Letters to the Editor
Wednesday, December 3, 1997

Master's report shows why trustees must resign

The master's report on Bishop Estate prepared by attorney Colbert Matsumoto is quite interesting. The Star-Bulletin performed a real service by making it available online.

The report is replete with examples of KS/BE trustees just flat ignoring, circumventing or less than fully complying with court orders. Apparently, the trustees feel that they are not obligated to comply. What arrogance.

Three trustees -- Henry Peters, Lokelani Lindsey and Dickie Wong -- clearly have lost sight of the fact that they are there to serve the beneficiaries of the princess's trust and that it is, in fact, a public trust.

It is long past time for Peters, Lindsey and Wong to step down. The sooner, the better.

Joe Gardewin
(Via the Internet)

Lindsey is being smeared by the Democratic Party

All this media hype about the Bishop Estate, just because Trustee Lokelani Lindsey spoke out against authority. Here you have a perfect example of governmental audacity generated by the local Democratic Party.

Eric Poohina
Kamehameha Schools, Class of 1966
Descendent of Kamehameha I
(Via the Internet)

Why are politicians so quiet about estate?

Usually, politicians love the limelight, love to be a part of the headlines, anything to get their names in the newspaper. But here is Attorney General Margery Bronster all by herself vs. the powerful Bishop Estate.

She is out there alone with no support from Hawaii's U.S. senators, state senators, congressmen, City Council members, state representatives or the local dog catcher.

With the illegal and unethical activities being conducted by the trustees of the Bishop Estate, this subject is clamoring for politicians to speak out. But they are suspiciously silent!

Could it be that they are hiding for good reason? Could it be that some of the estate's big bucks have found their way into the pockets of our distinguished leaders over the years, and they cannot come forward to support the Hawaiian people because they are as guilty as the trustees?

Where have all the politicians gone?

Donald Allen
(Via the Internet)

Bishop Estate Archive

More than a lottery is needed for turnaround

Governor Cayetano is right: Hawaii's population base is large enough to generate a $10-15 million annual return from a lottery.

However, the continuing problem with a lottery is that it does nothing to stimulate tourism, would be supported only by local residents, and would do nothing for education.

If we are ready to enter the competitive tourism challenges of the '90s, we must carefully look at steps taken by other states and countries who also have sun, surf, convention centers and ocean-front hotels.

The explosion of economic expansion in Asia and the Pacific Rim is bypassing Hawaii (and so are most of their tourists), while the proud "Crossroads of the Pacific" is suffering as the mainland explodes with growth.

I do have confidence in our state Legislature and hope that the upcoming session will produce some innovative and bold steps to turn around our economy, while there still is time.

Randy Avon
(Via the Internet)

Best business for Hawaii would be Internet-based

Thirty years ago, I was manager of the London office of American Life Insurance Co. Ltd., based in Hamilton, Bermuda, so I know Linda L. Smith's Nov. 14 View Point column, "Bermuda's secret," is almost on the money.

As far away as the Vatican, open minds can see Hawaii as a center of celestial observation and communication. But in Hawaii, government and business leaders can see no further than their own pockets.

The media would have us believe that the Internet is bloated with deviates, yet it is primarily used by government and academic institutions.

Hawaii -- with its multi-lingual, multi-cultural population -- has an extraordinary opportunity to dominate the market with home-based Internet researchers and suppliers of international statistics, political, military and emergency information.

Sadly, our government and business leaders can't see how money going into constituents' pockets can possibly benefit them, so no effort is made to tap into that market.

Rico Leffanta

Country music is lacking on Oahu's airwaves

It's been about five years since radio stations KDEO AM & FM changed their format to other types of music, copying a lot of other stations that already play the same thing.

Just before the change took effect,the stations' DJs told their listening audience that the owner of KDEO FM was looking to purchase another station and put country music back on the air for the fans. Well, that promise wasn't kept.

It's a shame that fans have to wait up to 9 p.m. to enjoy this type of music on CMT CH 63 on Oceanic Cable. Please print this letter so others will join me to get country music back in Honolulu.

Donald De Motta Sr.
(Via the Internet)

UH football program is, well, embarrassing

As a former Hawaii resident (15 years), I was pleased to learn that FOX Sports would be carrying Rainbow football games. Now I think it was a bad idea for the football program and the University of Hawaii.

Earlier last month, mainland viewers saw a terrible team and a half-empty stadium, and listened to amateurish announcers describe the games.

The broadcasts may have made some money for the university, but were damaging to a football program that needs all the help it can get.

Tom Triggs
Palm Desert, Calif.
(Via the Internet)

Bishop Estate Archive

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