Candidates' signs reflect their values
Candidates who tout themselves as supporters of environment and safety do need to reflect their position by being more disciplined when it comes to the number and sizes of their campaign banners. It also will help to know which candidates are supportive of landfill management based on whether their banners end up in the trash or whether they are reused/recycled.
The Outdoor Circle's stand on banners is sound.
Back to the future -- women are taking over
Back in 1928 I read a science-fiction story about a futuristic society dominated by women. They did everything, ran everything, and men were kept in houses only for procreation of the race and for the women's pleasure (now that's a switch, isn't it?).
Women dominate the educational system. Forty years or so ago the method of teaching reading was changed. Soon books came out -- "Why Johnny Can't Read"; Mary had no problem.
About 20 years or so ago, the method of teaching math was changed. I've read that lots of boys have been dropping out of high school due to math and reading difficulties. Mary stays in school, catching up on math.
Women have taken up boxing, are challenging the Indy racers, and now I read that more women are taking up weightlifting.
Be warned, men -- the handwriting is on the wall!
Telcom charged for service not given
Can you stand another Hawaiian Telcom horror story? I was charged for operator-assisted long-distance calls when I hand-dialed the numbers myself. When I complained to customer service, I was told I would be given only partial credit. There was no use arguing with them; they were adamant.
So, I now make long-distance calls on my cell phone and use Hawaiian Telcom only to fax documents. I wish I could find a better alternative.
Glenda Chung Hinchey
Yates trial proves court system is insane
The Andrea Yates retrial had the jury grappling with the legal definition of "insanity." I say, drowning all five of her children in the family bathtub, chasing the last to die around the house, she's tied for first place with Osama bin Laden in Webster's dictionary.
The criminal justice system in America also is insane, with O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake and Gary Condit running around as free men and John Hinckley getting weekend furloughs to see mom and dad.
Caring for community is vital to business
On behalf of myself and many entrepreneurs in Hawaii, I would like to thank Katherine Nichols and the Star-Bulletin (July 24)
for the exceptional story "Good to Go" about Greater Good Radio and the work Evan and Kari Leong are doing to support community-minded business leaders.
Greater Good Radio has always done an excellent job of showing the importance of community service in their interview show. Evan and Kari have built Greater Good Radio to help listeners and business people like me understand that the success of a business is intertwined with the success of the community.
As a firm believer in the overarching benefits of community-centered business, I can honestly say the success of my own company is due not just to determination and hard work, but to the commitment of all of our offices to serve in the communities they are a part of.
Caring for the community is vital to preserving our environment and making a difference in Hawaii. It is inspiring to see businesses like Greater Good Radio teaching this to current business leaders, as well as to the next generations of professionals. It is equally inspiring to see the Star-Bulletin take up this topic as part of a larger social discussion.
President and CEO
Energy Industries Holdings
"Let it be a lesson, you guys. Two people died. ... Time for everybody to grow up."
Father of Ronald Kim, 14, who survived, and Leslie Kim, 16, who died in the Monday night car crash at Kalaeloa. Tanya House, 18, also died in the accident, which happened when 19-year-old Daniel Rebujio reportedly drove his car at high speed off the end of a road and crashed into a canal.