ITEM: Kaua’i is two weeks and one day away from the primary election. If this
one and the run-off in November are like past elections, letters for and about
candidates and related issues will start filling up the Forum page pretty
COMMENT: For readers who are wondering, TGI’s policy on letters to
the editor, as explained each day on this page, applies virtually word for word
to campaign letters. You write ’em, we’ll print ’em.
There are a couple of
differences, though. One is that if a candidate levels a charge at an opponent,
the letter likely will be used for a news article so that the target can
respond. The same applies to such letters submitted less than a week before an
election. Otherwise, we’ll print all campaign letters, space allowed and
without being taken advadvantage of—meaning that if we’re inundated with form
letters for any single candidate, some of them might not be printed, in order
to avoid repeating the same comments over and over again. Printing campaign
letters is a way to provoke thought among voters, not bore them.
Diana Liston is a mainlander, but her heart belongs partially to Kauai’s most
famous Hawaiian monk seal. She e-mails, “This past August, I was fortunate
enough to spend a wonderful vacation on Kaua’i. I felt lucky to witness the
monk seal and her pup on Po’ipu Beach. Since returning to the mainland, I have
been browsing the Web for more information on this pair. I found your article
in The Garden Island on Aug. 17 about the weaning of the pup. This incident
occurred during my stay (and did indeed break my heart)…I wanted to inquire
if the Kaua’i Monk Seal Watch Program had a newsletter in which they would keep
the public informed of the baby’s progress. Do you know of an address or phone
COMMENT: There is a newsletter, but not a mailing address that the
program wants to publicize just yet. An e-mail address, however, is available
for Barbara Frazier, the program coordinator. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org
ITEM: Syndicated cartoonist Cathy Guisewire, whose “Cathy” is part of the
The Garden Island comics, will take a vacation Oct. 2-29. During her break from
the drawing board, her syndicator, Universal Press Syndicate, will provide
“classic Cathy” strips from 1991, 1993 and 1994.
COMMENT: Drawing cute
faces and matching them with funny lines isn’t all work and no play.
A reader writes, “You have come to Kaua’i apparently knowing nothing about the
underlying Hawaiian/Polynesian/Asian culture of this community…You’ll
discover, in time, your inability to understand this community will reach the
Pulitzer (Newspaper) people and, like others in the past, you’ll be reassigned
to another small mainland newspaper where you’ll then fit in once
COMMENT: Oh. Well, thanks for letting me know.
Pat Jenkins can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 227) and [