Letters for July 23, 2015

• Protest for a noble cause • Trump not deserving of voter support • Aloha depends on where you are

Protest for a noble cause

If you want to change what you see in the world, you need to speak up.

Carol Curran, Lihue

Trump not deserving of voter support

If the polls are correct and Trump is leading the pack of Republican candidates then this is a grim reflection on his supporters. He has openly made racial slurs andbigoted remarks and harshly criticized immigrants and is now trashing Sen. John McCain, a veteran and former prisoner of war and a war hero. Amazing. Folks, you maywant to rethink who you support. As far as Trump’s own non-military record, he received four student deferments followed by a 1968 medical deferment that came afew months after he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. The medical deferment was reportedly for a bone spur in one of his feet — hereportedly cannot remember which foot.

Looking into Trump’s background we see that, like most of us, his roots came from immigrants. Trump’s mother was a Scottish immigrant, born on the Isle of Lewis, offthe west coast of Scotland, and Trump’s paternal grandparents were German immigrants. His grandfather, Frederick Trump, immigrated to the United States in 1885,and became a naturalized United States citizen in 1892. I think the Donald must think it is OK to be an immigrant as long as you are white!

The good news is Donald is a great dancer as anyone my note when he is being interviewed. He dances with great care around the truth and what he actually said andmeant. He also seems to delight in trashing the media; not a very bright move for anyone in the public eye. Should be an interesting primary.

John Gordon, Princeville

Aloha depends on where you are

Has the “aloha spirit” we have known and enjoyed diminished in customer service in retail stores on Kauai? It depends on where you shop.

My wife and I raised this question after experiencing an unpleasant encounter with a salesperson at a T-shirt outlet. We went there to buy T-shirts to take back to Seattle for our grandchildren. (We were born and raised on Kauai and visiting the island for a family event.) She responded to our “Hi” and “Good morning” with a halfhearted smile — no “Can I help you” or “Is there something special you are looking for?”

Nevertheless, we proceeded to look at the shirts, taking them off the display shelves to get a better look at the designs and a better feel for the sizes. There were no signs prohibiting this so we assumed it. Those we didn’t like we placed them back on the shelf, folding them neatly and placing them back as best as we can. We did select four shirts to buy and placed them unfolded on one of the shelves while we continued to look around.

The salesperson came out from behind the counter with a cart that had a folding mechanism. She started to fold the shirts we looked at and placed back on the shelves. I said to her nicely, “We’re sorry if we messed things up,” to which she merely shrugged. She then took the shirts we had set aside to purchase and started to refold one while flipping the other three to the front of the cart. I pointed to the shirts, saying that were buying them.

I asked if she was angry with us and if we did something wrong. She gave me a “don’t bother me” look. At that point I decided I didn’t want to purchase items from a person who was rude and unfriendly so I asked if there was anyone else we could talk to, perhaps a supervisor or another salesperson. She curtly said the supervisor had just left the store. I told my wife we should go.

She and I drove to Lihue and went to the Crazy Shirts store. The experience was totally different from the one we just had at the other store. The salespersons were welcoming, approachable, personable, and yes, they told us, we could take the shirts off the shelves and look at them more closely. They didn’t immediately refold them. It was obvious they were well-trained, had the right attitude, and were local. They restored our faith that the “aloha spirit” is alive and well.

We spent $86 at Crazy Shirts, an amount we would have spent at the other outlet.

Jim Daligcon, Seattle

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