Letters to the editor: 07-04-19

Trump assaults show double standard

To date over 20 women have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct or sexual assault. We can add to that list E. Jean Carroll who recently accused President Trump of sexually assaulting her in 1995. Two woman have corroborated her story.


Sen. Lindsey Graham says President Trump has denied this and he believes him. So Sen. Graham and many others in the Republican Party are calling E. Jean Carroll and the two women that corroborated her story liars. President Trump denied having an affair with the porn star Stormy Daniels and denied paying her hush money in 2016. Logically then Sen. Graham and other Republicans in Congress believe that what the president says about this is true. Does anyone reading this believe that Donald Trump didn’t have an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels and didn’t pay her hush money?

There seems to be a double standard when Donald Trump is accused of sexual assault or sexual misconduct. Sen. Franken had to resign over conduct that didn’t come close to Donald Trump’s behavior. Other individuals in government, business and the media were fired or resigned after being accused of credible charges of sexual assault. Yet Donald Trump, who said in the Access Hollywood video that he attacks women, isn’t being held accountable for this accusation of sexual assault.

I have written this letter to support women who have not only have been attacked physically, but have had their character attacked and their reputations impugned by President Donald Trump.

I close by asking you, if your daughter, sister, mother or wife made this accusation, would you remain silent or would you support her and speak out?

Howard Shapiro


Don’t fall for scam

If you receive a form to renew your business license, and the payment request goes to CPS, it is a scam.

I just checked with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and this group will pay your license fee, but charge you a lot of money to do it. If you get a form like this send it to DCCA, Box 40, Honolulu, HI 96810.

Mary Beth Hilburn

Captain Cook

Ahu construction didn’t follow proper process

Mahalo to reporter Michael Brestovansky for correcting the June 26 article incorrectly crediting statements made regarding the cultural significance of the two ahu constructed on the permitted TMT site. Any cultural action or activity conducted by practitioners whether it is on the mauna, coastline, valleys, or seaways is deemed culturally significant to those adherents of the specific practice. There exist no mechanism for evaluating cultural significance either by opinion or statute. The practice of culture is a personal matter, whether performed solemnly by oneself or collectively as a group.

In our recommendation to the Chancellor of UH Hilo by the seven-member volunteer Hawaiian advisory council, Kahu Ku Mauna, regarding removal of the two ahu, our recommendation was guided by established policy and definition. The Comprehensive Management Plan dictates that a policy regarding new cultural features be established, this policy was approved by the Board of Land and Natural Resources. It requires that a new cultural feature must be registered and cannot be located in a way that is an obstruction.

The constructors of the ahu did not follow the process, they did not register the ahu and purposely built the ahu in a location that obstructed access to the TMT construction site.

We further determined that the ahu were historically insignificant, the standard for determining historical properties is that it needs to be at least 50 years old, the ahu were constructed four years ago.

Lastly, one of the ahu was constructed with imported and uninspected beach stone instead of local quarried rock. Had those responsible for constructing the ahu followed the process the ahu would not have been removed and rather it would have established some protection for the new cultural site.


Chad Kalepa Baybayan