Letters to the Editor
PEOPLE DON'T WANT STREETS BROKEN UP
Why is our mayor so much in favor of tearing up our roads to put in rail transit?
Back a very long time ago —about 1928 — we had street cars that ran on rails. The biggest complaint back then was that cars had very skinny tires that would get stuck in the tracks. Then came the electric trolley buses, which were the best we ever had. Then came the diesel buses and the smell of burnt diesel. Newer diesel buses replaced the older ones with no more smell. So why tear up the streets to put rail back into use?
Mufi, wake up and see what the people want: more on-time buses.Curtis Rodrigues
LET THE FACTS SHOW: GMOS ARE A BLESSING
Recently, a letter writer questioned the lack of data to verify the many false claims of harm from GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
Every week we are being bombarded by the anti-GMOs and their constant campaign of fear against biotech crops without justification or scientific data to back up their fear campaign.
In defense of biotechnology, one has to consider the following research and findings on the safety of biotech crops:
At the same time, Hawai'i's important native and endangered plant species have not been impacted negatively by the biotech crops grown here. In fact, biotech has been credited with saving the papaya industry in our state, after papaya ring spot virus decreased production by nearly 40 percent and threatened to destroy the industry.
I rest my case.Don Gerbig
CAMPAIGN SEASON BRINGS OUT THE WORST
As we approach another campaign season, I've already noticed candidates out on our streets sign-waving to the motorists.
I dread this time of the year, mainly because many of us have to endure the thousands of campaign signs that pop up on private property. This should be outlawed. It's polluting our environment. Why is this not banned, similar to billboards?
Private businesses are prohibited from posting signs in people's front yard; how does this differ? I guess it's these elected officials who make the law convenient for them.
Also, we should regulate these sign-wavers on our streets. We already have enough distracted motorists, especially when it gets closer to election day when there are hundreds of supporters lining the streets. We're looking at a major accident that may result in many injuries or death.Brian Matsusaka
PUBLIC SCHOOLS FACE FAR MORE PROBLEMS
In response to Jonathan Hunter's June 26 letter: Teacher's pay is only the tip of the iceberg on the problems faced by public schools.
There are countless headaches caused by the No Child Left Behind requirements and other endemic problems of the public-school system, such as substandard facilities and violations of the teachers' contract.
Private schools usually have the option of getting rid of problematic students, which is not the case in public schools. A public-school teacher must deal with many more requirements and potential problems than most private-school teachers.
The adage of "We don't get paid enough for this" always comes up. So, Mr. Jonathan Hunter, why don't you try working in the public-school system for a while and see if you can maintain the same attitude as your letter?Vincent Eblacas
HOMELESS SITUATION CRIES FOR SOVEREIGNTY
I would like to inform Jude Waterman (Letters, "Statehood," June 28) and Stephen Aghjayan ("Secession," June 28) on the political status of Hawai'i vis-a-vis the U.S.
On Nov. 23, 1993, President Clinton signed U.S. Public Law 103-150, admitting the role of the United States in the illegal overthrow of the kingdom of Hawai'i and that Hawai'i never gave up its sovereignty. Hawai'i is therefore illegally gotten gains or "stolen goods." How long must one keep stolen goods in one's possession before one has legal ownership?
The current housing/homeless situation in Hawai'i where gated communities and large, luxurious houses are being built on prime land for people not here while thousands of Hawai'i people are priced out of the market cries for restoration of sovereignty and land and immigrant control.
As David Malo wrote in 1837 regarding the fate of the Hawaiian people, "If a big wave comes in, large and unfamiliar fishes will come in from the dark ocean, and when they see the small fishes from the shallows, they will eat them up."Mervyn H. Chang
GRAFFITI IN THE MAKING
The computer simulations of the proposed rail system in the June 23 paper were fascinating, but the computer forgot to put graffiti on the posts of the rail structures. Those white pillars are just asking to be tagged. I hope the city has enough paint to cover it up.Lance Yamasaki