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Don Chapman
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December 23, 2005 - MidWeek
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Marathon’s walk

What an interesting story Chad Pata crafted about world champion Brian Viloria in MidWeek‘s Dec. 7 cover article, and I truly appreciate the coverage of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii (RMHC) fundraiser that was included.

I do think it is important, however, to point out that the correct name of the event, which took place on Sunday, is the Honolulu Marathon Race Day Walk. In the article it was called something else. The Race Day Walk has been a companion event of the Honolulu Marathon for many years.

We’re fortunate that this is the second year RMHC has benefited from the Honolulu Marathon Race Day Walk. Last year it generated $10,000 to help seriously ill children and their families.

I think Jim Barahal and the Honolulu Marathon deserve a lot of credit for their commitment to giving back to the Hawaii community. I know we are very grateful to them, as well as to the many other Hawaii businesses - led of course, by McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii - that regularly befriend our organization.

Gene Davis Public Relations Manager

Ronald McDonald House

Charities of Hawaii


Forged documents?

Regarding recent letters defending Bush and asking for MidWeek to terminate Dan Rather: If Dan Rather was the victim of a forged document, still the facts were correct. Bush was the victim of a forged document and plunged us into war.

The facts remain: Everything in George W. Bush’s life was handed to him - his schooling, his National Guard assignment keeping him out of Vietnam, and the White House by the Supreme Court on Dec. 12, 2000 - “A day that will live in infamy.”

Nancy Bey Little

Makiki


MidWeek spectrum

A few comments on some MidWeek columnists:

I rather like Dan (Rather, that is). While I preferred Peter Jennings for the broadcast news, I feel Rather is an even better writer than he was a broadcaster. The conservative backlash against his column probably has more to do with the perceived liberal bias of CBS news, which was a team effort. Now that Rather is on his own, I find his column sometimes too conservative for my taste, but always dignified, well reasoned and well argued.

That can’t be said of Michelle Malkin’s sophomoric column, which consists mainly of name calling (11 instances in her most recent column) and twisting Republican lies into Democratic lies. Then there is the selective rewriting of history to prove points by Rick Hamada and some other conservative columnists. At least Bill O’Reilly plays the game with creative wit.

You won’t catch me, however, pushing to have those columns dropped. The broad spectrum of opinions is what makes MidWeek the most entertaining publication in Hawaii. Please keep it all coming, including Rather.

Finally, I loved D.L. Stewart’s column on the power of negative thinking, though I’ll stop short of calling him lovable. I’ve always believed that pure pessimists don’t solve any problems because they don’t believe they can, and pure optimists don’t solve any problems because they can’t see them in the first place. The world’s work gets done by grumpy realists who still believe they can make a difference. In addition to the Mr. Stewart’s Church of the Negativity, may I suggest a civic club called the Sore Optimists?

William Lundquist

Waianae


Media oasis

I would just like to thank MidWeek for being a wonderful oasis in the vast media world. It is so refreshing to open up the MidWeek and read columns written by columnists such as Bill O’Reilly, Rick Hamada, Susan Page, Jade Moon, Jerry Coffee and Ron Nagasawa.

In a world that would rather be negative, it is nice to see the truth printed. I would like to applaud MidWeek for having the conviction to let people read what is true instead of what is popular in the media these days.

May all of you have a glorious and blessed Christmas season.

Tina Ahuna

Pearl City Send your letters by mail to MidWeek Letters, 45-525 Luluku Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744; by fax to 247-7246, or by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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