Think About It: Writing Wrongs

March 29, 2012

Think About It: Writing Wrongs

In the March issue of Honolulu magazine, there is a nice tribute to the late, great writer John Heckathorn, who tragically and suddenly passed away three months ago. Heckathorn was a character, and I mean that in the finest way. He was also a connoisseur of food who could make your mouth water by just reading his stories about delicious discoveries. But he was also a provocative author on just about any subject area he dabbled in.

The Honolulu magazine piece this month offered us pupus from John- bits and paragraphs from many great articles that Heckathorn wrote. One piece really struck home for me. In a 2003 article, he mentioned that he had now interviewed three Hawaii governors, going back to 1987, and he mentioned, in 2003, that while talking to each interviewee/governor over the years, he (quote) "… was struck by how similar many of the themes were. The economy. The failings of the public schools. The inefficiency of state government. The need to settle the ceded lands questions and find justice for Hawaiians." (unquote)

And here we are in 2012, fully nine years after his last governor chat and 25-years since John's first gubernatorial interview and gosh darn, it sure seems like those same topics and issues are, as yet, unresolved in just about every area: the economy, public schools, state government, justice for Hawaiians, land issues.  While the leaders have changed over the years, the vicious syndrome of stasis remains here in far too many areas. John Heckathorn was a clever, upbeat, worldly writer who didn't get to see these issues resolved. Will we? Think about it…

 

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