Is potential next governor Jeremy or Joseph?

ITEM: By collecting more than 50 percent of the votes in last Saturday’s

primary, Jeremy Harris wins re-election as mayor of Honolulu without having to

run in the general election.

COMMENT: And that’s not all. The former

oceanography instructor and wunderkind of Kaua’i politics (he was elected to

the County Council here 20 years ago at the relatively tender age of 29) and

potential future governor pulled off his preemptive election strike without

using his first name of Joseph. Jerome, aka Jeremy, is his middle

moniker.

ITEM: The Honolulu Academy of Arts is selling studio editions of

handblown glass art by Dale Chihuly. Prices range from $2,500 to

$6,000.

COMMENT: Art is in the eye of the beholder. But it’s continually

amazing that Chihuly is “world-renowned,” as the academy and others call him,

for artwork that frequently looks like something found in thrift shops and

garage sales. Some of his works only lack a clock to be true titans of tack.

His curious hold even has civic and government leaders in hometown Tacoma,

Wash. tripping over themselves to build a museum for his glass goblins.

ITEM: Not all of them, but some mainland women continue to fear for their

safety when considering vacations in Kaua’i. The reason: The unsolved murders

and attack of three women on the island’s West Side. Typical of the many women

who’ve e-mailed The Garden Island for updates on the cases and advice on

whether to come here is one who wrote, “Any safer places than others? Am I

being a fool to even consider coming? I could cancel my rental and write off

the $3,000 loss as better than losing my life…I want to be an optimist, but

I don’t want to be a dead optimist.”

COMMENT: Our advice was to follow her

own instincts and heart, but also not to feel any more unsafe on Kaua’i than

anywhere else. At the same time, by all means don’t assume anything. Take the

same personal safety precautions here as anywhere, whether you’re a visitor or

a local.

ITEM: Many readers reacted angrily to a front-page article in

TGI’s Sept. 11 issue. They said the subject matter – an overview of major

serial killer cases elsewhere in the U.S. – and the headline, “Murderous plague

comes to Kaua’i,” were sensationalized and fueled fear over the suspected

serial murders here.

COMMENT: Could the story have been homogenized or not

done at all? Yes. Could the headline have been tamer? Certainly. But serial

killings – and until police say otherwise, that’s what’s happened here – are

new to Kaua’i. Islanders can’t be spared the history of these gruesome cases

elsewhere if they are to fully understand the seriousness of serial killing

sprees and why it’s so important to pay attention to them and, with any luck,

stop them as early as possible. The cases with the highest body counts began

with one or two victims, just like here.

TGI editor Pat Jenkins can be

reached at 245-3681 (ext. 227) and [

HREF=”mailto:pjenkins@pulitzer.net”>pjenkins@pulitzer.net]

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