Your Views for February 28
Ho not a bully
I take issue with Ms. Julene Ignacio’s letter (Tribune-Herald, Feb. 26), which labeled Mr. Nelson Ho a bully for his articulate letter defending the First Amendment. Mr. Ho is an ardent defender of both human and environmental rights and far from a bully.
Since when is a public venue (a public high school) not an appropriate place for differing points of view to stimulate critical thinking in students? This misinterpretation of articulate debate for negativism is becoming more commonplace in our society, a place where promoting nonviolence is construed as a “negative point of view,” and violence and militarism are lauded as positive; a place where whistle-blowers are derided while perpetrators of violence and corruption go free; a place where dissent is increasingly abhorred, missing its essential role in a participatory democracy; a place where protecting the rich is more important than assisting the poor; a place where gun ownership trumps the safety of children and the public.
It is gratifying that the ACLU brought back the focus of this unfortunate rift brought about by Mr. Albertini’s talk to the students, and the correct decision was ultimately made. We as a society and as a community need to do some serious soul searching and peer deep into our consciences,whatever fragments we may still have left.
Every week, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the cases of citizens arrested for DUI, and many of them are in the Hilo area and possibly go to the University of Hawaii at Hilo or Hawaii Community College.
Many of the students live in university-sponsored housing or dormitories. While in college, young adults are exposed to alcohol. They go to parties, bars, etc., and then drive home intoxicated. While driving drunk, they may get a DUI or, worse, get into an accident.
I think the university should offer a shuttle service that can get these young adults home safely. In Texas at College Station they offer a program like this, and students can call a number for the shuttle, get picked up and driven to their residence. The student gets home safely and the community is safe.
The university can use students’ dues to cover the majority of the costs and charge the students a small fee if needed. Students would gladly accept a service like this, even if there is a small fee, because it means not having your license suspended, going to alcohol classes, going to jail, or even having a breathalyzer in your car. And, most importantly, it is saving lives and property.
I think it is worth looking into as the university is building more student residences, and it is better to be proactive. Don’t wait until another tragedy happens.
Joseph V. Burns
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