"Why the state needs Lingle" (Today's Editorial, Aug. 19) was such fool's gold of an editorial.
To describe Linda Lingle as "independent" and "forthright, Lingle actually tells people what's she's thinking" does not square with my recollection of the past or portent of the future.
Anyone who has followed her career on Maui remembers the Hula Bowl and Superferry fiascos she foisted on an unsuspecting electorate, wasting taxpayer dollars because of her failure to get public support for these projects in advance.
Her campaign promises to overhaul public education throughout the state by enhancing teachers' professional status and financial support while decentralizing policymaking by breaking the hold of the bloated Department of Education bureaucracy and forming county districts went unfulfilled, again because of her failure to lay the proper groundwork. Democratic legislators were not opposed to these principles, for the most part, and the teachers were all in favor. But lest we forget, none of these valid objectives were carried to fruition.
In her current campaign for the U.S. Senate seat now held by a Democrat, she is being heavily financed by super PAC money directed by Karl Rove and Grover Norquist. If she were to actually win this race, do you really believe she could act independently of these power brokers out to ruin President Barack Obama?