Maui Mayor Alan M. Arakawa

BY MAUI MAYOR ALAN ARAKAWA –This letter is in response to recent comments disparaging U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye.

Maui Mayor Alan M. Arakawa

For anyone to say that a man like Senator Inouye is out of touch, only proves that it is they who are completely out of touch with reality.

In Maui County Senator Inouye has supported the high tech industry by funding the Maui High Performance Computing Center, expanded educational efforts at the University of Hawaii Maui College, helped push for a $300 million Advanced Technology Solar Telescope on Haleakala, protected our natural resources at the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge and pushed for clean energy through federal grants.

Senator Inouye is a man to be respected and honored, and does not deserve being the brunt of political posturing just so someone can make their point during a televised debate.

To do so belittles not just Senator Inouye but everyone this man has ever helped. I would have hoped that our elected officials and former elected officials knew better.