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Letters for Wednesday, August 29, 2019

McCain’s service demands respect from all

President Trump has, again, shown the US and the world how little he is by directing the White House flag to fly for only a few moments at half mast in honor of John McCain.

Also, his rejection of issuing a statement in honor of Sen. McCain speaks volumes to his smallness. However, after political pressure, he did issue a brief statement and agreed to allow the White House flag to remain at half mast until after Senator McCain’s burial.

No matter your political affiliation, McCain’s service to our country demands the utmost respect from each and every American. The president has politicized Sen. McCain’s death and we, as a nation are ashamed of our president and his actions.

Michael Diamant, Koloa

All, regardless of time living here, are at Mother Nature’s mercy

This is in response to J. Cannon’s letter on Aug. 27.

I work in disaster response and I constantly hear people saying if you haven’t lived here “x” number of years you don’t know how to be prepared for a disaster. I think this is bad ego-driven generalization.

While I agree wholeheartedly that there are tourists that don’t understand living here, there are plenty of residents that do not understand being prepared. To think that everyone that comes to Hawaii doesn’t understand how to prepare or survive a disaster is akin to saying the rest of the world doesn’t suffer from hurricanes and flooding.

I am constantly hearing visitors and volunteers from the mainland saying, hurricane preparedness is just like blizzard preparedness or monsoon preparedness.

We all live at the mercy of Mother Nature and we all have to be prepared to handle what comes our way, no matter who you are, where we live or where we visit.

Padraic Gallagher, Lihue

  1. Steven McMacken August 29, 2018 3:46 am Reply

    Trump’s actions immediately after John McCain’s death were unforgivable. It was an ego-driven attempt to tarnish his legacy. But the only legacy being tarnished here is his own.

    Our president has been an unceasing source of embarrassment for the country ever since his election and the harm he has done will take years, if not decades, to repair. I’m hoping the day will come when the spineless Republicans will finally wake up from their stupor and boot this traitor out of office.

  2. Bluedream August 29, 2018 4:07 am Reply

    Once again, liberals are going overboard with their feigned outrage over our president, Donald J Trump. This time, they are using John McCain’s still warm corpse to attempt to damage Trump. Nice try. Again.

    Liberals hated McCain when he ran against Obama, even calling McCain a racist and nazi as they so often do to anyone opposed to their views. But ever since he voted and held a grudge against Trump, suddenly McCain is an icon worthy of our worship and praise.

  3. gordon oswald August 29, 2018 7:07 am Reply

    Sorry Michael. Let’s revisit McCain. He graduated at the very bottom of his class at the Navel Academy. He was 894th out of 899 students. His father was a Navy Admiral so he got a champagne assignment on the USS Foresstal and was involved with the detonation of a rocket on deck as they were getting ready to launch that killed 137 men. Some who were there say it was McCain who wet started his plane prematurely, the official record says it was another aircraft, but there are investigation questions as the Admiral overseeing the results was McCain’s father. McCain was told not to go on the flight path he took when he was shot down, he went anyway. McCain’s beautiful wife Carol was in a car accident while he was gone and she was crippled. He returned to civilian life, divorced his crippled wife and broke up the relationship with their 3 children. He immediately married a woman named Cindy who came from a very wealthy family and used her money to launch his Political career. Was he a hero? Only God knows. Was he a good politician? The Democrats hated him and attacked him tirelessly during his attempt to become President over Obama. He was a hawk who voted for every war that came along. Their adds destroyed him, called him a fake, chastised him because of the thousands who died in his wars etc.. Now he’s a hero to the Democrats? How do you spell hypocrites? Should we give him respect? YES! Did he and his family help our country? YES! Was he a good person? I voted for him. Should we call him a “hero”? Yes and No, both are probably right. To me and President Trump he was not a “Hero” like those who earned their careers outside of their father’s influence, or died in combat trying to save others, or who prevented the killing of numbers of their fellow soldiers by risking their own lives. To the liberal hypocrites who called him every name in the book and said he was no hero for the entire Presidential campaign? YES! He is now a hero. Just ask John.

    1. Jake August 30, 2018 2:41 am Reply

      McCain flew A-4s…..which had only iron bombs… missiles. You may be right, and you may be wrong.

      Anyone fighting for our country that has to endure 6 years as a POW, during the Vietnam Conflict, should have come back a hero and never had to work another day of their life.

      McCain was “Privileged”, and so was Trump. While a successful businessman, Trump made a million dollars while in college helping his father. Easy to make money when Daddy is providing it to you.

      McCain is a hero. I voted for Trump. For Trump to say anything negative about is McCain’s military career, is completely reprehensible.

  4. gordon oswald August 29, 2018 7:16 am Reply

    Here is the actual code and regulations for flying the flag at half mast in the event of the death of a Senator/Congressman like McCain: “the flag is to be flown at half mast on the day of the Senator’s death and the next day!” The White House lowered the flag for the exact amount of time that’s defined in the code of regulations! They did everything correctly! However, because of the “adept at whining” and sniveling, liberal dolts it was re-lowered to quell the tantrum of the liberal buffoons hypocrites who used to hate him, but never grew up.

  5. Mark Beeksma August 29, 2018 9:07 am Reply

    I would like to quote Michael Diamant, changing a few words, but using the same logic of Michael’s argument.
    No matter your political affiliation, President Trump’s service to our country demands the utmost respect from each and every American. Mr. Daimant has politicized Sen. McCain’s death, but we, as a nation are proud of our president and his actions

    1. Bark Meeksma August 29, 2018 11:07 am Reply

      Um, no.

    2. Just Saying August 29, 2018 2:41 pm Reply

      White trash trump had respect for 5 minutes. He took that respect, wadded it up into a ball and missed the trash can. He directed the black janitor towards the wad while saying: “Look, there’s my African American!”

      Ok, so it’s a composite story; but, white trash is, as white trash does!

  6. gordon oswald August 29, 2018 11:06 am Reply

    Well said Mark! You’ve always been accurate and intelligent about your views. Thank you for being above the rest!

    1. Mark Beeksma August 30, 2018 9:00 am Reply

      Thanks for the nice words and for taking the time to give us the facts. It would be much better if we could all just give McCain some honor and respect that is appropriate for his contributions. But, some Democrats want to try to use this to make political gains. They purposely over-state McCain’s accomplishments so they can attack any Republican who hesitates to echo their inflated and hypocritical praise. These Democrats have no shame. Fortunately, enough Americans see through their charades that the Democrats have been losing influence across the country at the state and federal levels.

      1. Just Saying August 30, 2018 2:03 pm Reply

        By only watching FOX and only hear how “GREAT” everything is becoming, Beeksma has figuratively turned his back to the ocean and is about to be slammed face down by THE BLUE WAVE!

  7. Just Saying August 29, 2018 2:26 pm Reply

    Sooner or later, every supporter of white trash trump proves that they are just like him. This is oswald’s moment!

  8. Empty trash cans make the most noise August 29, 2018 7:35 pm Reply

    Wow Gordon, for a guy who hates Democrats, you sure like to bash Republican John McCain. Let the man rest in peace.

    Here’s a good life exercise for you, how ‘bout we compare the accomplishments of John McCain’s life to your life? Hmmm, crickets… just what I thought. People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.


    Don’t you have chickens to feed?… I guess even chickens get tired of the BS you are peddling.

  9. gordon oswald August 30, 2018 2:30 am Reply

    Just the facts “Empty trash can”. Just the facts. You know those things your ilk loves to spin and deny on the way to your selfish and biased personal agenda.

    1. Selfish and biased personal agenda August 31, 2018 5:56 pm Reply

      My only agenda Lee Gordo Oswald is truth.

      You just proved my point with your response. Empty trash cans make the most noise.

      Keep those letters coming. Everyone but you (and a couple other folks in your tinfoil hat wearing crew) knows exactly what your letters are… just noise.

      1. Steven McMacken September 1, 2018 4:01 am Reply


  10. Charlie chimknee August 30, 2018 7:40 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    Lest we forget or perhaps we should do the math ! The Vietnamese side of the story of the American War vs. the AMERICAN side of the story of the Vietnamese War.

    How many sorties, bombing runs did this war hero fly over Hanoi and North Vietnam, how many bombs did his jet hold. Jet Runs x Bombs on Board = How many innocent civilian Vietnamese People: men, women, children, infants at the breast did he explode to smithereens and finalize their life on earth all the while he was at some fairly safe altitude in the clouds.

    The surprising element was that when he was shot down, his RESCUERS did not immediately execute him for war crimes of mass murder by slaughter of innocent hard working, like many of us, Vietnamese civilians. No they nurtured him back to fairly good health enough to be a US Senator. And his US Miltary cohorts in war crimes killed 2 million Viet civilians in So. Vietnam alone while trying to protect them from communism, an economic system that put more rice on the table than the Saigon, first the French then US backed corrupt regimes.

    Can anyone remember back to when the Honolulu idiot pressed the Button telling us we were going to be blasted to “smithereens”, had we as an island people or state been deserved of being OK to kill as enemies of No. Korea including our children.

    War hero? Maybe he deserves a 2nd thought.

    1. Just Saying September 5, 2018 2:56 pm Reply

      Oh yeah Charlie! The Hanoi Hilton was known for it’s “nurturing!” The award for the most idiotic sentence of the week goes to you!

  11. Charlie chimknee August 30, 2018 8:02 am Reply

    Remember there were no smart bombs back then in Vietnam, they had to do carpet bombing. Drop a 100 bombs, 1 hits the target, the others land on YOUR HOUSE…!

    Remember the news videos of hundreds of B-52’s raining 1,000’s of bombs on Vietnamese target, the majority of victims civilians just like us.

    WWII, US Fire Bombing 100’s of Japanese cities filled with civilians just like HONOLULU, and then nuking 2 of their civilian cities? What kind of madmen do that. While Japan also sadistically targeted military Pearl Harbor, and too much of Asia, just what kind of savages conduct war.

    And our bombing of Baghdad? How many citizens were erased when a new stronger smart bomb takes out an entire city block of civilians? And we were trying to get just one guy, Saddam Hussein, for the World Trade Center, and it was the wrong guy, it was Osama bin Laden.

    Insanity 1: Civilians 100,000’s

    Before insanity begins, humans should try negotiation, and also prevent behind the scene clandestine activity that starts war.

    Who’s sorry now ?

  12. I saw a Vampire once August 30, 2018 12:30 pm Reply

    John McCain: smart man. Really knew politics. Vietnam, 1967. 1982 broke ground as a GOP. MILITARY? Chargem.

  13. I saw a Vampire once August 30, 2018 2:11 pm Reply

    Political failures. Who was he John McCain? Or do you say it’s David Ige. Social capitalism is the political view of Hawai’i. Forget Oh a. Forget Socialism. What Hawai’i needs are leaders that protect Hawaii’s values, freedom, wants, capitalism, and equality. Ige, or a Republican. Luckily, the republicans are better at it. Moving and traveling. Democrats will win the general election.

  14. I saw a Vampire once August 30, 2018 2:53 pm Reply

    I am the real dunk. You can make fun of the comments. But I will point out why so many NFL stars want to be politics. Politically. And where they failed in life and politics. (Here on the blog)

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