Letters To The Editor

Don Chapman
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February 28, 2007 - MidWeek
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Easy on Obama

It’s clear that Michelle Malkin is not a Barack Obama fan, and that’s OK. But she wastes valuable print space by being petty and childish for criticizing Obama for making comments he later must restate. Ms. Malkin has the extreme luxury of being able to rethink and edit what she says in her column before putting it out to the masses. People in the public eye, no matter what their political persuasion, have microphones shoved in their face on a regular basis. They have mere seconds to formulate a response that will be burned into public record forever.

Obama said something about the “wasted lives” of American soldiers, and Ms. Malkin jumps on it like a vulture on a carcass. In her heart she has to know that Obama probably has enormous respect for our soldiers and their families, but she took the low road, perhaps out of revenge for seven years of W quotes, but still the low road. That low road is what makes politics so foul and rancid.

Wayne Pearce

Haleiwa


Doubting Obama

As much as I’d like to vote for a local boy for president, Michelle Malkin’s reporting of Barack Obama’s insensitive - and inaccurate - comments to a Chicago university crowd about the lives of our troops being “wasted” make me question his competency, and his ability to lead.

Mark Leong

Kaimuki

Shirtless Bob

Bob Jones’ recollection of 45 years in Hawaii was fine, but the shirtless photo of Mr. Jones in a lava-lava and a flower behind his ear was a bit much. Please, Mr. Jones, keep your shirt on.

Lois Matsuo

Aiea


Iraq optimism

The extreme opinions expressed in Gerhard Hamm’s letter of Feb. 21 must not go unchallenged.

Tales of total doom and gloom in Iraq are no wonder, given the mainstream media’s anti-war agenda and continual reporting of only death and destruction. But with additional news from alternative media, including numerous firsthand accounts from our brave war fighters, a more complete and accurate picture emerges - one of guarded optimism, not “wholesale destruction and slaughter.”

Pushing for defeat in Iraq is clearly a political ploy and not in the best interests of our nation. Nevertheless, the jury is still out, declaring defeat at this time is premature.

Regarding all of those alleged Bush administration lies, these generalizations stem from hatred rather than fact. Each specific accusation can be refuted easily. I pity those who share such angry bias and despair. And I can only imagine how their views would change if President Bush were a Democrat.

Geoff Boehm

Waikiki

Enough Anna Nicole

I’m not sure if Rick Hamada is a hypocrite or not - as charged in a recent letter - but his railing against the all-Anna-Nicole, all-the-time media coverage of the Anna Nicole Smith death pageant is just adding to the barrage of Anna Nicole news. Stop it, all of you!

Dean Loo

Honolulu

Watada’s truth

Rick Hamada continues to be a poster boy of hypocrisy.

I would like to point out that Mr. Hamada’s “Watada: Stop The Legal Squirming” column was only about one-third on Lt. Ehren Watada, while the rest covered Mr. Hamada’s rationale of why we’re knee-deep in Iraq today.

Watada is taking a tough stand, to the extent that he’s willing to throw away his career, to deal with a government he believes was not truthful with the American people. And I’m willing to bet, Hamada would’ve expounded his domino effect theory in the Middle East based on Weapons of Mass Destruction - if that had been the case in the first place. The truth is always the shining example.

Dale V. Maratas

Honolulu


Tech recycling

Great article on recycling computers and other tech stuff by Alison Stewart, the Click Chick. Every time we buy a new computer and toss the old one, it’s always bothered me knowing that it was just going to the landfill. I appreciate knowing that there are Earth-friendly alternatives.

Steven Gomes

Honolulu

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