More commuters should try carpooling
Traveling Ewa-bound on Beretania Street after a long day at work, it took more than 30 minutes to drive from McCully Street to Ward Avenue. I try to ease the traffic problem by carpooling. Unfortunately, I noticed that every car around me was occupied by only its driver.
Carpooling is a concept that would make traffic on Oahu more tolerable.
Schiavo's death still hurts 1 year later
March 31 will be the anniversary of Terri Schiavo's death. Not a day passes I don't think about Terri and feel sick to my stomach about all the different issues and all the lies that still float around to this day. It disturbs me that people think about it in terms of politicians using her death for political gain. It bothers me that people are more upset about the government interfering than a disabled woman being starved to death. It bothers me that people don't have a complete picture of all the wrongdoings in the case. It infuriates me to see the judge who ordered her feeding tube removed and Michael Schiavo recognized with awards, thus having their actions appear laudable and legitimate.
I feel terrible that I haven't taken more action by writing letters and blogging. When it has come up in conversations, people often step back when I tell them it was more of a watershed moment for me than 9/11. There may never be a satisfactory end to the Terri Schiavo story in my eyes, but as long as I can type and speak there will be no end to the story.
'Love story' just more liberal propaganda
It's no surprise that the Hollywood liberal establishment hates conservative right-wing Christians and President Bush, but I admit I was taken aback when "Brokeback Mountain," Hollywood's latest attempt to push the homosexual agenda on America, was nominated for best picture of the year and several other top awards.
Hollywood is telling us the film is a "beautiful love story." But the fact is, "Brokeback Mountain" is homosexual propaganda. They have taken one of the strongest symbols of the American male -- the cowboy -- and turned it into a platform for mainstream homosexuality.
Nothing is wrong with a man loving another man or a woman loving another woman, but a sexual expression of that love is strictly prohibited in holy scriptures. Scriptures teach that "God is love." But that teaching cannot be twisted to support behavior that contradicts other verses that establish God's boundaries for emotional and sexual intimacy.
This is one big reason why we must elect a conservative Republican for Rep. Ed Case's vacant House position to counter the Democratic Party left-wing liberal beliefs.
Melvin Partido Sr.
Security rules cannot allow for flexibility
In the security field, there are ironclad rules that cannot be violated. I worked for U.S. intelligence in the past and know from experience, as a college teacher, that certain intelligence agencies cannot and will not hire foreign nationals or naturalized citizens for certain jobs. This makes it difficult to find language talent for some positions, but understandably they cannot waive the rules.
Even at the local level, the security director of a building cannot bend the rules to benefit his friends. Lend out a key that gets "lost" and you have to re-key the entire building.
I can in no way understand how we can do so when it comes to our port security. It is a harsh but necessary kind of common sense that allows for no exceptions.
Bush is letting foxes guard the henhouse
Would you put an arsonist in charge of the fire department, a kleptomaniac in charge of store security or let a fox guard the chickens?
President Bush wants to allow a middle-eastern country, the United Arab Emirates, to manage major U.S. sea ports. I guess when you consider that the Bush family was doing business with the bin Laden family in 1979 it makes sense.
Two of the 9/11 hijackers were from the United Arab Emirates, and that country was used to ship weapons aiding our enemies. Maybe Bush figures since he hasn't kept the Mexican border secure, why bother with sea ports?
If you are tired of the incompetence, profiteering and malfeasance from the Republican Party, contact your congressional representatives and demand that they take action.