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Don Chapman
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October 20, 2010 - MidWeek
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Maybe this is too big

Here’s an answer to editor Don Chapman’s question in his excellent and informative column “Which Services Don’t You Want?” - in which he asks, “At what point exactly does government get too big?”

While agreeing the services Mr. Chapman details are all worthy, I believe the answer to the question about government size can be found in the plan he details to cut electricity and water usage by 30 percent at “10 state buildings in the downtown area.”

When government requires that much real estate, and workers to fill all that space, perhaps it has grown too big.

Daniel K. Chung

More like Buchanan

Thank you to Don Chapman for his excellent column “Which Services Don’t You Want?”

In the same issue, Pat Buchanan’s column “ABattle For The Soul Of The GOP” was similarly welcome. I very much agree with his characterization of the U.S.A. as the “warfare nation.”

If there were more Republicans like Buchanan, I would be a Republican. Unfortunately, the Republican party seems to be full of people like Michelle Malkin, whose columns are so unintelligent and uninformative that I have given up reading them.

Neil Frazer

Food stamp risks

Regarding Patrick Buchanan’s column “Food Stamps Are Killing America,” I don’t mind paying taxes to help support people who are truly needy and unable to take care of themselves. But it galls me to drive past a food stamp office and see big, fancy trucks and SUVs, people wearing lots of jewelry and talking on cell phones. Why the heck can’t they spend all that money on food, not luxury items? Basically, I’m paying for the trucks, iPhones and bracelets.

James Alexander

Ma’a fan

Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Old Friends feature on Pono Ma’a and Lisa Strand-Ma’a. As a longtime UH volleyball fan, I can remember them from their playing days “back in the day,” and it’s great to see them and their four children doing so well, and even following in their footsteps. It would be nice to see more stories such as this on our former heroes and heroines who we’ve cheered in the past, to see how they’re doing today.

George Asato

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