A Pattern To Denials

The Facebook founder in D.C. and Kauai (April 11, 2018)

I applaud Civil Beat for reminding readers at this time of Mark Zuckerberg’s strategies in acquiring land in Hawaii, as he faces a congressional investigation over the reputed sale of private information collected by Facebook from 87 million customers worldwide (“Kauai: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Has Few Friends On This Hawaiian Island”).

In the Hawaii land purchase case, Mr. Zuckerberg apologized publicly and profusely with boyish charm for his misunderstanding of Hawaiian customs and some of us began to think maybe he really meant it.

In the congressional hearings, he keeps apologizing profusely with boyish charm for the sale of Facebook information and accepting blame for it as CEO without actually admitting he knew about it. He manages to dodge giving direct answers to blunt, direct questions from congressmen (and congresswomen.) We have to start seeing a pattern.

— Kathy Titchen, Honolulu

Mark Zuckerberg’s Kauai estate is taking shape on the island’s north shore. Allan Parachini/Civil Beat

Enablers Of Feral Cats

A bill to help them dies in the Senate (April 11, 2018)

There are cats without homes and owners, there are also people who feed those cats. We know of one woman who comes from Palisades in Pearl City to feed these cats around Holiday City. The abundance of food would stimulate their reproductive system. Compassion for these cats should  prompt her to take them to her home (“Feral Cat-Friendly Measure Dies In The Senate”).

I also know of a woman who lives in Aiea who traps these feral cats (she lives near the stream) to be neutered or spayed, at her own expense. Then she releases these cats into the wild again. Neighbors have noticed that the numbers of cats have not increased lately.

— Janice Kaili, Pearl City

Club Rates Hawaii’s Trails

Making hiking safer in the islands (April 11, 2018)

I was frustrated this morning at not being able to place a comment relating to an important omission in an otherwise informative article about making hiking in Hawaii safer (“How To Make Hiking In Hawaii Safer”).

The author writes that ratings for the difficulty of a hike and what gear to bring along are not adequately posted online. Unfortunately, it appears he’s not familiar with the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club, which has been around since 1910. Its calendar lists its upcoming and recent hikes with such difficulty ratings as Novice, Intermediate and Advanced as well as length of hike and type.

As HTM coordinates one to two hikes every week, that page covering six months lists quite a few. It also has a long page relating to hiking planning, safety and gear. (Full disclosure: I was an HTM secretary for a number of years)

— Wendy Arbeit, Makiki

Should’ve Named Airport After Obama

Inouye’s name is a hurtful reminder (April 11, 2018)

One simple question: Why is the international airport in the city of aloha (Honolulu), named for a womanizer like Inouye (“Letters: We’ve Named Too Many Things After Dan Inouye”?

Even allegations of being a womanizer should have been enough to disqualify naming our airport (where thousands of women of all ages visit each year) after someone like Inouye. Shame on those who have shielded this man in life and in death.

I have just one more question: Why didn’t we name our international airport after our native son, Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States, loyal, respectful husband and father, and champion of empowerment for women’s rights?

Change the name of our airport. It is currently a painful, hurtful blow to women who are, or have been in the past (no matter how long ago), abused by men in power — like Inouye.

— Nancy Manali, Honolulu