And now for one of the more enjoyable parts of a year-in-review issue: your letters. We get a lot of letters, emails and online comments concerning the work we do at Mauitime. Some compliment our hard work and dedication, while others (many others) criticize our stories in ways that range from sincere correction to hostile personal attacks. I’m talking about hate mail, and who doesn’t love to read that? So here are some choice excerpts from the grief we’ve taken over the past year from you, our beloved readers (we’ve deliberately left any errors in, for the sake of authenticity). Enjoy, and keep those letters coming!
“Ur [sic] such a dumb bitch… Very Upset that a publication priding itself on being independent and locally owned would use stock photography for this cover… Why not hire a local girl instead of pretending!… Nobody really cares what happens to hack journalists like [Tommy] Russo. I would slap him too if he stuck a camera in my face… I had no idea that Maui Time’s ‘Spin Cycle’ was written with a pinch of comedy and a splash of stupidity. Hands down to Mr. [Jacob] Shafer for writing something that honestly could be completely and utterly debunked by following the simple principles of the childhood game of ‘connect the dots’. My props go out to the editor as well. This is a fine piece of prose to put to the press. Jacob, as for you? Maui Time seems like the perfect place for your skill set… Just because you were within your legal rights doesn’t mean you weren’t acting like a jerk… I don’t generally pick up your paper because I know in advance your opinions and they are boring… [Y]our newspaper is little more than a mouthpiece for the phony, left-wing, Democratic Party, fascist, NOW and as such should continue to enjoy the blessings of the powers that be… For someone who thinks the birthers are crazy and should be dismissed out of hand, you sure have dedicated a lot of ink to them… I am a big fan of Anu Yagi’s writing. But her recent article about skin diving turned my stomach… Quit bashing public schools in your Mauitime rag… Ho brah, spell check your article before publishing it in da maui time. Its [sic] a slap in da face for typing naive hawaiian community. You is naive for not checking your spelling… You just angered a teacher who has already suffered a pay cut so you don’t have to pay more taxes. Does it make you feel good to kick teachers in the proverbial crotch?… It must suck to be ignored as a journalist. And you are, since I am the only person who has read this on-line, and I am only doing it for the weird thrill of reading something embarassing [sic] to the author… Did you actually read the article you wrote?… Maybe you could use your time, ink and paper to inspire change rather than just complain about the problem. It’s so boring to only hear of the problem without any viable solution offered. Of course, if your articles are written simply for the pleasure of complaining, there’s no need to drag others through the mud to make your point… All the Maui Time writers just want attention because their parents never gave a dam [sic] about them when they where kids. Also you misspelled some names to proving [sic] you guys are unprofessional!… Your comment betrays your lack of understanding of Maui’s culture and history… So who’s the fuckdamn shitcunt that turned this issue of MT into an unreadable piece of piss-tit rags? Bad enough we have undecipherable graphs explaining the rankings done by some cocksucker, but the flip to the side just made the thing look like a motherfucker… I hope you choose to look under the covers and educate yourself further before continuing to perpetuate falsehoods as you have done with this poorly researched article. Real journalists attempt to tell both sides of the story. You have done nothing more than just parrot highly funded activist organizations that make money by telling lies… This article disgusted me. There are so many serious issues in Maui, and you chose this innuendo for your front page article?… Really [Anthony] Pignataro? Please wake up tomorrow and ask yourself if you have to remain a bitter angry person so much so that you can’t understand privacy law nor personal property law (Oprah’s road). Because you may become at least a decent writer if you do so, but until then you are obviously nothing more than an angry bitter man who hates authority and people with success. (again Oprah)… I cannot believe this cover. You have the AUDACITY to put something like this on the cover! It’s outrageous! You should apologize!… With all the veterans on Maui, from World War 2; Korea; Vietnam; Iraq/Afghanistan and all points in-between, you roll out this bit of fluff to show what it’s like in the Navy? If this is the best you can do for a Veteran’s Day article, why bother?… Pig, you continue to show how you are NOT a journalist but a hack of a writer who has [sic] so centered around himself that you blather on about your opinion rather than facts. Not a single law today tells people who they can and cannot marry or what they can or cannot do in their bedroom. You write from your ideology rather than from reality. And that is why you will continue to be a hack until you figure that out… I totally disagree with your boycott suggestion; it is childish and would negatively impact Maui and those who need the revenue, which you apparently would rather see go to NYC or similar mainland tournament locations… I am not sure if one should take this article seriously or is this author a master of disguise in his attempt at sarcasm or irony? If he is serious what planet did he arrive from?… I wanted to put in my two cents regarding This Week’s Picks. I’m not crazy about the new format… Don’t demonize [Peter] Nicholas or MPL [Molokai Properties Ltd]; that is just a cheap shot.”