Your Views for February 22

Include smaller schools

I recently finished reading the recap on the BIIF wrestling tournament that was held earlier this month. I know there’s a lot of glory for the bigger schools, but it really would be a show of good journalism to take the story beyond gold medals.

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Laupahoehoe school had a presence there, despite being a small school. Honokaa school brought six wrestlers, and FIVE of the six placed fourth or higher, and one placed second in heavyweight division!

There was NO mention of the smaller schools. HPA was there. Pahoa was there. There are more schools on this island than just Hilo, Kealakehe and Kamehameha. As a Big Island community, it would be most appropriate and appreciated if more than just “the big three” were mentioned.

The article reads like it was a tournament only for the bigger schools. Statistically, Honokaa placed 83 percent of their wrestlers into positions where they will be going to state. Is that not an interesting enough fact to publish?

Please focus on ALL our island schools and teams. Not just the ones with enough kids to fill an airplane. Maybe even post the results so parents can see their kids’ names published in the paper? I know it’s a lot of names, but this tournament only happens once a year.

Becky Holt

Waimea

Rude guards

Recently, I went to pick up friends who got off the ship to visit Hilo, and when I approached the gateway at the pier, the security guard was very abrupt and not friendly. Where is the aloha spirit?

After showing my ID, as I was ordered to do, I was told (in a very rough and abrupt voice) that I cannot stay in the area, but I can go to see if they are waiting. Where is the aloha spirit?

Then, I saw my friends at the pickup place where I was guided to, and another security guard … was so rude in front of my friends and said park “over there,” and as I did, I was yelled at again to move the car and to park behind the tour van. And as I loaded my friends into the car — one of my friends is handicapped, so she had a walker, so we had to put it into the trunk of the car — I was yelled at again to move the car. Wow, where is the aloha spirit?

Whatever company we hire to do this job, remind them that they all need to speak with aloha. And sorry to say, these workers are of our own kind and have no sense of the aloha spirit, and yet, we say that we are the land of aloha. My friends from the mainland were appalled to hear how they yelled constantly in anger.

My goodness … it takes more muscles in your face to be angry than to smile.

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Audrey Kagawa

Hilo

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