Letters for Sept. 19, 2016

• How about a little aloha for falls jumper? • Government a reflection of its people • Flooding on other islands deserves better coverage

How about a little aloha for falls jumper?

I can’t believe nobody cared enough to say, “Thank God you’re OK!”

Where is the aloha?

I was blown away by the utter lack of human compassion and care for a man who nearly lost his life jumping off Wailua Falls.

The excellent article written by TGI Editor-in-chief Bill Buley demonstrated to me a total lack of empathy and compassion by the majority of people who commented on TGI’s Facebook page concerning this article, titled “This is crazy.”

This really is crazy.

Every comment was either racist or about how stupid the man was and how he should be arrested and live in a mental institution. I am enclosing a sampling of some of the comments.

“It’s funny how us locals/Hawaiians get kicked out of places like this. But how come these haoles can just go into fenced places and do stupid actions and not get in trouble …”

“This guy is an idiot. He should be fined for the rescue team. Do Kauai a favor, never return.”

“If he tries again, he should make sure there are no other visitors there. That would be a ‘real’ experience for him. Then his ‘friend’ could scramble down the hillside to assist. If he dies, he dies. Sounds like he’s ready. SMH.”

“This guy needs mental help. He plans on doing it again? What an idiot. He not only put himself at risk, but also anyone below.”

“There is no cure for stupid.”

I was going to comment with a positive comment. However, I did not want my inbox bombarded with negativity — since once you comment on Facebook every comment thereafter will not only post on Facebook but go to your email inbox.

Imagine if Mr. Shahan (the man who lived after jumping of Wailua Falls) had been injured, paralyzed or died? Would people still be commenting in the same manner?

Here’s the comment I wanted to post:

“Thank God you’re OK, young man. We all make and do crazy things when we are young. I am thankful you survived and lived to tell your story. Please count your blessings because there may not be a next time. Please don’t try this off Niagara Falls!”

I would like to say aloha nui loa and God bless to Mr. Shiloh Shahan.

And to all the negative commenters, “Where is the aloha?” And, “He who is without sin throw the first stone.” — John 8:7

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

Government a reflection of its people

Two letters printed in TGI on Friday, Sept. 16.

Walter Lewis wrote a factual account of Kauai’s general voter apathy and one party rule. How the current political climatemaintains and deepens the chasm between the elected and governed at all levels, especially the local county level.

John Zwiebel’s letter was emotional, filled with innuendo. Effective?

Many of today’s problems appear to be directly linked to the extravagant waste and misuse of the resources citizens providegovernments to resolve problems.

Unfortunately, governments makes only one request: more.

The federal government has spent $25 trillion since 1965 to reduce poverty.


Is anyone pleased?

If possible, would you fire the responsible individuals for such waste?

Government can only give what it first takes.

If government is to function more effectively, it functions with less. This is refinement. The simplest, most eloquent solution isusually best. That’s why light bends when the medium changes; less energy is expended.

The old axiom: More is less.

Finally, the quality of government reflects the governed. Put another way, people get the government they deserve. So whereto start looking?

Frank Kelly, Koloa

Flooding on other islands deserves better coverage

I’m happy for all of those who upgraded to the new iPhone. But I don’t believe it should be the headline story.

Over the past few days there has been damaging rain and flooding on Maui, homes damaged and families displaced by the flood. In the last two days there has not even been a mention of any of it.

Someone getting a new phone is nice but should not take precedence over keeping the public informed.

Joe Pellegrino, Lihue


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