Online readers are able to respond immediately to Star-Bulletin stories through our Web forum, which can be accessed at the end of stories, editorials and columns at starbulletin.com. Below is a selection of forum comments that appeared last week. Most forum contributors use pseudonyms; their "names" have been omitted here.
"Falls of Clyde one step closer to being scuttled," Star-Bulletin, Aug.26: I think it is a tragedy for this ship to be lost to us on the waterfront. Having a new reef to dive on would be great, but not at the loss of such an amazing piece of history.
What an embarrassing shame. The only four-masted ship in the world will now go down to be used as an artificial reef? If this ship had been part of the Royal Hawaiian Navy or one of the early U.S. warships, would we be so willing to sink her? Or would we exhaust every effort to save this historic treasure?
"Waipio world series team returns home," Star-Bulletin, Aug. 26: Congrats to the team for a job well done. You folks make Hawaii and the U.S. proud.
Beating Mexico was awesome but the come back victory in the U.S. championship game will be talked about forever. Congratulations!
This group of young men showed more maturity in their humility than many adults. They played with amazing skill and never gave up. The kids from Mexico should also be commended for their sportmanship after being defeated. One young man displayed what could be described as a "victory" smile as he shook the hands of the Waipio team. In a real sense maybe it was.
"Summer visits offer no relief," Star-Bulletin, Aug. 27: Unfortunately while this is bad news for the economy this is great news for the land, water and air in the aina.
Today as I look outside I can see the tropical sun coming up. There are small rain drops falling from the sky. Birds are singing outside too. A few cars drive by now and then. The grass is green and the water is clear so just take a rest if you can. Get by somehow for awhile if you can because the rat race is just around the corner.
This past Sunday there was not a single ad in the travel section of the Arizona Republic newspaper for travel in Hawaii. No one wants to go to Hawaii, why? The airlines are over priced, the hotels of Hawaii are over priced as are the food and attractions; there are too many homeless and drug dealers there and a feeling that crime against tourists is up in Hawaii.
"Man guilty in pig killing," Star-Bulletin, Aug. 28: Five years for killing a pig. Ten years for murdering a human. Hawaii judicial system, priceless!!!
This guy isn't a hunter, he's simply a killer. Prison is where he belongs. This is the same type of cave-man that keeps Pit Bulls as "pets," yet uses them to terrorize neighbors' pets. We've got lots of that type on the island.
Killing someone else's pig is not good. Trespassing is not good. Stealing is not good but it is a pig, gang. People kill and eat pig all the time. Huli Huli, Kalua, ham, bacon ...