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Thursday, May 18, 2000

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Media's bias against GOP is showing

If there's one thing more "reluctant" and "lukewarm" than the McCain endorsement of Bush, it's the liberal media's coverage of it.

At least it was an endorsement, and McCain did say he'd campaign vigorously for "W" although he doesn't want to be vice president (who would?). McCain also said he'd be very interested in some appointed position in the Bush administration.

Hey, here's an idea: Why doesn't the press opine about the fact that Bill Bradley has not, and probably will not, endorse or campaign for Al Gore?

Bob Tassie
Kailua

Fireworks explosion could happen here, too

Regarding the deadly explosion from the fireworks storage fire in the Netherlands last week -- the same thing could happen here.

With the announcements of new laws limiting the use of fireworks, some people might be obtaining illegal supplies and storing them away now.

This is a totally unsafe practice. It's unenforceable, too, but does anybody care?

Al Streck


Quotables

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"You can't do it forever. I'm not going to do it on crutches...I know my wife (Dorothy) is relieved."

Les Murakami
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII BASEBALL COACH SINCE 1971
Announcing that next season will be his last as head coach


"My interest is to save the Star-Bulletin. Frankly, I don't know if I can do it. (But) once a newspaperman, always a newspaperman."

Mike McKenna
PRESIDENT OF A HAWAII CAR DEALERSHIP AND MEMBER OF A LOCAL INVESTOR GROUP THAT HAS EXPRESSED INTEREST IN BUYING THE HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN
On his desire to keep the Star-Bulletin in business and his background working for newspapers and wire services in the 1950s and 1960s


Uyesugi's guilt was improper poll question

How sad to see that your newspaper has sunk to the lowest levels of yellow journalism (Star-Bulletin, May 15). Taking a poll about whether defendant Byran Uyesugi is guilty of the murders of his Xerox co-workers -- while his trial is ongoing -- is akin to forming a lynch mob.

No matter what our feelings are about a given case, the principles of justice must be preserved. The rule of presumed innocence cannot be discarded no matter how overwhelming we think the evidence may be.

This is why even those accused of large-scale crimes against humanity need to have justice in a court of law, not a vote in a telephone survey. Perhaps it is time we consider adopting the British model of severely limiting what the press may print regarding ongoing trials.

Steve Katz
Kailua

UH diploma is losing its value

Mother's Day was also graduation day at the University of Hawaii. It was a great tribute to the mothers who graduated during the spring semester after much personal sacrifice and hardship.

But what will become of the children of those mothers when they are admitted to the intellectual center of the Hawaii archipelago? Will they have the opportunities to learn and grow at the same university?

The officialdom of state government is watering down the value of a UH education. Too many corners are being cut. UH has sustained 10 years of budget downsizing. And the UH's stature in the higher education community has fallen dramatically.

Soon, a UH diploma won't be worth the paper it is printed on.

Mike G.H. Chun
Seattle

Board is as culpable as museum director

After reading and then re-reading with abject amazement about how the Bishop Museum board "questions museum policies," one has to wonder where exactly the members of the board have been for the past 14 years.

Seriously, the museum's board members are just as culpable, if not more so, than museum director Donald Duckworth and his senior staff for actions executed over the years. These "mistakes" have been well-documented in the media for a decade.

One question that has remained unasked in the controversy surrounding the most recent "loaned artifacts" is this: Where are the ka'ai? Were they perhaps "mistakenly loaned" out, too? Since the disappearance of the ka'ai was clearly a theft, are the police investigating this possibility?

Incompetence of this magnitude by those in charge of important cultural collections is rarely seen. Thank goodness for that.

David B. Chaffee



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