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Greeneville events must be covered

I disagree with J.J. McClelland in his letter to the editor criticizing the Star-Bulletin's coverage of the USS Greeneville ("Greeneville article ignored the real story," Letters, March 22). Your paper is doing a good job, as usual.

The Greeneville's performance was less than acceptable. It sunk a fishing boat in February 2001, ran aground in August 2001, and collided with a ship in January 2002.

In each case a commanding officer was removed from command -- two from the Greeneville and one from the USS Ogden.

If the Star-Bulletin articles ever left anything out it might be the cost of these unplanned repairs to the submarine and the fact that the Greeneville was sent away from its home port for seven months, perhaps in a effort to remove the ship from the limelight and buy some time. It might be the notion that the Greeneville's commanding officer was a hot shot and a bit arrogant. How about how the Greeneville's skipper was simply allowed to retire? If he was negligent in the operation of the ship when it sunk the fishing boat, then criminal charges should have been filed.

I would like to see more articles of this nature and perhaps a little in-depth reporting about how the military covers up its mistakes and raises the meaning of obfuscation to new heights.

Robert D. Dunn


"Jose does well in school. He's diligent. He's multiskilled; he's a fiery competitor, yet he's very much a team player. He's just got a lot of game."

Mike Wilton

University of Hawaii Warriors men's volleyball coach, on freshman player Jose Delgado.

"Very good! I can see multi-uses for this thing."

Cal Kawamoto

Senate transportation chairman, after taking a Segway for a spin Thursday. Lawmakers took turns taking the two-wheeled, high-tech device around the Capitol rotunda and grounds. Segway officials have held demonstrations in state capitals across the country to try to convince public officials of its usefulness.

Why no private donors for school repairs?

The preservation of Washington Place is long overdue ("Cayetano helps break ground at Washington Place," Star-Bulletin, March 27). I am so glad that it is being done.

However, I have questions about the private funds being used to build the governor's new home.

Who is donating money for this? How much did each donor contribute? Was there a cap on the amount that one individual or corporation could give? When will these generous people do the same for the repair of our schools?

Beverly Kai

Job market isn't as gloomy as portrayed

Your March 25 job market story was bleak ("Isle job outlook is bleak for grads"). The 75,000 initial applications for unemployment is misleading because many of these people are already back at work.

I realize that the job market has seen better times, but the media always seem to want to be prophets of doom.

Tom Daley

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