Once in awhile we get someone who happens to finish checking out da current news posted on The Honolulu Star-Advertiser website and whether curiosity - or boredom - consumes them, decides to scroll all da way doooooooowwwwwwwwn da page and notices an itty-bitty fill in da blank space section titled "Star-Advertiser Blogs".
Chances are dat they are just browsing through clicking watevah links are clickable and briefly scan da screen to see if anything interests them. Then once in a great while we get someone, who has no idea wat da 'blog' - nor da author - is all about, and shares a distinctively differing 'comment'.
On Monday's blog "Class(less) of 2016" I shared something dat hit home literally and of course my opinions are sometimes - ok, who are we kidding - scratch dat, are more often than not pretty...... passionate. 😀
In response to KIMO/JAMES' comment which I felt needed some explanation as 'blogs' aren't really a debating forum but just a shared moment in time with oddahs who have/will go through da same experiences:
WWD: "I'm thinking maybe these 12 aren't higher education bound and advocates for higher minimum wages."
KIMO/JAMES: A totally BIGOTED statement...
A bigoted statement? Perhaps, but not an unwarranted one. Are you telling me da vast majority of people who graffiti have been accepted to da likes of Standford, U-Dub, or UCLA? Are you telling me those who vandalize are aspiring future law students? All "opinions" are based on actions, with AND without proof. Am I a bigot? By definition, no but I am passionate about my views and unafraid to share them. My views and opionions are NOT absolute though which would disqualify me as a bigot. When presented convincing valid points, my views have been persuaded as those with open minds are able to. Are you a bigot if you believe - proof or not - dat higher education bound people are less likely to act 'illegally' than those who are not college bound?
KIMO/JAMES: There are many of those who are forced to work a "minimum wage" job to supplement an under salaried position, just to provide their families the basic needs.
Understood because I've been there, done dat - in fact I'm still doing it but you failed to understand da premise of "advocates for higher minimum wages". It was aimed towards those who are ONLY working a minimum wage position full or part-time and considering dat a 'career'. Since wen was flipping burgers or stocking shelves - without advancement AND at minimum wage - considered a lifetime goal for da majority of 'educated' people? And those who pick up a "minimum wage job to supplement an under salaried position" are not considering a career move because as you have said it, they are already earning a "salary" which I can only assume is a salary, not hourly. If you cannot distinguish between the two, then dis entire paragraph is moot.
Having to guesstimate dat you don't know da author of WWD!, I'm nearly da poster boy of dat statement. Right out of high school I worked three jobs (one full-time, two part-time), volunteered coaching youth baseball, volunteered as alumni marching band staff (drum majors) and going to school full-time (well, full-time classes, part-time attendance 😳 ). Nevah once did I count on "minimum wage" as a future. Yes, it is to supplement but I understood it as.... MINIMUM WAGE - definitely not a career move knowing it was 'entry level'. As of dis writing, I still work three jobs (salaried 50+ hrs/wk and two part-time), coach youth baseball and picked up anoddah full-time gig, being a father.
KIMO/JAMES: Additionally, the actions of these 12 individuals is not a measurement of their academic abilities or their individual intellectual capacities, nor their ability to achieve in a higher educational program.
Totally agreed but their "current" actions did not dictate that and das da only thing being pointed out. Even DUI and murder charges are brought upon full force BEFORE 'knowing' da individual which will impact their final charge and sentence. Their actions will bear harsh criticism but it is nothing to defend. It's almost like getting lickin's. If you know you messed up, you take it. You nevah lip back. Da problem these days is dat EVERYBODY lips back as if to justify dat it was 'almost' right - or ok - to have done wat was wrong.
KIMO/JAMES: These students made some very bad choices and need to make restitution for their actions--for ALL CONCERNED. However, their mistakes do not necessarily dictate the outcome of their future lives. In fact, their mistakes, and the lessons they learn from these mistakes, may serve to make them better persons and perhaps even an example to many others--in the future.
ABSOLUTELY! but in da mean time, you dished da damage, prepare to reap it's ugly head. Do we have to hang 'em? Heck no but they should be fully aware dat dis goes beyond just 'them' affecting all Moanaluans. Furthermore dis is fresh, not like it happened a year ago. Btw, I heard from a reliable source dat while they were unable to walk (participate in da graduation ceremony), they were still able to participate in da time honored Hawai'i tradition of receiving lei on da field!
If das true...... Wassup Wit Dat!!
As you stated, yes, da biggest hope we all have for them is dat they learn from dis horrendous mistake and strive on making bettah choices. Making "restitution" is not enough, if only monetary, as da message is basically saying if you can pay for it, then you can clean your hands and be done. Perhaps your advocacy of a higher minimum wage would aid in restitution as I can't imagine da bill being cheap.
BTW--being an "advocate for higher minimum wages" is NOT A BAD THING, and certainly not a crime....
I nevah said it was crime nor did I insinuate it. My statement stated a (general) logical deduction dat those who act dis way wouldn't be career minded and more minimum wage based which is totally for anoddah discussion. Da debate will tirelessly nevah end but have you thought of da repercussions of raising da minimum wage? Wat about those who are making $10-15 /hr now and if da minimum wage increases to say dat amount like on da mainland - do those who currently were making more than minimum but now will be making da same as da "new" minimum wage get an increase as well? Who ends up paying for dat increase? I'm not an economist but if all da prices 'increase' as well, you still in da same boat but EVERYTHING just costs more and da consumer bites da bullet! And let me just flat out say dat there's nothing wrong with minimum wage workahs as many of them are 'stuck' but let me remind you I've been there, done dat so it's up to da individual dat if you want more, it's up to you.
Your comment, basically, implies don't judge them on a 'single' action is understandable but this was an extremely bad 'decision' and they have to live with da fallout - don't make it them feel like "just pay da 'fine' and it'll be ok". Wat kine of message is dat? Did you see da destruction in full? Toilet paper can be removed but did you see da grafitti on SEVERAL buildings, da damage to da vehicle, ripping a water fountain from da wall - reallly? And das just wat was publicized.
Da damage goes beyond just one wall. It was premeditated, calculated and not performed on just on a 'whim'. In fact if you look at one of da pics, they ran out of black spray paint and continued in blue showing they were prepared to do a lot of damage. It wasn't just isolated to one area either - it was across da ENTIRE campus! There's a less circulated pic in which they even spray painted across a brass art mural dat was built into da library from before when I was attending. Let me ask you dis then, would you feel da same if someone vandalized your home and property as a prank and they were kids? Do you say, "ok, just pay for da clean up and we're all good."?
Now I challenge you, go ask any student attending - and alumni - of any school if dis 'prank' was "ok" - minimum wage or not, I can assume da answer would be no.
Mahalo Kimo/James for sharing your comment as it is sincerely appreciated and apologies to da WWD! Hui for da dissertation.....