DEBATING WALTER RITTE
Sorry to see Walter Ritte running for Office of Hawaiian Affairs instead of the Molokai County Council seat where he can really do some good for all of us (Candidate!, June 28, 2012). When Walter Ritte runs on a platform that he says will “protect agricultural lands,” he means it, unlike all the liars who say it to get elected, then sell out immediately when A&B or Kamoulu Ranch [SP?] come requesting more development needing “urban” designation from the ag lands.
It’s not only elected officials. Does the state land board or Maui Planning Commission ever see one piece of ag land worth protecting?
Over the years only JoAnn Johnson, Wayne Nishiki and now maybe Elle Cochrane ever cared about protecting ag land. That leaves a lot of election-time liars over the years.
Take that 170 acres between Puunene Avenue and Hana Highway for A&B’s “much needed” Maui Business Park. It was in productive sugar cane use for over 100 years–and then all of a sudden A&B came crawling in for a land-designation change to their friends on the county council. Those elected council members forgot about their protect ag land rants [made] at election time.
I see even [Congressmember] Mazie [Hirono] is supporting “growing more of our food in Hawaii” under her new sustainability plan as she runs for [Senate] with all her union backing.
But Mazie, you and all your friends in your good ol’ boy network need to actually protect agricultural lands to do that–like all those hundreds and hundreds of food-producing acres you hacks just changed to urban in Honolulu. How about that?
-Kenny Barr, Kihei
Short Story: This person is BAD NEWS and will not get my vote.
God help OHA and the rest of us if Walter Ritte is elected. He is an extremist with no aloha and no regard for the law. He is a loud mouthed bully who intimidates to get his way.
Yes, he was convicted of vandalism, has been booted out of meetings on Molokai for misbehavior and forced to resign from Planning Commission and Molokai Enterprise Community boards for not
-Anonymous, via MauiTime.com
HATES EH BRAH
I am extremely disappointed on the accusations that are being made about the players at the kula tennis courts (Eh Brah, June 21). I can only assume that it is being addressed to us because we are the younger crew that plays there. We always arrive at a later time and are very polite to all the players at the court. The majority of the time, the courts are always full but we have no problem waiting.
After an hour of waiting we do bring it to their attention that we would also like to play. I think it’s rude for the oldtimers not to have any consideration for others. Why aren’t they abiding by the rules? We enjoy playing tennis and we try to make it as much fun as possible. So if a little music and some laughs are of such annoyance, then I believe you have an issue with others being happy.
So stop preaching like you make the rules. Being bossy and trying to make like you own the court is not gona keep us away. Thank you for giving us motivation to play again!
-Anonymous, via email
REALLY HATES OLD GUYS WHO SKATEBOARD
From experience, I always tell people, “If you’re over 20, don’t start skating” (“Rebirth of the Cool,” May 24, 2012). I’m always encouraging people to do stuff, but skateboarding is not one of them. It’s not worth it. You WILL bust your ass, ankles, wrists, elbows, head, and shins. EVERYDAY!
And you’ll never get better. Maybe after four years of practice, you’ll ride a wall or do an ollie, but so what? You’ll never grind a rail or air a pipe. So why break your hip/wrist to pretend you’re pushing your limits? STAY OUT of the parks, at least.
If you must try to skate over 20, remember the best trick to learn is how to successfully escape the board and land on your feet. It will make your skate career muuuuuch longer.
-Jon Unitas, via Mauifeed.com