Letters for Monday, April 10, 2017

• Cartoon a poor choice • Road to park needs work

Cartoon a poor choice

Political cartoonists often stretch what otherwise are serious matters into mundane situations, perhaps to show an absurdity.

Still, I was offended by the April 5 rendition of two boys dealing with the grounding of one of them with the statement: “Mom exercised her nuclear option.”

This suggests that while her actions were perfectly legal and appropriate, the mother somehow exceeded normal behavior and acted strictly from power and to her own interest. To my mind this is unfair to women and mothers, regardless of its reference to a national quandary. A closer analogy would have been to show the boys in an argument with a big brother behind one of them to enforce a desired outcome.

Publishing this particular cartoon was especially troubling as it was shown side-by-side with an article,“Women fight for equal pay,” and an editorial, “Close wage gap for state’s women.”

The rights of women and parental rights and responsibilities may be under question in our class-stratified society, but a reinforcing of this is hardly enlightening or helps address such situations responsibly.

Leinani Springer, Koloa

Road to park needs work

On a recent trip to Anahola Beach Park I was, once again, disappointed to see the state of the dirt road to the beach. This is a popular park and the park road has been neglected for a long period of time. The driving was just terrible.

These dirt holes should be filled with dirt and a layer of gravel would make a big difference for driving. Some sort of channel to divert the rain water from the road would prevent further erosion.

There are several parking spots provided but to get to them is a driver’s nightmare. The total distance is no more than a quarter mile.

Syd Jacobs, Kapaa

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