Letters for Friday, August 22, 2008

• I’d come to Kaua‘i

• Obama’s enamoring words

• Mahalo from Maui

I’d come to Kaua‘i

I would like to see the Hawaii Superferry return to Kaua‘i for several reasons:

• The cost is lower than the airlines.

• The beauty of the untouched land.

• Not having to rent a car and pay the highway tax, cost of insurance and gas.


Because my car is already insured. I already paid for my tax on my car which includes the use of the highway, and my car will go the weekend with the gas I will Superferry with. I’m one of many who will come to visit my mom, sister, nieces and a nephew. Our football team that’s coming to challenge Waimea on Aug. 29 would have loved the sight they could see. I’ve been to O‘ahu and it’s beautiful every time we go. I don’t have to worry about my truck because it’s with me. I am able to support the local merchants such as resturants, mom and pops, local vendors on the coast, even those having garage/moving sales. So people, aloha the Superferry. You can do so much with their service, and for those who don’t want it don’t use it. I did though, see many protesters on the Superferry with us, and their opinion changed as 125,000-plus have used it and the numbers will continue to soar even if it doesn’t service Kaua‘i.

Deborah Kaiu

Pu‘unene, Maui

Obama’s enamoring words

Thank you, Gordon Oswald. Your letter to the editor on July 19, “McCain’s experience should not be met with levity,” expresses the concerns most of us have regarding Obama’s lack of experience in becoming the commander-in-chief of a great nation. His dealings with corruption and his associations with corrupted ones, along with those who are anti-Americans, should make everyone think twice before even thinking about voting for him. The only credit to his short resume is being a “community organizer” where lots of corruption can be attributed. His pro-choice stance where he voted against bills giving aid to those who survived late-term abortions, but lived, should make anyone shudder. Study his characteristics and the people who have influenced him.

I consider Kaua‘i my home, and I would definitely like to see positive changes. Yes, change in better education; change in teaching the young people the skills they need to become responsible adults; change of attitude to value hard work; change in government spending; and change for smaller government.

I would encourage voters to educate themselves and study the issues supported by the presidential candidates. Do not be enamored by the words the public wants to hear for political expediency or by the look of the handsome dude who reads tele-prompters.

Lyn Chan

Millbrae, Calif.

Mahalo from Maui

Recently I was on the KHON 2 Morning Show to talk about “Julie’s Hope Team” which is a group of coworkers and friends of Julie Wood, a Maui Police Department employee who has a very rare cancer. We are fundraising to help with her enormous medical bills and other costs associated with traveling out of state to receive lifesaving surgeries. During the show, I suggested that viewers could help by bringing home lunch one day, and then donating $5 to “Julie’s Hope” at any Bank of Hawaii.

Those generous people who have taken the time out of their day to follow our suggestion, thank you so much. We will never know who you are, but we want you to know that you are deeply appreciated. We still have a long way to go to get Julie the treatment she needs. If more people would do this task, brown bag lunch, and then donate the money saved to “Julie’s Hope,” we would be that much closer to our goal.

You can visit our Web site www.mauigateway.com/~jgwood/Hope.htm for more information. She is your hardworking public servant (despite the cancer and cancer treatments) and the $5 you spend on her would be money well spent.

Diana Custer

Wailuku, Maui


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