Imagine if the city had built an elevated two-lane road instead of the steel-on-steel fixed rail system.
It could have been used by an expanded existing bus system and emergency vehicles. It could have been opened for use as soon as the sections became available.
We wouldn’t have a problem with mismatched X-shaped “frogs” or train doors that wouldn’t close. We wouldn’t have expensive cars unused for five to ten years before first use. And, it probably would have been completed by now at a much lower cost.
Instead of ever-increasing maintenance costs on obsolete equipment, it could have evolved into a mass transit route for autonomous vehicles and mopeds or bicycles. To imagine. But the political machine wanted a dinosaur.
Betting on COVID-19 a dangerous game
Has the COVID-19 virus passed from animal to human via a wet market in Wuhan, China? May be. Maybe not. Or has the virus leaked from the Biosafety Level 4 lab in Wuhan, the lab that investigates and treats the most dangerous pathogens? May be. Maybe not.
But what flu vaccine, or any vaccine for that matter, do you know where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended three doses in six months for people 65 years of age and older, residents of healthcare facilities long-term and some people with underlying conditions? It should tell you something there.
COVID-19, being one of the most contagious and deadly viruses in the world, could potentially cause your premature death, especially if you have underlying health conditions. You must be asking yourself a question: do I feel lucky?
Allow concealed transport for vulnerable groups
As we approach the selection of a new Honolulu Police Chief, I suggest that the committee ask all applicants how each is proposing to reduce and / or deter attacks on older women and men.
I suggest the new leader allow women 18 and over and men over 65 to conceal the carrying of a small caliber handgun if they are allowed to obtain such weapons. Even though they are allowed to conceal-wear, they don’t have to. However, just having a self-defense weapon can deter attacks.
Small arms are less likely to kill anyone. But they can indeed scare anyone from attacking physically weaker people.
A shot must be reported by a hospital or a doctor treating such an injured person. It is a very powerful deterrent that will make Hawaii safer.
The city of pearls
Big Pharma benefits from the work of others
Don’t believe the bloody story – Big Pharma’s monopoly is screaming that falling prices will force it to stop developing new drugs. Nothing is further from the truth.
Historically, many revolutionary drugs have originated from large pharmaceutical companies. However, this innovation process has fundamentally changed.
The dominant source of innovative therapies now comes from small businesses that are spinoffs of academic research – primarily funded by our National Institutes of Health (NIH) and philanthropic partners.
The practice of large pharmaceutical companies is to slightly modify their existing drugs (many of which were largely developed by NIH research at taxpayer expense), rename them, expand their patents, and increase the price for users. As a result, Americans continue to pay three times as much for prescription drugs as Canadians and other developed countries.
No one should have to choose between paying for the food on their table and the prescription drugs needed to support life. Congress must act now to allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.
Courageous journalist deserves the Nobel Prize
The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to journalist Maria Ressa was a well-deserved honor and a devastating condemnation by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (“Nobel Peace Prize awarded to journalists Ressa and Muratov”, Star-Advertiser, Top News, October 8.).
Ressa courageously exposed Duterte’s brutal tactic of employing “death squads” to eliminate suspected drug traffickers without trial.
He attempted to suppress her with false criminal charges based on his acceptance of funding from foreign nonprofits.
I hope Filipinos respond to this price by rejecting Duterte and restoring democracy and human rights.
Carl H. Zimmerman
Take action to lift restrictions at UH events
Enough of the negative. For University of Hawaii events, keep it simple and positive:
>> Require a vaccination card, masks and distancing.
>> Sell a limited number of tickets.
>> No food sale or contribution of your own food or drinks (therefore hidden at all times). Football is outdoors and spectators will not die of thirst.
>> Only fanny packs are allowed so fans can’t sneak in food or drink.
>> For the essential Manoa haze, only ponchos and hoodies are allowed; no umbrellas.
Five small steps and if they work, add later.
Yes, I graduated from UH-Manoa.
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