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• Let’s show each other respect
• Give the Superferry a chance
• Story of the wide-mouthed frog
• Po‘ipu / Koloa eyesore
• The Republican lottery, a worldwide observation
Let’s show each other respect
For many years, Kaua‘i has been known as an island of diverse people who work together despite our differences. We were all saddened by the hostile and disrespectful behavior exhibited at Governor Lingle’s Sept. 20 meeting regarding the Superferry.
Our island, its people and the State of Hawai‘i are now under the microscope with this situation. We are at a crossroads that could define us for years to come. It is imperative that we all show each other respect, regardless of where one stands on the Superferry, or any other controversial issue. To turn on each other does not serve our island well. We ask that everyone take a deep breath, remember how lucky we are to “live Kaua‘i” and recommit to what our kupuna have taught us in years past about respecting our elders, honoring the host culture and giving more than we receive.
It is critical that we stand together as an island with dignity and respect; without division, anger and violence. With aloha…
on behalf of
the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau
Board of Directors
Give the Superferry a chance
OK, what’s the big deal about the Superferry? How come all these people don’t protest against the Matson barges or the cruise ships that come in to the harbor? I guess they don’t think that the barges and cruise ships bring pests and all the other things these people are worried about too.
It’s funny that so many people protest against this. Do they not realize that there are some people who were looking forward to the Superferry coming to the islands? Do they not think that there are people who are afraid of flying so they would rather ride the Superferry? The ferry is there to provide another alternative to going from island to island. It’s an experience that everyone could enjoy. Do all these people not realize that they paid for it to be built and to come here? All those millions of dollars that went into building the ferry for the weather and conditions for the islands. The government spent all that money and now it won’t be able to run here.
I think all these people should just give it a chance. It would be another way for family members to come and see their families for a weekend. I guess they don’t think of it that way. They are only looking at the bad of this all. Maybe they could open their minds and look at the good also.
And another thing, do they not know how shameful they made Kaua‘i look when they pulled that stunt. It’s such a shame to think that these people would go so far as putting their lives on the line just because they don’t want a boat coming here. Come on now. It’s a dang boat that can transport people from place to place. I honestly was ashamed to say that I am from Kaua‘i.
Come on, people, just give the Superferry a chance.
Story of the wide-mouthed frog
I’d like to thank the Superferry protesters for labeling me as a rude, rowdy, and profanity-speaking person to the people on the other islands and the Governor.
I’d like to relate a story to all who gave me this label.
One day there was wide-mouth frog who was hopping along the road and came upon a mother hippo in a pond. With his widest mouth, he asked the mother hippo, “Mrs. Hippo, what do you feed your baby?” Mrs. Hippo replied, “all the minnows at the bottom of this pond.”
Then, as the wide-mouth frog was hopping along, he came to a stream and saw a mother moose. With his widest mouth, he asked the mother moose, “Mrs. Moose, what you feed your baby?” Mrs. Moose replied, “All the moss you can find along the stream.”
So, the wide-mouth frog continued to hop along and came upon a mother alligator. With his widest mouth, he asked the mother alligator, “Mrs. Alligator, what do you feed your baby? Mrs. Alligator replied, “Wide-mouth frogs.”
With its mouth half-closed and puckered, the wide-mouth frog said, “OH YOU DO, DO YOU!”
So because of you protesters. It embarrasses me to go to the other islands and say I’m from Kaua‘i because of the label you wide-mouths have put on me and all other Kauaians. Thanks so much!
P.S. Ms. Yukimura, don’t say you speak for all Kaua‘i or the state because you never ever spoke to me!
Po‘ipu / Koloa eyesore
In 2002 I retired here on Kaua‘i from the mainland to be near my family. For the first three or four years everything was fine. Then I felt like the sky fell in.
I’m surrounded by a half-dozen major construction projects. I wake at 7 a.m. to hammering and grinding of rock and also every kind of back-up horn known to man.
Over the last few months everywhere I look is another one of these ugly black 15-ft.-high fences. The winds are starting to tear them now and they are becoming a real eyesore. When I inquire as to how long they will be up I don’t get a straight answer. Two years? Five to 10 or 20 years?
My thinking from being around construction my whole life is these fences do little good or no good at all other than a big eyesore to the landscape. The fence running from the fire station past the Kukui‘ula small boat harbor is supposed to be protecting the million-dollar homes on the beach that are vacant 90 percent of the time. The developers, real estate people, County Council members tell me they are into responsible and careful development.
I’m sorry, people. That’s too big of a pill for this guy to swallow.
The Republican lottery, a worldwide observation
It appears that the Republican Party is selling “lottery tickets,” the pay-out is as follows:
1. Health care for none
2. Get your children ready to go to war
3. Disaster in a southern state ignored
4. No minimum wage hike, now go to your second job
5. Tax the rich at a lesser rate than the poor or middle class
6. Speak out against gays until you are caught in the act
7. Global warming until we pass the point of no return
8. Guns in the pockets of all Americans, so that we can shoot each other when needed
9. A huge military so that we will be as safe as Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
10. No unions, because they strive to give workers benefits (so they can make their employer wealthy)
11. Forget an EIS for the Superferry
12. Drill for oil in every place in America (when we run out, we invade other countries to bring them “democracy”)
13. Everyone in the world will continue to look at us like a crazy uncle just out of prison
14. Say whatever you need to win over all religious voters
The cost of a ticket is your soul.
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