Your Views for October 16


Chavez no hero

I spent 30 years in the U.S. Navy. My initial intention was to get in, get training and get out. I did.

A few years later, I went back for several reasons. One was I felt I owed this country a debt. I am a third-generation American, and I felt I owed the country.

Those like Mr. Danny H.C. Li (Tribune-Herald, Your Views) — who advocate what wonders Hugo Chavez has done and feel that the current socialistic leanings of the current administration and the Senate are good for America — should move to Venezuela and take Obama and the Senate with them. As to Mazie Hirono, she is probably the worst representative Hawaii has ever had.

She has missed a lot of votes, and she feels she is entitled to the Senate because Sen. Dan Inouye likes her, as she is compliant.

Lastly, if you like Obamacare, will you like all the taxes that are hidden in it? I guess Joe Biden had it right. It is a big … deal.

Kevin Bradley

Hawaiian Paradise Park

Praise for sculpture

Hooray for the new sculpture, called Makalii, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo campus. It is a robust, event-filled piece that you could look at for years and still find new associations and relationships. It is a powerful piece that does not have a cheap line in it.

It is a little overwhelming at first, and truly my own sculpture at this time reaches for simplicity, but I am not blind to its glory. I have seen it by day and by night, and it rocks both ways.

Did the artist get rich at Hilo’s expense? Not at all. The expense of the materials, fabrication, assembly, disassembly, transport, insurance and reassembly ate up the bulk of the price.

Realize that the state is estimating the cost of simply removing that large yellow tub from the coast in Ka‘u at $100,000. Besides, the money for Makalii was set aside in an account used to fund art for public buildings.

The piece could not have been made in these islands. It took a major steel fabrication plant to make many of the components. The materials are massive and yet finely shaped.

It is a joy. It is an inspiration. It matters. We are lucky to have it.

Stephen Lang

Kapoho

 

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