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Don Chapman
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May 28, 2008 - MidWeek
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MidWeek savings

With the cost of everything rising, I just cancelled our morning newspaper delivery.

Thank you to everyone at MidWeek for providing an excellent newspaper for free.

And with all of the supermarket specials and other ads, our family can save even more money.

God bless you all!

Paula Matsumoto

Natasha’s tats

This is in response to Helen Yu’s letter complaining about Team USA soccer player Natasha Kai’s tattoos. Helen Yu complains that those tattoos are “defacing her body” and that they are a “terrible example for young girls who look up to her.”

Ms. Yu is in Hawaii, which is a part of Polynesia. It is a traditional Polynesian custom to have tattoos in various parts of the body. The tattoos on Natasha Kai are Polynesian-designed tattoos.

Hawaii is also a part of the United States of America, a nation that prizes individual freedom. People can choose if they want to decorate their bodies with tattoos.

If you don’t like tattoos, then don’t get one.

I don’t have any tattoos, nor am I connected to the tattoo industry in any way. I am just tired of people who have a hateful attitude toward things they don’t understand

Pablo Wegesend

A good example

I don’t see how you can say that Natasha Kai is a “terrible example” due to her tattoos. With all the different ways that people can set bad examples (smoking, drugs, violence, gambling, etc.), I fail to see how having tattoos makes her a “terrible example.”

If you’ve read the article, you would have seen that Kai shows great focus as well as perseverance as shown as how, after having “everything go wrong,” she didn’t stay frustrated and give up on soccer. Instead, as she put it, “pulled her head out of her butt and realized she’s not going to waste her talent.”

Having dedication, focus and perseverance? What a terrible example to set for young girls. Just disgusting!

The article also shows that she has strong family ties. She has tattoos of her siblings’ names, as well as two nephews. She also has tattoos of her parents’ names. This also shows that her tattoos have a deep meaning to her.

Closeness with her family? Just horrible. We can’t have our young girls following her example.

If I ever have a daughter, and tattoos are the worst of my worries, I would be a very happy father.

Jared T. Hanaoka

Electoral joke

Kudos to Bob Jones for his column “The Antiquated Electoral College.” It makes a lie of “one person, one vote.”

Note to Hawaii Republicans: Your vote for John McCain in the general election in November will not count. Native son Barack Obama will win Hawaii’s popular vote, and thus all of our electoral votes.

Is this the kind of democracy George Bush is trying to promote in Iraq?

Allison Lee
Hawaii Kai

Masaki’s music

Reading Jade Moon’s column on piano teacher Ellen Masaki, it hit me: What a pity Hawaii public schoolchildren don’t receive music training from elementary school on!

Moriko Reese
Pearl City

Holiday mayhem

Had to laugh at Ron Nagasawa’s column about last-minute shopping for Mother’s Day cards - especially because I believe I was one of the people he was trying to fight his way through to get to the rack.

David Silva

Still waiting

This former lit major loved the reference to Waiting For Godot in Roy Chang’s editorial cartoon Waiting For Obama. Good one!

Sara Thomas

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