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THE MAUI NEWS
THE MAUI NEWS
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IIUKh A. Coke,
TeiiCliCP's Tlio Territory of Hawaii is, at tlm present moment,
Slilill ies. deeply in (lelt, nnd ynverntncnlal expenditures are
constantly increasing. In order to tnako Mio amount of expendi
ture smaller than tlie amount of income, two methods are feasible:
retrenchment of expenditures, or increase of income.
Increase of income means increased taxation, which is looked
upon with disfavor. Retrenchment of expenditure means a-more
agreeable method, and we therefore heart amonr diver measures
before the present legislature, of several bills pioposin to furl lie'1
reduce the salaries of the teachers of the public schools.
The folly of such proposed 'cutting" of salaries does not iippear
to be as evident as it should and an enumeration of a few facts
may therefor he appropriate at this time.
1. The teacher's salaries are cut three per cent. The schedule
of salaries, which is virtually a contract, and supposedly approved
of and supported by the Legislature, is, so far as actual s.tlarios is
concerned, a pleasant fiction. So, to begin with, the salaries are
''below par'', the present cut falling heaviest, of course, on the
smaller, and most numerous, salaries.
2. The rapidly increasing cost of living, both in Honolulu mid
in other parts of t.he Territory, already taxes the present meagre
salaries of teachers to their utmost, many teachers are barely
"making a living'', and are moreover, definitely prohibited from
adding to their scanty livelihood by outside work.
3. The general movement everywhere else is for the increase in
the salaries of teachers. Their tremendous importance in the wel
fare of tho state, and in the true establishment of democracy, is
realized more and more and everywhere on the Mainland and iu
many parts of Europe their salaries are regularly am1, systematic
ally advanced. The idea of red ucing their salaries is opposed to
all sound advance, and in the Territory represents a most retro
4. The peculiar race conditions here make especially necessary
a largo, efficient, and compulsory public school system, that will
weld these heterogeneous peoples into an intelligent citizenship.
Nothing is so destructive to democracy as ignorance, most espec
ially when it exists in large masses of propertyless people. Any
thing whatsoever that prevents the education of citizens is most
undemocratic and most dangerous to the welfare of the Territory.
5. This proposed "'cut" in teacher's salaries, resulting most
surely in inellicient public schools, thus effects, most seriously tho
majority of citizens. The rich can send their children to private
schools, but for the great mass of the people, for the rank and tile,
the public schools are of paramount importance. The future wel
fare of their sons and daughters is directly and vitally affected.
The verdict of history has ever been that poor ,scluiols and poor
government go hand in hand.
The teachers in the public schools lire fundamentally the most
important employees of the Territory. The public school is tiie
cradle of democracy. Despots and autocrats fear and hate'them.
The great question now before this Territory indeed, the greatest
question is this: Shall we foolishly cripple our public school
system, endangering our future
shall we systematically and increasingly advance its ellicicncyy
May It is pretty safe
Consolidate, will be made in the Department of Public Works
and the Land and Survey Bureaus and that these, will be practic
ally consolidated while much of
several heads will be done by certain county olliciuls.
Such a scheme, if intelligently worked out, would be in keeping
with economy and would be a popular move us there is a general
tendency to get our government affairs more and more iu Ihe hau l-,
of the county ollicials instead of centralized t'ovorhment in Hono
lulu. It is idle to argue that centralized government' is the most eci
nomical and the most ellicient A great, majority f the people on
every island outside of Oahu believe that the Territorial officials as
a rule run their respective departments for tjie welfare of Hono
lulu first and for the interests of the rest of the community after
wards. Of course there are exceptions ana the Superintendent of
Public Works seems to bo the most noticeable except mu to this
rule but none of tho present scheme is so popular as local self-government
and.no American state would countenance the expensive
and dual form of government that we have here and we fail to see
the use of keeping up the two systems that are now in vogue.
Whether the changes contemplated are wise or otherwise we are
not in a position to say but we do know that material changes are
practically decided upon and believe that changes could be made
to the best interests of the community. . .
That Land Commissioner I'rutt and Treasurer Campbell will not
be confirmed is the opinion of those who are in close touch with in
side affairs. Pratt has failed to meet the popular demand for land's
for settlement while Campbell has run his cilice iu such a way as to
engender bitter antagonism. His refusal to grant Tax Assessor
Robinson a leave of absence after he had been continuously in office
for over fifteen years lost him many st rong friends here. His utter
disregard of the wishes of Maui citizens pi the appointment of a
successor was another slap at Maui and more than the people here
will stand for.
It is not denied that M r. Kunewa, who was appointed as local
tax assessor, is a most efficient officer and a gentlommi, but the
utter disregard of the wishes of the people hero and tho endless
scheme of making everything centralized in Honolulu, for Honolulu,
and by Honolulu, has gone so far that a reaction has set in and will
probably not only result in the non-confirmation of ellicient officials
but the discontinuance of the offices which some of them fill
Mmii'H await, as lei'otul-rlasR matter.
tc-ltor ntid v mincer
MARCH 20, liHHl
political and social prosperity, or
to predict that a great change
the work that is now done by these
Citizens Strongly Favor Low
In response to a call issued - by
the President of the Wnihiku Dis
t rift Improvement As.-meiat ion
about twenty-live-members of the
Association and a few other citi
zens met at 'he court house for the
purpose of expressing their wishes
in regard to the selection of a nark
site for W'n iluku.
('harlep Wilcox for the commit
tee reported that the committee re
cently appointed to investigate the
matter hail visited the various
sites and that they had seen the
manager of the plantation, Mr.
lYnhaliow who had stated that he
was willing to negotiate for either
site hut pcr.-ouaily preferred the
lower site. Mr. Wilcox reported
that the majority of the committee
favored the lower site
M r. Ca.-e then reported that lie
had gone to Honolulu and seen the
members ef the Maui delegation hi
the Legislature and that they and
he had gone to see the (inventor
and that In; was very favorably
impressed with the plan to give a
site for a park for the use of the
citizens of Waihiku. The Gover
nor also wished to negotiate for in
creased lands for tho use of the
President Keola strongly advis
ed the members to agree unani
mously and not agree to disagree1
and thereby block the plan to get
D. L. Meyer pointed out many
reasons for the i-eleelion of the site
below the new depot. He said that
in the past there had been strong
objections to tin; old site for the
reason that a' number of pcopK
were oppo-cd to the noise that
alway" goes with baseball. He
urged t he ehoice.of the lower site.
j. Garcia said that a site should
be ch'jsen not for baseball alone
hut for the ninny purposes to which
a park i usually put. He said
that he believed the lower site
would be ideal for basebail and
belter adapted to the many needs
as a park
He saiil the present grounds
are surrounded by huildi.igi and
thai it is but natural that the noise
at a baseball game should disturb
many persons, lie said that iLhe
for in.-tiitiec were occupied in pray
er on a Sunday aftinioou he would
not want a baseball game going on
in his back yard at the same time.
He strongly favored the lower site.
Mr. Wads worth said that pro
bably the improvement Association
had acted with some haste in select
ing a site and that probably the
supervisors had but that both
bodies had acted with perfect good
faith and tha'. both were woiking
fot eommi nda oie objects, lie said
that he thought that the supervis
ors fiom liana ami Molokui were
not partii'iilm' ft to which -'ite
should he chosen and that pro
bably none of them but the local
supervisor was particularly inter
ested in the matter. He said that
tiie local su pei visor might have
acted without the knowledge that
there was a move on foot to secure
the lower site and expressed the
belief that all would agree to select
the site that the majority wished
regardless of which sito that might
He then pointed out that the
present ball grounds could "never
he made an ornament to the town
and strongly favored the lower site.
County Attorney J. L. Coke said
that we now have an opportunity
to get grounds which we could use
when ami how we chose and stated
that at one time we had to go to
Kahului for grounds on which to
play ball. 1 !e said that for years
we I' ad In t n but tenants at Will of
the present park site am! thai we
could have been put off the grounds
at any time that it suited the whim
of the former manager. He also
pointed out that there had been
strenuous object ion to the noise
there and that if the same ile is
chosen it is almost certain that re
sidents in that vacinity would
make complaint to the authorities
and in all probability put a st p
to the use of the grounds for bail
playing. He said that he believed
that suitable arrangements could
be made for the continuation of the
games ell the prevent grounds for
the present season. He urged all
to unite on one site and agree to a
unanimous choice whichever way
the majority went He strongly
favored t he new site.
County Clerk W. - Kaae point
ed out the fact that the new site
will cost more than the old one for
leveling Up the evotiiicls. ,
(ieorge Cuminings expressed a
fear that if the new grounds were
chosen that they would not be
ready for the ga mi's of this season.
Mr Wadsworth said that lie be
lieved that we should look to the
future as well as the present and
that the selection of a suitable site
for a park is a most important
matter. That under no cin uni
stances could a suitable park be
made of the old site and that if the
question was to he determined sole
ly on whether we could gel the old
site for this seasons an.es that he
would pledge a hundred dollars of
his own money foi the use of the
old grounds if it were necessary in
order that the games there could
be played and a suitable site si led
ed. -I. L. Coke said that he favored
the new site for the reason that the
new grounds were ample fur all pur
poses, that he believed the old
grounds could be had for the sea
son's games and that the new ones
Wife not ill the residential Section
while the' eihl ones are. He therefore
moved that the citizens choose the
new site. This was sirondcd by 1).
L. M. lialdwin opposeel the' mo
tion and was strongly in favor of
the' site' formerly used, lie urged
the Association to postpeme' action
until another committee coiilel meas
ure the grounds and report as he'
pointed out that the first committee
had neit measured the" groiinels.
Supervisor Lyons stated his jxisi
tion and was roundly cheered -several
times. He said that he had not
known of the action taken by the
Improve-ment Association at tin- time'
of his introducing his former reso
lution and that if he had he' would
have given in. That it .vas his ele
shv to get a park for the town and
that it was not mate rial to, him
where the same was so long as it was
the most suitable site' that could be
He said that this district will ex
pend if.sOOO on the' I'liutie in' Ave'iiue
in a wry short time ami that the
district will not he able to do much
for the new park this season.
He said that he was also trying
to get a playground for the children
eif the" town.
On the original motion of Coke
being put eve ryone present but Mr.
L. M. Baldwin voteel in favor of the;
new site. It was then voteel tei make
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ALEXANDER & BALDWIN, Ltd.;- ALEXANDER BALDWIN,
San Praueioco and the Hawaiian Islands; AM ERIC AN-11 AW A
Arc Fighting the Cut In
At a called meeting of the Terri
torial, Teacher's Association, on
Friday of last, week, tiie following
committee was appointed to in
vestigate and act upon certain
measures now before the Legisla
ture, relative to reducing the school
appropriations, and the salaries of
Mr. M. M. Scott, Chairman; J.
C. Davies, Kelgar Wood-, C. W.
Baldwin, V. McCaughi'y, forming
the Executive Branch of the Com
mittee; Mrs. N. L. 1), Frascr, Miss
Nellie McLain, Miss L. K. Iaukea.
Miss A. MoHsman, Miss A. K,
Judd, Miss E. C. Lyons, fnrmimr
the; Advisory Branch of the- Com
mittee. The proposed action ef the Legis
lature, cutting, the already scanty
salaries of th iciicln'i. is decided
ly retrogressive, and will greatly
lower the elheienev ot the. liublic
school system. The' ti'ielelicy of
the Legislature to become1 so con-
e-erneel in immediate' financial
matters, as to ignore the great
political and moral importance' eif
popular education, is te be deplor
ed. The public scljool teacher is
the most important employee iu the
service of the Territory, and fre
quent cult ing of sa lary is eonduei ve
te) im llieient service.
The Legislation Committee of the
Territorial Teachers Association,
Saturday morning, sent message
to tiie Committees on Eelucalion,
eif (he Senate and of the House, re
queslin; an audience. This Com
mittee wished tei present the pie
sent pt.blie school problems from
the standpoint of those . . actually
engaged in this weuk-thc teachers
Several measures are now before
the Legislature that, if passed, will
have a most disastrous effect upon
the stdmeds No retrenchment of ex
pense's can he more ili advised than
that effecting the public schools.
The schools of the Territory are
already over crowded to a most
alarming extent.. Great expansion,
increase in seating capacity, and
in the number of teachers, is neeel
eel. These children will be citizens
in a few years, and history has
shown repeatedly the political dan
ger and economic failure; of igneirl
ant citizenship. The social anel
political safety of this Territory
lies 'in its public sc.he.ol system,
and any curtailment of its effici
ency, is a most short sighted polie-y.
the choice unanimous which motion
was seconded by Mr. llalilwin anil
every one present veih'il in favor of
the same'. vs
It was then voted to wire the re
sult of the motion to S. Kt liiimi em
the suggestion of Supervisor Lyons
which was June.
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