Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, May 21, 1997

Maybe welfare recipients
need different kind of help

I hope Susan Chandler, state director of human resources, read your May 8 article, "Wisconsin's welfare rolls are in free fall." According to the story, Wisconsin's welfare case loads have shrunk nearly 25 percent in the last year alone and over 60 percent from a decade ago.

What has made the difference between Wisconsin's astonishing drop in welfare rolls and Hawaii's incredible increase in those on the dole, the highest increase in the nation by far? Is Hawaii more compassionate, more benevolent and just more willing to let people become more dependent?

It would be far more compassionate to force people off the welfare rolls and into jobs than it is to allow them to become dependent on welfare and pass this dependence onto their families.

If Hawaii is to ever rid itself of the welfare mentality it has developed over the last decade, the state needs to hire a progressive director for the Department of Human Resources who, instead of blaming the economy and lack of jobs, is able to see that what is best for welfare recipients is for them to get off welfare.

Pam Smith
Ewa Beach

Estate trustees should be
ashamed of their greed

I am writing this as a concerned citizen and observer of the local scene, with no vested interest in or association with Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate. However, I must speak out about what I see as the problem.

The faculty, other staffers and students are not biting the hand that feeds them, but rather are gnawing at the thumb they are under. The trustees are running an oligarchy, not a democracy. The latest contract the faculty had to sign (under fear of being fired) is a disgrace to the memory and spirit of the trust of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

Poor trustees: They made only $843,000 this year for malfeasance in office. Shame on them and the people of Hawaiian ancestry for letting it go on so long.

Lokelani Lindsey should resign and the other trustees should apologize to the Hawaiian people.

Bill Healy

Legislature must butt in
the business of trustees

It is long overdue for the beneficiaries of the will of Princess Pauahi Bishop and their supporters to get state legislators to set the annual compensation of a Bishop Estate trustee at $100,000 per annum. Presently they are receiving more than $800,000.

Second, set a maximum term of four years for a trustee; now a trustee can serve to age 70. Some trustees are only in their forties, so paying them and others for 20-25 years at $800,000 per annum is unfair to the beneficiaries. This huge payoff must be corrected!

Furthermore, the trustees should reveal how much the estate has lost because of poor investments in the last 10 years. In 1994, the estate sued a bankrupt Texas firm for $88 million. In 1990, the estate sued another bankrupt firm for $25 million. The trustees should reveal whether there are other bad investments. The beneficiaries of the estate and their supporters should aggressively obtain such information!

H. T. Chang

The BOE, not coalition,
can throw book at Kane

Your May 15 editorial is incorrect when you indicate that State Librarian Bart Kane is being persecuted with calls for his ouster. I have read and heard news coverage on the subject, and there has been no call for Kane's firing in any of the Coalition for Improved Libraries' statements.

Obviously, that is not their responsibility. It is certainly the Board of Education's.

If library employees are perturbed enough to go to all this trouble, the BOE should be paying attention.

Kay Allison Pontes

Faculty member needed
to stand up to auditor

I was pleased to read Ray Moody's May 9 response to the state auditor's assessment of UH faculty workloads. One of our rank needed to step forward to dispel the myth that all we do (and are supposed to do) is teach.

We are assessed for promotion and tenure in three areas of responsibility: teaching, scholarship (e.g. publication), and service to the university and larger community. Each of these items requires substantial blocks of time.

Weekly workloads of 50-60 hours, as Moody described, are not unusual. Keeping up with research and publication requirements alone takes considerable time, especially for graduate faculty.

Another point which received little mention in the auditor's report was that, as a result of our research activities, we actually bring money to state coffers. Based on a recent report, RCUH administered a total of $80.3 million in research funds during the 1995-96 fiscal year (this does not include funds directly administered by the UH Office of Research Services).

If our teaching workloads were to be increased, the research accomplishments of our fine faculty would certainly suffer.

Joe Mobley
Professor, Psychology
UH-West Oahu



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