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August 7, 2017

Think About It: Redemption in Humanity

Two weeks ago, someone in a Kalihi apartment buildinglaundry area allegedly stole a wheelchair from a gentleman with spina bifida.Really? Does it get any lower than this on the human ethics scale? Can you sinkbelow pond scum? Because if, in fact, someone thought that stealing awheelchair was a good way to pick up some quick cash, go for a ride, or give itto someone else, they might be close to being in the "beyond redemption"category.

The gentleman whose vehicle was absconded uses hiswheelchair to get to the bus, which he then rides to Waikiki where he performsmagic tricks to help support his family. His mother says that sometimes, heeven rolls all the way from Kalihi to Waikiki- that's over four grueling miles.Without a wheelchair, it took him an hour with his crutches and rest stops toget to the bus, normally a 10-minute wheelchair ride. If you have anyinformation about the theft, please call State Representative John Mizuno'soffice at 586-6050.

Simply returning the stolen chair would've been a kind andrighteous act, with no questions asked by the owner or the legislator. But inthe meantime, Bill van den Hurk at Aloha Kia and Howard Higa at The CAB cametogether late last week to replace the wheelchair and the new chair has alreadybeen delivered. And a private citizen donated an electric wheelchair for homeusage. More than 40 people came forward to donate, some of whom had asignificant others who used chairs and then passed away. Now others in needwill get to use these suddenly available wheelchairs- a movement that sprangfrom a stupid theft and misfortune. That's humanity here, folks, some real quality people, and theoccasional bad egg. Kudos to the heroes, who helped perform magic here. Thinkabout it…

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