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* In this letter, the writer makes some valid points as well:

'Straight talk' won't give us truth about the overthrow

I have always admired and respected Sen. John McCain. His strong individualism, history and honesty have been admirable traits, much coveted by the majority of Americans and non-Americans throughout the world.

So you can imagine my disappointment and shock at his frivolous use of innuendo and subterfuge in claiming that statehood was allowed only after Hawaiians agreed to forgo any attempt to be recognized as indigenous, native Indians.

Hawaiians are not Indians and, with all due respect to our fellow native people, have no desire to be anything that we are not already. We are Native Hawaiians!

James Kuroiwa Jr., Hawai'i political director for Sen. McCain's 2000 campaign, refers to "straight talk" in his Jan. 14 letter. It is obvious that there is a difference in the definition of "straight talk" between Hawaiians and Kuroiwa.

Kuroiwa states, with emphasis, that beginning today, the people of Hawai'i will be given "straight talk" on the truth that affects all of us in the Islands. Does he mean that finally there will be an effort to raise the profile on why the United States apologized to the Hawaiian people in 1993 for the illegal overthrow of the sovereign and independent Hawaiian kingdom in 1893? Or does "straight talk" mean that we turn our heads and pretend that it never happened?

Kuroiwa further states (his words), "We will have discussions to understand the truth leading to the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy ... " Really! For 112 years, Hawaiians have been attempting to expose the truth about the dastardly act and blatant theft of the Hawaiian nation by the United States for its own political and military gain.

Moreover, Kuroiwa's despicable falsehood stating that the United States forgave a large debt owed it by the monarchy in exchange for ceded lands is totally unsubstantiated in the annals of history.

The Hawaiian people eagerly await the promise of dialogue between Sen. McCain and McCain spokesman Kuroiwa.

Spin all you want, Mr. Kuroiwa; ultimately you will come to know the truth.

Rod Ferreira
Kamuela, Hawai'i

Seen at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/current/op/letters

Cross-posted to hawaiians


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