Letters for Nov. 2, 2016

• Treatment of signs a good indicator • Strong leaders needed to guide Hawaii

Treatment of signs a good indicator

Trump’s candidacy is like none we’ve seen in our lifetime.

The same is true with Hillary Clinton. Trump’s candidacy has been smeared, by Clinton, with unproven scandal. Clinton, on the other hand, is darn good at creating her own proven scandal and lawlessness. Trump has been extremely successful in business and surrounded himself with good people. Clinton on the other hand has failed in everything she’s touched; Hillary Care, the US Senate, Benghazi, the Middle East, Iran, illegal servers, FBI investigations up the kazoo, not to mention surrounding herself with, in my opinion, people who are lacking in character and who are simply yes men/women.

Omao’s Trump signs have been torn down twice, never up for more than four days; Rice Street Trump sign has been defaced numerous times; Kapaa Trump signs were being knocked down after only 24 hours, then ultimately stolen a few days later, we’ve been fortunate with the Trump signs at the Kapaa bypass. Everyone, almost without exception, has had their Trump signs stolen or run over.

Not one Clinton banner or yard sign has suffered any vandalism because they don’t exist on Kauai. It’s crickets for Clinton’s candidacy on the Garden Island.

I feel we’re on the right track!

Steve Yoder, Kapaa

Strong leaders needed to guide Hawaii

Today, Native Hawaiians stand before an uncharted journey, filled with exciting new opportunities.

Our journey ahead brings into focus the need for strong Hawaiian leadership.

As we move forward, what we need as a Lahui is leadership that understands that where the journey ends is less important than making sure that we all arrive there together.

This is the most significant challenge for a people so great in number but diverse in so many ways.

I believe that Bob Lindsey, who is seeking re-election to represent Hawaii Island on the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, is the type of leader the Hawaiian community needs for this journey.

I have known Bob for a long time. He worked for me at Kamehameha Schools, and managed 265,000 acres of the princess’s lands on Hawaii Island.

He is a humble servant leader with tremendous integrity. When confronted with challenges, Bob listens first and carefully considers all sides.

He then makes decisions firmly grounded in our values of aloha, haahaa and pono, while ensuring everyone that they were heard and their manao is respected. Time and again, I have seen Bob do this.

You see, Bob understands that Hawaiian unity is not an impossibility.

Yes, disagreement is part of who we are as a people.

But our differences do not have to divide us. Difficult decisions rendered with aloha, haahaa and pono can maintain our deep genealogical bonds as we move forward.

Bob Lindsey has long demonstrated this style of Hawaiian leadership, and I humbly ask that you help ensure that he can continue to help lead us on this journey. Imua.

Michael Chun, Honolulu


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