May 08, 2008
ROLLING WITH THE PUNCHES
(Editor's note: at press time, we received 32 online comments to our May 1, 2008 story "Roller Derby!" Here's a small sampling of them.)
Great reporting, thank you for writing and publishing this important story. It saddens me that in the year 2008 prejudices against positive, strong women—especially women in sports—still exist.
Please tell me how anyone would build a separate roller rink devoted to the Maui women's roller derby, if the current rink won't even let them practice in it? That sounds like a swift dodge to pass the buck to absolutely no one. I hope the Maui Roller Girls stay strong in the face of these inexcusable, shameful shenanigans. ROLL ON!
-Jenny R. Foster, via Mauitime.com
I find it unbelievable that what I thought to be a reputable paper, the Maui Time Weekly, would publish such a one-sided article and put absolutely no effort whatsoever into checking the true facts. This article is a joke and attempts to tarnish the incredible upstanding relationship Maui Inline Hockey has with the Community and the County of Maui.
I find it absolutely disgusting how such an uninformed ignorant selfish group of individuals would have the nerve to do this to an organization that prides itself on providing a safe, fun, and organized place for the children of the community. This group of individuals should be ashamed of themselves.
-"Hockey Dad," via Mauitime.com
When I saw the pic and read the headline I really thought this would be a lame article and junk issue, boy was I wrong on both accounts! There were a lot of good stories in this issue. This particular article is indicative of how "Chief of Recreation" Floyd Miyazono does things in the county.
This man has no formal nor practical education as far as recreation goes and he has held Maui County back from forward movement with his lack of leadership in allowing things like this to go on throughout the county's recreation department. This situation should have been dealt with swiftly and fairly someone should step in and give these ladies some time on the rink and stop being rude. They are willing to pay the "expensive insurance." The county seriously needs to remember the taxpayers are in essence their bosses.
-Herman Miranda, via Mauitime.com
A free place to skate that is already set up and waiting for them on a platter. The rink and adjoining clubhouse were donated and built by community volunteers, and what you see now is the culmination of 10 years in the making. Shame on you roller girls for ranting "gimmie, gimmie, gimmie" and then when you don't get your [way] you claim gender discrimination. A bunch of lazy sourpusses, that's what you are.
-Robin Ferrier, via Mauitime.com
WRITE ON, INDEED
(Editor's note: The following letter references the story "Plantation Politics," April 17, 2008)
This is what I call great insight on why things are the way they are on Maui. Looks like everyone else is more concerned about a new place to eat than what A&B [Alexander & Baldwin] is planning for our future. I hope your readers remember that it's an election year. Write on, Rob!
-Justin, via Mauitime.com
In our 2008 Fashion Issue (April 24, 2008), we should have mentioned that you can find Chicks with Sticks stuff at Biasa Rose, Sailboards Maui and online at www.chickswithsticks.etsy.com.
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