Letters to the editor: 01-26-18

We march right over demeaning comments

Mr. Johnson, you are one more man telling us, as women, “What we ought to do.”



Maybe you are not aware that most women who go out to protest are already very civically involved. Maybe you are clueless about the reasons we do march. It certainly appears so.

I’m 63 and my daughter was raped when she was 6. I, and we, and almost every one of us could tell you a horribly similar story. We could go on and on. Also, we will go on and on.

At least until we quit reading uncaring, ignorant, and blatantly demeaning comments like yours.

I hope you are single.

And by the way, it’s spelled “hear.”

Deborah McGuire


A great job, really?

After 2005’s Hurricane Katrina left much of the Gulf Coast in ruins, many Americans reacted with incredulity when the second President Bush complimented his head of FEMA with the words, “You’re doing a heck of a job, Brownie.” The ensuing criticism was fair, given the slow federal response to the disaster.

Many North Kona residents are understandably reacting with like incredulity to Water Board Chair Keith Takamine’s comments explaining the pay raises he and the rest of the Water Board just handed to the Department of Water Supply’s manager and deputy. He said, according to Wednesday’s WHT, “We feel like they’re doing a great job.”

Really? Mr. Takamine, 362 consecutive days of mandatory water restrictions is not “a great job.” We still have three wells out of commission and no timeline for their repair. Is that “a great job?” We are still vulnerable, one malfunction away from a resumption of the mandatory restrictions. Is that “a great job?” We still don’t know if the equipment, maintenance and procedures now in use are adequate. Is that “a great job?”

My own assessment: You’re doing a heck of a job, Mr. Takamine.

Daniel F. Knox


Trump’s attacks on media inspire terrible outcomes

It has sadly come to pass that Donald Trump’s all too frequent ranting about fake news and the deplorable journalists at CNN in particular have inspired a Michigan man to allegedly make terroristic phone calls to CNN in Atlanta threatening to gun down all the fake news reporters at CNN.

Fortunately, this man was thwarted, but what about the next young white male inspired by Mr. Trump’s ongoing vitriolic attack on our free press?

Mr. Trump was a presidential candidate who, while calling the press disgusting and dishonest during a campaign rally, actually asked the crowd if “they” should kill the journalists! He did follow that up with a weak no, but to even ask the question was to me highly disturbing.

Our free press is an essential pillar of our democracy/society, and Mr. Trump seems hell-bent on destroying their credibility in an effort, I believe, to weaken the impact on his base of any actual news that would show collusion with the Russians, obstruction of justice, or any wrong doing on his part. We should hold Mr. Trump personally responsible for any attack on the members of our American press corps especially since he has seemingly revered the strong leadership of Mr. Putin in killing opposition journalists. And more importantly Mr. Trump should cease and desist in his attacks on The American press for the good of our country.


Daniel Konigsberg