Paper’s faith reporting is fair
I have been following TGI since I first came here in 2009. In the last three and a half years of living here full time (after yearly summer and winter visits), I can honestly say that I have seen just about every faith group presented in TGI with absolutely no bias whatsoever.
Mr. Tambolo is the one who is going on the attack against people of faith who are important members of this community just because he doesn’t want to see the good things that are happening in our community that take place by members of the community that have faith in God.
Mr. Tambolo has a chip on his shoulder and a burr under his saddle that’s obvious from all of his rather-ignorant comments regarding Christianity and the contributions that happen here in our community on a regular and ongoing basis as a result of those feeding the poor and helping many in many ways.
I would remind him that the vast majority of Christians identify with the teachings and the ways of Jesus Christ, not with the politician that he obviously hates.
So my message to him is to take all of his negativity, intolerance and channel all that energy into doing something positive for this community like the many groups of all faiths that are portrayed in our community very fairly by the editor of our fine paper.
Dr. Gregg Townsley, Princeville
Religious events are not news
The editorial on (TGI, Dec. 2) written by Paolo Tambolo headlined “Editor should stop promoting Christianity” is spot-on, and for your own sake, and that of the paper you edit, you should heed every word of it, sir.
As a fellow Christian I advise that our religion, or any religion, has no place in politics (in fact it is against the law to mingle in government, yet it happens on a daily basis much to the nation’s detriment) or in legitimate news coverage.
If you want your paper to be taken seriously, stop planting articles that do nothing more than promote your choice of a religion. As the author points out, there are many other religions, and non-believers, so if for no other reason, show some respect to all concerned.
We both know there is never really any shortage of news. If you deem it so, then find positive, nonreligious articles to run that promote humankind in general.
Kevin Meagher, Poipu
Don’t try to dictate newspaper’s coverage
In response to the op-ed on Dec. 2 (Paulo Tambolo, TGI Forum), I say balderdash! (they would not print my real comment).
First and foremost, you have no idea what, if any, religious affiliation the “editor” has. Obviously, your rant was directed at the Christian religion, and probably religion in general.
The purpose of a newspaper is to print information that the majority of the readers desire. Because I am not a huge sports fan, I don’t expect them to stop printing the sports page.
Kauai is a small island with a many generations of families that are deeply religious. As the majority are Christians, with the dozens and dozens of churches on the island, news relevant to the happenings at these churches is of interest to these people. Plus, this is the Christmas season!
During obon, there will be multiple articles about the bon dances and the Buddhist temples. During Hanukkah, there have been articles on the menorah and its meaning to those of the Jewish faith. All of these articles are of interest to a segment of the readership.
Why do you feel that you have the right to dictate what the rest of us read? You don’t. My suggestions are simple. Either don’t read the article or stop getting the newspaper and get your information online!
I have not been in a church since I was 13, and I am 68 years old now, so, obviously, I am not a deeply religious person. The content of The Garden Island has always been balanced, relevant, and I have never found offense in anything they have printed (with the exception of self-centered letters to the editor).
Please, if I am correct and you are relatively new to Kauai, stop trying to change the local culture to meet your expectations.
Barry Dittler, Wailua