Protesters have only themselves to blame
Well, the do-gooders have done it again! Protesting the Superferry using violence as a means for the cause has made safety and security a priority that cannot be ignored. Now the Coast Guard made the harbor at Kahului off limits to all surfers and paddlers
Time and again these do-gooders have cut off their noses to spite their face. Now all of us have to face the consequences. Do us a favor, why don't you just care for your own family, friends and neighbors? Forget about changing the world. If everyone would do just that, it would be a good step toward a better world.
Big homes can get second trash bin
In regard to Jim Delmonte's letter, "Homeowners deserve better trash service
," Nov. 21: I too had the same problem. I had an eight-bedroom house, and the amount of trash we generated quickly filled up our one trash. Even with our recycling efforts we still had left over trash. So I called the Pearl City Yard and requested a second trash bin.
For several weeks they monitored the amount of trash we discarded. Someone would pick up and record the amount of extra trash we tossed out. At the end of the monitoring period if it is determined that a household is eligible, they will deliver a second trash bin as they did for me.
So I suggest that Mr. Delmonte call the the Honolulu Department of Environmental Services, and I'm sure they'll assist him. You can find the number just by looking up the Web site opala.org or the old-fashioned way, the phone book.
Go out there again and do the WAC proud
A hearty congratulations on your victory over my acclaimed Boise State Broncos
Now, open a can of "whoop-ass" on the University of Washington, and bulldoze your way into (and through) a Bowl Championship Series game.
A second consecutive year where the only remaining undefeated team in the nation is a WAC team. Now about all that complaining about WAC teams with weak schedules? Oh, puleeeez. All I hear out there in the major universities is "bawk-bawk-bawk."
Do the WAC proud.
Boise State University
Class of 1993
'Wonder teams' of UH owned it in 1920s
I don't want to detract from Colt Brennan and the Warriors' present success. They are great. But when I arrived in Hawaii in 1952, I saw a book in the state library that had the history of the "wonder teams" of the late 1920s at the University of Hawaii. They beat any team, including the "Big 10" as it was called back then.
Every one was defeated by UH -- teams such as Notre Game, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Texas, Southern Cal, Washington State and both Army and Navy!
Try the state library about the "wonder teams" of the '20s. Check it out!
New maestro takes symphony higher
I'm sure many readers join me in applauding the current season of the Honolulu Symphony. Artists and programs have been outstanding; the rich sonority of the orchestra augurs its climb to a new plateau. The hand of Andreas Delfs, the orchestra's new principal conductor, seems obvious at every turn.
Maestro Delfs' combination of personal dynamism, deep musical perspectives, and boundless enthusiasm can carry the orchestra far from its problematic past -- if only we support him. A successful, world-class orchestra not only would enrich the community, old and young alike, it would add a bright new dimension to the image Hawaii projects to the outside world.
In this regard, the post-performance sessions Delfs has established, wherein audiences meet with him and with guest conductors and soloists for informal Q&As and discussions, seem an especially good idea for creating strong bonds between the symphony and the public.
The maestro gives every indication of being the proverbial, long-awaited "real deal." I hope many will encourage and support him.
Louis E. Polichetti
Bragging won't elevate student achievement
As an Iolani student and current National Merit semifinalist, I must apologize for the comments in the letter to the editor "Iolani battles Punahou for scholar honors
" (Star-Bulletin, Nov. 25). An Iolani parent, the letter writer displayed a lack of understanding that I feel misrepresented me and many of my classmates.
Education is not a contest for students or parents to brag about or use to prove who is "better." Such attitudes only encourage feelings of superiority that are not only unnecessary, but detrimental to everyone involved.
Congratulations to all those from Punahou who demonstrated their abilities in the National Merit Program.