Hawaiians should not trust U.S. court
A friend and I were discussing the ordeal of Hui Malama, and in particular Eddie Halealoha Ayau in his conviction for standing up for what is pono (Star-Bulletin, Dec. 28
). An image of a newspaper headline came to mind: "Ezra Upholds Grave-robbing." Auwe to the families, organizations and individuals who ride the coattails of a governing body with a history of stealing from Hawaiians, in making their claims on the stolen artifacts. Hui Malama and Ayau should be praised for taking action to correct a wrong that was done long ago.
I wonder if Judge Ezra or any of the so-called "rightful claimants" would find it proper for their grandparents' graves to be tampered with and robbed under the guise of giving the stolen articles back to the people. If so, then none can find peace, even in death. The only person who can make claim to the moepu is the person in the grave.
It's not a crutch; it's a greater being
Because I am always trying to figure out what makes people think the way they do, I have come to the conclusion that people who are atheists think that God-fearing or -loving people need a crutch to get through life. But most of us are just willing to believe that there is something out there greater than ourselves.
On the other hand, atheists seem to believe that they have complete control of their lives and that they don't need a crutch. In my opinion this is rather egotistical, and it would look as though they believe they are their own god.
As for me, I make my own decisions; but, like Albert Einstein, I still believe there is a being greater than myself. And I am willing, unlike the atheist, to give him credit for all things good and Satan credit for all things bad.
Hmmm, just my opinion, but it makes sense to me. How 'bout you?
Gordon "Doc" Smith
Root of homelessness needs to be addressed
I am so pleased to see the compassionate decisions the governor has made in allocating the budget surplus to meet the homeless and housing needs in our state (Star-Bulletin, Dec. 20
). My only suggestion is that she look deeper into our state's problems and that she not expect a quick fix.
For example, homeless shelters and supportive housing are always needed. I am pleased to see the array of programs and services she has funded. But if we do not address mental health and substance treatment needs in our community, we will always have individuals who end up on the street.
Housing is always the challenge for special needs populations. They go hand in hand. So let's look deeper into the root problem before we feel we are addressing he needs of the homeless. It is a bigger problem that requires bigger and more long-term solutions.
Keep your pets inside and microchipped
Once again we are celebrating a new year. Many residents celebrate with fireworks. Just a gentle reminder that our faithful canine companions are very sensitive to the noise and can become very agitated and try frantically to escape to safety. Each year the Hawaiian Humane Society is deluged with frantic calls about lost dogs on New Year's Day.
Please remember to keep your dog inside tonight and, if prescribed by your veterinarian, sedated.
This time of year also reminds us of how important it is to have your dog microchipped. This simple procedure will forever identify your pets as yours, and if they are ever lost it will be much easier to reunite you.
The Hawaii Dog Foundation (www.hawaiidogfoundation.org) wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year!
Hawaii Dog Foundation
Body boarder caught unexpected ride
Pipeline has the reputation of being one of the most treacherous surf breaks in the world. We marvel at its power and beauty, but tend to forget and even take for granted its force. Last Saturday my girlfriend and I witnessed something we will never forget.
A body boarder, enjoying a Christmas Eve session, found himself in a life-threatening position ("High surf gives body boarder close call," Star-Bulletin, Dec. 26). He was caught in the rip current; rescuers found him face down with fins and legs in the air, unresponsive. Pat Kelly and the North Shore lifeguards at Ehukai Beach Park saved this unknown surfer's life. The continued efforts of the fire department and emergency crews also brought him back from the brink of death.
To put yourself out there to save your fellow man is a noble sacrifice. To put your life on the line on a daily basis to protect the safety of others is the most noble sacrifice any person could make. This letter is to commend, applaud and appreciate the strength and sacrifice these people make in order for us to enjoy the beauty we call home.