We were relieved to read yesterday that Willie Nelson was released from a hospital in Colorado after having breathing problems "due to the high altitude and emphysema."
According to a report from USA Today, the 79-year-old Nelson had to cancel an appearance at a fundraiser in Castle Pines on Saturday night due to the illness.
The part-time Maui resident is scheduled to appear tonight at the House of Blues in Dallas and reports say that show will go on.
As we wrote in an editorial here in August 2010 about an interview Nelson gave to Larry King of CNN, "He is a patriot of the first order. . . . He regularly performs for troops and for wounded veterans.
"The King show touched on Willie's efforts to be at the forefront of an energy revolution - substituting vegetable oil for petroleum. His biodiesel support is well known here on Maui.
"Most of all, he came across as a kind-hearted man who wants to help others and his country. And, even though we know we've said this previously here, he's a great leader and a great face to the world for Maui.
"Others may think of Willie Nelson as a Texan, but he's also a valuable member of the Maui community."
Our only hope is that we all get to enjoy this national - and Maui - treasure for many more years to come.
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