Letters for May 26, 2015

• Political correctness a critical disease • The modern day bully • Mahalo, muchas gracias, thank you!

Political correctness a critical disease

Long before Army psychiatrist and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan killed 13 and injured 30 others, he professed a strong belief in Jihad. His superior officers in the military were well aware of his stated beliefs. In a sane organization, Hasan would have been court marshaled and his subsequent outrage would have not have occurred.

However, in our politically correct military, he received due course promotions. Hasan shouts a sacred Muslim decree while indulging in slaughter and our leaders opine “workplace violence.” Political correctness enabled Hasan to avoid court marshal. Political correctness enabled Hasan to receive promotions.

Political correctness enables climate change to be presented as more of a threat than Islamic terrorism.

Political correctness compels we suspend judgment, abandon reason and ignore logic. Demands of the aggrieved and the perverse, as well as claims of the angry and the activist are accorded undue influence.

Adopting the illogical becomes the norm, forcing us to inhabit a twisted reality. To be politically correct requires that we replace the wisdom of the ages with the whim of the elite.

Were the insanity of political correctness to be confined to the campus, limited to the goofy section of the professoriate and the impressionable of the student body, it would be bad enough. As it becomes ubiquitous in our daily lives it is important to recognize that political correctness kills!

Russell Boyer, Hanalei

The modern day bully

One of the major forms of modern day bullying are comment boards that are available in almost every major periodical.

The worst commenters are the ones who hide behind fake screen names, monikers or post anonymously.

It’s easy to throw rocks at someone if they don’t see who you are. Commenters need to man up and if you have something to say, let us know who you are. After all, you know who we (the writers) are. What’s fairis fair.

Look at most of the comments to stories and even to the letters to editors, most comments are very venomous toward the writer. A journalist named Shawn Vestal, a columnist for the Spokesman-Reviewnewspaper in Spokane, Washington, wrote a column comparing anonymous commenters to monkeys “throwing poop.”

Check out the Facebook pages of any professional sports team or TV show and most comments are hateful.

Check out the editorial page in your local newspaper and forum pages. Many of the comments are bound to be mean spirited, degrading and negative.

How can we ever expect world peace when we cannot even respect differing opinions, even on a local level?

Is this not the modern day bully?

My vote is for TGI to implement a rule that if you wish to comment you must use your legal name, same as writing a letter to the editor. This will assure for less potential legal actions and liabilities.

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

Mahalo, muchas gracias, thank you!

To public safety workers, road crews and all responsible for the long-awaited crosswalks at the intersections of Ulu Makai and Kalepa streets.

For years, I have agitated for this crosswalk to protect the public as they cross the non-signaled intersection from Kukui Grove Center to Dynasty Court environs (and reverse).

Now we can all breathe easier in knowing our exuberant Chiefess Kamakahelei students can cross the streets safely as well as patients to the VA Center and consumers to the Credit Union and Dynasty Court, aswell as all the new medical practices installed in that area.

P.S. I considered doing a jubilant dance of joy in the middle of the Kalepa Street crosswalk but I didn’t want to snarl traffic or concern citizens.

Alice Parker, Lihue


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