This Weeks Letters
August 30, 2007
I was extremely insulted by your Aug. 23, 2007 issue's Eh Brah. As someone who knows what went on with that unfortunate incident, I found it disrespectful of your paper to depict the boat that hooked the one-man canoe as a small boat trying to catch some fish. Fisherman that feed their families with their catch have suffered numerous fishing bans when the real cause for declining fisheries is land based pollutants. That said, the boat that hooked the one man was not some small time fisher, it was a large tourist snorkel boat whose employees have a steady income from tourists and should not be double dipping by throwing a line out as they leave a marine life conservation district!
-Alan Akana, Napilihau
The Editor responds: If you look closely at the cartoon in question, you'll see a snorkeler in the water. Now we're not saying the snorkeler in the cartoon came from the boat depicted in the cartoon, but we're also not not saying that, either. Or put another way, the guy who originally sent us the Eh Brah didn't include boat specifications (length, beam, tonnage, etc.). He just said it was a boat. So our cartoonist—the lovely and talented Ron Pitts, ladies and gentlemen—drew a boat. If you took offense, then please blame the guy who sent us the Eh Brah in the first place.
DID NOT RETURN CARD!
I did the Superferry tour Saturday (Coconut Wireless, Aug. 23, 2007). I walked through a couple large basement garages and some lounges that reminded me of the lounges at LAX. Not exactly inspiring.
I'd seen enough in 15 minutes and walked out the same as others did and we were guided by friendly security personnel and bright traffic cones. I realized that evening that I still had this two-inch by three-inch card that says "Vessel Security Measure: TO DISEMBARK THE VESSEL, THIS CARD MUST BE RETURNED!"
I was never asked for it as I strolled out. I didn't see anyone else asked for the card. Note the vague word "RETURNED." I don't remember who gave it to me. Was I supposed to go looking for this person before I disembarked? Or before I left the pier? Who knows? And who knows how many terrorists and ferry hobos are now comfortably hidden in nooks and crannies all over the vessel?
-Kurt Butler, Wailuku
WANTS NEW BREASTS!
Just a little rant: Who the heck hired this new girl for the Holoholo Girl's column? I want to hear about parties and interesting people and sexual trysts and adventures. I don't want to hear a freakin' play-by-play about kids and husband! Who the hell cares? Give me drama so that I don't feel like my life is so boring. The Eh Brah! and the Holoholo Girl are why I started to read the magazine at all. I know you can do better than this chick.
I [also] wanted to see if you guys were interested in running an article about this website I found. I could really use the help on becoming a "featured member." It's myfreeimplants.com. Check it out for yourself. You can link up to it through my MySpace page as well, I have a banner up.
-Sylvia Hurley, via email
NOT REALLY FENCED IN!
Thank you to Mira Allen for her very insightful article on the status of the turtle fencing at Kealia Beach ("Turtle-Proof Fence," July 12, 2007). In her article, she mentioned that Alexander & Baldwin and Fish and Wildlife Service had suddenly reached an agreement due to be finalized the same week that the article was published in July. I'm curious to know the follow up story.
Is there really an agreement after 10 years of promises and two endangered turtles killed on the highway? Can the volunteers now install the fence that's been sitting in an office since 1999, a bit more than the three years that was mentioned in the article? Thus far, no one on turtle patrol, including our dedicated leader Cheryl King, has heard a word from anyone about the status of the agreement or the possibility of a desperately needed new fence. What's up?
E-Patricia Stillwell, Kihei
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