Letters for Sunday • May 14, 2006

• Mother’s Day message

• More on Mother’s Day

• All media ‘left wing’?

• Let’s look at ethanol

• More on on pedestrian bridge quagmire

Mother’s Day message

On this Mother’s Day, we are honored to pay tribute to mothers throughout Hawai‘i.

Mothers in Hawai‘i and throughout the world are the emotional centers of their families, offering guidance, understanding and love. It is a mother’s warm hug and kind words that bring a sparkle to our children’s eyes.

Mothers are also the foundation of their families, as they compassionately help children strive to realize their potential. Despite leading busy lives, moms in Hawai‘i always find time to listen to their keiki, while passing on the spirit of aloha we all feel in our special home.

To honor Hawai‘i mothers serving our country overseas in the armed forces, let us join their loved ones here at home by pausing for a moment of reflection and prayer.

And to all mothers throughout our state, we wish them the very best on this special day.

  • Linda Lingle
    Governor of Hawai‘i

More on Mother’s Day

Some mothers get flowers, some will get candy and some others will get diamonds, but all this is worthless if the present does not come with sincerity and with love from the child who calls the woman “my mother.” There are also mothers who don’t get anything. Not because nobody loves them, but because their son or daughter is no longer alive. These mothers would forgo the most precious gold or diamond for a love-filled hug of their beloved child.

Regardless if they are from the beautiful islands of Hawai’i, or from the blue mountains of Colorado or from the endless deserts of Iraq, Mother’s Day for those who lost their son or daughter in the ongoing wars either as a soldier or as an innocent victim is especially hard, because their memories are still vivid. And it is the same for the tens-of-thousand of mothers whose beautiful child is not lost but became maimed in the war and has no arms left to hug his mother.

If you know a mother like this, place a bouquet of flowers on her doorstep, and for the Iraqi and Afghani mothers who may not even celebrate Mother’s Day, but for whom their lost child was as much precious as the child for the American mothers, let’s throw a flower in the ocean on Mother’s Day as a symbol of our compassion and sorrow for the lost lives.

And one more thing; say a prayer or make an offering for peace, and promise that you will never send somebody else’s son or daughter to a war where you would not send your own or would not go yourself. Maybe this will be the beginning of a better world.

Happy Mother’s Day.

  • János Samu

All media ‘left wing’?

I would like to respond to Mr. Saker’s claim that all media is far left (or democratic). I guess he forgot about Fox News, and some of the talking heads on CNN (like Lou Dobbs) or many others who like to spout what “some people say,” or “some say,” while repeating the “right wing” agenda.

Also, Mr. Saker seems to feverishly believe that all polls taken in the U.S., are all done by “left wing” media zealots.

Is Mr. Saker talking about the same left wing media who polled America after 9/11 and found Bush had an approval rating of around 78 percent?

The democrats bash, the republicans bash, and what we are left with we must all decide individually as to what is right and just.

And how we react to these things shape our charactor.

  • Dennis Chaquette

More on on pedestrian bridge quagmire

Bravo, Shaylene Carvalho for your fine in-depth article on the mandated 26-year-old pedestrian bridge that is yet to be built (The Garden Island Guest Viewpoint, May 11). At a recent council meeting you gave an outstanding 40-minute presentation on the history of this unbuilt bridge and it is obvious why you were so good at your previous job as a prosecutor.

The biggest problem seems to be (as you point out) that each developer who gets this property is given unlimited extensions to build the bridge and thus for 26 years we have seen civil and criminal laws broken while the mandate that was part of the permitting process is ignored.

But as long as no one enforces the law, it appears that the owners of these shopping centers can just song and dance and get a free pass to do as they please. In this 26-year process of no bridge being built, there have been five planning directors who, I would presume, had the responsibility of enforcing the law so why haven’t they been held responsible?

Where else can anyone break a law for 26 years and not suffer any consequences? The blame not only lies with the “breaker” but even more so with the “giver” or non-enforcer.

Shaylene goes on to point out that the developer is now trying to tie building the bridge to the phantom bike path and that will make the situation even more preposterous. That bike path may never get finished, particularly trying to run it through two of the busiest shopping centers on Kaua‘i. A few months ago the path had to stay along the coastline, but being blocked by one hazard after another, the administration decides that it has to cross Kuhio Highway by the Shell restaurant, go along the canal and into both shopping centers, and then go back makai where the new resort is being built — how is that for long-range planning?

Are we to presume that new signals will be put up for this path at both crossings or will users just rush across risking their lives?

Again, Shaylene makes her case loud and clear. “We need to hold these developers to their fair share, make them build the bridge and maintain it in perpetuity. Too many times the people get the short end of the stick. It’s a crime that we’ve had to endure all these empty promises and witness zero consequences for violations.”

Right on, Shaylene Carvalho, and thanks for the many hours of research you did compiling all this data — the people, particularly Tracy Murakami and Tony Allen, applaud you.

  • Glenn Mickens

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