Letters To The Editor

Don Chapman
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March 30, 2011 - MidWeek
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Men of the pen

As a longtime fan of Dick Adair’s editorial cartoons, and in more recent years of Roy Chang’s work, it was enjoyable to learn about the “men behind the pens” in MidWeek‘s cover story March 23.

Until reading the story, and not being much of a traveler, I was unaware that editorial/political cartoonists are becoming an “endangered species” in American newspapers.

So kudos to the management of MidWeek for giving space to Mr. Adair and Mr. Chang, as well as to the talented Steve Kelly.

Long may they each be a pain in the okole to politicians while giving the rest of us insights and laughs.

And apparently it’s true what they say about the pen being mightier than the sword.

Emily Lee
Honolulu


Simple, powerful

Dick Adair’s cartoon in last week’s paper, in which he and Roy Chang were featured on the cover, may be one of his most poignant - a single tear falling from a symbol of the rising sun of Japan.

So simple, so powerful, and expressing what I think so many of us are feeling.

Well said, sir - and without a single word.

Art Matsuo
Honolulu

Dazzling display

The MidWeek story on the 2011 First Hawaiian International Auto Show was a home run that touched all the bases.

The cover art was dazzling, and the idea to put three HADA board officers - our president, our president-elect and our vice-president - in sunglasses was a great idea since a dazzling display of vehicles was on display.

Some would say “dazzling automotive art” on display.

This year’s show experienced a huge 17 percent increase in attendance. This was the biggest attendance increase seen at any of the Motor Trend Auto Show-produced shows in the U.S. so far this season.

That story was certainly a contributing factor.

Dave Rolf
Hawaii Automobile
Dealers Association


Off on OHA

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs finds it unfortunate that Jerry Coffee merges the concepts of federal recognition and state recognition in his column, “OHA’s End Run Bad for All Hawaii.”

OHA supports the concept of state recognition not as a substitute for federal recognition but as one of the means of bettering the conditions of the Native hawaiian people.

Furthermore, oha does not want efforts toward state recognition to diminish efforts toward federal recognition.

Federal recognition is a political status that provides a government-to-government relationship between native peoples and the federal government.

Despite mr. coffee’s assertions, this isn’t about race, but about the reaffirmation of the same federal policy of self-determination of american Indians and alaska Natives for Native hawaiians.

While state recognition is similar, individual states hold greater discretion over the form and parameters of recognition ultimately conferred.

Federal recognition, state recognition, or both would require the cooperation of everyone in hawaii - our Native hawaiian community, the general public, the private sector and all levels of government. oha firmly believes that if we can lift the quality of life for Native hawaiians, everyone will benefit.

Recognition is not something to fear, but a great opportunity and something to embrace; something that can and should benefit everyone.

Together, we can do great things for our community.

Clyde W. Namu’o
Chief Executive Officer,
Office of Hawaiian Affairs

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