Nuclear power could solve energy problems
I favor nuclear power development on Oahu. We have had nuclear energy for about 50 years; in that time there have been only two notable accidents, Three Mile Island and Chernobyl. Look at the flawless performance of our nuclear Navy.
Oahu's electricity is generated at plants powered by oil. With nuclear power, our electricity rates would be cheaper.
Let's bring back the old UH Rainbows
How to increase University of Hawaii football game attendance: Fire Coach June Jones and bring back the Rainbows. Dick Tomey, the winningest coach in UH history, did so with the Rainbows. The stadium will be packed.
Robert S. Anderson
and Wailuku, Maui
Foster care research should be heeded
Imagine taking your child to the doctor because she has an infection in her leg. The doctor says, "The medical research is overwhelming -- the best approach is to give her this antibiotic, which will cure the infection. But I have strong convictions about what works and what doesn't work in medicine, and I don't base my decisions on research. So I say we amputate your child's leg." Odds are you'd grab your child and run to another doctor.
But while we can choose our doctors, children trapped in foster care can't choose their caseworkers. So pity those at the mercy of Grace Gabat ("Gathering Place," Oct. 25). She declares that she bases her decisions on her "strong convictions about what works and does not work for our children in foster care" -- in other words, her prejudices -- and doesn't care about mere research on kinship care. So she prefers "amputating" children from their extended families. That should scare anyone concerned about children because the research Gabat ignores shows not only that kinship placements are better for children, they're also, on average, safer than what should best be called "stranger care."
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform
Paper overemphasized story about Fox
Your front-page afternoon edition story Tuesday
about Sen. Galen Fox's resignation was way overblown. The size of the picture and headline would be appropriate if he had walked on the moon and was convicted of committing sexual battery against a moon bunny. Get a grip!
Why not put the elegant article about Kinau Boyd Kamalii's passing (Nov. 2) on the front page? I am not impressed with your paper.
Barbara L. Guss
Bush and Cheney should resign, too
Take to the streets, my fellow Americans, and demand that this president and vice president follow the lead of Lewis "Scooter" Libby and resign!
It was already abundantly clear before the Libby indictment was issued that this administration subverted democracy by interjecting lies into the pre-Iraq war debate. Now, some 2,000 Americans are dead, along with thousands of innocents. The scars on those left behind and on our nation's honor will last for whole lifetimes and into future generations.
People need a better plan for Kakaako
The recommended plan for the Kakaako waterfront property by the Hawaiian Community Development Authority is extremely short-sighted and narrowly restricted to a privileged group of our citizens. At the Oct. 25 Ala Moana/ Makiki/Kakaako Neighborhood Board meeting, the plan met unanimous disapproval from those who attended. No one stood up in favor of the HCDA plan. In its current form this plan is an affront to the ordinary people of Hawaii. This last waterfront property should be developed for the enjoyment of everyone in Hawaii. There is a great need for more open and easily accessible spaces within the city of Honolulu. The existing city parks are rapidly becoming crowded and overused, and plans must be made now to meet our future population expansion and needs.
I urge everyone to voice your disapproval of the HCDA's recommended plan to your City Council member, the mayor, your legislator and the governor. I am confident that a more innovative and creative plan can be formed by our talented citizens. Let such an opportunity be provided.
Philip C. Loh