Raybuck should resign immediately
In your story (“KPD chief faces discrimination charges,” printed March 10), Police Chief Raybuck’s racist disparagement of Japanese Americans is shocking, incredulous and disgusting, especially in a multicultural society like Kaua‘i. It is yet another example of the wave of Trump-inspired, anti-Asian rhetoric and assaults sweeping the country.
Japanese were among the first immigrants to settle on Kaua‘i. My great-grandparents arrived on the first boatload of Japanese contract workers in 1885 and worked on the Kilauea Sugar Plantation. My grandfather ran the Lihu‘e Sugar Plantation. My grandfather ran the Lihu‘e dispensary. My parents were teachers at Waimea High School. They didn’t labor to develop the island into a sensitive, caring and acceptable community only to have their physical appearance, speech and culture mocked and denigrated by a prominent public official. Chief Raybuck should resign.
Ken Kashiwahara, Millbrae, California
There may be more to Raybuck story
On a comment made by Kaona Kipuka on TGI’s article, “KPD Chief Raybuck faces discrimination charges” on March 12. I agree with you on your comment to the article up to the point you had to mention my name as a whiner. “It takes one to no one!”
On the article of Chief Raybuck, “we finally get a police chief that was needed here on Kaua‘i and he is/was set up to fail.” Face it, we as locals makes gestures and poke fun of everyone’s race and think nothing about it. He (Chief Raybuck) may have his reasons for not giving the officer a promotion. We may not know what it is.
The officer should just accept it and move on and work harder to convince the chief that he/she deserves the/a promotion.
Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele
‘Kalapaki Craters’ are no more
Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles! The Kalapaki Craters are no more! What happened? Did the parking lot’s surface merely subside to the same level as the deepest pothole, or did the county/state/local guerrilla crater-correcting crews spring into action? Those responsible deserve many mahalo from all of us regular beach-users who no longer need to fear our vehicles or bodies will plunge into these seaside sinkholes.
Thanks, whoever you are.
Heuionalani Wyeth, Anahola
Mahalo for repair of parking lot
Kudos to Councilman Luke Evslin, Parks and county Roads division. The huge potholes in this parking lot are now filled.
Mahalos to all who had a part in this repair.
Michael Diamant, Koloa