Your Views for March 14

Please save Love’s

I’m a great-granddaughter of Robert and Fanny Love. My mother, Marian Love Williams, is the last surviving grandchild of Robert and Fanny Love.

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We heard the news of Love’s Bakery closing and were shocked. We immediately tried to contact Love’s to see how we could save the bakery. We’ve been unsuccessful getting through to the decision-makers, the board of directors.

It’s beyond my comprehension why Love’s board of directors wouldn’t be interested in discussing the possibility of keeping the bakery viable.

Did they try to sell it? Did they look for investors? Did they file Chapter 11 and try to reorganize? Why does it appear they haven’t fought to keep this long-standing company going? Is it just easier to close the doors and put 231-plus people out of work?

My family successfully operated the business for 117 years. It’s our history, our legacy, and a testament to the courage, perseverance and hard work of my great-grandparents and their employees.

In that Love’s is currently employee-owned, if they aren’t interested in owning the bakery anymore, then sell it.

Why should people lose their jobs? Why is an almost 170-year-old business being kicked to the curb? Why doesn’t Love’s board of directors want to consider speaking with someone interested in preserving Love’s Bakery?

We are Robert and Fanny Love’s descendants. What if we are able to keep Love’s Bakery alive? Shouldn’t we at least be given the chance to talk about it? Why are they giving up? Doesn’t anybody want to fight for Love’s survival?

I imagine there’s nothing the newspaper can do. I just need Hawaii to know that the descendants of Robert Love Sr., the founder of Love’s Bakery, and Robert Jr. and Fanny Love, the strength behind Love’s Bakery, haven’t given up on them.

This feels like a death to our family. We are grieving the loss. Our hearts go out to the hundreds losing their jobs.

If only we’d been given a chance to possibly change this.

Debbie Williams

Kailua, Oahu

A ‘special gift’

How do we decipher the meaning that exists in the world we are part of making?

In that we are gifted with a heart and a mind, that meaning will be articulated with the technique we define as abstraction. The Lili‘uokalani park itself is a cultural expression of a people’s effort to creatively articulate that meaning.

This sculpture (Tribune-Herald, March 8) pushes forward, uniting our most basic activity of feeding ourselves with an understanding of how that activity connects us to the universe.

The sculptor uses his creative ability to design a poetic representation of the world as it is, abstracting the image of the fisher to provoke a more complete statement of our authentic relationship to each other and the world.

First impressions are always followed by deeper musings. I’m enthralled by the chops of this artist and his practiced perspective that anchors me to this wonderful community.

Thank you, Hilo, for continuing to build on this special gift our ancestors trust us with.

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Stephen Paulmier

Hilo

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