Your Views for September 1

Why do they run?

We read the Tribune-Herald every day. As we scan the pages, we often see the “missing children” articles. We know you do, too.

And we wonder and ask, “Why do they run?”

Too many of us grew up in broken homes with anger, abuse, addictions, step-parents, or divorced or single parents. Some of us learned to “deal” with it. Others hid it, and many run away — to drugs, to gangs, to bad decisions and unhealthy lifestyles — and at 12, 14 or younger they are on the streets, looking for someone to care, to love them, to protect them. Isn’t that our job?

We frequently see and hear it ourselves: a couple fighting in public, pushing, cussing, or a parent belittling their children, screaming at them, “Get the f—- out of my sight,” and we wonder, why do they run away?

Some of us stop and ask if we can help her “get away,” or if that small boy is crying, if we can call someone. But there is no one to call, so they run.

When we read these stories, they stay stuck in our heads and hearts, often unconsciously, until hopefully a few days or weeks go by and we read “missing child found,” and it has been two months since they left.

Where have they been? And why did they run?

Kaiana Haili


Save the pool

My friend and I have become recently acquainted with the pool at the YWCA in Hilo. Due to an injury, I have been taking the water aerobics classes. We were shocked to find out that the pool would be closed at the end of August due to lack of funds.

The pool at the Y has the warmest water in Hilo, and it is the ONLY pool that uses salt instead of chlorine for purification. But beyond that, it is a community center for children and families, and is a place for swimming and water aerobics for “ladies of a certain age.”

We have talked to the women who we meet there, and some of them have been coming for years and take classes two or three times a day. One woman has been coming for 15 years, and it is the only way she can get out of the house since her surgery. It is not only a source of exercise for her, but also an opportunity to see people and get out into the community.

I have heard that $75,000 would keep it open for another year. I am wondering if there aren’t those in the community who are concerned and able to contribute to keep this valuable resource available for our keiki and families. Or maybe someone has an idea of how we can keep the pool open. It would be a huge waste to lose this valuable community resource!

Terri Dawson


Marriage equality

The State of Hawaii is behind the times in not approving “marriage equality” legislation. While some call for putting this issue on the ballot so that the people can speak up to preserve biblical values, this last argument is contrary to the Constitution of the United States.

The very first amendment to the Constitution calls for “no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” which to me means that one is free to not believe in marriage equality if that is your interpretation of the Bible, but any such belief should not be binding on me if I think differently.

Marriage equality is a matter of civil rights, and civil rights should never be subject to ballot approval. If a state voted today to prevent women from voting or people of different races from marrying, that may be a technically “democratic” action, but it would not be constitutionally correct.

The core strength of our Constitution is the protection of the freedom and rights of a minority against the tyranny of a majority.

Gary Kitahata


Regarding Syria

To war, or not to war? That is the life-threatening question.

War is inevitable. But let’s be one of the “evitables,” stay home and act like a good boy.

No one nation can be the watchdog for the entire world!

Let’s stay in the sidelines, watch others settle their own squabbles, and save our own necks (and improve our economy, too).

T. Ono



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