|"Time for a sabbatical, a rest from writing opinion articles for the local paper. Time to go on a fishing sojourn, for how long, nobody knows..?"|
It seems many people no matter what I say in an opinion article (LTE) will take it out of context and go on and on and on in the comments section spewing non-truths. I know how President Obama must feel with so many nut cases accusing him of being a closet Muslim and not being a US citizen. Although I am not a politician, I am criticized as one since I have had over 300 opinion articles published in the last five years alone. I guess I get the benefit of being a politician without being elected. I really don't enjoy it, although many have told me I bring it on myself by submitting so many opinion articles, which in reality is the truth.
I wrote an opinion article last March about food trucks and the prices being high and portions small. I went on to say, I believe the trucks could improve their business by lowering their prices and relying on volume sales. Many interpreted my article as I was saying do not support food trucks, when in essence I was trying to coach the food trucks into doing more business.
Another example, I said Obama made a mistake in support of gay marriage, I went on to say I still support Obama but don't believe the majority of voters will. This had a rash of commenter's believing I was homophobic and against anything gay.
They say familiarity breeds contempt. Therefore for the time being, I have decided to take a much needed rest from my prolific letter writing.
Remember, rain, sleet, vog and fog, the blog must go on! ;D)
For those who approach me on the street and enjoy my articles, mahalo. For those who don't enjoy my rest...
added note, an opinion article of mine appeared on 06-17-12 in the Kaua'i Garden Island News "Let's hear it for the professional hand wavers"
This article was submitted on 06-02-12. I had no idea they would sit on a story for two weeks. Usually articles are published around the time you submit them....
Special note, (Vog looks like fog but is a sulphur compound put off by the Hawaiian volcanoes on a frequent basis.)
Michael Herr dakinetalks regular Aloha Friday contributor is on vacation and will hopefully resume his awesome weekly column upon his return...