Shame on you Maui Time… Once again you have fallen to the ways
of the average press, using the paper to promote your own selfish
biased ways, being childish, poking immature jabs at only those you
have personal vendettas against... Grow up Maui Time. Sure it’s YOUR
paper, and you have the permanent pen, but isn’t your paper supposedly
the impartial one on the island? Leaving personal agendas at home?
You obviously aren’t the press you claim to be. If I had a subscription
I would cancel it...
-Ben Williams, Haiku
PIGNATARO HATES DEMOCRACY?
I usually like the diatribes of Mr. Pignataro but, his pathetic
reflections on the East Maui Council race in “Case Closed,” Sept. 28
issue, were extremely disappointing. It appears that Pignataro has a
serious problem with democracy. Pignataro complains that if Nick
Nikhilananda had not run for the seat, that candidate de Naie might
have gained enough votes to be in the general election. However, if
Pignataro had been paying close enough attention to this election
season he would have known that Nikhilananda filed his nomination
papers before de Naie announced she was even running for the same seat.
If you’re going to make that stupid argument that Nikhilananda
“stripped votes away” from de Naie, you should be blaming de Naie for
taking votes from Nikhilananda, since he was in the race long before de
Naie. And, if, as Pignataro states, Maui would be better off without
Nikhilananda running for office again, I would counter that Maui would
be far better off if Pignataro was no longer in the media business on
Maui. As for Nikhilananda’s political future on Maui, we can only hope
that he will run again for public office, giving us someone to vote
for, instead of the usual lesser evil options provided by our lame
If, as I hope, Mr. Pignataro is interested in learning how to help
create a fair and democratic election system that prevents the
so-called “spoiler” candidates he so obviously despises, his
proselytizing would be better spent promoting Instant Runoff Voting and
Proportional Representation instead of having the audacity to complain
about good people who make the commitment to run for public office. To
learn more about these great options go to www.fairvote.org.
-Shaun Stenshol, Kihei
You usually hit the nail on the head in your political observations,
but this time Brah, you hit your thumb. In the [Sept. 28, 2006] Cunning
Lingle piece, you say to achieve a balanced political system, you need
to have minor parties participating, as is done in Europe. But in the
Primary election evaluation you castigate Nick Nikhilananda, a Green
party candidate, for running. Then you completely fail to mention that
almost 6,000 voters failed to vote for anyone for that East Maui seat
on Council. Instead of criticizing those who are trying to make a
difference, try criticizing all those who don’t register, or if
registered don’t vote, or those who vote, but fail to pick a candidate
for a vital position in Maui government.
-Mike Moran, Kihei
Anthony Pignataro responds: The fact is that while Nikhilananda and
Lucienne de Naie both pushed roughly the same progressive policies in
the East Maui Council race, de Naie was the stronger of the two. In my
opinion, her depth of knowledge, experience and the fact that she
hadn’t already lost six previous elections like Nikhilananda made her a
much more desirable candidate (that she ultimately won more than twice
as many votes as Nikhilananda would seem to bear this out). It doesn’t
matter who declared his or her candidacy first: de Naie was the
stronger candidate of the two. Of course Nikhilananda has every right
to run for office and people have every right to vote for him, but his
actions seem to indicate that he’s more interested in seeing his name
on the ballot than in getting strong, capable progressives into office.
JOE BERTRAM GIVES UP!
Okay, I give up. Everyone and their mother are telling me “Greenways
are great, but whattabout...?” And now Maui Time is, too! So I will
stop gabbing about greenways right now.
That’s it. Pau.
Okay, I can start again! Seriously, how about this:
1) EDUCATION: Kihei HS/Charter Continue Support, 18-1
Student/Teacher Ratio, A/C classrooms, leave behind NCLB,
Public/Private LEED New School Construction, Neighborhood Charter
2) HEALTH: build Malulani, can CON process, Universal Dental coverage, incentives for small farms.
3) TRANSIT: expand bus routes to neighborhoods, install benches/shade, location for small gauge rail/trolley corridor/station.
4) DRUGS/CRIME: expand citizen patrols/access, “honor camps “ for ALL nonviolent offenses, PWT pot reform at state level.
5) LAND USE: housing in ALL zones, live/work units everywhere.
6) YOUTH: Restore State funds for Kihei Youth Center expand to South Kihei.
7) RECREATION: Camping at Makena, other state lands in S. Maui, 24/7 access through community partnerships, lifeguards.
8)There is no #8. For now. Instead I’ll give my Top 5 Reasons to continue my whine for walking:
5) It’s in our current general and community plans as “pedestrian orientation.”
4) It’s the key component of a Heart Healthy Community.
3) It’s the ancient Hawaiian land transportation system.
4) It’s in the National Governors Associations’ “New Community Design” as “fundamental for transportation and recreation.”
And my #1 reason for talking the walk: no one else is!
So Maui Time, everyone and their mother can be happy that I will
talk about all the Important Community Issues. Except now I won’t shut
-Joe Bertram III, Kihei
EDITOR’S NOTE: For more on Bertram, check out this week’s Better Know a Candidate on Page 8.
I read [Gena Gammie’s] article on Charles Amsterdam and it was quite
interesting (“Who the Hell is Kaui Amsterdam?” Sept. 14, 2006). I go to
church with him on Wednesday nights. I did not know all of this stuff
about him but I did know that he is quite nebulous. I can never seem to
get a straight answer from him.
The event you spoke of at Iolani Palace did occur. He told me that
he works at the airport as a curbside baggage handler. He also told me
that he once ran for Governor.
He was always trying to get others to do stuff for him. I did some
research for him and pointed him to some people that could help in his
campaign regarding prison issues but he never really followed up on it
himself. He kept trying to get me to do it. Some people’s kids!!!
-Jimmy L. Miller, Honolulu
County Councilman Dain Kane is not termed-out as we reported in our
Sept. 28, 2006 story “Case Closed” and could have sought another two
years on the council had he not run for mayor this year.
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