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• Where does one begin? • Not a question of politics • Clinic closing a big loss • We’re all in this together • You really want to save lives?
Where does one begin?
Baseball is played by the little kids, just wanting to get outside and have fun. I was at a baseball tournament a few months back where young teams from all over Hawaii played.
Hosted by Kalaheo for three days with aloha, the proud parents of these young kids watched their teams play their hearts out.
Strike three, you’re out! Foul ball! Safe! Batter up. Ball four. Home run.
No where at any time did I witness any racist remarks, any type of discrimination. Nor did I search out kids of certain “race, ethnic background, or religious affiliations.”
I do believe that Dean Nonaka has the kids playing baseball for the fun of it. I do not believe for a moment that he looks at his players as “players of Japanese blood” nor do I believe that the word “culture” is limited to discrimination.
“Yes, honor, respect the Japanese for keeping baseball alive in Hawaii.”
But don’t make it a racist organization.”
Mr. Mickens what were you thinking when you wrote this letter?
A racist organization … Shame on you. Kauai Baseball 10, Glen Mickens 0.
Ronald Horoshko, Kalaheo
Not a question of politics
No one took the bait in last week’s letter attempting to make the new dairy a blue versus red issue, so please allow me. In my mind, it’s a red, white and blue issue.
A U.S. landowner has the right to utilize his property to it’s “highest and best use” and we the people have the right to hold our noses and cross our fingers in hope that accidents don’t happen and ruin one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Ray Smith, Lihue
Clinic closing a big loss
I am writing in regard to a serious matter I heard of only yesterday concerning the closure of Kalaheo Clinic, located in the small complex next to the Kalaheo Post Office.
I am a retired registered nurse, who worked at the clinic in the past. Currently, I own a bed and breakfast in Kalaheo, and have been a resident of Kalaheo for 20 years. I utilize the conveniently located Kalaheo Clinic when I need medical care, or need to refer guests with medical problems. I have always trusted the staff and physicians of this neighborhood clinic and hope that it will not be permitted to close its doors.
Sheila Heathcote, Kalaheo
We’re all in this together
The extremely important article focusing on the extent to which valiant efforts to eradicate the invasive miconia plant prompted me to submit this letter. The article demonstrates the necessary support of governmental agencies to fund the appropriate resources to intensify this effort. The educational system can pitch in by being a source of information to let the public-at-large know what to recognize and how to participate in this endeavor to protect and preserve our finite resources. Commercial and professional enterprises in the community can also render support by promoting and financing programs, projects and activities which will keep this focused intensity in the forefront.
It’s all about the realization that WE’RE ALL in this together — and with that being the case, this is our shared responsibility. Mahalo, TGI, for bringing this to our attention. In turn, let us ALL respond COLLABORATIVELY:
“Yes, we can!”
Jose Bulatao, Jr., Kekaha
You really want to save lives?
OK, then do something to find those kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria. As you must have seen on the TV, a madman and his gang in Nigeria kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls and is openly bragging about selling them for child wives and sex slaves. The local authorities cannot find them, because they are not equipped properly to conduct those searches. The Nigerian president and thousands of people on the streets in Nigerian cities asked the United States to help. Such a request was not unusual, because last time the Malaysian government asked the U.S. to help find the wrecks of the lost Malaysian airliner and the U.S. immediately sent Navy ships and aircrafts to join the search and to find the plane and it’s presumably dead passengers.
I don’t see this quick reaction in the case of the Nigerian girls, although I think it would make more sense to try to find living people than dead bodies. First I thought that sending FBI agents and special military units there would be a big help, then my wife had a better idea. The Americans have perfected their famous killing machines, their drones, so much that they allegedly could identify the militants in Yemen and Pakistan from thousands of meters above the ground, and kill them, so why not use this famous recognition technology in the search of the schoolgirls and in locating the madman and his gang? Is it that the expected welcome of the local population for the helping hand would not commensurate with the euphoria in watching or killing people with those drones in Pakistan and Yemen? Living people need more help than the dead ones.
János Keoni Samu, Kalaheo
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