I am a writer. I was Woman’s Page Editor of the Pali Press-a small town weekly on the windward side of Oahu-and wrote a column for the Honolulu Star Bulletin Advertiser when, years ago, the Sunday paper was a joint venture. I was a featured writer with Herb Caen and the Dulaneys.
I’m also an actress. Worked with the only professional group in Honolulu, the Magic Ring Theater, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki.
That was a long long time ago in a galaxy far far away.
I’ve been a political activist-list far to the left, a Peacenik, an Obama fan, and a rabid letter to the Editor writer since I arrived on Kauai some forty years ago. Also, I have been an out -of- the- closet non-believer long before it became popular
.I discovered the ‘discussion’ group at the Garden Island last year just about this time. I’d written a letter to the Skeptical Inquirer- Volume 28, No. 2. March/April 2004- which had been published there and then published at TGI as a guest column. I will publish it again on its first anniversary. I’m very proud of this letter. I think I described the Zeitgeist as well as any writer on this planet. The Skeptical Inquirer used two words of that descriptive phrase-Turmoil and Tensions-on its cover. I will use them all.
Anyway I came into the discussion group with high hopes and a sense of new beginning. A blog, I thought, was kind of essay/column/letter that could talk back. My intent was not to turn it into a religious war zone, but what I met on this line-those who would talk back- were some of the most hateful, nasty, stupid and childish voices I’d ever met in my life. Anywhere.
The group was owned, controlled, and bullied by a far right-wing militant/murderous religious gang who scared the pants off any reasoning mind who dared to enter their raging stormy waters. Why bother? And then Hawaii found itself involved in one of the most frightful political battles it has ever been my misfortune to be involved or participate in.
An absolute horror of a man, Ed Silvoso, the leader of a group of off-the-wall fundamentalists who viciously proclaimed that homosexuals were vermin and should be exterminated, as should anyone who did not believe as his Kingdom of Dumbers believed. Then Ed made his secret known. He ‘owned’ both the Republican and the Democratic candidates for governor, and so, crowed this vile creature, no matter who won, he won…
…Hawaii, under the leadership of his holy puppets, would be the first christian state in the union.
That was all it took. I fought back. I didn’t bail. I was verbally beaten, battered, bruised, threatened, maligned and libeled by these religious thugs but I stuck. I have a poisoned pen, which I used like a magic wand in the hands of an apprentice. I was told, sweetly by many, that it was rude to speak badly of any religious group. I was told by others, not so sweetly, to go to hell. I was told a lot of things.
This is all history, dear reader, I don’t think you can get behind the scenes in this battle royal and read the posts, but it may explain to you how I got here. And I’ll stay here. For the record, I chased Ed Silvoso out with a stick. We had a fair election, a true Democrat vs.a true Republican, and the good guys won.
No wonder ‘they’ used to burn witches.
But for a laugh, and a taste of my neat sense of humor, please check out my new book The Scam by Bettejo Dux on Amazon. A madcap romp through North ?shore Kauai in the 60’s. “Lots of laughs and larcenous, licentious, and litigious characters. A delight for the mind and a tickle for the funny bone. Entertaining and improbably possible.” So says a delighted reader.