Don't blame officer for fatal crash
Regarding Saturday's car wreck that killed two women in Waimanalo (Star-Bulletin, Jan. 22
): Before anyone places blame on the Honolulu Police Department officer doing his job, let's remember that the two teenagers who reportedly did flee the scene following the crash didn't have the decency to assist the two mothers whose families and children are left behind now. Rather, the two young men allegedly hit and ran without regard for human lives left in a mangled mess of steel and broken glass.
Let's all remember that speed and alcohol were factors in the collision, according to HPD, which is something that these two young men need to take responsibility for -- as they, not HPD, hit the car exiting its driveway.
Women in swimsuits are not obscene
Robert Johnson's Jan. 21 letter
, "Bikini-clad babes don't belong in paper," was hilarious. I really wonder how Mr. Johnson can tolerate living in Hawaii if a photograph of two beautiful young girls (who happened to be fully clothed in short pants and bikini tops) is offensive to him? Apparently he never goes to the beach. I find absolutely nothing vulgar or obscene in the photograph. Perhaps he would prefer that these girls be adorned in fashionable Taliban-style burqas?
Although I found Johnson's letter to be offensive, still I would like to thank him for writing it. You see, I had missed that article and because of the letter I was provided with a nice link to the photo of the two bikini-clad babes. Thanks!
Akaka Bill furthers Democrats' pandering
Jimmy Kuroiwa's take on Sen. Daniel Akaka's divisive bill is right on ("Akaka Bill would divide multiethnic families," Letters, Jan. 21
). Divisiveness is the core product of this pandering flag-raising, but it is typical of what the Democratic "hyphenated Americans" have conjured in their vat of pandering choices -- affirmative action, protected races, protected religions, protected colors, hues, accents, clothing, hate speech, set-asides, academic grade slide, minority grants, loans and preferences. And even entitlement classes within classes based on purity percentage of blood. And along the way our Democratic lawmakers and fellow travelers are so overburdened with their superior sense of noblesse oblige, and fear of hurting feelings, they've cheered on as Santa was denied Christmas, and Christmas was denied to our children in a Christian nation.
Japanese immigrants set the record straight, declaring themselves "AJDs" -- Americans of Japanese Descent, no hyphen, no whining, no demanding. Too bad Sens. Dan Akaka and Dan Inouye got lost along the way. U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono will be next, and as for the Santa-bearded Rep. Neil Abercrombie, well, what can we say?
Tadd also should enjoy just being a teenager
The accolades given to Tadd Fujikawa for his performance at the Sony Open are well deserved. He has not only acquired fame and glory but has etched his name in the annals of golf history in Hawaii.
But it's the way he has gone about doing it and, more importantly, his attitude and spontaneous "energies" that have made this a Cinderella story.
He has done it from within himself ... no outside pressures from the press, the media, the PGA and especially his parents. His opportunities to pursue a professional career in golf will always be there, but at "only 16," he needs to enjoy his teenage years now -- they're there only once!
Ron Sirak in his article in the Jan. 19 Golf World magazine says it best, and is a "must read" for anyone who has followed this amazing saga of Tad Fujikawa.
Dove family a fine subject for photo story
I loved Ricky Oshima's photo layout of the dove family ("A fine feathered family," Star-Bulletin, Jan. 22
). Having raised numerous babies that have fallen out of their nests, I can appreciate the beauty of these birds. I'm excited that the Star-Bulletin would run such a large and colored piece, especially on a subject most people would think of as common and ordinary.
Thanks again -- it brightened up my day!