Letters to the Editor
Tuesday, July 15, 1997

Unions like the ILWU
wield too much power

When a labor union, such as the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, has the power to harm both the economic well-being of the state and the mental and physical health of its citizens, Congress must change the laws that give it such power.

I urge our citizens to write letters or send e-mail to all members of Congress, encouraging a change to our labor laws.

We must allow private corporations engaging in the transportation of goods between towns, cities, states and foreign countries for the right not to have union shops and to have working agreements with employers with nonunion workers.

No private corporation that engages in intrastate or interstate commerce should be forced to use union members to exist in business.

We are in a global economy, and to remain under current restrictive laws hurt, not only our people but ILWU members in the hotel industry.

Wilbert W.W. Wong

Salt-water pool is needed
for swim-happy Hawaii

There have been years of government inaction on restoration of the War Memorial Natatorium. Thankfully, that has now ended.

I am a former University of Hawaii All-American swimmer and am presently the head coach of the 130-member Rainbow Aquatics Masters Swimming Program. I strongly support restoration of the Natatorium as a salt-water pool.

Duke Kahanamoku opened the War Memorial Natatorium on Aug. 24, 1927, his birthday, as a living memorial to the veterans of World War I.

Swimming is Hawaii's sport. The restoration of this facility will allow the community to participate in many swimming programs, including masters (adult) swimming.

Joseph Lileikis

Forbes was prophetic,
right on about labor

People have said Forbes magazine was overreacting by calling us the People's Republic of Hawaii. What do they think we're going to do: nationalize our tourist industry or something?

Then Maui Memorial Hospital was sued by Gary Rodrigues to turn medical technical employees into public workers. Kauai and Big Island companies are now also in the process of being told to turn their private-sector employees over to the government.

So what's happening is we're nationalizing our labor force. Instead of doomsday, Forbes was prophetic!

The only problem is that Hawaii will not realize what hit us until a tax increase is levied to pay for all these new government employees being hijacked from the private sector.

Rep. Gene Ward
House Republican Leader

Why doesn't UH rent out
empty dormitory rooms?

I read with glee your July 8 article, "UH hit hard by dorm exodus," about dormitory rooms sitting empty. Since I have been searching for space to work in for nearly three years (that I could afford, that is), I wonder: Would the University of Hawaii consider renting out those empty rooms to my would-be small business?

For the "$900-$1,700" rent for 5-6 months, wouldn't there be other small businesses that would jump at the space? How many businesses went bankrupt in the past few years partly because of office rental prices?

I have 10-plus years experience as a graphic artist making wonderful nylon banners and flags. I have all the materials I need but can't afford $400-800/month for a tiny space.

How about it, UH? I think you have a small business-artist studio haven right there in those old dorms that no one wants to live in.

Susanne M. Burke-Zike



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