LOVES OPRAH, HATES PIGNATARO
Why do you pick on Oprah (“Welcome (Back) to Maui, Oprah,” Apr. 12, 2012)? She’s not hurting us here on Maui, and she helps lots of folks, even if they are not the ones you think are worth helping. Not only has and does she employ many people worldwide (including here), she has donated somewhere between $300 and $400 million to charity, despite angry jealous people like you dogging on her. How much do you give? You think she’s gonna read your trash and give? You have only hurt our island with your words.
I have never once watched the Oprah show. I’m not really a fan, I just appreciate what’s she’s done with her life, starting with nothing. She’s an American we can and should be proud of. You embarrass us all with no aloha. We don’t need your paper here. The landfill’s already got plenty.
– Molly Brooke, via email
RIGHT ON BRAH!!!!!!! I freaking hate when Oprah screws up my parking at the County Fair. You really told her. I mean, if she just had a heart and gave five dollars to Baldwin High like glorious, life saving, beautiful people like you, maybe there would be no terrorists, and no starving people in Africa and Joseph Kony himself would see what wonderful people there are in the world and look you in the eye and put down his gun because he would be so touched by your kindness.
And that was great, that little thing about pidgin, you really showed her, I bet right this moment she’s reading your article just wondering what you meant when you “talked all native like” ha ha ha ha…. But seriously though, keep your petty asinine ridiculous little opinions to yourself, don’t embarrass us all by making it seem like all of Maui is backing you up. “Mrs. [sic] Winfrey” is doing more good in the world than you ever will. And about writing another article for this paper, NO BODDAH
-Ruby Turner, via email
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HATES KIHEI ROUNDABOUT
I’m visiting my fiance who resides in Kihei not too far from the roundabout (Coconut Wireless, Apr. 12, 2012). My opinion, bad idea. I reside in NorCal and have several roundabouts which I frequently use. The right of way is a toss-up. Numerous incidents happen there quite often.
My fiance’s house is right at a street T section with a stop sign. I have yet to see anyone stop at it even though there is a blind section due to hedges. The same goes for the stop sign at Waipulani and Liloa.
My main concern for the roundabout is the school children’s safety. People don’t stop at stop signs and hardly yield right of ways. Do you really think blinking lights will work for pedestrians? All it will take is one serious incident to change people’s opinions. Hope that never happens.
-Burton Tarmarra, via email
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In regards to the letter from the “no kill” cat organization 9th life (Apr. 12, 2011), I would like to speak in defense of the Maui Humane Society. As a former vet tech at MHS, I have had first hand experience in dealing with the unbelieveably large amounts of cats that are turned in to MHS. There is not one person there who ever wants to euthanize any animal. Most of the vet techs and other employees take foster kittens that need to be bottle fed every three hours and raise them until they are old enough for adoption. Unfortunately, this doesn’t even put a drop in the bucket towards the numbers of cats turned in.
A few years back when I was working at MHS, 9th life did an article about all the kittens they were saving from MHS, stating over 100 in a months time. Saving any animal is a great thing, but what they didn’t mention is that in a month MHS can see up to 500 kittens come in. 9th life was selective and would only take healthy kittens, therefore turning away a large number of kittens, and even refusing kittens that had been exposed to sick kittens even if they appeared healthy. They also refuse to spay pregnant cats. This means if you bring in a cat, it undergoes anesthesia, gets prepped for surgery, then if it’s found to be pregnant when incised, it is sewn back up and not spayed.
It’s is not fair to blame MHS for having to euthanize cats when 9th life is selective about what they will save. ANY cat can be saved, sick, underweight, deformed, feral. I’m sure that MHS would happily give 9th life all of the cats that would otherwise be euthanized, so go on down and get them 9th life. Hopefully people will someday be able to come together to address this issue instead of having holier than thou attitudes.
– Kelli Uderitz, via email