Letters for Friday, April 13, 2017

• Opera was brilliant • Response for Mom filled with aloha • United’s nightmare becomes doctor’s fantasy

Opera was brilliant

I would like you to add my letter to the many others which I hope you receive for the appearance of The Hawaii Opera Theater at the Kauai Community College.

This was a first. It took guts to conceive, plan, transport artists, orchestra, support staff and get the funding to accomplish a superb performance of the opera, “Three Decembers.”

Credit must be given to Simon Crookall, the general director of the Hawaii Opera Theater. It also must be given to those generous sources of funding in bringing opera to all the islands.

My sincere thanks to you all.

Monroe Richman, M.D., Koloa

Response for Mom filled with aloha

On Monday, April 10, at 1:40 pm, Mom and I were turning our rented bikes in after enjoying what I thought was an hour’s relaxed bike ride along the bike path in Kapaa, when Mom nearly fainted. A young police officer witnessed this, and immediately came to our assistance.

While waiting the officer reassured Mom that yes, while it probably was just a touch of heat stroke and dehydration, it was good to make sure.

The owner of the bike rental generously provided bottles of cold water, an umbrella and wet cloth. Within five minutes emergency response arrived, and checked Mom’s vitals.

Thank you Kauai for providing these services and for the quick, empathetic (aloha filled), and professional help the officer, the owner of the bike rental, and the medics provided.

Sharon Douglas, Kalaheo

United’s nightmare becomes doctor’s fantasy

Imagine prepaying for a meal at your favorite restaurant, already seated and then being asked to leave in favor of one of the restaurant’s employees to be seated for a meal? If you don’t leave the restaurant brings in security to pull you out?

A similar scenario recently happened on United airlines overbooked flight #3411 from Chicago to Louisville.

Dr. David Dao refused to leave when randomly picked after passengers were originally offered $400 to give up their seats which was later bumped to $800 and when there were no takers a final offer of $1,000 was offered to give up their seat to take a later flight and over night in a hotel and a meal voucher!

I can’t imagine passengers not willing to go on a later flight and be compensated $1,000 plus a hotel room and meal voucher to leave the following morning. I would had jumped on a deal like that.

None the less it looks like Dr.Dao is going to have a huge pay day in court thanks to the person who took the smart phone video that went viral. The good doctor is a poker player and it looks like his poker move of not leaving his seat may have paid off in the millions.

What becomes a nightmare for United Airlines has become a fantasy come true for the good Dr.Dao.

I sure hope the good doctor tips the the person who took the video that went viral.

Now imagine the world without smart phones? What a boring world it would be.

James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapaa

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