April 24, 2008
THE SPELLING WARS CONTINUE
If you are going to criticize a letter writer (MTW 4/10/08, p. 5) about grammar and spelling, you might want to ensure that your own house is in order. Your reply to him had some questionable grammar ("a PR person" and "make fun of them"), and Starr Begley (MTW 4/10/08, p. 38) could use a [sic] some help from Spell Check ("dissenheartening" not having yet made its debut into the dictionary, sadly).
People in grass houses should be judicious when throwing lawnmowers.
-Jim Tang, Kula
EVEN WE SCREW UP
I would hope that "Maui's only locally owned independent newspaper" would be more vigilant. On page 8 of your March 27th issue, there was the always informative LC Watch. On page 9 of the same issue, an ad for Aloha Discount Liquor. The advertisement pictured a girl (a minor) standing next to a bottle of gin.
Pono—do what is right!
-Makawao Mama, submitted via Mauitime.com
The Editor responds: Page 3 of our April 10, 2008 issue contained a formal apology from both this publication and Aloha Discount Liquor for that particular advertisement.
FREE THE WORMS!
(Editor's note: the following letter is in reference to our April 17, 2008 story "Leizu's Legacy" and specifically statements made by artist Elaine Gima in that story)
Geez, so if you were a worm and were dropped into a boiling pot of water and as you died you secreted silk strands and someone grabbed them and pulled them out of your boiled dying body onto a loom, would you be happy? "Coddled, clean and serene" BS…
Yes, silk is a great material and enjoyable to wear but only at the death and suffering of millions of silk worms. DUH? At least a lot of the Asian people eat the silk worms for protein and then it is not a total loss. So get a clue when you say the worms thrive if "coddled and clean" until you drop em in the lobstah pot.
-"Traveling gypsy," via Mauitime.com
(Editor's note: The following letter is in response to our April 17, 2008 story "The Commissioner Who Drank Too Much")
The question is whether James Takeshi Viela is a FORMER alcoholic or not. Former alcoholics often make good members of liquor commissions because they are very strict on liquor violations. If he's a current alcoholic, that's not acceptable.
-"One Opinion," via Mauitime.com
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