Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, June 10, 1997

Lee's inner beauty makes her
a winner, not her teeth

Isn't it about time that we forget about concentrating on who is responsible for Miss Universe Brook Lee's teeth and celebrate what really captured the contest for her.

If not for her inner beauty, intelligence and candid speaking, a mouthful of caps, braces and dental work would have done nothing in fulfilling this girl's dream.

She is representing our state better than any golf tournament, football game, or commercial from the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau could ever do. Why not concentrate on those things and enjoy Lee's success with her.

Reid P. Ogata

Legislators have power
to loosen union's grip

Far too much credit is being given to Gary Rodrigues for the difficulties in our privatization of contracts.

The problem is primarily with our state legislators. They, and only they, can pass laws that would free island mayors to make contracts that would save our residents millions of dollars and still maintain a high level of delivery of services. They quit without doing that.

Legislators depend on unions to be elected and to maintain their power and their place at the public "trough."

In the last election, it was a fact that regardless of the unions' endorsements or financial support, change was possible and the public spoke out loud and clear for change.

Some of the most entrenched legislators were defeated and others suffered near defeat, enough so that they should have gotten the message.

They should call a special session and act on this issue immediately. It will get the unions off our backs and out of our pockets. We can no longer afford to sit by and let Rodrigues pat himself on the back, draw a fat salary, and let these islands drown in red ink. By the next election it may be too late.

Elsie D. Hollingsworth
Pearl City

’60s generation
has forgotten how to lead

I am a product of the '60s -- high school 1960, UH-Manoa 1964, and Vietnam 1969. I'm a contemporary of Senate President Norman Mizuguchi, yet my gut feeling is that many of us from the '60s have lost our ability to lead.

When consensus building or finding balance for any major issue becomes the method of resolution, instead of bringing the issue forward, debating the facts to the best of our abilities in the public forum, taking a vote, and abiding by the results of the vote, then I believe some of us have lost our abilities to lead.

Today's leaders believe that feeling good about the Senate's decision on privatization because there is consensus is more important than the destruction of the private sector business and Hawaii's economy. The decision to protect Gary Rodrigues and the UPW is more important than the welfare of one million Hawaii citizens. The decision to provide reciprocal benefits becomes more important than the deterioration of Hawaii society. The refusal to accept the legislative auditor's findings and even to acknowledge the truth of the Forbes magazine article shows Hawaii's leaders lack that special quality called leadership.

James I. Kuroiwa Jr.

Kealoha should serve
full 10-month sentence

Regarding the Star-Bulletin's June 7 story on Gabriel Kealoha, "Student jailed for cop's death expects parole review soon:" Where is the justice in this case? Kealoha was found guilty of manslaughter. So what if diagnostic professionals evaluated Kealoha and found that he would not reoffend or create a danger to the community?

The point is he took another human being's life and should be incarcerated for the length of his sentence that was imposed by the Family Court judge.

Kealoha committed the offense of manslaughter, taking the life of a human being. He needs to serve his full term in the Hawaii Youth Facility, which is nine and a half more months.

If he were convicted in Adult Court he would have faced a sentence of 20 years. This case should have been waived to adult court so that all the facts regarding Kealoha could have been revealed.

What about Kealoha's conduct at school and in the community before this incident occurred? Was he a model citizen? Because of the restrictions imposed by Family Court no one will ever know the answers.

Sgt. Arthur Miller was crucified in the media by Kealoha's attorney, Hayden Aluli, and others. Because of this incident his reputation and life were demolished. Who is the victim in this tragic death?

Aluli said, "What a lesson he had to learn at such a young age." The lesson, that Kealoha cannot push another human being off of the H-1 viaduct, will be learned when he serves the complete sentence of the court.

Vernon Santos
Aiea



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