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Don Chapman
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February 02, 2011 - MidWeek
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Immoral act

To whomever is to blame for setting afire two boats in Haleiwa Harbor owned by a shark dive company - which I remember reading about in MidWeek - you are several things, starting with a low-life criminal. This was the ultimate violent temper tantrum by an immature mind. Whatever moral high ground your side may have had, you have lost it.

Leaders of your side such as Mahina Chillingworth then saying that such an incident was inevitable have also lost their moral standing.

In a civil society, such actions must always be condemned as immoral and undemocratic.

Finally, I’ll tell you two things you are not: brave or pono.

Alexis K. Chow
Honolulu


Neil avoids God

Gov. Abercrombie likes to use the Hawaiian word “pono” (righteousness) in his speeches, but doesn’t know the real meaning of the word when it concerns aborted babies or same-sex marriage. He didn’t even dare to end his inaugural address with “God bless Hawaii.” He used “Imua Hawaii” instead.

God bless you governor, you will need it.

Joseph A. Shorba
Honolulu

Off our backs

A question or two for Bill Baker, who in a letter last week said the best way “the government” can help citizens is to “get off our backs.”

Sir, would your back feel less of a load if “the government” did not have a tsunami detection system? How about if there was no health department to track pandemics? No military, police, firefighters, lifeguards or ambulance service? No public sanitation? No public libraries or parks? No bus service?

Please, Mr. Baker, which of these services would you care to have lifted from your heavy, heavy load?

Mike Dyer
Honolulu


GOP leaders?

Rick Hamada makes an excellent point in his column “All Hawaii GOP Lacks Is A Leader.” The problem with Republicans is that they have so few good ideas, and so few original thinkers.

Perhaps Mr. Hamada should put himself forward and run for office. And I’ve always wondered why Sen. Sam Slom doesn’t run for governor, as he has long been the Legislature’s top Republican.

Not ready to lead?

Stan Kawahara

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