Your Views for October 23

More hot air

More hot air


Once again, HELCO is running full-page ads about trying this, that and the other thing. However, there is nothing that indicates that the power rates will be falling anytime soon.

This appears to be a lot of hot air — which is not turning any turbines to produce inexpensive electricity.

Bob Dukat


Pier clarifications

Just a clarification for Hunter Bishop’s excellent article on the repairs at Hilo Harbor pier in the Sunday, Oct. 21, edition, having to do with Destination Hilo’s Pier Greetings Program: Yes, our volunteers provide information and local-style hospitality, which is much appreciated by our visitors. Our entertainment portion is provided by small groups from local halau, but only intermittently until we are back in the terminal building.

Our volunteers advise passengers who are heading to historic downtown Hilo to check out Hilo Downtown Improvement Association’s “Hilo Hula Days” at the bandstand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. across from the Hilo Farmers Market (available on most cruise ship days).

Their program provides a wonderful flavor of Hawaii’s music and dance that we are not able to accommodate at the pier at this time (except on some weekends).

If there is a ship on Wednesdays, we will also advise our visitors about Leleihua Yuen’s program at the Palace Theater at 11 a.m.

Dinnie Kysar


Unpaid advisers

Regarding the Tribune-Herald’s election recommendations on Sunday (Tribune-Herald, Oct. 21): The Hunters of Hawaii group wants to point out that members of the Game Management Advisory Commission would not be paid salaries to be on the commission.

Pat Pacheco


Praise for Ashida

As a former Big Island prosecuting attorney, District and Circuit Court judge, and considering the ample space you provided to defense attorney Gerard Lee Loy, here are my 2 cents on the issue. Both candidates were functionaries under Jay Kimura, a quiet and just man who was an effective law-enforcement leader, though not active in trying cases.

Having carefully followed the current Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Police Department, I differ with Mr. Lee Loy and believe that Mr. Ashida would be the strong, aggressive, talented trial lawyer and effective crime fighter that we need in these difficult times. He may not be too popular with defense attorneys, and it is easy to understand why.


Paul de Silva


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