Letters To The Editor
May 18, 2011 - MidWeek
Leading the way
Kudos to MidWeek and the Star-Advertiser for leading the way with the Red Cross’ Ready When The Time Comes, per Don Chapman’s column. The sentiments expressed by company president Dennis Francis are admirable, and I hope other Hawaii business leaders will take the time to look at this program as well. I’ve asked my company to get involved.
Talk about arrogance! Pat Buchanan’s column “Obama And The People Are Wrong” says it all. It’s clear the vast majority of Americans of both parties want to continue the social safety nets we have constructed in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Those programs are not the problem. The trillions of dollars we’re wasting on three wars is the problem. We need to get our priorities straight.
Regarding recent letters on U.S. wars: As I recall, President Reagan wanted to get the U.S. into a war because he thought it would stir up patriotism, and he chose Grenada. In fact, our students were never in any danger in Grenada.
We lost in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq the day we invaded because our leaders never had a clue as to who our enemies were, or their cultures, religions or values. They seemed to think we were still fighting Aryan Germans.
There are too many conservatives who think we have the right to bully and invade any country we choose to, for any reason we want. I want the U.S. to be respected and trusted, not feared and hated. That has, and will, come back to bite us.
As a longtime fan of Emma Veary, I was delighted to see the Old Friends feature on one of the most beautiful and classy women ever. I will be watching that June 5 TV special. Long may Emma sing.
Regarding “Bringing Train Culture To Honolulu,” Don Chapman’s column:
Honolulu’s system will have parallel tracks along its 20-mile route. Trains will arrive at each of the 21 stations every three minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours, every six minutes during the day and every 10 minutes from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Honolulu’s system will have about 30 trains operating during peak travel times. It will have the capacity to transport more than 116,000 people each week-day and potentially remove roughly 40,000 vehicles from our congested roads daily.
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