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Don Chapman
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August 13, 2008 - MidWeek
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McCain: too old

I have to disagree with letter writer Jimmy Kuroiwa and, for one of the first times, agree with Dan Boylan: John McCain is too old to be president.

Here’s why: Look at George Bush today and compare that silver-haired man with the brown-haired man when he came into office. Likewise for Bill Clinton before him. These were relatively young men when they took the oath of office, and they were aged beyond their years when they left.

Sen. McCain may be 71 today, but if he survives four years in the White House, he’ll be much older than 75. And I have to emphasize the “if.”

Jack Nagata

Please be wrong

So Bob Jones is predicting a landslide for Mufi Hannemann against Ann Kobayashi and Panos Prevedouros. Mr. Jones has been wrong before and, lord, do I hope he’s wrong this time.

Frank Lee

Misplaced loyalties

Loyalty is a wonderful thing - it just depends on to whom or what you’re loyal. Sen. Dan Inouye being loyal to his friend Sen. Stevens of Alaska - per Dan Boylan - after he was indicted for accepting, basically, $250,000 in bribe money. It would be far better if both senators had been loyal to certain American ideals, such as serving all the people, not just the rich lobbyists.

Likewise, Mufi Hannemann - a la George Bush -has surrounded himself with people loyal to him. Again, it would be better to have people loyal to the people of Oahu and their pocketbooks. In the case of Bush, too bad more of his people weren’t loyal to American freedom, democracy and the rule of law.

Annette Johns

Parker & Michelle

I could not agree more with the comment about Michelle Wie quoted last week by Don Chapman. Every time I see her on TV, I think “arrogant brat.” It all goes back to the parents.

Parker McLachlin’s win in the Reno tournament in which Michelle shot an 80 and missed the cut should be a good example for the Wies about how to go about their business. And did you notice Parker’s parents didn’t move to the Mainland to run his life when he was in college?

Arnold Lo

Rail in perspective

Since it is difficult to put billions of dollars into perspective, let’s look at the city’s $3.7 billion rail project in another way. It’s like a family making only $50,000 a year being told to buy an experimental car at a projected cost of $100,000, but past experimental cars have typically cost several times the original projected cost (H-3 went from $250 million to $1.3 billion while being built, as a recent example).

But the salesman says that other richer families have bought similar cars. He also says once you agree, there’s no turning back, you will be obligated to pay whatever (no matter how high) the final cost will be! And they are going to build the experimental car in your driveway, blocking parts of your way and destroying parts of your house while doing it.

Also, you are going to have to pay for those things they destroy!

And members of your family will have to permanently relocate to make room for the giant experimental car.

And you already don’t have enough money in your budget for needed current house repairs.

And while projected to be finished in a few years, other similar projects have taken much longer (H-3 took more than 30 years to finish). And the salesman admits that when finally, finally finished, the experimental car will not solve your commuting problem! But buy it anyway!

The alternative to all this is that the salesman instead could begin planning and arranging so that your job is only five minutes away from your home (as in developing Kapolei into the Second City concept).

Leighton Loo

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