Your Views for August 25


How to save football

In light of University of Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay’s hint at cutting the football program, here are the top 10 ways to save UH football.

10. Lift all restrictions on buying beer at Aloha Stadium.

9. Sell half-price beer after the game.

8. Have a cheerleader or Rainbow Dancer drive you home (your home, not her home) if you’re too drunk.

7. Rehire June Jones.

6. Threaten to rehire Fred Von Appen.

5. Pro bono coaches. (Tomey, Wagner and Miano are still around)

4. Schedule only “body bag” games (rich, powerful opponents “pay” you to lose big time).

3. Start wahine football (the wahine programs are doing just great).

2. Get the politics out of UH. Then, you can hire properly and fire somebody without having to pay them. Maybe even find who was responsible for “Wonder Blunder.”

1. Bite the bullet and realize that most school athletic programs lose money, anyway.

Leighton Loo

Honolulu

A beautiful park

Liliuokalani Park is one of the special spots on our planet. It is so beautiful. Even as gorgeous as heaven above.

(Recently), I met a Japanese visitor. He was taking a picture of an ironwood pine.

I asked him, “Do you know that tree?”

In exquisite English: “No,” he said, “Please tell me.”

“Australian Ironwood.”

At the end of our conversation, he said, “I travel all over the world, and I never feel the powerful vitality and quiet joy of this place. It makes my heart humble.”

And this is the purpose of my letter to the editor.

I want to publicly thank Liliuokalani Park’s caregivers. It is because of them our park is such a special place on our planet. They can accomplish the care they give Liliuokalani Park only because they put their mana and love into Liliuokalani’s care.

Mahalo. Mahalo. Mahalo.

Jose Basque

Hilo

Police priorities

(Two weeks ago), as I drove from home to Hilo, I saw a policeman parked on the side of the road near Wainaku lookout, doing traffic speed checks. It occurred to me that there had been numerous reports of looting in the Puna area, and that more police presence, as in very frequent patrols through neighborhoods, would have helped to discourage and/or prevent these illegal acts.

HELCO brought in additional personnel from the other islands, and even contractual workers from the mainland. Yet, police from another district could not be temporarily reassigned to Puna to provide a greater presence and security for the already impacted residents?

It seems to me this represents a very serious flaw in priorities and judgment on the part of whoever is in charge of the daily assignments of police duties.

Albert Nakaji

Papaikou

 

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