Letters for Friday — November 11, 2005

• Random thoughts

• Who should be impeached?

• Pono: The All-American boy

Random thoughts

Prince Charles and Camilla … She brought 50 outfits to visit the U.S. for seven days, which is seven per day. Da girl needs come ovah heah and get one pair slippahs.

County Council: PLEASE LOOK AHEAD. You MUST change the law immediately and put a bounty on loose chickens. Otherwise, approaching bird flu will have a kazillion wild infected birds to help make the spread of a fatal disease rampant on this island.

Halloween is over. Lets make that permanent. Fat kids don’t need more candy. Residents don’t need to review a bell-ringing, outrageouslycostumed child who demands in exchange for “protection.” Egging houses and other vandalism only teaches young children — “Oh, how cute. We approve of you when you are a rebellious menace to your neighbors.”

  • Don Paul

Who should be impeached?

Who decides when a President should be impeached?

We have had one president who lied about having an affair behind his wife’s back.

We have another president who lied about why he made our armed services attack and invade another country, killing tens of thousands of their citizens, and over 2000 Americans as of today.

Now in a normal free country, which president should see a fair impeachment process?

Are we still, We the people?

  • Dennis Chaquette

Pono: The AllAmerican boy

Rules are rules but we are only putting up a front when we do not adjust to the needs of the people by amending them as needed. Because they have the power to say “Yes” or “No,” our ruling bodies forget the need for changes as various unexpected situations arise by coldly saying, “The Law is the Law.” American-ism was not meant to be that way.

Here we have a young boy (Pono Tokioka) fighting the odds and with the help of his patient parents, family and friends, excelled in sports to become an All-star baseball player. Pono has a handicap (hearing) but he never gave up. Coming this far, we cannot put him down now and destroy his hopes and faith for a bright future. He is an inspiration to other handicapped youths — some who had almost given up until they heard of Pono. Our parents always taught us “do not kick a person when he is down — extend a helping hand and pull him up, even though not a friend. Someday he may save your life — you never know.”

Let’s all get behind the wheel and push ahead to help the handicapped take their place in the world and be upright citizens. We, as adults, cannot dash their hopes by saying, “Too bad.” Is this the America we want? Americanism — we talk about it but do not always practice what we preach.

An appeal to the powers that be: Relax the rules if need be and treat Pono’s dad as a doctor, translator or relayer for coach’s signs to a player. I do not think the leaders would allow Jimmy to coach his son only against their wishes. Instead, this is the only way Pono can participate in baseball by his Dad’s sign language as per coach’s instructions..

This brings to light another incident recently — the case of Michelle Wie’s disqualification on her first appearance as a teenage pro golfer. Rules again! Instead of helping her correct the situation on the spot, the Sports Illustrated reporter purposely waited until she signed her card thereby sealing her disqualification. Why? Is this the American way?

One bright spot — unlike that gleeful SI reporter she stood up to it and accepted the decision even though disappointed, especially on her pro debut. This action by an adult — an experienced sports figure at that, was a bit too low.

Note: All my friends and I are discontinuing Sports Illustrated with the hope that, as adults, we can present a bright and better future for our youth. Wake up, America!

Good luck to Michelle Wie, Pono Tokioka and all the youthful aspirants who are trying to make it to the top.

For fair play …

  • Yasu Nakamatsu

Proof and Disorder?

Dr. Saker’s “proof” exists only in his own mind. He believes if he rambles long enough, that constitutes a proof. Somehow like a monkey typing long enough to produce Shakespeare, something true might come from his drivel. But that might take billions of years. His “probability law” is not what mathematicians have proved, called the “law of large numbers”. But some people like to borrow big words from science to try to legitimize their unscientific arguments.

In addition, he refers to the “second law of thermodynamics” to gain more legitimacy. However, that law states that entropy in a closed system is increasing. This means that the total sum of disorder is increasing, but does not mean that order cannot come from living things. If as he says “all you see is living creatures, including ourselves going from order to disorder,” then how did the golden gate bridge get built or the tools Dr. Saker uses in his dentistry. The law means that energy from somewhere may result randomly or not in something with more order than before, but that the total amount of disorder in the closed system will be greater. For example, if I build a house, there is a closed system which includes the house, other businesses, the dump, the forests from which the wood came, the atmosphere, my pocketbook, etc. The sum total of the disorder in that closed system increases although the house becomes more ordered.

But should intelligent design be taught in schools as advocated by Dr. Saker? Separation of church and state protects not only the state, but also the church. The existence of God is a matter of faith. That faith, being many different faiths, should not be taught in schools unless it is Sunday school. Is Dr. Saker afraid his faith will be shaken by some scientific theory? I don’t want some theory proved in the mind of Dr. Saker taught in the schools, because it will misrepresent my faith in God, and my faith in God is not shaken by the theory of evolution.

  • Paul Kelley
    Mathematics teacher, Kalaheo

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