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Monday, October 4, 1999


Star-Bulletin closing after 117 years

Fond memories of Saturday sales

Seventy-five years ago, when I was 7 years old, my mother gave me five cents every Saturday.

I would skate to the Star-Bulletin building, near Castle Memorial Kindergarten. I'd go to the circulation platform and buy two papers for five cents.

Then I would skate to downtown Honolulu and head straight for the shoe stores: Honolulu Shoe, Kim Chow, Uyeda Shore Store, Pan-Pacific Shoe Store, Yat Loy, etc. I'd sell the papers to the salespeople there for five cents apiece, and skate back to the Star-Bulletin for four more worth 10 cents.

This would continue until I had made 35 cents -- 25 cents for a movie at Brunswick Theatre (we called it the Tin Can Theater, because the walls were made of corrugated iron and it had a corrugated-iron roof), and 10 cents for a hot dog and soda.

Wow, what a Saturday morning!

Yoshio "Yoshi" Taketa

Governor should care about people losing jobs

I will miss you and have withdrawal pains when I no longer receive your paper. I thank you all for the news, advice, humor, entertainment, trials and tragedies. I have learned and gained so much from your presence.

What I can't understand, though, and what bothers me a lot is that our governor said he couldn't care less about the Star-Bulletin going out of business, leaving only one newspaper's voice in our community.

Dozens of people will be losing their jobs and he couldn't care less? No wonder our economy is down.

Ken Chang

Star-Bulletin will be missed during campaign

I will certainly miss the Star-Bulletin. The Advertiser prints yesterday's "old" news.

The Star-Bulletin prints today's news and has so many good features: Corky, Charles Memminger, Kokua Line, the comic strip For Better or Worse, a crossword puzzle that's much better than in the Advertiser, Ben Wood, A.A Smyser, Diane Chang, David Shapiro, Dave Donnelly, Susan Scott, the editorials and large number of letters to the editor, and the in-depth investigations like on the Bishop Estate, high prices in "paradise" and Hawaii's expatriates.

I wish you could have stayed around at least until the next governor's election.

Ann Ruby

Star-Bulletin closing Oct. 30, 1999



"There were five things I
looked for when I looked for a college:
athletics, location, size and student life.
Coming here was the easy answer
to a difficult question."

Jennifer Carey

On opting for the UH Wahine
over the UCLA Bruins


"This is the sixth time we've
been here. We have not maligned
anybody. We presented nothing
but facts that can be proved."

Marguerite Ige

Among the neighbors of Gloria Bridal Services who
successfully fended off another attempt by the bridal chapel
to obtain a liquor license, despite the business' claim that
petition signatures were obtained fraudulently

Home Depot still slaughtering forests?

I searched in vain through Home Depot's grand opening catalog for an acknowledgment that it was discontinuing its slaughter of ancient forests.

For years, Home Depot has been among the world's largest purchasers of ancient-forest wood. Thousands have pleaded with it to stop, explaining that:

Bullet Old-growth forests are the world's air conditioners.

Bullet Stripping the Earth of old forests elevates temperatures worldwide.

Bullet Hurricanes such as Floyd are spawned in such heat.

Home Depot just keeps on chainsawing. Finally, so much heat was put on its management that it agreed to cease the slaughter by 2001.

But, until its catalog says it is acting responsibly, it will get none of my dollars.

Howard C. Wiig

The pious are anxious to ban abortions

In his Sept. 17 letter to the editor, Steve Holck gives a perfect example of the absurd lengths anti-choice fanatics will go to with their obsession.

He stated that he saw two young boys shoplifting, which is an alarmingly prevalent crime of young people. Instead of telling them to stop, which might have helped them and the store, Holck worried that "these precious young boys" might have been aborted "to prevent their future crimes." Really!

The point is that unwanted and unloved children often grow into lives of crime.

Holck identifies himself as the president of a pregnancy counseling center. Men like him are always experts on the bearing and raising (often poor and alone) of women's children. Those "precious little" shoplifters may very well have been the product of a broken home, without any supervision -- the hallmarks of unwanted and unloved kids.

Forcing these children into the world does no one a favor -- not them, nor their parents, nor society. The prisons are full of such tragedies, and these mass killers are another result.

Children should be wanted, loved, nurtured and supervised, a very big job and a very big decision to be made by the women involved -- not by pious, political and often male busybodies.

Nancy Bey Little

Damien would have objected to abortion

What a joy to see the movie "Damien of Molokai" at the Hawaii Theatre recently. It was an excellent film depicting an extraordinary life.

Just prior to the film, we were treated to a brief clip titled, "The Power of One." It featured glimpses of people like Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Rosa Parks. Quickly, the clip segued into people saving whales, seals, turtles and our environment. All fine and noble courses of action, for sure.

Still, I was struck not so much by what was included, but by what was missing. To what do I refer? The power of one in the fight to save human lives, those yet to be born:

Bullet Carol Everett, one-time owner of abortion clinics, now crusading for the unborn.

Bullet Dr. Bernard Nathanson, once the most prolific abortionist in our country, speaking out for the lives of the innocent unborn.

Bullet Countless individuals staffing crisis pregnancy centers across our country, serving for love of life rather than piles of money.

There is no question in my mind that, if Father Damien had been around today, he would lobby and labor for the lives of the unborn. Even though disfigured by disease, he would have been there for those tiny ones who cannot speak up for themselves.

Ron Arnold


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