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An Ugly Battle on Molokai

The battle between the small group of activists and the Molokai Ranch is ugly on both sides and is hard to ignore. There are ugly signs on fence posts everywhere spreading hatred in every direction. The Molokai Dispatch is nothing more than a political arm of the activists filling the pages with hatred and discord. No one is trying to solve the problems or come up with a realistic plan for the island.

My experience talking to other Hawaiians – from other islands – is that they think the people of Molokai are a crazy group – lazy and living off the funds supplied by the rest of the state.

“CaptainMolokai,” posted on

“Hostile Isolationism and Racist Attitudes“

The author of the article “Optimism Despite Tough Times on Molokai” (March 2009) is too kind and not at all realistic. In my view from 37 years of experience being a resident and then having to move away because of no jobs, the prevailing attitude of the people on Molokai is one of hostile isolationism overtly laced with racist attitudes.

“Don't let the (expletive) haoles come in and steal our ‘aina!” describes typical attitudes of those wishing to keep the island pristine from the outside world at the cost of stunting its economic development and future. As a result, residents have to poach and steal resources from the very land (still owned by Molokai Ranch) they protest to protect. They justify this blatant trepass with excuses like, “We’re Hawaiian and it’s our ancestor’s land,” or “Nobody going care, da ranch stay out of business anyways.”

With no incentive for industries to enter and combative attitudes all around, troublemakers/“activists” like Walter Ritte might very well get to be just like the characters on “Lost”: An island all to themselves and nowhere to go. Which is precisely what they really wanted all along.

Thomas Anderson, posted on

Help for Busy Parents

I wanted to thank you for the article about the Keiki Sitter Web site (March 2009). As a single working mother of two young boys, it has been a struggle for me to juggle my work life and my home life.


All of my family is on the Neighbor Islands so I do not have the luxury of the ohana to help me like most of my colleagues. I appreciate the information about this Web site! Having access to this pool of sitters all in one location is helping to make juggling all my responsibilities a lot less stressful.

Jonelle Rezantes, sent via e-mail



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