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Don Chapman
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August 18, 2010 - MidWeek
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Roy’s right on!

MidWeek readers are very fortunate to have outstanding, award-winning editorial cartoonist Roy Chang. Each week his cartoons are very humorous and bring many smiles to our hearts as he captures the nuance of political life in Hawaii.

For example, a few weeks ago, Chang illustrated Mufi on a horse waving “Adios” to the new interim mayor Kirk Caldwell. It shows Kirk with high boots and shovel in hand, on a heap of problems-manure, waving him goodbye! More recently, Chang showed the five mayoral candidates playing poker - with Dela Cruz betting all, Caldwell calling his bluff, Carlisle saying he is ahead, one-way Panos betting only against rail and big-meal-spender Tam offering to pay for pizzas! A picture is worth 1,000 words, and Mr. Chang’s cartoons 1,000 smiles! Lucky we live Hawaii! Roy Chang’s cartoons are as good as they come and better than most.

Wyman Au


Judging Leonard

I’m not sure whether Bob Jones or Larry Price is correct in their very different assessments of why the state Senate voted not to confirm Katherine Leonard as chief justice of the Supreme Court, but am guessing there is some truth in both Mr. Jones’view that her lack or previous experience as a judge played a role, and Mr. Price’s that local attorneys were playing mean-spirited games.

I’m also guessing, with Mr. Jones, that if Gov. Lingle had appointed Leonard as an associate justice and named a sitting member of the high court to be C.J., that would have sailed through.

Whatever the case, there has to be a better and more transparent way of choosing judges than our current system.

Arthur Lee

Evil Israel

Thank you to Patrick Buchanan for his Aug. 11 column “GOP Gives Israel Blank War Check.” Like many people, I grew up being taught that Israel was good, because the Jews are God’s people and after the horrors they endured in the German Holocaust they deserve a homeland. I’ve moved beyond that.

If you look at Israel in a strictly geopolitical way and factor in national morality, considering the way Israel treats its Palestinian citizens, Israel is one of the most evil nations on earth. So why would anyone vote to give them a blank check to conduct war against Iran? Mr. Buchanan is correct in saying that Israel might start such a war, but the U.S. would have to finish it. Where indeed is our national interest there?

Mr. Buchanan’s column should be read in tandem with Roger Simon’s brilliant “U.S. Cannot Right Every Wrong” in the same issue.

They should especially be mandatory reading for Jerry “I-support-any-U.S.-war-anyplace-anytime” Coffee.

Jessica McGee

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