This Weeks Letters
FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS A DAMN THING ABOUT THE DALAI LAMA
April 26, 2007
When I saw the cover of the April 12, 2007 weekly, I was looking
forward to an article that would complement the wonderful photo of the
Dalai Lama you presented. Instead, I found the writings of Liliana
Begley to be in direct contrast to the compassionate and loving nature
of the Dalai Lama, whose writings and presence in our modern day world
have influenced so many ("An Unenlightened Person's Guide to the Dalai
Re: "I don't know a damn thing about the Dalai Lama..." was
shocking, disrespectful and seemed to reflect a writer trying to be hip
[by] using words such as "yeah" and [the] language of kids strolling
By the time Ms. Liliana got to the relevant information about this
worldly spiritual leader, it was too late. Her presentation was tainted
with sarcasm. What an opportunity she had to delve into the core of
what the Dalai Lama stands for and teaches the world.
I sincerely hope that the author makes her way through the throngs
of people gathering to witness and experience the power and
magnificence the Dalai Lama brings to Maui.
I love your magazine but your "Best of Maui" is a joke. I know for a
fact that some businesses have their staff take home a pile of Maui Times to have it filled by their family, pets included, and increase revenues…
I have seen "Best new business" a few month[s] later stamp their ads
with "Best of Maui" misleading the community. What really gets to me is
your "Editor's choice award." What makes you such an expert to
represent the [whole] island except advertising dollar kick back and
family & friends' connection?
Some people and businesses truly deserve being voted. Word of mouth will set the rest of us free.
-John Doe, via fax
The Editor responds: Thanks
for your letter. Yes, we're aware that some people and businesses
engage in ballot fraud, which is why we watch very carefully for ballot
box stuffing. But what is "misleading" about a local business that
mentions they won a Best of Maui award in their advertisements? They
won, didn't they? As far as our Editor's Picks are concerned, we make
no apologies for them. Our readers get to vote, and so do we. And I
wish we got advertising revenue as a kickback for letting certain
businesses win. But no: we keep the names of all Best of Maui winners
away from our advertising department. Put simply: our ad reps don't
know who wins until the issue comes out. We could probably triple our
revenue if we did what you're alleging, but that wouldn't be honest.
In the Apr. 19, 2007 story "T-Shirt-A-Palooza,"we misidentified one
of the t-shirt artists. The artist D.A. created the white shirt
pictured in the photo that ran in the story's lower right-hand corner.
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still wish to complain about something, please have the decency to use
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make fun of you when we respond. We also reserve the right to edit your
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