Please support swimming
The Idaho state board of education and the University of Idaho president met to discuss eliminating women’s swimming and diving, women’s soccer and men’s golf. While we would like to save all sports for our student athletes to have a broad range of sport to chose, I am writing to help save specifically the sport of swimming.
Our sport has been under attack for more than a decade, with many school districts and universities dropping the sport of swimming. Funny thing is that every Olympics, swimming is almost always at the top of most-viewed sports.
On Thursday, April 19 (today), the decision will be made to cut again sports from choices to be had. A Hawaii swimmer, Aimee Iwamoto from Pearl City Aquatics and Moanalua High School, was recruited to swim for Idaho and get educated there. She has been there two years and may lose her outstanding opportunity. Please go to https://bit.ly/2HezwVN and sign the petition to save our sport.
Orlando S. Anaya aka Coach O, Mokihana Aquatics
Yukimura did great job as mayor
As a 55-year-resident of Kauai, born in Honolulu T.H., it saddens me to read John Rita’s editorial about JoAnn Yukimura. Perhaps Mr. Rita was not aware that Mayor Yukimura was not in control of the supplies he mentions.
There was a military head who handled military supplies (water, tarps, MREs etc.) and was in charge of distribution, not Yukimura. Mayor Yukimura did an amazing job after the Iniki hurricane disaster.
I feel as if our local politics are following the lead of Donald Trump’s with his unkind, rude tweets and behavior. Politics in Hawaii in the past has been a polite, genteel business.
I am not a newcomer. Our family has been in Hawaii for many generations. My father was born under the Hawaiian Monarchy, a citizen of the Sandwich Islands. My grandfather was the first public accountant in the Sandwich Islands. Family members have headed Hawaiian companies like C. Brewer, Coral Hawaiian Tuna, Consolidated Amusement Co., Dole Pineapple and, of course, Henry Davis Audit Co., which was purchased by Hawaiian Trust.
My uncle was head of the Hawaii Republican party in the 1950s. (I am a Democrat). My late husband, Walter Briant, managed the County of Kauai Water Department for 20 years before co-founding Aqua Engineers. I started Portraits of Hawaii and now, my son, Norman LeGoullon, a KHS graduate, runs it on Oahu.
I hope Kauai residents do not follow the national trend of supporting unkind, negative politics. I hope that we can conduct the election for Kauai mayor and council with dignity, honesty, grace and kindness which reflects the real Hawaiian spirit.
Carol Ann Davis, Koloa