Stolen soccer money was for personal gain
I'm stumped. I'm reading the story about Tamila Alcoran's soccer woes ("Theft leaves ex-coach with regret," Star-Bulletin, Feb. 23
). Her attorney's defense was that she didn't take the $40,000 from the American Youth Soccer Organization's Kaneohe region for personal gain, but to help her family's business stay afloat. Her father had had a heart attack and Alcoran took over the family business. After she was arrested, she obtained a loan from her father to pay back the money she took from AYSO.
Well, it seems to me that the money she took was used for personal gain, as it went into the family business. That's personal to me.
Best man for UH job already has it
There seems to be a lot of public debate on the search for a president for the University of Hawaii that ranges from spending millions of dollars on professional search firms to assure us that we get the "right person," to various groups aligning themselves with political and academic opportunists and dissenters for whom any decision is the wrong decision.
We have been very lucky to have David McClain as president of the University of Hawaii for the past two critical years during which he demonstrated his abilities way beyond expectations -- particularly when compared with his predecessor.
The members of the UH Board of Regents have a golden opportunity to show that they really do care about the future of the students and faculty of the state's school of higher learning by forgetting all the pubic and political rhetoric and just do the right thing -- appoint David McClain president!
Look before you cross or enter intersection
As a child, I was taught to look both ways before crossing a street.
As an adult I was taught through driving rules to look both way before entering an intersection or making a turn. I also was taught to always give the right of way to a speeding car or a pedestrian, regardless if I have the right of way or not. Your safety always comes first.
As a resident of this wonderful state, I have learned the meaning of aloha. This includes courtesy to others, and keeping others safe as well as yourself.
We need to get back to the basics, show common courtesy to others, look both ways before you walk or drive. Show others the spirit of aloha.
We don't need flags or other methods. All we have to do is look before we act and all will be safer.
Hawaiians should prevail in court
While attending Kamehameha Schools' Ho'olaule'a, I could not help but admire the picturesque views of the city. My thoughts were of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop and her immeasurable love for her people. The foresight she envisioned for her people to prevail and be an encouragement for those in the future.
Let us take a moment and pray that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals would be in favor of the admission policies that govern Kamehameha Schools (Star-Bulletin, Feb. 23). The Hawaiian race are an indigenous people. The Hawaiian people's love and memories of their beloved princess should not be lessened by the changing of the intent of her legacy. Imua Kamehameha.
Come on over to the other side, Ed
On Dec. 31, 2002, before a congressional election, I predicted that Ed Case, "presidential" in looks and behavior, would win the seat vacated by the late Patsy Mink. The prediction came true.
Case is not beholden to any union bosses or any of the "good ol' boys" of the Democratic Party. His political records are moderate, close to the center of the political spectrum. Although he is leaning a li'l bit to the left, he is with mainstream America with our young and future generations. Because Ed Case is not an entertainer toward the terrorists, unlike our three congressional representatives in Washington who are against our efforts in the Middle East, I again predict Ed Case will become a senator of our proud state.
Hawaii cannot be a blue state any longer, and I believe fellow Republicans will make it possible. I invite Ed to be a Republican.
Bernardo P. Benigno