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Letters for Thursday, May 25, 2017

• Goddess Chant was a blessing • Mediation the wrong approach with Coco Palms

Goddess Chant was a blessing

Today (May 21), I had the most marvelous experience. I attended the Goddess Chant at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wailua and I found it to be one of the most positive, uplifting performances that I have ever experienced.

Shawna Carol is the composer of this incredible music.

The choir director and his musicians and choir members did a tremendous job. There were dancers and singers who just lit the crowd up with the joyous music that Shawna composed.

The crowd was on our feet in a standing ovation to acknowledge their tremendous performance.

Thank you all for this great blessing that you gave to our Island community.

Terry Waters, Kauai

Mediation the wrong approach with Coco Palms

In response to Other Voices, TGI, Sunday May 21, “Seeing conflicts at Coco Palms another way.”

I want to know, what’s really in that coffee cup of Annaleah Atkinson? I got news for her, this is no issue of “mediating.” It’s about our federal government doing their job enforcing what laws are on the books when the people of Hawaii voted for statehood in 1959.

Ms. Atkinson’s opinion points out what a joke of the way this whole situation is playing out to be. And now she thinks love and wisdom will prevail as a way that everyone will get along just fine.

Our biggest problem is the waste of time local government, police, prosecutors, and local judges decisions have made on the situation that makes one think none of these people have a clue of what’s going on or what to do. The only people ahead of the game here is the newspaper making big sales of papers on the saga at hand.

The potential guest tourists will not be impressed with the idea of a group of homeless who have taken up residency of illegal trespassing and have taken it upon themselves to construct make shift huts covered in Kmart blue tarps flapping in the wind, camp fires that smoke everyone out, junk cars attached to their huts, continuing police presense, making improvements without permits, no health department approved sanitation systems, people parking on the highway, and the wild idea that these so-called squatters are going to serve the tourists authentic Hawaiian lunches and dinner.

The more I read of Ms. Atkinson’s column the worse it gets. More thoughts of what’s really in that cup she so dearly holds. As Ms. Atkinson said, “Mediators don’t come up with solutions,” so if I was her, take your 18 ideas and stay out of the situation that should be of no concern to you.

Steve Martin, Kapaa

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