This Weeks Letters
THIS ONE'S GLAD
November 23, 2006
After reading the review of The Science of Sleep ("Arrested Development," Nov. 9, 2006), I thought I'd skip it, as I want to avoid "self-indulgent" directors with obvious designs to take over the world. I ended up going and I must say I'm glad. Though many others were probably influenced to not see it (attendance was sparse at best), I'm pleased I didn't follow their sheep-like ways. This film is a brave and original view of human consciousness and desire, frailty and courage, and the causes and effects that make us who we are.
The protagonist is obviously flawed—even ill—yet to say he doesn't want to grow up is one-dimensional. He couldn't be other than he is—he has confused dreams and waking consciousness since the age of six. Just look at the world we live in—run by "adults"—and tell me with a straight face that we should "grow up."
Dreams belong to the inner self and no one can judge another's. Of course, art is subjectively experienced, yet reviewers often go astray by the need to be distinctive (insert joke). To be open and in touch with your dreams and desires is what it is all about. Thanks.
-J Shankar, via email
THIS ONE'S NOT
Our Governor, Linda Lingle, signed Senate bill 3262 restricting all persons from smoking in all City, County, State and Federal buildings and additionally in all public buildings, Shopping Centers, Restaurants and Bars (Coconut Wireless, Nov. 2, 2006).
No one should smoke in any of these places according to this new law. But what about the public that needs to enjoy the company of others, with a cocktail, to discuss and enter into conversations about our local, state and international news? Also politics and religion. To share birthday parties, receptions and do fund raising. To hold onto one another at wakes and most importantly to enjoy SPORTS.
Going back hundreds of years this place was known as a saloon, bar, cocktail lounge, watering hole, 19th hole and by many other names. "The Gathering Place!"
We are involved in this particular service business and have built our overall income on listening to the likes and dislikes and of the dos and don'ts of our patrons and we want to protect the civil rights of each individual. For someone to decide the rights of a person (responsible adult) is against the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. It's not constitutional!
We are well informed of the dangers of smoking and are all hard-working individuals who purchase cigarettes, which is declared legal in the United States. We also pay an exorbitant amount of the State tax for the privilege of smoking.
Who cares about our "Civil Rights?" NO ONE!! The state makes money on our taxes, tobacco companies make money selling a legalized product here and abroad and on the other hand the business owner loses money because of the "SMOKING BAN." So as a U.S. Citizen and Business Owner, WHO does the constitution want to care about?
On Nov. 16, 2006 the "Smoking Ban" became law for the state of Hawai`i. Will I follow this law? Will others be given our Civil Rights as we deserve, or are we going to be treated as second and third class citizens?
Yes, I am a bar owner.
-Sam N. Kekaula, Kailua-Kona
We failed to credit Ray Schroeder (mauistingray.com) with taking the shot of C&K that ran in our Nov. 16 2006 issue.
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