Letters for Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mahalos for clearing up the cars

For the few years I’ve lived here derelict abandoned cars have littered the roadsides all over this island. It was disturbing to see and embarrassing when guests came to visit. However, it was entertaining in a weird way to see the cars become disassembled as the weeks and months passed. I told my guests it was our way of recycling.

Since the election of Mayor Kawakami these wrecks have been removed and when new ones do appear they’re promptly dealt with.

Thank you Mayor Kawakami for that and also for your leadership in keeping us safe here during this difficult time.

Wallace Wilson, Princeville

Great job, Mayor Kawakami

This letter goes out to our Mayor Derek Kawakami for doing such a great job up to now. He shut down our Island Home 2 weeks before the Governor stepped in. And with the beginning of Inter-Island Flights have come ‘cheaters’….The Beat of Hawaii website says they have seen over 100 Rental Cars this past week. I saw one at Kapaa Beach Park the other day. I figure there are over 50,000 vulnerable residents on this Island…including me.

We’ve come too far to let the cheaters WIN….The Inter-Island Flights should be curtailed til further notice. And the cheaters should be escorted off the Island…..Mel Rapozo says it’s hard to keep track & that’s the reason to back off the Inter-Island Flights….I realize this puts a financial strain on our residents who work in Honolulu but THIS is a pandemic folks & this novel virus doesn’t care who it kills. For more information, please pick up the last 2 issues of Sports Illustrated with great articles about The Spanish Flu of 1918. Aloha nui loa.

Bill Queen Kapa‘a

HNL officer should be serving more time

In reference to the TGI 07.16 article: Ex-officer sentenced for making man lick urinal.

How sick is that? Police Officers now days are taking the liberties not to think, but to do want they believe to be the appropriate thing at the time of the incident. In this case it was to shove the homeless man’s head into the urinal and make him lick it.

Who the hell does he think he is? He should imagine how he would feel if someone did that to his two daughters. Would that have stopped him? No, because he was determined to teach the homeless man a lesson.

This licking the urinal did not happen here, but with the way things have been happening worldwide about police brutality, it could happen.

And what does he being a filipino, and the victim being white have to do with his actions? Does it give the filipino officer, as mentioned in the paper, the right to strip and degrade the homeless man of his pride and his dignity?

Only four years sentence? That’s too small. The officer may probably serve a few months, and for good behavior, which happens often, will be let off.

How degrading to learn that the Rabago grabbed the man’s shoulder, held him down and stepped on his legs to keep him on his knees until he licked the urinal. Before then, Rabago threatened to beat the man and stuff his face in a toilet if he didn’t lick the urinal.What a sick man. I hoped he was fired and is seeking some help. What is the Aloha state becoming? Shameful!!

The sentence should be more, I think.

Ray Domingo, Lihu‘e

8 Comments
  1. Ed cullen July 29, 2020 4:33 am Reply

    The person who was the injured subject of this abuse needs to pursue a civil lawsuit. This action by the police officer is so far beyond the bounds of acceptable conduct there should be no barrier to a recovery for this abuse.


  2. rk669 July 29, 2020 8:40 am Reply

    Mayor and connected friends,waiting in the wings?
    To pick up the pieces (failed businesses and properties) after communis virus passes? Increasing their bottom Line?


  3. Jjjames July 29, 2020 11:51 am Reply

    To those that condemn all cops because of what some rotten cops do..do you also condemn all catholic priests because of what some catholic priests do???


    1. LMat July 29, 2020 1:43 pm Reply

      MOST people are not condemning all cops, but we ARE condemning a SYSTEMIC problem whereby bad cops are not held accountable for their actions. This includes those cops and other people in law enforcement, who, while not “bad” cops themselves, allows this to happen.


    2. Yes July 30, 2020 2:46 am Reply

      Is there a follow-up question?


  4. Kauai Boy Mainland July 29, 2020 12:39 pm Reply

    Kauai is now “Snitchtown”… I have watched with amusement and amazement how people on Kauai are all spocking out the “violators” and reporting them. I understand the reasons, but Kauai now has a new micro-climate of “1984 Big Brother” spy going on and turning in the people around you is good because most people no like haole tourists around anyways, plus, dey gotta be carrying da virus, right? Big Brother (govt) gets you to do the spying for him, and you get to be secret cop.

    All scared of what? I guarantee you not one person reading this has known or even knows anyone who knows someone who had one auntie who’s neighbor down the street had covid. Just sheep, buying into the fearmongering. But betta watch out da touris, brah. Coz dey gauranteed infected. The sad thing is once dey no can come, Kauai going shrivel financially.

    Kauai, and Hawaii state are not self-sufficient enough to survive without tourism. And if the tourism doesn’t come back 100%, guaran ball-bearin life on Kauai going be hard. Lotta locals going have to go Mainland just to work.

    But you know what? That rental car I seen down Pine Trees yesterday had some haoles from mainland, brah, and I no think they had full quarantine yet, lemme call Big Braddah~He going save me…


  5. Patrick Flores July 29, 2020 3:05 pm Reply

    I agree completely with Mr. Domingo, that police officer is a disgrace to the force and to humanity. I have utmost respect and support for law enforcement personel, but accountability can not be left out.
    Patrick H Flores, Wailua Houselots


  6. manongindashadow0711 July 29, 2020 7:40 pm Reply

    First off: “Thank you Mayor Kawakami for an excellent job in in keeping us here on Kauai from the pandemic!”
    Secondly: HPD Officer Rabago’s sentence should have been to lick a dirty urinal infront of the homeless man.


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