Nice article on youngsters going off to war (“Children’s Crusade,” Jan. 12, 2006). Ted Rall is right on. But the reasons you think we should not be sending teenagers to war is exactly why armies throughout the ages have recruited this age group. They are physically fit, impressionable and can be quickly made to behave in any way necessary. Surely you have read about the diabolical rebel groups scattered throughout Africa that use children to be trained killers.
Anyway, guys our age would question everything and drive a platoon leader nuts. I was also engaged reading the local newspaper and talking to the island citizens. Seems growth is a big problem on Maui. Here’s a take along the grass-is-greener perspective—compare Maui’s situation to Cleveland, Ohio and I think you’ll find that growth is a nice problem to have. Try the opposite of growth and see how that works.
Many people had issues with the almost-dead sugar cane industry. Before the mainland used cane for sugar, the main source for sweetener was maple syrup. The Hawaiian sugar cane industry killed the maple syrup industry in Ohio and many other cold-weather states.
Beautiful island… and great fish taco stands!
-Sweldon Bitterman, via email
The incinerator idea that is being proposed is a terrible idea, especially the one that suggests bringing in trash from other islands (“Trash Talk,” Oct. 13, 2006). Ridiculous! The whole idea promotes a wasteful lifestyle. Most of the stuff that will be burned is recyclable!
We need to spend the money on better recycling programs and recycling education, and not on awfully expensive equipment that demands we make more waste!
This is a very bad idea and the future generations are going to be burdened with this decision if we go through with it. Please, no incinerators! More Recycling!
-Angie Hofmann, via email
SUPPORTS OWN CAMPAIGN
I can’t keep track of all the people who have taken the time to let me know about the wonderful article you wrote about me in your paper (Coconut Wireless, Jan. 26, 2006). Thank you so very much. I am working hard, busy organizing and doing a campaign plan and taking nothing for granted as I have seen too many candidates assume victory and wake up the morning after to a shock!
Our campaign’s goal is to win with integrity, honesty, and hard work so we can help make Maui County the best island in the world not only for visitors, but also for all of us who live here.
I appreciate your generous comments and I will always take the position I aspire to very seriously. Best of luck and keep your fascinating news coming! May I humbly ask for your votes for me, too?
-Gladys Baisa, Upcountry County Council candidate
In the Feb. 2, 2006 story “Ekolu Loves You,”we forgot to credit Sean M. Hower with taking all those great shots of the band.