Letters for Dec. 17, 2014

• Shakespeare and disco on Kauai? • Walmart takes care of its employees • Low prices come at a cost

Shakespeare and disco on Kauai?

One word. Hilarious!

I went to see the KPAC fall play “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” over the weekend. It was for the first time being performed at a great space I didn’t know existed at Kauai High School.

Admittedly, I’m not a huge Shakespeare fan, but this contemporary adaptation of a comedy classic had me crying with laughter. Set in the 1970s, complete with bell bottoms and disco dancing, the young actors not only made the play accessible, they made it incredibly funny. In traditional Shakespearian style, the female roles were played by male actors, but in this adaptation, the male roles were played by female actors. Both did a fabulous job mocking their gender portrayals. Bravo to the teacher of this class, Dennis McGraw, who is also the play’s director, for adding some new twists on this timeless story of love and betrayal.

The actors did a great job and you knew they understood Shakespeare’s sardonic wit to convey this story and make it relevant and contemporary. Bravo all around and I am going back next weekend for the last three shows.

Call 651-2417 for tickets.

Lisa Pollak


Walmart takes care of its employees

While we respect Raymond Catania’s right to express his opinion (letters Dec. 9), we also have a responsibility to correct the facts. Regarding the “protests” he references, perception is never reality with these demonstrators.

Almost none of them were actual Walmart associates and they were not representative of our 1.3 million associates across the country. It’s unfortunate that this group attempts to disrupt the holiday spirit to push their agenda. The reason you see so few Walmart associates participating in these demonstrations is because they understand the unparalleled opportunity Walmart provides, including career growth, cash bonuses, a 401(k) plan, and education and training programs.

The average hourly full-time wage for our 3,700 Walmart associates in Hawaii is $15.23 as of November 2014.

We’re proud to offer jobs at all levels, including entry-level, because entry-level jobs often lead to bigger jobs. You can climb the ladder from a stocker or a cashier to a department manager, a store manager, and beyond.

More than 170,000 associates a year are promoted to jobs with more responsibility and higher pay. Approximately 75 percent of our store management teams started as hourly associates. And over 300,000 associates have been with the company for more than 10 years. Walmart provides the thousands of associates in Hawaii the opportunity to grow and build a career. See for yourself at www.therealwalmart.com.

Delia Garcia

Director of communications


Low prices come at a cost

Thank you to Raymond Catania (TGI letter, Dec. 9) for bringing to light that Walmart on this island is just like the rest of this corporation: a bully.

My friends all worship the low prices at Walmart. I do not. I feel very strongly for the human condition and about the lives of my fellow human beings.

Walmart is the “Big Boys” and everyone else has to compete with them, so the Walmart way will soon be the normal way. Is that truly how we want “to make life better?”

Helena Cooney



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