OPEN LETTER TO John Fielding, AltRes Director of Risk Management. AltRes manages some 30,000 employees and numerous companies in the State of Hawai’i.
Aloha Mr. Fielding,
I followed what my husband wrote yesterday. He shared your comments with me today. You and I both have something in common. From my understanding we both are of the Catholic faith. I’m a graduate of St. Piux X in Albuquerque, NM.
The school motto is teach me goodness, knowledge and discipline. I’ve tried to practice that motto the majority of my life.
I work in an office here in Honolulu. We pride ourselves in our customer service. If you ever come to our business, I hope it’s the best experience you ever have. We do our very best to ensure you get great quality care, that we treat you with respect, and meet all of your needs.
I got home last night. Frankly, I was tired. It had been a long week. We worked hard. Typically on Friday evening, I sit down to enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy a sunset. I look forward to catching up with my husband after a busy week. We can see the Hilton fireworks. We enjoy some quiet time together.
I practice discipline. I do not drink alcohol during the week, as I don’t sleep as well. I’m dedicated to my job and to provide exceptional service. I need to sleep and eat well to be at my very best.
In the original article on this topic, you equated people who use alcohol and medical cannabis as having a vice. I beg to differ, Mr. Fielding. Vice means having “an immoral or wicked personal characteristic.”
As a Catholic, I don’t see your statement as goodness or as knowledgable.
Fielding said 5% to 10% more workers are trying to use their medical marijuana certification cards every year to justify failed drug tests. Lawmakers this year scrapped a bill that would’ve provided employment protections for cannabis patients by banning employers from taking action against a cardholder who tests positive for pot.
“This is another vice, just like alcohol.”
John Fielding, AltRes Director of Risk Management [source]
I also don’t believe you have much knowledge about my husband or the other 26,000+ medical cannabis patients who are legally registered on this island and in our state. You see my husband was run over by a car while on his moped. Prior to this he was already in need of hip and foot surgery.
But because of the confusion of the lawmakers and the businesses leaders in this state, he is not able to medicate with his legally prescribed pain medication. The reason he can’t take his medication is fear of losing his job or not obtaining a job because of the stigma that community leaders give to medical cannabis patients.
I believe you know he was fired by Hawaiian Electric in February. He remains unemployed and physically broken. He is also emotionally broken. He is also spiritually broken. Dr. Clifton Otto, in the same article, displays more goodness, and knowledge of the patients that choose to use medical cannabis. And that you prefer to judge people falsely — without knowledge, without goodness and without discipline.
The CEO of Hawaiian Electric, Connie Lau, is another example of a community leader who seems to have no goodness, no knowledge and no discipline about the 26,000+ medical cannabis patients who live in this state. As the head of this major corporation, she refuses to even have a conversation with my husband.
I wonder why all you community leaders show such little compassion and understanding and are so quick to judge.
Perhaps before giving interviews and speaking on topics you could find some goodness in your heart to understand it’s not just the patients you are stereotyping. It is also the families that love and support them.
When I reflect about what is Christ-like, I think about compassion. Compassionately, I think you owe an apology to my husband and the 26,000+ medical cannabis patients in this state.
I realize as an employer, you and Connie Lau have to judge, but being Christ-like, you must judge with goodness, knowledge and discipline.
Thank you for your time.
Sent: Friday, July 26, 2019 9:33 AM
To: John Fielding; Connie Lau; Senator Mike Gabbard; Senator Rosalyn Baker; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Medical Cannabis Registry Program ; Malie Medical Clinic; medicalcannabis Doh; Cure Oahu
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Aloha Friday: The Smoke of Hell
A friend sent this graphic to me. Part of the Reefer Madness propaganda from the mid-1900s. Still dominates the American psyche today. She smokes reefer. He smokes a tobacco cigarette. Isn’t that ironic? Tobacco good; cannabis is the Devil’s Harvest.
HEI CEO Constance Hee Lau, KITV Remarkable Woman, fired me for choosing Medical Cannabis over an opioid. She didn’t have the professional courtesy to tell me her company had a restriction. I begged her to test me for intoxication. She refuses. I used only at night. I take no medications at all now — due to policy confusion here. Doesn’t matter. I’m considered a reprehensible human being and illegal drug thug.
AltRes Director of Risk Management, John Fielding, considers people like me to have immoral vices and be of weak character. He likely wouldn’t hire me either. Likely none of the 26,000+ suffering people.
I met John. Even though we’re subhuman to him, I still extend him brotherly love. Hope his Boy Scout Camp went well. Says he’s a Catholic Christian. I’ve attended many churches, masjids, synagogues and temples. I simply follow the teachings of Jesus.
Connie won’t meet with me. She won’t even negotiate with me. Chairs the Consuelo foundation. Consuelo Zobel Alger believed “What matters in life is not great deeds, but great love.”
I believe Consuelo would hire me. I’m hungry, Consuelo!
“For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in; naked and you clothed me; sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to me. Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”
There’s not a Grain of Rice of Love in Hawai’i …
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