The Sisters of St. Francis in Hawaii appreciate the outpouring of support and encouragement from the community after learning about our desire to remain at the Manoa Convent instead of uprooting to The Plaza at Pearl City.
We appreciate those who have expressed their concern about our well-being and want to assure everyone that although the convent is in need of upgrades, it is not in a state of disrepair to the point where our safety is being jeopardized.
We are sisters through and through, and have learned to stick with each other through thick and thin, to serve Hawaii’s people in health care and education. It would break our hearts to be torn apart to live separately from each other.
Like Saint Marianne of Molokai, our identity has always been based in service to others. We believe God does wonderful things in His perfect timing. We are thankful the Syracuse leadership listened to our concerns, and we are now looking forward to relocating to the St. Francis Healthcare System campus in Liliha in due time, and continuing to play a vital role in this health care ministry.
Sister Norberta Hunnewinkel
‘Concealed carry’ has a big downside
President Barack Obama is catching flak for his proposed gun-control measures.
His detractors make some good points. With the near impossibility of making meaningful background checks and the ready availability of quick-change magazines and rapid-fire guns, most of the proposed measures would have little positive effect. But the same can be said of the notion that everyone should carry a gun in self-defense.
Effective use of a firearm in actual self-defense situations requires hundreds of hours of training each year. Without it, people are more likely to freeze, miss or shoot an innocent bystander.
Meanwhile, in what appears to be an increasingly frustrated, fearful and angry society, the opportunity for some poorly trained, intoxicated or impulsive person to start shooting is reason enough to oppose concealed and open carry of guns.
Outside of what’s presented in the movies and National Rifle Association propaganda, the downside is a lot bigger than the upside.
James B. Young
St. Louis Heights
Guns are not the issue; criminals are the issue
We don’t have too many guns, or the wrong type, or too-large magazines, or not enough paperwork.
We have too many criminals, armed madmen and terrorists who use guns with impunity.
If we destroyed all guns, criminals, madmen and terrorists would still find weapons, and we couldn’t defend ourselves effectively.
How would you drive if a third of the drivers on the road could pull you over and cite you every time you broke a traffic law, and they were all in unmarked cars? You’d probably think hard about obeying the traffic laws.
Would criminals, armed madmen and terrorists change their behavior if they knew that someone, or several someones, would be ready with an armed response when they struck, anywhere, any time? Experience indicates that they would change their methods.
Good people with guns are not the problem. They are part of the solution.
Please take cannabis off Schedule I list
Twenty-three states plus the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis, and more are coming on board each year.
The belief that cannabis has no medicinal efficacy has been disproven in privately funded studies.
More clinical trials are critically needed. Yet, those studies cannot be performed as long as the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug, which places it as having no medical use. This needs to change, and soon.
Congress is not moving fast enough, but there is another route: rescheduling cannabis as a Schedule II drug by executive order.
Advocates of medical cannabis are hoping President Barack Obama in his last year as president will do just that.
Thousands of patients across the country and in Hawaii with illnesses such as cancer and HIV and soldiers returning from the Middle East with PTSD benefit from this non-habit-forming plant medicine.
Chairwoman, Big Island Americans for Safe Access
Hawaii should keep rolling with solar
The proposed Hawaiian Electric Industries/NextEra merger is troubling. Why are we looking elsewhere for renewable energy when we already have a successful template in solar energy?
Gov. David Ige already has nixed the idea of using liquefied natural gas, perhaps because the infrastructure needed to transport and distribute it could cost upwards of $30 billion.
NextEra hasn’t revealed its plans to get us to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. I wouldn’t want to commit to any program without a detailed plan. Instead, I want to see solar panel systems that would power entire communities. Already there are residential solar batteries on the market that hold their charges in the evenings when there is no sun.
Let’s expand on a renewable energy source we already are using instead of trying something untested and foreign to our island home.