This Weeks Letters
December 14, 2006
JUST 90 PERCENT?!
If you're going to rip off someone else's concept, at least make it entertaining ("Found," Dec. 7, 2006). That note wasn't the least bit interesting or funny. And why doesn't Maui Time have a letters to the editor section so that people can voice their feedback about the paper anyway?
-JGuaderamma, via email
The Editor responds: Tell you what: I'll start a Letters to the Editor column this week just so I can print this. Thanks!
Wow. Awesome! Thank you.
-JGuaderamma, via email
The Editor responds again: Okay, I was being sarcastic. I do that. We run letters all the time—when we get them. Sometimes I guess I don't piss anyone off, and we get no letters. I still have to fill that particular space in the paper, though, so I have to be creative. Some weeks I'm better than others. I do have letters this week, though, and will run your letter.
Ha ha! OK, you got me. I wondered that for a minute because I could have sworn I had seen them before. Either way, I'm not really pissed, just surprised and disappointed. I'd say I'm usually impressed with 90 percent of the Maui Time content.
-JGuaderamma, via email
Thank you for the informative article "Sand Castle" by Cheryl Ambrozic (Dec. 7, 2006). Maui's beaches ARE disappearing, but protecting and restoring them is actually feasible. One successful "beach nourishment" project has been going on at Sugar Cove since the mid-1990s.
As I understand it, until the 1960's, sand was removed from much of the north shore between Kahului and Paia for use in processing sugar cane. After the sand mining stopped, the beaches continued to shrink because functioning of the natural shoreline system was disrupted by the combination of sand removal and "hardening" of the shoreline by protective walls and revetments.
In 1995, after previous attempts over 10 years—sandbags, tires, a beach wall—had failed, Sugar Cove (on the north shore, between Baby Beach and Spreckelsville) residents succeeded in their first beach nourishment projects, which brought in hundreds of tons of sand. They have added more sand in subsequent years, with a goal of returning the beach to its 1912 shoreline. What was recently a steep, rocky beach is again a sandy crescent, popular with families, fishers, divers, surfers, boogie boarders, wind and kite surfers, etc. It is beautiful, it is useful, and it protects the land and buildings from damaging ocean waves.
I encourage Maui residents to learn how our beach and ocean systems work, to support efforts to stop exporting our very limited sand supply, and to support beach conservation and renewal programs.
-Karen Storer, Pukalani
ISN'T REGGAE ILLEGAL IN TEXAS?
I just had to chuckle after reading "Farewell, Khrinj!" by Samantha Campos (Nov. 30, 2006). In the article one of the band members says, "this island doesn't cater to anybody unless you're a reggae band." I live in the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston Texas, and I can assure the members of Khrinj they won't have that to worry about that anymore coming to the mainland. I consider myself a reggae fan, and to even get a whiff of a reggae show I have to drive to Austin, which while having an excellent live music scene, still has little reggae to offer...
What we do have in abundance are heavy metal bands; in fact I would say they are a dime a dozen on any given night. In the article a band member states, "We just wanna play somewhere and see bands we like." Well, they should have ample opportunity to fulfill their dream to their hearts content.
The problem they might not realize is there is a lot of competition in the heavy metal music scene on the mainland. In Maui, Khrinj might be the gods of heavy metal but on the mainland they are just another clog in the wheel. Happy Jamming boys, and welcome to the jungle!
-Matt Landry, Houston, Texas
WE BROKE THE LAW!
You folks have referred to Rep. Bertram as "Representative-Elect" since he was elected on Nov. 7 (Letters, Nov. 16, 2006). Please refer to Section 4, Article 3 of the Hawai`i State Constitution which states:
Section 4. Each member of the legislature shall be elected at an election. If more than one candidate has been nominated for election to a seat in the legislature, the member occupying that seat shall be elected at a general election. If a candidate nominated for a seat at a primary election is unopposed for that seat at the general election, the candidate shall be deemed elected at the primary election. The term of office of a member of the House of Representatives shall be two years and the term of office of a member of the senate shall be four years. The term of a member of the legislature shall begin on the day of the general election at which elected or if elected at a primary election, on the day of the general election immediately following the primary election at which elected. For a member of the House of Representatives, the terms shall end on the day of the general election immediately following the day the member's term commences. For a member of the senate, the term shall end on the day of the second general election immediately following the day the member's term commences.
-Lance D. Collins, Attorney at Law, Wailuku
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