This Weeks Letters
HATES STAYING HOME
January 04, 2007
I was very disappointed to see the feature in two issues of This
Week's Picks entitled "Tired of the Same Ole?" (Dec. 14 issue) and the
follow up the next week entitled, "This Week in… Staying In!" (Dec. 21
issue) in which Heidi King, the Calendar Editor, basically said there
is not much worth going out for in Maui!
I find these apathetic pieces upsetting because here is someone who
is supposed to be covering what artists are up to and help them promote
themselves, and help audiences find them, which benefits both parties.
No one needs to be told how to stay at home. Her tone was sarcastic and
demeaning, and the articles should have been grounds for firing instead
of being published.
Just last night I was at the Mana`o Radio after-Christmas party
where incredible talent gathered in their in-house studio for multiple
jam configurations. There is no shortage of talent on this island.
Check out Mauibands.com to get the lowdown from a user-friendly
I have paid for advertising in your paper over the last two years in
the Entertainment section, trying to get our band gigs. I have hired a
press agent to blast Maui and try to get someone interested enough in
new blood, or blood traveling and coming back to Maui to perhaps shoot
us a blurb, and help us out. It takes time, money, resources, practice,
gas money, wear and tear on bodies and vehicles to put on live
performances, and we do it 'cause we love it.
This is not just about me and my band, but all the aspiring artists
island-wide who could use support from the "entertainment" section in
our beloved, independently run paper. How do you justify the
advertising monies you are receiving from several clubs when you snuff
out their audiences by this type of apathy?
It is just very disheartening when we don't have the support of the
press that everyone looks to for its GRID and PICKS, and you all
instead support the ridiculous and offensive notion that nothing is
happening worth leaving the comforts of home for. It's more likely that
laziness and apathy have replaced reporting and caring.
Please think about your practices. I will revoke my advertising until changes are made.
-Priscilla Sanders, via email
Whilst I applaud your efforts—or sometimes rather meager attempts,
really—at producing an intelligent, informative and insightful
newsweekly, I am appalled at your misspelling of a word on the cover of
your Dec. 21 issue. The cover! How could such an immense typo, perhaps
evidence of your disdain for the English language, have passed approval
through not only you but your entire team of editorial minions? I find
it shocking and, frankly, hope to never again have to see such glaring
incompetence on the cover of your paper.
-Anonymous, by email
The Editor responds: Oh God,
please don't let it be the word "accolades." If there's ever been one
word I had trouble with, it is "accolades." Let me just go find a copy
of the issue and… OH MY GOD, IT IS "ACCOLADES!" I knew it! And yeah,
that's horrible and inexcusable, though in my defense, it is somewhat
less egregious than that time we accidentally ran year-old Da Kine
IT WAS CHRISTMAS?
I received a terrifying postcard of the Maui Time Weekly staff in
what appears to be a police lineup of all things. Now that "truthiness"
is an official word I now know why your newspaper strikes fear into the
general population. Truth and independence in the news is a rare thing
these days of corporate newspaper takeovers.
Please keep up the hard work of publishing the truth and I'm sorry
you all appear to have been "booked" for reporting said truth. Aloha,
thank you and Merry Christmas.
-Lance Holter, Paia
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