Letters To The Editor

Don Chapman
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May 14, 2008 - MidWeek
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Boisse battering

I don’t like the tacky strategy Bob Jones used in his April 30 column whereby he cited past issues pertaining to the police commission’s displeasure with Chief Boisse Correa’s communication style or lack thereof during his absence from work due to his health crisis. This had nothing to do with Jones’ real gripe, which was HPD’s failure to disclose information to the media. Chief Correa’s back injury and his communication to the police commission is a very old story many of us are sick of hearing. It’s also for the police commission and the chief to work out.

If you want to grumble about information disclosure, you should grumble about information disclosure without bringing up old conflicts. Besides, we can’t have our way about everything all the time. Furthermore, I would suggest you read Honolulu Homicide by Gary Diaz (former HPD homicide detective), then maybe you will have a better understanding of the situation. Then again, you might not. It gave me a better understanding about the entire situation. Also, Hawaii is not the Mainland; it’s a completely different world. It’s a small island, people misinterpret and misquote things, then other people get into trouble.

I’m personally tired of seeing Chief Correa being dragged through the mud by all of the town criers. There are ways of doing things and resolving conflict, but the tactics such as the one you employed in your last article simply are not pono.

Mary Bern Lewis

Lost treasure

Our state lost another irreplaceable treasure this week. Naomi Correa, known to most as Aunty Sister, passed from life to death surrounded by her large, loving family.

The matriarch of this family was also a great community leader. She was once the head of the Democratic Party. You never knew, sitting in her humble kitchen, who would call or stop by to chat or who would ask for help and guidance. I would be awed as she talked with senators, bankers, kupuna committee members, political hopefuls, famous comedians, priests and the lowly and desperate, who were all welcomed and found care, comfort, love and guidance or a shoulder to cry on.

Every Tuesday she would host a rosary group where we would share with each other our trials and triumphs, and always she encouraged forgiveness. No matter how heavy your heart was when you came, you were filled with love when you left. Every year she would have a Christmas party for the whole valley of Kuliouou. Every summer she and her family would have a Keiki Olympics and everybody would win and feel good about themselves.

She was instrumental in getting help for the kids at Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility. The lists of her accomplishments are endless. She was a true example of what it means to live your culture and faith. No one can fill her shoes, but maybe we can follow her example and make a positive difference in the lives we touch, like she has done for us.

Pauline Arellano

Helping homeless

I am glad Jade Moon wrote the article “Clueless About The Homeless” (April 30). Now people are aware of how serious homelessness in Hawaii is. This problem has been around for years. Poor people have to live out on the streets, in their cars or on Hawaii’s beaches. Most have no food or money and barely make ends meet. We need to help. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I go out to Nanakuli to hand out food to the homeless. I feel that the majority of these people deserve to be helped. Lawmakers need to step up and start to address this emergency. The need to come up with solutions instead of placing blame on Linda Lingle and her actions to provide homes for these people while cleaning up our beaches at the same time. The answer is not to pass the Senate Bill 2828 that will restrict this governor, as well as future governors, from making emergency decisions that they may feel are necessary. We all need to put our heads together and help the homeless. This is an emergency, and it’s time to act!

Amanda Frederick, 15

Pretzel logic

Editor’s Note: The pretzel sticks Ron Nagasawa wrote about in his May 7 column stirred quite a bit of interest. Check Ron’s column this week for the web site where you can find the recipe. Here’s just one letter:

I can relate to the challenge of honoring the commitment of devotion to nurturing a spouse, but I can’t believe you didn’t print the recipe. C’mon, Brah, share the Aloha. I know you’ll do the right thing. Thanks for your great stories.

Rocky Riddell

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