Letters to the Editor
Hawaii Republicans treated Gabbard poorly
As a longtime Republican, I don't hold it against Sen. Mike Gabbard for changing parties.
I'm angry at our party leadership for never really showing Mike the respect that he deserved. He was always treated like a second-class Republican by the governor and others.
Who can forget when Mike courageously offered in 2000 to serve as a Republican candidate in Congress, ready to take on incumbent Neil Abercrombie? Everyone knew that Mike had a real chance to defeat Abercrombie, but Lingle didn't want to share the spotlight. If he had won, he would've been the top Republican in the state and not her (she was just the party chairwoman then).
I'm just surprised he didn't leave the party sooner.
Dems' tent is big enough for Gabbard
Whoever the so-called Democrat was who evidently grilled Sen. Mike Gabbard about his "religious affiliation" before accepting him into the party does not represent the values and attitude of the Democratic Party.
We are a party that respects and values everyone regardless of race, ethnic group, gender, or religion.
Reform is needed to keep doctors here
The extremely high cost of malpractice insurance has forced many doctors to leave or curtail some of their services.
Windward Oahu had seven orthopedic surgeons a year ago. Today there are only three. No hand surgeon!
Many physicians are no longer delivering babies because of the high cost of premiums for insurance.
Every citizen should be aware of this serious problem. Fewer physicians equate to difficulty getting appointments, often long waits or even not being seen by the physician you need.
Medical malpractice reform will not cost taxpayers anything. It will improve the availability of medical care for all of us.
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