My first impulse was to reply back to this SMS but then I thought that probably there are thousands of people who think the same way, over the past few years I have had numerous discussions / debates with people who knew a lot about Tennis or practically nothing but one think was common they glorified Sania and consider no other Indian can come on par with her, well the other girl in question in the SMS is one Ms Nischela Reddy who had secured a scholarship in US and had migrated to US of A to seek better pastures in 2002.
Well when one reads the message the following is loud and clear
· INDIAN COACHES ARE WORTLESS
· INDIANS SHOULD NOT DREAM
· TO BE A TENNIS PROFESSIONAL YOU NEED MONEY
INDIAN COACHES ARE WORTLESS
Indian coaches are worthless?
Really !!!!! I am baffled, I am comparing with cricket because a lot of people can understand the logic behind, lets look at this scenario in cricket, India has produced some of the best players of the world like Bedi, Gavaskar, Prassanna, Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, Sachin to name a few, did any of these players had a foreign coach at their disposal ? Yet when our team needs a coach we are desperately seeking offshore markets.
I fail to understand why we write off our own people who are good, why we cannot pay them what we do to these foreigners? Why we are still slaves in our attitude and approach and consider that only these "Imported people" can deliver the results?
Agreed that the packaging of these so called experts is good, they have polished presentation skills but do we need only the packaging & presentation skills? Are these the only prerequisites of a good coach?
When India won the world cup did they have a foreign coach? Then again under a foreign coach did we replicate that performance?
Anyway coming back to tennis and that SMS I would prefer to break it into small questions and answer…
But she is getting trained in us for years. What did she achieve in india?
The player here in question is one Ms Nischela Reddy who was trained by me from 1995 till she got the US scholarship, well without going into many details I would just state that for a player who was nothing as recent as 1998 was ranked No5 in under – 18 nationally in the year 2000, that too with a string of injuries, she participated in very few select tournaments than her rivals. Then getting a lucrative college scholarship in the US to get educated and play tennis without spending a penny from the pocket is in itself an achievement, probably it would have cost her parents anywhere between 30 to 50 lacks if they would have paid for it. Now is it not an achievement for an Indian coach to train a player at Rs 500 per month (that is around 12 US$ - though it's a different story that her training cost was subsidized by my academy) and make her an International Player? If you go through her performances listed on the net She has the best Win-Loss record in the first year she landed in the US of A. Is that not an achievement for the Coach and Player? It is fact that when she was leaving for the US I had told her mother that a few more years in the circuit and she will do well to which I got an answer saying that Indian girls can never become tennis stars, Well that time I had told her mother that Sania's approach is good, she is very active on the ITF Tour irrespective of the results and it's a matter of time when she strikes it big, the lady laughed at me and asked me to keep on dreaming, well I kept on dreaming… so did Sania, Sania's dream came true its a matter of time when my dream will come true…. To see many Sania Mirza's on the tour. Well Sania too had an option to go for a US scholarship, but she went for the ITF circuit, the rest is history.
Is that not an achievement for the Indian Coach and Player?
what did sania did with indian coaches?
I would like to ask:
· Which foreign coach Sania was being trained by when she won the Junior Wimbledon / Afro Asian games? The performances that really propelled her to where she is today.
· How much did she pay the coaches who slogged out with her, did she even thank them and accept their contribution to her career, whenever she came to my academy I didn't charge her anything, the first time she trained under me was in 1995 and the last in summer of 2002, in fact the very first press note about her was written by me and distributed to local newspapers, I am aware that all the other coaches too who worked with her were paid peanuts.
· We can pay fabulous amounts to a "foreign coach" but when it comes to an Indian coach we try to be stingy and petty, why?
· We take the advice of a "foreign coach" as a gospel of God, but we shrug of an Indian, Why?
· Why don't people understand the financial dynamics involved, when you pay more than it translates into better facilities for the players, experienced and dedicated support staff in the academy / camp, the coach can afford to give personalized attention since he can limit his intake of players and concentrate on a select few.
· Are our Indian coaches provided with the facilities available abroad, in India I have seen so many Government facilities going waste and when government talks about private partnership then it makes it a business deal, then the whole concept gets diluted.
· Do we have a National Talent search policy? We reward performances but do we identify and nurture talent?
· Is the media proactive? Are the reporters who cover the event are having adequate knowledge about the sport? Recently I have come across many a pictures in a leading local daily where the player is hitting a forehand while the tagline said that the player is poised to hit a backhand and vice versa.
· Local events are never covered in depth by the local newspapers thereby depriving the local sportsmen from getting adequate exposure.
· If only it was not for Indian Coaches will Sania Mirza be a Sania Mirza. For your information Sania Mirza was recommended to GVK group for sponsorship by a Hyderabad coach. If GVK Group would not have sponsored Sania then we would have had no Sania Mirza, so many Sania's are languishing in this country.
So we all know that Sania Mirza has made it big, we accept her as a living legend, that's good, we glorify her when she performs and condemn her when she doesn't. Does the buck stop here? Can we live another twenty years for one more Sania Mirza to bring laurels to the country? Can we live hoping for a miracle to happen? Or should we make the making of a Sania Mirza a learning experience and try to churn out a Sania Mirza every year?
Where does all this leave us? Groping in the dark? It's high time we revamped our approach and accept / reward talent. Its high time we revamped our antiquated policies, high time our officials in power dumped the approach of British Raj which were formulated to suppress the Indian on the road, its high time that they accepted that WE the INDIANS are the reason that they are wherever they are.
look at her ranking aftr ONLY 6m of US traing
Well if you look at Sania's performances right from the time she made it big was patchy, some brilliant some shoddy, she was glorified – she was condemned, after a string of big performances I always feel that she and her family goes on the defensive, try to prepare her fans mentally for the worst, we hear about her injuries, pulling out of tournaments, and then we see her at media events, inaugurations and what not? Now if I analyze:
· Sania's game has many inherent weaknesses, the biggest is her serve which has let her down on many an occasions which I had tried to rectify during her many stints with me, , She had the habit of dropping her non-serving arm too early, meeting the ball very far away from her head and her body used to travel in a different direction rather than travelling in the direction of her serve to facilitate the proper weight transfer, unfortunately her parents were never ready to spent a few months on developing a technically better service motion, which is normally required to correct a major flaw in technique.
· She relies more on her forehand, especially cross-courts but you start rallying with her in mid court and take away her angles she lands in problem, check it out sometime, don't hit cross court take away her angles, be prepared to chase down every ball.
· Her Volley's lack the punch same goes for overheads too. Call her to the net send her back and you have a victory.
· I feel that after a string of good performances she loves basking in public glory as everyone but the good and bad are the two sides of a same coin…. The fear of falling down from the pedestal, the fear of ridicule that takes its toll… then we see shoddy performances, she reaches a bottom when she has nothing to lose, she had been ridiculed, condemned enough…. She has nothing to lose now…. The focus is only on tennis…. That's again we see some performances, it's a vicious cycle she is getting dragged into: So I guess the same happened during her stay in the US, she was far away from the Indian media and fans…. She had already stuck the rock bottom of her career, her Indian fans had already written her off, she had nothing to lose but just play tennis… which I guess she did, after that string of good performances which saw her climb to her career best she was awarded a hero's welcome back home… she shared the stage with Shahruk and Sachin…. But she pulled out of Sunfeast Open citing wrist injury, I am only speculating… probably she does have an injury, probably its her mind playing games with her, whatever I just wish her the best. Hope she has the courage to overcome her opponents and her inner demons. I have not studied her game much off late technically but I intend to do it now and write another article " My Advice to Sania ".
here people live in buckets..dream of oceans..
Probably my learned friend who is a Canadian Immigrant means to say that Indian's should not dream.
Well my Dear Friend all that I know is that a dream is a start, everything starts with a dream, then dream turns into a desire, desire into ambition, ambition into hard work, commitment, struggle…. And then when a little luck / timing is added to these ingredients…. History is rewritten…. Legends are born….
Well my learned friend do you know that you have to dream more when as you say "live in the buckets"…. People who live in these so called buckets…. Holes….. Wells…… dream more…. If you check the statistics buddy you will find people from these buckets…. Holes…. Wells…. Has achieved more, rewrote history and became legends than people who lived in Palaces… that's because these people living in buckets had a reason to dream…. To achieve…. And a burning desire to prove to people like you who would want to even control other dreams…. Condemn them for no fault of theirs….
Well for your information when I have to compare a Sania Mirza v/s a Nischela Reddy…. Sania lived in a bucket whereas Nischela in a palace, Sania had nothing to lose where as Nischela's every move was dictated by societal factors, Sania could go all out…. Nischela could not…. Sania became India's golden girl, Nischela didn't…. Sania became a legend…. Nischela is probably just happy with a free US scholarship and probably a green card tomorrow? Well India and the world will remember Sania Mirza forever while Nischela Reddy and You my Dear Friend will be lost in the mists of time.
to b tennis star one need money
Well my Dear Friend you are so correct on this, tennis is one the most expensive sports all over the world but then tennis is rewarding too, Indian tennis players suffer due to lack of funds because:
· The number game doesn't work out for the sports equipment companies go set aside big budgets for promotion at grass root level.
· The Indian mentality easily of accepting "foreign role model" over an Indian sport star, for example a Maria Sharapova endorsing a product will have a better visibility and sale than an Indian, so for these sports equipment manufacturing companies there is no immediate need to sponsor an Indian to promote their products. If only my countrymen had National Pride and reject our rivals then I am sure a lot of endorsement money will be made available for Indian Sports.
· There is hardly any assistance available to upcoming talented sportsmen from the government or from the corporate sector, that is because the Government funds are distributed at whim and wish of the concerned officials and the Corporate sector looks at immediate gains in terms of publicity, goodwill etc. Hence a talented sportsman is deprived of equal opportunity to develop.
· Our approach, attitude, policies are not conducive for nurturing talent, its only after someone has performed we have a lot of people coming up on the center stage to claim how well they had identified the talent years ago, how they were sure that one day that player / sportsman will perform – Hogwash… that's what I would say with my experience, it's a bitter reality which we need to accept, when a sports person is in a struggling phase he/she is rarely supported in reality. Many of the people I have come across think that you are not a successful tennis player till you win Wimbledon, really??? Wimbledon is the pinnacle, there are so many smaller milestones along the way to reach the pinnacle and I believe in celebrating every small victory along the way and make every defeat as a learning experience, as a director of the academy I had a tough time convincing the parents who wanted a title every time a player participated in a tournament, a quarter-final, a semi-final was never celebrated, always the approach was if you won then you played good – if you lost you played bad. I accept and believe that every sportsman has a potential, you can play bad and still win at the same time you can play good and still lose, and everything depends upon who is across the net. I always stressed upon performing up to one's potential. That reflects in my academy's slogan "Enhance your potential – Challenge your limits". To create future champions we need to accept that every victory is a small step towards that goal and should be celebrated and rewarded while every loss an invaluable experience that will help one become better to reach the pinnacle, to create one champion we need to nurture thousands of talented sportsmen.
· Now when I look at Indian tennis its near to impossible for many Indians to travel abroad to collect those valuable ITF points which can propel them in bigger league, but if only we had a lot of ITF tournaments right here in the country then it would give our players the much required breathing space, no doubt over the few years we have seen a few big names in the world coming to India thanks to some ATP/WTA events being conducted but who benefits the foreign players and the sponsors, how many Indian players get into the main draw? I feel one big event can translate into probably 20 or more tier 3/4/5 ITF tournaments, and then the Indian Players will have more opportunity to get in the main draw of these events and collect points and then again having a strong junior ITF circuit in India will definitely attract upcoming international players which in turn will give our players the much desired exposure and confidence. If I had a choice I will see that we have as many as 12 to 16 weeks of Junior ITF grade 3/4/5 Tour in India as well as WTA / Satellite events.
· It would give a big boost not only to tennis but every other sport if every single corporate in this country adopts a few upcoming players without a bias, initiate talent search programs, devote some of their real estate to develop academies and contribute to the sporting community.
· I want to see sportsmen at the helm of their associations; do we need a Sharad Pawar to head BCCI? Why not a Gavaskar or Kapil Dev? Who can understand the sport better than them? Why can't Vijay Amritraj or Ramesh Krishnan head AITA?
· Last but not the least I would want the local media playing an important proactive role in bringing the local sportsmen on center stage, I am sure that the local media both electronic and print can devote some space without thinking about the financials to highlight the local sportsmen. That will really give the exposure and motivation for all those who are still climbing up the ladder.
I hope my Dear Friend that answers most of your questions as well as others, I am not one of those who may just for the sake of a discussion may talk about a Sania Mirza or MS Dhoni but I truly believe that we INDIANS are no way inferior to our western counterparts, either sports or technology or engineering, We can be the best when provided with a conducive environment and support. I believe in finding solutions and not just resting upon someone's efforts. I am shortly coming up with a Sports Foundation through which I will be able to do my part, play my role. Educate people and nurture talent.
March 23, 2009 01:09 PM PDT
gud analysis bu you give long gaps write more ofter i feel other players too read ur article thats why sania is losing you should have told her only not on the net
|VERNON BALMER JR. |
February 21, 2009 06:23 AM PST
I am submitting this to various individuals, agencies, and institutions, in hopes that it will get to someone that can and will do something to bring justice to this matter.
VERNON BALMER JR.
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96820
Monday Aug 18th, I go to the police station to get a copy of the report made to Officer Porter. It's not with the rest of the paper work.
July 21st, I made a report to an officer by the name of Lisa Aksionczyk, on Saturday of this month, about a stolen backpack I left on the route E bus. Ms. Aksionczyk suggested at the time, that I inquire at the lost and found department of The Bus. I thought this was a good idea, so that a Good Samaritan would not have the unpleasant experience of someone thinking they were a thief.
The only time I could check with The Bus lost and found would be the following Monday, it is not open on weekends. I did call The Bus, on Saturday, with an emergency report because there was important ID in the backpack.
I was told by the representative that no backpack was turned in. On Monday I went to the transit center to inquire in person, and was disappointed to be shown backpacks that were not mine.
I returned to the police station downtown to complete the report with Ms. Aksionczyk, at 5:40 in the morning on Monday and was told by the officer on duty at the receiving area that she would be in at 6:00. I waited until 6:00 and inquired with a different officer, and was told that she would not be at the receiving area until 10:30 - 2:30. I tried again during these hours, without success. This has been 5 days now and no report has been generated and I can not get a number to reference concerning the case. I need to no how to get the report filed and a number to reference with further correspondence.
MY BACK PACK IS STOLEN FROM A ROUTE "E" BUS. I MAKE A REPORT TO OFFICER AKSIONCZYK ON 6/21/08. I HAVE TO MAKE ANOTHER REPORT TO OFFICER PORTER ON THE 27 BECAUSE THE FIRST ONE WAS NOT FILED.
I AM TOLD THAT IF THE BACKPACK IS TURNED IN OR FOUND SINCE I HAVE LOCKS ON THE ZIPPERS, THE POLICE WILL HAVE TO "BREAK" IT OPEN TO ASCERTAIN THE OWNER.
THE BUS DRIVER, WHO TELLS ME HIS NAME IS "RAYMOND" SAYS THE BUS TERMINATES IN WAIPAHU. I FIND OUT THE ROUTE ENDS IN EWA. RAYMOND LIED.
January 2008: Unlike the DCCA of Hawaii, who I supplied documentation to, the Department of Health and Human Services "Region 10", without documentation, finds that Dr. Au did violate the privacy act by charging me too much for copies of my records.
But, Region 10 tells me they cannot precede on the 6 other allegations
1. Along with saying I did not see as well with the new glasses, I said that the prescription that I was given was weaker than the one I had the previous 7, count them, seven years. Your office, nor the DCCA responded to this charge.
2. The reason I asked Dr. Au to change the prescription was because the NEW one, I repeat, was weaker in one eye. This was the only alternative Dr. Au gave me other than accepting the weaker prescription.
3. The "Vision Certificate" Dr. Au provide, had no license number where it should have been and she did not sign it where it should have been signed.
4. Dr Au refused to give me photocopies of my records and did not give me a reason, per her offices policy, when I asked for them in her office.
5. Dr charged me 2.00 dollars per page, totaling 20.00 dollars, which I believe is exorbitant.
6. There are conflicting numbers on my records, that I would like explained. This, no one has addressed. And I doubt that my records were reviewed by an impartial optometrist, as any reasonable person would assume to be a part on what your office calls an investigation.
7. I was trespassed from Dr. Au's office for no other reason than asking for copies of my files, and in her response to the DCCA she says I was escorted out of her offices by mall security, which is a lie by a optometrist that practices deceit.
Nov, 2007. My complaint about Central Pacific Bank is not sent to the FDIC regional offices in California. Instead it is sent to Kansas City. Missouri. The response I get from FDIC says my concerns are contractual, although I point out two misrepresentations by the bank's compliance counsel, Judith A. Villarreal.
Ms. Villarreal says I did not contact Mr. Clint Arnoldus, Mr. Dennis K. Isono. I have Certified Receipts and electronic verification from USPS that says I did.
Coincidentally, there are officials at the Kansas City offices with the name Villarreal: Jesse O. Villarreal Jr., Lisa M. Villarreal and Victor Villarreal.
It is my opinion, that a person trained as a lawyer would verify facts before submitting them in official documentation. Therefore, I can only assume that Ms. Villarreal had a serious lapse in judgment, or she was lied to by those she spoke with.
March 2007: My complaint to the Dept. Of Ed is refused on the grounds that they do not fund any programs or activities at the Hawaii State Public Library System, and therefore do not have jurisdiction.
If the situation is threatening enough to cause a change in levels moment to moment, it stands to my reason, it would remain at a certain level until there is a sufficient enough change or stabilization to bring it to a lesser level. But that's just me.
On the 17th Oct. 2006, I submit a complaint to the Police Commission relaying concerns about the treatment I experienced at the security checkpoint at HPD District 1 the previous day. An investigator tells me it is the policeman's job to "interpret the law".
Returning to the station to locate a article I left, I am told by Officer Kahele, in the presence of one officer Hung, and another, that it is mandatory that I produce ID, and that I remove everything from my pockets, and take off my belt before passing through the metal detector.
I point out this information is not on the signs, and officer Kahele says there will be no furthering of my purpose if I do not comply. After complying, I am told by officer Kahele that I must sit down, or she will not take my report. Previous to this occasion , when at the HPD headquarters, I was never asked to remove everything from my pockets and, or to remove my belt, or that I had to produce ID to enter. Officer Lau, the sergeant for this post, tells me the same.
I am told by a detective that it is not mandatory to produce ID, "We don't care who you are. Anyone has the right to come in here". Sergeant Lau, who I am told is the officer in charge of the post says depending on the threat level, procedures may change day to day. He says one may b e required to remove everything from ones pockets etc., or be required to submit to different procedures. I inform him that on the same day, when I was there previously, I was not required to do so. He inform me that the security level may change from moment to moment.
On Oct. 16, 2006 I submit a complaint to HPD Internal Affairs relaying concerns about not being asked to identify the driver of the vehicle that hit me on the 8th of Sept., and the fact that, the person who stood as Chris Pa at the arraignment was not the driver of the car.
Oct. 6, 2006, I go to the arraignment of A Mr. Chris Pa. I am surprised to see that this Mr. Pa is not the driver I saw, while laying on the hood of the car and peering through the windshield, and definitely not the man I looked in the face and spoke to through an opened window. This may be due to the fact that I was not asked to identify the person located, arrested, or cited, on the night of the incident or at any subsequent time, until I see him at the arraignment. I am directed by the presiding judge to inform the prosecutors office, which I do.
Oct. 2, 2006: I am told at traffic court there is no court date set, but have found online there is one on Oct. 6, in room 4B, and I am not included as the victim. I still get correspondence from the insurer's agents telling me of medical coverage available, although I told the driver, the responding officer, and previously the insurer's agent, I am OK.
Sept.21, 2006: I go to City Hall to get a voters registration card and am told it will cost .50 cents.
I am surprised to get a "Certificate", ala Lens Crafters, and ask is this it? I am told yes by the clerk. Today, on "The Bus" I see a man who says he works at the polls, who tells me there is still a little yellow card that comes in the mail and is surprised to see t
Sept. 8, 2006: I am hit by a car bearing license plate JST 203, that was stopped at a crosswalk. The driver is looking at me when he accelerates. The driver doesn't wait for police to arrive. They find him at his home. The police rep ort reads Crime Code 550, which I am told means, a collision with damage of more than 3000 dollars. I am told the responding police officer decides if there will be an investigation. More HONOLULU HOKUM.
This is the place where, those who would complain about wrongdoing are persecuted, harassed, smeared and railroaded. Where the perpetrators are bribed to keep quiet, or go along with the cover-up, promoted, and transferred.
Sept. 7, 2006: A security guard, Solomona Savea, badge number - 90187, at the Hawaii State Library, calls me a "nigger" twice" in the library foyer, in a loud voice.
Aug. 10, 2006: I have been told by Sen. Barack Obama's office, where I sent this same correspondence, that someone from Sen. Akaka's office would contact me, because Sen. Obama's office forwarded the correspondence to them. I have yet to hear from Sen. Akaka's office.
Correspondence to Senator Obama's Office:
Sent: Wed, Jun 6 4:46 PM
Subject: Ms. Mason
Thank you for the assistance you have given. Please, do not contact Senator Akaka's office again, on my behalf. Unless there is some necessary secrecy to an investigation he is doing, all I have received from his offices is a letter in response to my inquiring about funds for the Hawaii State Library. My concerns extend much further than this. Hopefully, the light being shed on activities in the Justice Department will lend itself to some justice for me. Otherwise, it will be nothing but justice delayed and denied.
July 23, 2006: An Optometrist, Kim Agena at a Lens Crafters gives me a prescription that is weaker than the one I had for the previous 7 years.
Doctor Au, a co-owner corrects this, but when I ask for photocopies of my records the doctor refuses and gives me a hand written "Vision Certificate" instead, that is not signed and does not contain a license number where applicable. I have made a formal request in writing. They have told me it will be at a cost of 20 dollars for 10 pages, which seems exorbitant and requested that I not seek services at any Optometrists in Lens Crafters.
The doctor, Au, is the co - owner along with Dr. Lau, of all the Optometrist offices in Lens Crafters, in Honolulu. In other words, I cannot get an eye exam at Lens Crafters. Is it considered rude or threatening, to ask for one's records?
The advice I get here is nothing but a pack of lies.
The local ACLU has written me 3 differing and separate excuses why they cannot or will not get involved, but never the conflict I found below.
April 2006: I have had two librarians and a circulation clerk tell me there is no report possible for stolen books. They must be lost. This would have caused fees to be incurred by me. I had to take the police report to the State Librarian's Office to settle the matter and have the fines removed from my account. This all could have been done at the State Library.
Jan. 2006: I have had two bank accounts effected. One because a deposit I made to cover my use of overdraft protection was not credited; they rescinded the "overdraft" and CLOSED my account. The bank says it had to be held in the account for a day, to be credited. Nowhere in the terms and conditions is this stated. The depletion of the other account, I have been given no reason for. July 2006, I have written to the Clint Arnoldus Denis Isono and Susan Tachino asking them to explain, and have received no response.
Recently, I have made another complaint, in addition to the previous five, to the USPS - OIG, about mail I am to receive or have sent. I sent a certified letter to Richard E. Fairfax, Directorate of Enforcement Programs - OSHA, in Washington D.C., on the 2nd of December. The certification number is 7005 2570 0000 6898 2586. I look at the track and confirm feature at USPS.COM and there is no record of it having been delivered yet.
My case was dismissed May 24, 2006. How often does this occur? A case is dismissed with two days difference between the dismissal date and the termination date, (May 26, 2004) of the individual filing suit. I will never understand how the three judges that made decisions in this case could not see that it is too complex for anyone who would consider themselves a pro se litigant, which I do not.
This has been an uphill battle against an opponent whose underwriters include a Fortune 500 company, FNF.
Emails sent to lawyers:
Dear Vernon---- Your letter is alarming. I have over time, received calls
from persons very distressed by the Hawaii you know In fact I've been out of Hawaii for many months one reason being the hostile and dysfunctional nature of things. I've even been jailed on a charge it took the Judge when I finally got before one 2 minutes to throw out.That all being said have no ability to be of help to you other than to give you encouragement from this distance.
Sincerely John Goemans
From: Eric Grant firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 01:06:41 -0500
Subject: RE: Still attempting to contact Mr. Goemans
Mr. Balmer, Mr. Goemans' address is email@example.com
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Subject: Still attempting to contact Mr. Goemans. If he has one, and you know Mr. Goeman's e-mail address kindly forward this to it, please.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I have resided here in Honolulu, Hawaii for almost 4 years now. I had intended to stay here when I made the decision to come, and was happy to have found employment relatively soon. I found a job working with a temporary agency for 4 months. I was hired by the client as a regular employee, Sept. 2002. On my first day of regular hire, I was shocked to hear, "you know why they hired him, don't you", from one of my co-workers. But, needing to work for a living and being in a strange place, I thought it best to ignore this, after all, I was hired.
At the beginning of my time with the client, Title Guaranty, I was told by the on site supervisor, that if I was to take a particular bus and call her first, "there would be more work". The day after this I handed her my time card, ready to seek another assignment, when she acted as though she didn't know why I would be doing this.
When I explained, she countered with some nebulous words and said I could work as long as the company needed me.
Subsequently, the same supervisor would tell me that I had to give her a key or the combination to the lock on my locker, "in case of an emergency". I thought this to be a strange request, as I could not imagine an emergency in my locker that would require her or anyone else to open it without me. I didn't respond to her request, and not hearing anything further, I gathered that it was not company policy at all.
Having a co-worker refer to me as "boy" and another ask me 3 times - after giving an answer twice - "why do black people use the N word?", did not make me feel very gregarious among them. I was also told by a co-worker, "all Hawaii is a gang brah.", and by another, "it's all connected", the supervisor speaking about a former supervisor said, "we made him quit because he thought he was smarter than us, cause he was from the east coast".
We were housed in a basement of what is now a former Costco building, with an air-conditioner as the only ventilation. When I noticed mold growing in a hole, in the wall beneath the air-conditioner, adjacent to the room where I sometimes, but mostly my co-workers would eat lunch, I asked them about it and was told that management was made aware of it and did nothing. I decided to inform management myself, considering the untruths I had previously heard from some. I was thanked by the assistant to the woman in accounting who handled the repairs for the building.
I did not think it was a major undertaking by a very successful company to fix this problem, and was surprised at the length of time it was taking to address the situation, so I informed OSHA, Aug. 2003. This is when things started to go further south. Coincidentally, the day after going to the OSHA offices, the next day at work, my supervisor stated to a co-worker, "Vernon went to OSHA." This information was not given to her or any co-worker, by me.
When I went to OSHA, the employee did not give me any type of reference number, or write one in the space provided on the complaint form, nor did she inform me at that time that mold is not OSHA'S jurisdiction, which is what I was told when I went to check on the status of the complaint. Neither, did the employee inform me of laws governing discrimination.
I was also told - it not being OSHA'S jurisdiction - the complaint was referred to the Department of Health. It was like pulling teeth to get an answer as to what office at the DOH it was referred to. Needless to say I could not inquire about the possible disposition of the complaint, not knowing where to inquire.
I made a complaint to the EEOC, Jan. 2004, and the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, Apr 2004, both of which were dismissed without any investigation, each agency sat back and waited for the submission of the company's response. Incidentally, I was contacted by the director of the EEOC, asking me if I wanted to proceed, after I was shown a copyof the company's response, which I don't believe is proper.
I now see in the EEOC's and the HCRC's own publications, matters such as mine that were investigated and even adjudicated. During the HCRC's lack of investigation, I only heard from them at the intake and when I received their letter of dismissal.
I now find the investigator did business with my former employer.
I furnished the EEOC and the HCRC with names of co-workers who said they would speak for me. They were not interviewed. I was informed by an investigator at the EEOC that no one visited the site.
There was a similar situation here with UPS, where an employee was fired for doing less egregious acts than his co-workers, which I believe is the case here. I saw co-workers break company equipment, cuss freely, ask for sexual favors, and bring children and friends to the work site.
Throughout this experience I have been told by these agencies' staff and lawyers, literally or in effect, "there is no smoking gun here". This is only due to there being no investigation. In the least, there is a pattern that should compel any thinking person to ask questions.
Subsequent to this, my work was sabotaged on more than one occasion, and reports to management only resulted in them twisting the situation in attempts to placate me and set me up for these spurious accusations by my co-workers.
Each complaint of mine was a matter of my erroneous "interpretation", as stated by management, while my co-workers complaints were valid descriptions of my "misconduct".
As a result of the accusations, I was suspended, without pay, pending an investigation for, I kid you not, a co-worker accusing me of harassing her by clapping my hands and signing "Pink Cadillac", and another saying, I was teasing her when I asked her to say my name and that of the manager, to see if I could distinguish the two.
I was terminated in May 2004, two weeks after the dismissal of the EEOC complaint that was not investigated, and a day after informing management that I overheard a co-worker saying to the one that accused me of harassing her by singing, "we're going to show him the power of p----y.
I was denied unemployment insurance, June 2004, with a fact-finding interview done over the telephone that was not reviewed or signed by me, as it should have been before it was made part of the official record and used at my future appeal.
The subsequent appeal Aug. 2004 was biased, prejudiced, and contained perjured statements by the witnesses for my former employer. I am now told that the recording of the hearing does not exist be cause it was transcribed.
I have initiated a suit in federal court, Jan. 2005 that I can not pursue, due to the lack of time and funds necessary for an undertaking such as this, and the skill I do not have in these matters.
I have all but given up searching for representation, believing word has gotten to many legal ears on the island and no one wants to go against the state that has all but coddled and cuddled business here.
I have contacted the ACLU, and given them much information, but they seem more interested in writing briefs for exotic entertainers, arrested for doing lap dances. First they tell me they cannot help unless the matter involves a government agency, then they tell me they can if a decision is against me, then they tell me they do not have the manpower and time. Each of the criteria, I met at the time I contacted them.
Coincidentally, I find a lawyer, Roger Fonseca, at the firm representing my former employer, is the national representative for the Hawaii chapter of the ACLU, and their staff also have a few names that are the same as those associated with Hawaii real estate. They cannot help, but they can accept my information.
I have tried to interest many, many lawyers and firms by email, letters and personal visits, to no avail. I have had a lawyer in San Francisco who participated in a well known case here try to find someone without success.
This situation has been surrounded by complicity, cronyism, and bias.
I have written to the DOJ, only to have my information shuffled from one agency to another, including the Department of the Interior, and finally coming full circle to the Hawaii Department of Labor. I do not think this was coincidence. At the HCRC, there is a commission member with the same name as the owners of my former employer's business, one Coral Wong Pietsch.
Mrs. Pietsch is a general in the U.S. Army Reserve, and an attorney, a very powerful position with ties to D.C., I'm sure. It has long been my suspicion that this may have played a roll in the lack of effort on the part of officials that has attended this matter. Each party's history I research has some relation to another, be it professional, academic, and even familial.
I now look at web sites for all the organizations I sought help at - the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, all representative's and senator's offices, Legal Aid Society, Hawaii Dept. of Labor and the DOL - national, EEOC - Hawaii, district, and national offices, NAACP Hawaii, , ACLU of Hawaii, Hawaii - Department of Health, HIOSH and OSHA ( regional and national ), the Hawaii Office of Information Practices, and Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii, where a lawyer was recommended that has a long standing relationship with my former employer and another that is also a licensed realtor and has a business in California.
At the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, and Hawaii Ethics Commission, I find the persons responding to my letter, did business with my former employers and my letter explaining the situation and their reply stating they could do nothing, are the only correspondence I had during their "investigations" or dismissals.
I have sought assistance at the Hawaii State Bar Association, where the lawyers who are members of the Real Property and Financial Services Section, are also affiliated with these other organizations, or directly associated with my former employer, or the firm that represents them - Torkildson, Katz, Fonseca, Heatherington, and Moore.
The Real Property and Financial Services Section includes a lawyer I was assisted by, one Andre Wooten, who at the time told me nothing of his involvement with this organization.
He was suggested to me by church members and NAACP officer Alfonso Braggs. I pull up the staff or the particular board of directors of these organizations and there are last names that are the same and have some relationship, mostly with real estate, and more than a few with ties to California.
Two names in particular are quite suspicious. A Kouchi, at Volunteer Legal Services, which was the last name of the HR assistant at Title Guaranty, Pang which is the name of a front desk worker at the YMCA, who I complained about signing for my mail. It is also the name of an Appeals Officer, at Department of Labor - Security Appeals Referees Office. Hirayama, is the name of the appeal referee and the owner of the restaurant at the YMCA.
I mention the YMCA because in 2002, I had complained about what I believed to be prostitution, facilitated by staff there. And when I informed the supervisor at Title Guaranty, her response was to leave well enough alone, after I informed her that I had, in my opinion, angered some people there.
My subsequent report to the police department was investigated by the police calling the YMCA and asking them if my suspicions were true. I think you can see what position this left me in. In my lay opinion, this was a sloppy and dangerous way to initiate and conclude an investigation.
There are too many relationships here to be mere coincidence, and are questionable, at least.
My information was passed by one Elain Chao - Department Of Labor, in D.C. to Tin Shing Chao Department of Labor here in Hawaii, who used an erroneous date to nullify my complaint. This was after a layover in California with Ms. Alison Pauly at the regional offices. Whose CASPA investigation stated that I should have made this a written complaint, when Hawaii law states it does not matter, whether written or verbal. Could she be related to the Pauly's who have donated to the University of Hawaii, and have owned land here?
The complex in Hawaii that houses the Department of Labor, is also where the HIOSH offices and the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission offices are located. This name, Pang, pops up in various places dealing with state government and real estate. I now know these agencies to be straw dogs that do everything but contend with the status quo.
For the most part, the agencies that pretend to help, most notably the NAACP and ACLU, only collect information and then say they can do nothing; I wonder what happens to the information in a state that treats confidential information as a commodity. Incidentally my former employer's representation is one of the largest contributors to Legal Aid Society.
Concerning Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii, I have recently discovered that one of two lawyers they referred is an attorney at the law firm representing my former employer, and the other is a realtor in Honolulu, and also licensed to practice in California. And another is the member of a firm with old ties to the Pietsch family. Who were these lawyers going to "help"?
I have applied for many positions since my termination, and have only worked sporadically in spite of my efforts. I have registered with many staffing agencies - Olympia, Hawaii Staffing, Snelling, and Hawaii Temp, CTA Staffing which is now Bishop & Company, Manpower, Kelly, and POI. I have not worked a complete week and have not been contacted at all by some. I registered at Altres in 2004, and was not called in a year's time before I returned. There, I was terminated for "not being pro active".
There is no confidentiality law here, and I believe this also has worked against me. It - confidentiality - has been frequently cited by my former employer's agents and state officials, only to protect theirselves and facilitate their deceptive practices.
I mostly use the public library to use the Internet, i.e. write letters and do research. Needless to say, this is not the most secure environment to do this type of activity. And I have had problems at this library with the computers and the staff.
At the library, I have seen the text change when I am typing, without commands initiated by me. The printer is connected to the computer at the librarians' desk. On one occasion, I was told by a security guard that a librarian had complained about me harassing her because I asked for her name to report her behavior.
After contacting the librarian's office, there is no record or remembrance of this aspect of the report. This tactic of "bait and switch" has been used on more than one occasion, by different entities.
After not being online for 3 days I saw where someone had requested an Army Knowledge Online account in my name, or I should say my screen name. I saw an attorney - John L. Knorek - from the firm representing my former employer enter the philosophy department and ask for a librarian, Kathy, by name.
Yee is the name of the head librarian at the State Library and the name of a former employee of the United States Attorney's Office and HCRC, did training for the Department of Justice, and worked for the Massachusetts Attorney General. I sent most of this same information to Sen. Ted Kennedy's offices in Massachusetts and was told during a telephone conversation with the office that, being on the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Kennedy could not get involved in judicial matters.
Since this is the only avenue I have been given, I have asked the district offices of the DOL to investigate by CASPA, Sept. 2005, and have asked for an investigation for discrimination due to the whistle blower aspect of the matter.
I believe this will be my only chance at a modicum of justice. But I will always believe that more realistically this situation can be defined by, 18 USC 241, 242 and 245.
Hawaii, I now entertain, is a state where the dollar is God, and workers are only a necessary evil to facilitate that gain.
The Director of Labor and Industrial Relations, Nelson Befitel, has unashamedly professed his desire, and that of the state to relieve the department of any obligation to penalize businesses for infractions and, I can see where the natural sequence would be to alleviate any scrutiny that would expose abuse of power by the states employees. It is no wonder; I have experienced what I have. All too often, in the news here, the term "outsider" is given to any entity that would look at what is practiced here. But there is a GOD that sees all and will affect justice for the oppressed.
Vernon Balmer Jr.
Letter sent to Mr. Fairfax
November 7, 2005
Richard E. Fairfax, Director
Directorate of Enforcement Programs(DEP)
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20210
For the past two years at every step in this long railroad, from my initial complaint filed at the EEOC, and subsequent to that, the HCRC; the United States Commission on Civil Rights; the Department of Justice; and finally through no effort of my own, having it wind up at the Regional OSHA offices in San Francisco, I have steadily maintained that I submitted a written complaint at the state HIOSH offices, here in Honolulu.
I was told that much of what I sent to the DOJ had been sent to the San Francisco OSHA offices. Evidently this written HIOSH complaint was not among the papers.
Imagine my surprise when I got this letter from Mr. Traenkner, informing me that I should not have made this a verbal complaint. I retrieved the copy of the written complaint, made for me while at the HIOSH offices, just to convince myself that those in power are the ones mistaken, and now I believe with my whole being, they are in actuality, deceitful and dishonest, practiced at covering up embarrassing incidents, and downright criminal.
I am making arequest to you for a review by your national offices, where hopefully someone unbiased, with integrity, will do the right thing. There was a Ms. Hirai in San Francisco that said she could see the discrimination in this matter. Too bad it was not she that conducted the investigation
I only hope it is coincidence that there is a Hirai here in Honolulu that is a lawyer and involved in the real estate business, and a lawyer formerly in the firm representing my former employer.
Throughout this situation there have been relationships, I have noticed in my opposition, which include professional, academic and familial. It has long been my suspicion that those ensconced in the cronyism here in Hawaii have at each step facilitated the lack of effort in this matter. I am now sure of what I have long suspected. This cover-up goes much further than what happens here in Hawaii.
Vernon Balmer Jr.
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