Letters to the Editor
Thursday, December 4, 1997

Rich, powerful get away with a lot in unjust world

Your front-page headlines of Nov. 26 tell the tale: "No jail for Aki" and "Trustees try to block Lindsey testimony." In Hawaii (and the nation), there are two standards of justice: one for the powerful and well-connected, and another for the rest of us.

It's no wonder people hold the justice system in contempt.

I've lived here long enough to know that, when it comes to the crimes and misconduct of those in power, where there's smoke, there's never fire.

The wrongdoing in the Kohala Task Force, Molokai sand-mining, Kukui Plaza development, customs-duty evasion by Ariyoshi, etc. sold plenty of newspapers.. In the end, however, nobody was punished.

In fact, rather than punishment, many are rewarded with "golden parachutes." I challenge the Star-Bulletin to review the historical record and show otherwise.

I hope that I'm wrong but, judging from history, certain Bishop Estate trustees will never get their comeuppance for arrogance, greed, incompetence and misdeeds.

Donald E. Evans
Aiea

Hawaii's woes are due to single-industry economy

Recent banking troubles in Japan tell us that tourism from that country may decline if the Japanese economy worsens. And we're getting stiffer competition for tourists from places like Mexico.

We had best not count on tourism to bail out the economy of Hawaii. The "Task Force," aka "Tax Force," made a big mistake in pinning our hopes on increased tourism. Hawaii needs other sources of revenues.

Mark Terry

Tax recommendations won't help most people

I remain perplexed that the governor continues to listen to a few wealthier individuals rather than those who create the wealth, the workers, when it come to the economy.

The Economic Revitalization Task Force's recommendations, specifically its tax proposals, are a disservice to Hawaii's working people.

How can some in the media support the notion that an increase in the excise tax, a tax that hurts working people the most, can be good for the majority of people?

The tax recommendations from the task force, if enacted, will lessen the amount paid by the wealthy and increase corporate profits with no guarantees that anything will trickle down to the workers.

The $100 million tax cut will guarantee less money available for public education and fewer needed services for average working families, many of whom are a paycheck away from bankruptcy or homelessness.

If corporations want a cut in taxes, they should have to guarantee that their increased profits go not to the top executives but to their workers, who spend money on consumer products and services in Hawaii.

Jeff Lilley

Rumors about graves were made up to hurt Clinton

The Star-Bulletin's Nov. 22 Clay Jones cartoon shows how easy it is for the president's enemies to plant misinformation. This untrue story about "selling graves" was leaked to right-wing talk shows to create a firestorm of criticism from veterans and the public.

The publisher is the ultra-conservative Korean "Rev." Sun Myung Moon, who has been meddling in our government and politics for many decades.

What is his aim? As Republican aide Roger Ailes advised, "It doesn't matter if what you say is true, as long as it gets published." This is being shamelessly followed.

Nancy Bey Little
Mililani

Clearinghouse is staffed by wonderful volunteers

I enjoyed reading Susan Kreifels' Nov. 24 article, "Clearinghouse volunteers excel in organized chaos." The story was heartwarming because of the statement that everything donated is distributed to a family or person in need.

When donating, my main concern is that donations are used wisely. Now I know that even my less-than-perfect-condition donations can be used by someone.

I applaud those who volunteer at the Community Clearinghouse. While my interaction with these workers has been limited to quick conversations when dropping off items, I have always known them to be polite and cheery.

While monetary contributions are important to charities, it's the people, read volunteers, who bring humanity and warmth to charity. God bless the volunteers.

Kenrick Lee

Mortimer has not taken stance on Porteus Hall

With respect to the current discussion about renaming Porteus Hall on the UH-Manoa campus, the Star-Bulletin's Nov. 25 editorial incorrectly stated that UH President Kenneth Mortimer concurred with the ASUH request that the building be renamed.

He has not taken a position on this matter, but has moved ahead aggressively to undertake a thorough review of the proposal and related issues.

A committee is being appointed by Interim Executive Vice Chancellor Dean O. Smith to carry through on reviewing the research by Dr. Porteus, which is in part the basis for the ASUH resolution.

The legal and cost implications of "unnaming" a campus facility also need to be reviewed, as well as any number of other matters which may come up along the way.

The naming of buildings at the University of Hawaii is the prerogative of the Board of Regents, and the findings of the committee will be the basis for the president's recommendation in this matter.

Jim Manke
Interim Director
University Relations
University of Hawaii at Manoa



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