YOU COULD AT LEAST HAVE THE PAPERS RECYCLED
How many excuses are you going to make for your publisher to act like a total jerk interfering with officers while they are on duty and obviously busy? Today I picked up the first issue of your magazine since his offensive behavior only to see you defending him once again (Year in Review, Dec. 27, 2012). Your paper is now ripped to pieces and I’m going to ask corporate if I can throw your publication out of my building.
Act like adults.
-Lee Coziar, via MauiTime.com
YEAR IN REVIEW
Impressive front page with your great MauiTime covers shown (Dec. 27, 2012). Beg to differ on your choice of Ka’ahamanu bookstore as number four good news story.
The number one good news story which may soon garner national publicity was the $300,000 no-cost-to-public restoration of the Lahaina Library by Rotary Club of Lahaina and the Maui Friends of the Library.
Friends opening of two book stores in Kahului AND Lahaina was indeed big news. The Ka‘ahumanu store is doing great, attracting hundreds of customers weekly.
But the restored library with its 5,000 borrowers is guaranteed to be a showplace for decades to come. Perhaps the number one good news story should have been both.
One day our local media are going to understand that Kahului and Wailuku are not the only center of the Maui universe. More and better coverage of West Maui–one of our strongest economic engines–should be a goal of every Maui journalist.
-Norm Bezane, via email
I wanted to get back to you and say what an amazing job you did on the article about Maui Adult Day Care Centers (“Dancing, Dolls and Dementia,” Dec. 6, 2012)! I also wanted to share that many people have commented to me about how well written your article was and how much they enjoyed reading it.
Thank you so much for doing a story on MADCC and our kupuna. You’re an amazing person to care so much about others. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts. I hope your Christmas was amazing and blessed and that your New Year will be the same. God bless you.
-Kathy Couch, MADCC, via email
PRAISE AND CRITICISM
Few responsible journals print unsigned letters. That begs writers to make unfounded allegations, and to offer wild surmises (see particularly the two totally unsigned letters making unsubstantiated allegations about the police in the Dec. 6, 2012 issue.)
Few papers are nearly so cynical, or encourage that to such a degree. No matter how clever one is or how quickly one can write in a caustic, witty way, the quality of mercy is still seldom strained.
Holding office or having police or other institutional input might do the perspective of the paper a world of good. It is easy to demean publicly. The paper is informative. Yet so much muckraking to the point of muck creation would find welcome surcease.
Your graceful words about Felix Krall plus Jory John’s and Avery Monsen’s funny Open Letter were most welcome. The paper is on occasion courageously creative, such as with regard to cane burning. You can serve a great purpose more often, you may agree.
A great New Year to you.
-J. Eagle, via email