Letters to the Editor
Friday, October 25, 1996


Our children will be safer if
they get safety education

The near-abduction of a child in Kailua is a reminder that we must educate our children about safety regarding strangers and harmful situations. We need to ask ourselves what can we do as neighbors to help youngsters be a little bit safer.

In most families, both parents are working and kids have to shift for themselves, which in turn puts them at greater risk. Giving safety tips on strangers and telling children what they should do if they are approached, bothered or physically threatened could make all the difference. The police department, the Sex Abuse Treatment Center and other valuable organizations could help with information to assist in safety and prevention.

With a little good old-fashioned community participation, we can create a safer neighborhood for all our children.

Monica A. Cobb-Adams
Kailua



Ikeda won't fool voters
about her real record

"Miss Action," a.k.a. Sen. Donna Ikeda, fails to tell all in her ads asking for another chance to work her magic in the Senate.

Wasn't she one of the senators who promised that her big insurance friends would live up to their bargain and cut our car insurance rates by 15 percent in 1992? Have voters seen their auto rates go down?

Wasn't Senator "Action" working full time behind the scenes with her "quarterback" Milton Holt to try and foist pure no-fault on Hawaii's drivers last session? Due to their slavish desire to follow the wishes of big insurance companies, we had no action on this major statewide problem.

And finally, how about Ikeda's "crowing" about having acted on the high-three plum. The last time I looked, there was no action that repealed the high three.

The insiders in the House and the Senate purposely pass two different bills on high three each year - so they can disagree on which one to choose and then take no action on removing this arrogant gift to our political elite.

Joseph F. Zuiker



Beauty of Kauai
is threatened by state

The state's takeover of Princeville Airport and the future expansion of it is a serious threat to the future tranquility of the North Shore of Kauai.

Airports do not make good neighbors and it appears that the state and Princeville have overlooked the North Shore's true assets of natural beauty, serenity and tranquility. These will be compromised by an increase in air traffic and noise pollution.

During these difficult economic times, many things are overlooked in the name of jobs, economic growth and convenience. Are these things more important than the real qualities that Kauai has to offer?

Those wise folks who helped design our future by way of the North Shore Plan should not be disregarded just because the county can't seem to do an update, and Princeville and the state think they know what is best for the residents of the North Shore.

It is amazing how the state can't provide better education, roads and public safety personnel yet it can waste millions of dollars on an unneeded airport that ultimately is subsidizing an offshore development corporation.

Dan Shook
Kalihiwai, Kauai



Reflections on the
furor over AJA Baseball League

It appears that letters commenting on the openness of the Americans of Japanese Ancestry Baseball League have trickled off with no evident resolution. That there is a polarity of opinion comes as no surprise.

The positions expressed ranged from racism, reverse discrimination and restrictive legal constructs to upholding the charter, the prerogatives of free association and, of course, tradition. Sadly, the surnames of the respective writers displayed a pattern evident to all.

This is no longer a prewar Territory of Hawaii, but some memories die hard. I have long noted that some citizens of our state still wear plantation-inspired palaka shirts in remembrance of the "good old days" that many older nisei would just as soon forget. Regardless, their understandable grudges remain.

Perhaps we as an island community are capable of making a stretch and evolving further. Has anyone considered renewing the charter for the league, explicitly recognizing that change in our society has taken place, opening up participation and retaining the current name of the league, so that we can remember legacies of the past without being saddled with tradition?

A good throwing arm should not go to waste.

Dave Takaki
Waimanalo



How can Arakawa 'forget'
about laws he will oversee?

A very small but interesting newspaper article reported that David Arakawa, his daughter and son were stopped by election officials at the Halawa Recreation Center polling place because, believe it or not, the children had on their father's campaign shirts. Some of his supporters were also stopped for wearing his campaign shirt with his name prominently displayed on it.

This man is an attorney, running for the position of city prosecutor, and he doesn't know the law? Everyone I know of is aware of the ban stating that "no campaigning is allowed at polling places within 200 feet." Arakawa said he forgot about the ban.s

It bothered me that the election officials allowed the children and supporters to turn their shirts inside out and return to the polling places. If anyone has seen these shirts, you are able to read the name of the politician even though they are turned inside out. These officials were remiss in not making everyone with an "Arakawa" shirt go home and return with other clothing.

This may be a minor issue, but to me it says something about the man's character.

VirginIA M. Templeman



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