Letters for Friday, October 14, 2011

Thank you,

Hobey Goodale

As a former resident of the beautiful island of Kaua‘i, I would just like to take a moment to thank Hobey Goodale for the stories he has been submitting to The Garden Island for publication. 

They are a wonderful reminder of a simpler time. He tells them in such a personal way that those of us too young to know Kaua‘i at an earlier time can almost look through his eyes.

Hobey, I had the privilege to get to know you just a little bit through the Rotary Club of Kaua‘i. You are a treasure to the island and not just for your stories and work to preserve the history of the islands. You have been a contributor in many ways, seen and unseen, that have made a very real impact. 

Mahalo nui!

Fred Kuhne, Fort Worth, Texas

Carologists

Interesting the stories about cars and drivers’ personalities. I smile when I consider my vehicle. It is gold because I bought it used. Another family member purchased the same make, model and color vehicle. Intentional? No, just coincidence. It is written that the color gold points to a personality of cleanliness and safe driving habits. Does this explain my “clean” driver’s abstract?

 I drive a 90-something model, sun burned on one side, four-wheel drive and an impressive sound system. Although the purchase price was modest, negotiations were rich. The former owner, a seasoned mechanic, dropped the price when aware a four-wheel drive was a necessity me, being a first responder to people in need, in crisis. He made certain the vehicle came to me in top condition and with his blessings. This truck proved reliable when responding to crises. It provided a comfortable ride and a sound system that was balm for weary souls assisted — at times as the clock’s hands pointed to the stars, with four-wheel drive and long travel required.

I would meet the original owner, he entering a store in excitement, asking, “Who owns the truck by the newspaper stand?” I learned a lot about the history of this truck. And, I came to know another owner of this model truck while at a sporting event — our trucks parked side-by-side. We, both, amused at the sight compared notes. A bond was formed, waving when we pass, talking story when we meet — now for 3 years.

The door hinge on the driver’s side requires replacing. For now, I must slide to the passenger’s side to exit the vehicle. When some see me smiling about this maneuver, there is a sense of humor. There are hardy comments as I express, “When the chauffeur is not here, I get confused which side of the car to get out of.” As I have grumbled under my breath to increases in gas prices, as sliding out of the truck, one fellow truck owner commented to the pinching rise in gas prices. With a big heart, he contributed to my gas purchase at the register.

My truck is a rumblah. The sound of the engine signals my dogs I am about half a block away from home, my told the pups begin going to the door to greet me. And, when driving up to park at work, one mother hen and her seven chicks come dashing, hearing the truck’s engine and sure there is a snack coming.

The vehicle a person drives may tell a story, but the insight and rich life of the vehicle will be found in the details. With this, I am convinced this truck holds value no economic crisis or drive off any showroom floor can compromise — no matter how you look at it.

 

Deborah Morel, Kapa‘a

PSA test:

The rest of the story

As long-term prostate cancer survivors who had PSA-based biopsies that discovered our cancers, the chance this saved our lives is small. We do know the toxic side effects from our treatments lowered our quality of life.

Remember:

1. Elevated PSA can be caused by prostate infection, enlargement or cancer. PSA is not cancer specific.

2. PSA-based biopsies find cancer only 25 percent of the time. Among biopsied men, 75 percent just have unnecessary anxiety and chance for bleeding, infection and urinary problems.

3. Most prostate cancers are not lethal. With or without treatment most diagnosed men will die with — not from — prostate cancer.

4. All treated men are at risk of severe toxic side effects caused by treatments.

 We recommend:

 1. Do not participate in a community PSA screening event that offers no individual counseling.

 2. Men between the ages of 40 and 75, have a discussion with your doctor to see if you have high risk factors associated with having prostate cancer. Your doctor can explain your individual risk category.

 3. After understanding what having a PSA test can lead to, you, under your doctors guidance, decide to test or not to test.

4. Only for men who are at high risk, may the benefits of PSA testing outweigh the harms.

We urge men to have this discussion with their doctor.

David Derris, D.D. S. and Malcolm J. Slakter, PhD

Honolulu

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