Obituaries for August 20

Wallace K. Beck Jr., 73, of Fredericksburg, Md., died July 2 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Born in Hilo, he was retired from General Electric, a U.S. Army veteran and loved Hawaii, its music, competitive sports and ‘ohana. Celebration of life Saturday (Aug. 25) at Hilo Municipal Course Banquet Room. Aloha and golf attire. Public, but please RSVP to Kealii at 854-4384 or Survived by wife, Rose M. Beck; children, Wallace K. “Kealii” Beck III, Lacia K. Benson, John Anthony Dangler, Rose Davis and Mike Dangler; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Unemployment down across state

Hawaii notched the lowest unemployment rate in the nation in July, however, the Big Island continues to see more people out of work than the other three counties in the state.

Let’s address the helicopter noise

At the helicopter noise meeting in Hilo on Aug. 14, I watched a frustrated community express its anger at the helicopter tour industry once again, with no actual response from the industry. The anger is worse than it needs to be, and the response from industry is less than it should be, and these two things are closely related.