Good turnout, but some glaring no-shows

To the Forum:

I attended the

march in support of domestic peace, and in memory of Miu Lan

Esposo-Aguiar.

As someone who has had first-hand experience with the

heartbreaking issue of domestic violence, I was deeply touched to see so many

people of all ages and races, men and women alike, turn out because one of the

most important things we can do is remind all those who are in such situations

that they are not alone.

Fortunately, Kaua’i offers some wonderful support

through the counselors at the shelter and elsewhere.

Still I was troubled

to see that some key people were not in attendance.

On an island where

half the murders are linked to domestic violence, where the police blotter is

filled with reports of spouse abuse and restraining order violations, where the

family court calendar is packed with these cases, I could only wonder, as we

stood outside the county building, where was the mayor? Where were our council

members? Where was the county prosecutor? Where was the police chief? And where

were all the cops who deal with this day in and day out?

Joan

Conrow

Kilauea

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