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Appointed board will help schools

I attended the symposium sponsored by the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs and Hawaii Business magazine on the topic of appointed vs. elected school board (Sept. 30, Waikiki Prince Hotel).

As I listened to both sides, I felt the key issue was the bottom line. Are our children well served? The system is clearly not working. In the 42 years we have had an appointed board, our school system has slowly declined. With an appointed board, at least someone — the governor — will be accountable for the schools’ performance.

As an employer who interviews many job seekers, I find it difficult to hire most public school graduates because they cannot do simple math, comprehend what they have read or tell time unless it is digital. They cannot communicate their thoughts.

Do we wonder why the gap between the poor and the rich is widening? When you cannot speak for yourself, who will?

Signe Godfrey
President, Olsten Staffing and Professional Services

ASB laid off loyal employees

Your magazine lists American Savings Bank as a Best Place to Work (April 2010). From late 2008 through 2009, ASB underwent a sweeping “reorganization,” during which top-tiered executives and managers were laid off for no reason. Those personnel, most of who had been employed from 15 years to 25-plus years, had been part of the bank’s success.

American Savings is NOT family-oriented and hasn’t been since the former president, Wayne Minami, retired. Departments other than those that are loan-related are chronically understaffed, requiring extreme multitasking and long hours, most of which are not compensated by overtime pay.

Since the latest reorganization, released positions were promptly filled with new, lower-compensated employees; so much for the company’s loyalty to valued employees.

Alison Shibata

Hotel workers should strike

I believe that all service employees working in all hotels throughout Hawaii should strike. Management could care less about their workers. At Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore, most full-time Unite Here Local 5 employees are working shorter hours while management employees work and are paid for the full 40 hours per week.

Posted online by demo

HECO’s request for 15% limit

An excellent story (Tranformers, August 2010), but you need more details on controversies at the Public Utilities Commission on feed-in tariffs and HECO trying to limit the total power from private power producers on Oahu to 15 percent.

A follow-up piece should interview Mark Duda (president of the Hawaii Solar Energy Association), Henry Curtis (executive director of Life of the Land), and the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s energy office, which analyzed HECO’s proposal of a 15 percent limit.

You also need to write the history of the palm oil debacle into which HECO has drawn its consumers.

Posted online by docberry

who help businesses

Good to see positive feedback for those legislators who are willing to help business (“Pro-Business Legislators,” September) and well-deserved pans for those who actively work against business.

Posted online by mad monk


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