This Weeks Letters
May 19, 2005
Thank you for doing so much research and caring about Roger Swanson ("The Puzzling Case of Roger Swanson," Apr. 28, 2005). There are some parts that need to be clarified.
The Board of the Kihei Kai Nani Homeowners Association has the most intelligent, kind, caring, patient people that could possible make up a board. They tried for five years and three months to help this man. Everyone around him was being punished and suffered in some way from his erratic behavior. They could not have been nicer. They went beyond the call of duty to help this person.
None of the organizations that are supposed to help this type of person in the County of Maui helped him either. He fell between the cracks.
Destination Maui, the management company, spent more time and hours trying to help and rehabilitate him than you could ever imagine which was not their job in the first place.
It is not a condo complex's job to monitor someone who needs help and direction. They are not a rehabilitation hospital even though they went beyond the call of duty in this case.
We did like Roger and hope that somehow someone can work with him and help him out. We lived with many of our friends and family being harassed, put out and disrupted by his many shenanigans and activities constantly during the day and night.
We sold our wonderful condo that we had planned to retire in—that we had put most of our life savings into—in January, 2005 because of the situation with the Swanson Family and the sad, depressing, ongoing problems, frustration, disappointment and harassment that our family and friends had been going through for the last five years. Our "paradise" had become a "sad" place for us all. We left with tears rolling down our face.
-Joe and Evie Dopart, Pittsburg, California
DOESN'T CARE FOR DOWLING
Legislature fiddles while Maui's media access burns! Finally, brain dead legislators decided not to pass "Everett's Bills" to gut Akaku—but too late to save Maui's cutting edge media access! ("Everett's Bills," Mar. 3, 2005)
Everett Dowling still managed to hijack Maui's only local TV and force a hostile takeover by State education bureaucrats. All Akaku has to show for the brutal treatment is slashed operations and mounting legal fees.
Maui needs pono media, not control by greedy and powerful land speculators like Dowling. Akaku is for the people and needs public support. Call the Governor to set this right! Imua!
-Hugh Miliator, via email
WE'REPOPULAR IN KULA!
At the end of this issue's (April 28, 2005) Coconut Wireless you wonder "if anybody ever reads these." If by "these" you mean The Week in Review, then count me as someone who not only reads the entire column, but considers it as the best part of Maui Time Weekly. I ALWAYS read your column, even if sometimes I have no time to read anything else. Please keep up the good work—your wit never fails to amuse me even if the news doesn't.
-Martha Vanderlin, Kula
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