McCain’s service demands respect from all
President Trump has, again, shown the US and the world how little he is by directing the White House flag to fly for only a few moments at half mast in honor of John McCain.
Also, his rejection of issuing a statement in honor of Sen. McCain speaks volumes to his smallness. However, after political pressure, he did issue a brief statement and agreed to allow the White House flag to remain at half mast until after Senator McCain’s burial.
No matter your political affiliation, McCain’s service to our country demands the utmost respect from each and every American. The president has politicized Sen. McCain’s death and we, as a nation are ashamed of our president and his actions.
Michael Diamant, Koloa
All, regardless of time living here, are at Mother Nature’s mercy
This is in response to J. Cannon’s letter on Aug. 27.
I work in disaster response and I constantly hear people saying if you haven’t lived here “x” number of years you don’t know how to be prepared for a disaster. I think this is bad ego-driven generalization.
While I agree wholeheartedly that there are tourists that don’t understand living here, there are plenty of residents that do not understand being prepared. To think that everyone that comes to Hawaii doesn’t understand how to prepare or survive a disaster is akin to saying the rest of the world doesn’t suffer from hurricanes and flooding.
I am constantly hearing visitors and volunteers from the mainland saying, hurricane preparedness is just like blizzard preparedness or monsoon preparedness.
We all live at the mercy of Mother Nature and we all have to be prepared to handle what comes our way, no matter who you are, where we live or where we visit.
Padraic Gallagher, Lihue