April 03, 2008
STARR HAS A FAN!
You [Starr Begley] probably get a million emails saying people like your column, but I thought I'd just add to the mix. I work at [UH's] Hamilton Library and every time Maui Time Weekly comes in I read your [Restless Native] column to get a few laughs, even if they are silent ones (I work in the library for God's sake!). I think you are talented and cute and I'm not a stalker or anything but I just wanted to let you know since I appreciate good local girl-style writing. Anyways, I also wondered if that was you who sold a pair of true religion mickeys on eBay (Restless Native, Mar. 27, 2008).
-Jodi Hiroko Yamachika, via email
MORE FROM ROB'S FAN CLUB
(The following letters are in response to Rob Parson's Mar. 27, 2008 column "Positive Energy.")
G&R, who is building the ethanol facility on Kauai, has finally agreed, under intense pressure from the community-to not use coal or fossil fuel to produce their ethanol.
And thanks Rob for pointing out how it's the solar industry that's been killing initiatives. But it's not only hot water initiatives—it's even more so regarding photo-voltaic credits and zero percent loans and other incentives.
-Andy Parx, via Mauitime.com
Sometimes your energy columns are a little too long making me wonder if the people who should be paying attention to the subject have an attention span that long... they must not all be very bright, that is. The Right to Dry Clothes sounds like a winner. I can picture advocates marching with a clothesline full of clothes held high! With wind power to blow them dry.
-Stateside Reader, via Mauitime.com
HE KNOWS SPELLING
RE: Coconut Wireless, Thursday Mar. 20—Reagan Administration caused the airline deregulation. You misspelled the President's name. I know that as a journalist you want to have all your faxes [sic] straight, so people don't think that you are drinking to much cool aid [sic]. His name is spelled JIMMY CARTER, DEMARCATE [sic]. His decision on Oct.24 1978, to deregulate [sic] the airline industry. This ravaged Americas [sic] air transportation system. There is a lot of good articles on the internet about it.
-Michael R. Maui, via Mauitime.com
Anthony Pignataro responds: My bad. Carter did begin the process of airline deregulation. Of course, my mind automatically went to Reagan because he fired 11,000 or so air traffic controllers, which led to the dismantling of American unions and generally made life such a paradise for the working man today. Next time, though, think about posting under your real name.
LIKES LOCAL FOOD
It's good to hear about the locally produced food choices on Maui ("Eat Me!" Mar. 27, 2008). Hopefully it will grow even more in the near future. I can't wait to hear about community supported agriculture offers, subscriptions and other schemes developing there, too... Basically the idea is that you buy essentially a "share" of an organic farm's output, and every few weeks or so, you get this box filled with tasty veggies. It's the new hotness here [in California]. Might do real well there, too!
-Gazing at the islands from Navarro Point, via Mauitime.com
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