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Letters | October


Letters to the Editor may be e-mailed to: letters_honmag@pacificbasin.net, faxed: 537-6455 or sent to: Honolulu Magazine, 1000 Bishop St., Suite 405, Honolulu, HI, 96813.

“Born to Run,” August 2006
Shirley Black Gerum wrote about the seasonal fishing of halalu (young akule, also known as “bigeye” or “sockeye” scad).

I love HONOLULU Magazine; it always reminds me that there are some more things that I need. One thing we all need is a conservation ethic. As “Born to Run” so colorfully illustrates, it is fun to catch fish. But in this day of depleted natural resources, the practice of catching juvenile fish like halalu before they have reached spawning age seems like it needs some reassessment.

Bob Leinau, North Shore

“Compassion’s New Face,” Afterthoughts, August 2006

It is with great relief that I have been reading in several publications about Hawai‘i’s homeless. I have written for years to the mayor, city council, governor, etc., and it has appeared to be a non-issue. My family and I love Hawai‘i and have been coming to the Islands for 30 years.

Homelessness is not unique to Hawai‘i; the problem is worldwide. But people in Hawai‘i deal with extremely high costs on housing, so I understand the reluctance to fund housing for people who are not contributing. Having said this, it greatly impacts your city’s and state’s image to visitors. I have been running and walking in your parks for a long time and, until the people were moved out of Ala Moana, they were about to take over. I do not feel threatened by these people, but most folks are. And the beaches on the west end of O‘ahu are a continuous campground/dumping ground. We had not been out that way in a couple of years and we were shocked. No one would want to go to the beach there.

The solution is not to just move people out of sight, but to try and find a long-term solution (perhaps a combination of new and old ideas). It will take a combination of government entities, private funding and the business community to make an impact on the situation. It will take bold resolution from elected officials and the public. Clean, safe beaches and parks are a win-win situation for everyone. I urge Hawai‘i to be a model for handling this situation.

Pam Richards, Houston, Texas

“Grading the Public Schools,” May 2006
A letter published in our August 2006 issue continues to generate comment. In that letter, a reader posited that parents who send their children to private schools are abandoning the public school system.

People who send their children to a private school are paying out-of-pocket expenses and not being subsidized, that is, reimbursed for the taxes that they pay to the government for public schools.

Frank Potocnik, Woodside, New York

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