Letters for Saturday, May 26, 2012

First water guns, then cartoons • Longer council terms • What’s going on at UH?

First water guns, then cartoons

I heard on the news that Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama were running around with water guns at get-togethers by the swimming pools.

Party, party, party up with everyone else’s money. This water gun thing takes the cake.

Pretty soon we’ll see them talking to cartoons and chasing cartoons. That’s all that’ll be left in America … cartoons!

Tootsie Simao

‘Ele‘ele

 

Longer council terms

The focus on County Council terms will bring a frenzy of ayes and nays on the matter, which is par for the course. I offer the following questions:

 1) Whoever decides as to how public input will be accessed? Surveys? Community meetings? Polls?

 2) In the final analysis, shouldn’t the voters decide who they want in office, for and for how long?

 3) Has anyone any clue as to whether broadcasting council meetings has changed the way the public evaluates the qualifications and effectiveness of the incumbents, for better or worse?, and how seeing them in action makes an impact on their chances along with “new blood” entering into the fray?

 4) Might there be any changes in the way one campaigns, or will the standard procedures be used because that’s simply the way it is?

 It will be interesting to see how this will move forward and who will be in charge of the processes and procedures that will take place.

Jose Bulatao, Jr.

Kekaha

 

What’s going on at UH?

In the final analysis, this cluster of administrative controversies (University of Hawai‘i- Manoa Chacellor Virgina Hinshaw’s near $300,000 self-serving exit payout, and the board of regent’s unanimous ratification of the new chancellor and his significant salary increase) opened a window into the UH board of regents and the administration which must be chronicled, viz.: (1) the board is in essence a body of cowards with no independent judgment, and (2) the administration is comprised of disingenuous greeds who care more about their own interests than the interests of the students and faculty.

Ultimately, these events have damaged the reputation of the university’s board and the administration in the public’s eye because they provided an opportunity to see the perverse bureaucracy of the board and administration at work. If the public, faculty, or students had voted on either of these measures, each proposal would have been shot down with a resounding “NO!” In stark contrast, give the measure to the board and the administration, and each measure is approved with a resounding “YES!” Something is off-kilter here.

 

David A. Mihaila, J.D.

Honolulu

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