Letters for June 22, 2015

Letters for June 22, 2015

Disturbing images out of South Carolina

I saw a disturbing image the other day. It was a photo of the Confederate flag flying high over the state capitol in Charleston, South Carolina. Endorsed by the Legislature, this symbol of racial inequality and white supremacy represents a philosophy that continues to this day, 150 years after the Civil War.

In November 1860, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a resolution calling the election of Abraham Lincoln “… a Hostile Act.” Then it proceeded to write up articles of secession that read, in part, “… Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth …”

“Moral truth.”

And now South Carolina has the dubious distinction of being the state where Dylann Roof was raised — quiet, unassuming Dylann Roof, whose cretin-for-a-father proudly gave him a 45-caliber handgun on his 21st birthday.

Makes you proud to call yourself an American, doesn’t it?

Steven McMacken


No mo cat? Get ready for mo rat

I read TGI — “Kauai too unique to compare euthanasia rates for feral cats” — by Gordon Oswald.

Mista Oswald do not understand what percentage mean. Number have no limit cause number is same all ova and animal easier to count and control than Mainland cause animal cannot cross border from other state too.

He say people want to cage cat and instead mo betta kill cat.

People no want to kill cat or cage cat. Take less money to catch cat, fix cat, take cat to same place, let cat go. Soon — no more cat (but watch out — mo rat). And fix all house cat, neighborhood cat too — all cat go away. Take less money to do dis way than kill cat, and more aloha. Besides — ask man in jail fo eva what he want. He no want killed. Same wit cat. If cat can talk — ask cat cage or killed, cat say cage.

I know aina mo betta than Mista Oswald. Dog kill mo bird and kill bird for fun. What he want? Kill all dog? No one kill my dog.

Mista Oswald say he care about aina. Why he not tell farmer stop dumping in riva like I see all time. It mess up island coral and river.

Mista Oswald want his money do good things. He know money being wasted by county, but county no care. County give money to people for don’t no how use it all time.

Aukai Maupuana



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