Fans were messy but visit was pleasant
My wife and I have been visiting our daughter for the last couple of weeks, and I would like to make a couple of comments about our visit. We also attended the Fresno State game
and were surprised that beer was for sale and that fans would be allowed to throw paper onto the field. We have never been to a college game where either was allowed. The fans around us, except for one intoxicated person, were fine to be sitting with.
The second thing I would like to say is that everywhere we have been the people have been polite, courteous and friendly. We have dealt with business people, military people and just your everyday person on the street and have found smiles, friendly words and people willing to help when asked. Thanks for being a part of a great time for us.
Warrior fans show Hawaii's ugly side
I am a Michigan native who has lived here in Hawaii for 24 wonderful years. My former wife and 15-year-old daughter were season-ticket holders for University of Hawaii football. We attended the UH-Michigan State game a couple of years ago. The UH fans were so disgraceful that I vowed to never attend another game nor wear any UH Warrior logo gear.
The obscenities, heckling, abusive language and disgusting gestures ruined the game not only for me and my daughter, but for the four friends I had visiting from the mainland. I was ashamed to be associated with any of it.
That program will never get another penny of my family's money. It is a horrible shame for such a beautiful place to have such ugliness to share with our visitors.
It's not complicated, just keep winning
Dear June Jones, staff, Colt Brennan and fellow players:
Michael and Taide LeHouck
Illegal aliens shouldn't be allowed to vote
The precept of the article "Should noncitizens be allowed to vote?" in Sunday's Insight section disturbs me beyond words. Each American citizen has one vote, which was paid for in many wars, by much sacrifice, and is the most precious benefit of American citizenship. Anyone who suggests or advances an agenda to give this invaluable right to a person who has freely chosen to violate our laws should, in my opinion, be punished as high treason.
An illegal (not "undocumented," as the PC police prefer) alien is, by definition, a criminal. Anyone who assists such a criminal in the advancement of their criminal enterprise is guilty of criminal conspiracy.
Immigration laws are in place for a good reason. If we choose to ignore a law we don't like, as some people have chosen to do, it's a small step to ignore all the laws we don't like. Do not make the mistake of thinking this couldn't happen. Chaos is an easy path to create but a difficult path to deviate from.
Laws discourage rental housing
Rental discrimination exists because the experience of many landlords has led them to believe that renting to members of certain groups is a bad risk and they will suffer damages and lose money.
If landlords are forced by the state to rent to certain people, they also should be reimbursed for any damages they might suffer because of that. This would eliminate most discrimination. But the way the laws are now, with landlords being fined thousands of dollars with small chance of recouping damages, who wants to be a landlord anymore? So at huge cost to the taxpayer, we must create more and more public housing.
Make hookers less visible through zoning
Karen Johnson's Nov. 15 letter
complained about Waikiki prostitutes. In her opinion, people she finds offensive should be arrested for the crime of standing on a street corner. Another version of this attitude comes from those who fear the sight of others on the street. Maybe you're afraid of prostitutes. Or maybe it's a group of teenagers, homeless people or a black man. Should the government imprison people simply because you're afraid or offended by the sight of them?
Criminal law defines specific acts. Standing on a street corner is not a crime, no matter how many people might be bothered by it. Prostitutes loiter in Waikiki because tens of thousands of tourists hire their services every year. Keeping them away from "areas where tourists with families are staying" can only be accomplished through creating legal zones in Waikiki where these types of adult activities would be tolerated.
News interviews with people on the street in Waikiki indicate most people find watching streetwalkers to be entertaining, not offensive. Representatives of business organizations have indicated that they only want these women to be less visible, not sent to prison. Is it time to work on legal zoning?