Thank you for your article on Rick [Perrie] (“Remembering Rick,” June 2, 2005). I will remember him for his quick wit and sense of humor. One day at work, I picked up a People magazine in the waiting room and sighed, “I wish I looked like Jennifer Lopez.” He didn’t miss a beat: “So do I, Donelle—so do I.”
-Donelle Williams, MD, via email
Thank you for the article you wrote about me “Too Cutting Edge” in the May 26, 2005 Maui Time Weekly. While it is generally a nice article, I hope that readers were able to get past the headline and the unflattering caption under the photo (“He sticks people with more than just a bill”). While semi-funny it really doesn’t reflect the kind of person I am. I’m not at all about money, often give my patients discounts and my kama’aina rates are among the cheapest on the island.
Also, it would have been nice to include some contact information or my business name so that people could get in touch with me. All of that aside, thanks for providing Maui with a (most times) fun and intelligent newspaper.
-Bryon Sparks, Sparks Acupuncture, Makawao
The Editor responds: You didn’t like that caption? I thought it was way more than “semi-funny.” “He sticks people”—get it? Sticks? Needles? Acupuncture? Oh man, I spent hours working on that joke. Hours. Okay, an hour. Maybe. Couple minutes, for sure. Man, tough crowd.
CONFIDENTIAL TO THE GUY WHO COMPLAINED THAT WE NEED TO STOP ATTACKING PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH:
Yes, Bush is the President of the United States and we’re not. Yes, Bush was reelected seven months ago. And yes, this country is in the middle of two wars. Isn’t it funny how your arguments against our writing bad things about Dubya also happen to be our defense? You see, we think Bush’s policies are bad for the country. We oppose giving a free pass to big corporations that dump toxics into the environment. We oppose emasculating the regulatory arm of the Securities and Exchange Commission. We oppose invading sovereign nations that weren’t a threat to us. And we oppose torturing prisoners of war, in some cases, to death. As long as Bush supports those things, we’ll be right there “attacking”him as you so eloquently put it.
To all of you who went and cleaned up the beach on June 16 as per our instructions in the previous issue (“A Clean Beach? You Don’t Say,” June 9, 2005), great job. Unfortunately, we should have made clear that the big beach clean-up effort will actually take place on June 23. You can check page 29 in this issue for more info. Oh, and in that same story we also spelled event organizer Matt Lane’s name wrong. Way wrong. So wrong that—oh, never mind. Just go clean up the damn beach.