UH-Hilo drops lecturer known for his ...

UH-Hilo drops lecturer known for his colorful language

There are 2 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 15, 2010, titled UH-Hilo drops lecturer known for his colorful language. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

HILO A University of Hawaii at Hilo lecturer suspended for cursing in class said the university system infringed on his free speech and academic freedom rights after administrators told him he won't teach next semester.Daniel Petersen, 61, last month agreed to an unpaid suspension as part of a settlement with the university over an incident ...

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Polite in Puna

Hilo, HI

#1 Dec 17, 2010
"Freedom of speech" does not mean "freedom to offend". The ex-instructor COULD have found other ways to get his point across, but chose to offend those young ones put in his care.

Sparks, NV

#2 Dec 18, 2010
Polite in Puna wrote:
"Freedom of speech" does not mean "freedom to offend". The ex-instructor COULD have found other ways to get his point across, but chose to offend those young ones put in his care.
This should offend you more than a professor's words:

The Hawaiian Islands have approximately 22,000 to 28,000 homeless with 10,000 of them being on the Island of Oahu. Hawaii also has an incarcerated population of 4,000 to 6,000 in prison (due to the high costs and overcrowding, approximately 2,000 of Hawaii's incarcerated men have been moved to Arizona), 8,000 to 10,000 are on probation & there are approximately 4,000 kids with parents who are in prison.

Studies show that 90% of these kids will end up in prison like their parents in Hawaii or those sent to Arizona. There are 1,400 kids waiting to be adopted (40% of these kids are Hawaiian) in Hawaii.

Hawaii has 100 active gangs that have an overall total of 4,000 to 6,000 gang members (gang markings are in almost every community in Hawaii with graffiti & shoes hanging from telephone wires). Every month, one woman dies due to "Domestic Violence" & likewise, one person is committing suicide. Hawaii is rated 5th in the US for the drug use of Methamphetamine, also simply known as Meth. Hawaii was once #1 for Meth use.

These statistics go on and on from divorce (within 5 to 8 years 50% of married couples divorce in Hawaii), bankruptcy, foreclosure, crime, freeway racing, legal issues, immigrant issues, hepatitis B & C, HIV/AIDS, housing/shelter, mental health, medical care, sex abuse, alcohol, financial problems & corruption.

Hawaii's buildings & lands are dirty with vandalism, rubbish, uncut grass, and piles of furniture in communities just waiting for the City & County of Honolulu to dispose of. There are many other issues that are turning Hawaii from one of the most exotic places to visit in the world to just another filthy Third World sewer.

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