone who acted criminally this weekend as racist thugs, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered. As I said on Saturday, ‘We condemn in the strongest possible way this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence.’ It has no place in America. No matter what the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws. We all salute the same great flag and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of loyalty that bring us together as Americans. Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs — including the KKK, the Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

Ms. Vail, your name-calling and negativism is repulsive to true, loving Americans.

And as for the NFL, President Trump did indeed speak to the owners of the NFL. He told them that our national anthem is representative of our sacred and proud flag and those employed in the NFL should respect it and not be permitted to disrupt a sporting event. He made the point that they have the right to protest, but the way they did it is similar to your writing: full of negativism which cannot help our great nation.

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Barry Willis

Kailua-Kona