Your Views for November 18

All aboard

Recently, a letter writer tried to equate our climate crisis with refugees at our border, and other unspecified actions by President Biden (“Contradictory goals,” Your Views, Nov. 16).


The writer imagines that every refugee accepted at our border would instantly consume resources at a First World rate, and that this is, absurdly, a real factor in climate change.

If refused entry, the refugee would still be living elsewhere, often burning wood for heat in the most inefficient ways. They don’t conveniently disappear when we stop thinking about them. And the claim that we must live in caves to compensate is fearmongering at its worst.

This is the same logic as designating a pee section in a swimming pool. We all share the same atmosphere.

The climate crisis is urgent, not confined to anyone country, and resistant to political rhetoric. It is not Biden‘s fault, or the refugees’ fault.

It’s a billion times bigger and more urgent than any border issue or political administration.

It requires action from all of us. Excuses and distractions are becoming harder and harder to justify. “What about this?” “What about that?”

I sincerely ask my noble, trusted local newspaper to stop promoting disinformation regarding the climate crisis.

There is one canoe here, and we are all in it.

Russell E. Ruderman


UH football blues

The University of Hawaii football team is in terrible trouble. They only scored 13 points against a 1-7 team and now find themselves at 4-7. But rather than point fingers …

Historically, for the University of Hawaii, the run-and-shoot offense has won three conference championships and one division championship. It fits the type of players that Hawaii can recruit.

This is borne out over the long term and through three different coaching regimes.

Perhaps coach (Todd) Graham should really consider changing his offense to the run-and-shoot or use more of its concepts. The present offense obviously does not work.

There are people around that could help implement a run-and-shoot, like Washington State University’s offensive coordinator Brian Smith (former UH OC), if WSU changes its coaching staff after this season.

Various Hawaii quarterbacks have flourished under that system, and Chevan Cordeiro had been doing well under that system.


Leighton Loo

Mililani, Oahu

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