Letters to the editor - Letters

Letters to the editor - Letters

There are 17 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 7, 2009, titled Letters to the editor - Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The fastest way to stop the loss of tourism is to stop Homeland security and the Transportation Security Administration from treating our tourists like they are prisoners of war as they arrive at and leave our islands.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Honolulu Star-Bulletin.

willie

Farmington, MI

#1 Apr 7, 2009
"Airport storm troopers scare away tourists"

Not nearly as much as 9/11 did.

You covered a lot of ground in your letter Michael but you don't seem to understand. The economy stinks. If you removed ALL TSA from the airports you still would nothave tourists flocking back, simple as that. As to the $40,000 per person, send me a bill and let me pay it....but of course you can't because it is fuzzy math that says it is that amount.
Sam

AOL

#2 Apr 7, 2009
In response to Mr. Rivero, I have never felt manhandled or abused when coming or going on the islands. I would gladly put up with what little we have to, to be safe.
They are just doing their jobs and thank goodness for that.
In fact, if you smile, you will likely get one back.
Slow down, have a seat and relax, the plane won't leave without you.

“Hawai'i loa kulike 'oukou.”

Since: Feb 09

London, Na mokupuni Beretannia

#3 Apr 7, 2009
-Michael Rivero's letter highlights a contradiction, TSA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture do essential work. The irony is Hawai'i itself was the victim of terrorism in 1893. The Dept. of Agriculture should change the title of their pre-disembarkation sheet from "State of Hawaii" to the more correct "Hawaiian islands." The American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] have in the past made known their objections to the Orwellian Computer Assisted Passenger Profile Screening [CAPPS2]. As Orwell noted: "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face, forever." Keep Hawai'i malihini & keiki friendly, militarization free, Big Brother free, and Free Hawai'i, the choice is ours.
Marboro

Las Vegas, NV

#4 Apr 7, 2009
Michael Rivero: Idiotic exaggerations! What surveys? What fondling? What peeking? I travel to paradise regularly, and never experienced or saw what you claimed. On the contrary, without HS and TSA, tourism will decline sharply. Think, Michael, think!
Island Boi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#5 Apr 7, 2009
Markus Owens reply to the infamous Waikiki sewer line is typical of Mufi's Minions. Looking back to the spill, I laughed at loud when the evening news showed the hand scrawled "Contaminated Water No Swimming" etc signs written on cardboard and posted around the Ala Wai outlet. As the report made so clear, the unprofessional signs and failure to include signs in Japanese, etc, showed how out of touch the Mayor's staff is, typical for our little third world of Hawaii Nei. Hello, water is contaminated infrequently around the island all year so where were the premade dual language signs? Hello, remember the sewage contamination in Ala Wai harbor that was left untreated, that caused the flesh eating virus to kill the poor drunk who fell in. Hello, where was the Mayor's staff when we needed them? We all know that Mufi has his minions read all newspaper postings daily and jump to protect his large okole. All we ask is the staff do their job, do it right, do it on time, do it professionally and admit it when you screw up. Hawaii has enough trade winds without the minions creating more with their spin doctors. Just another day in the Nei.
Island Boi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#6 Apr 7, 2009
Sam, nice try but have you ever traveled to Japan? When it comes to service to the traveler at the airport the Japanese are setting the standard. They do not have wiki wiki bus Nazis, busses are large, clean and smooth riding. They modernize their airports unlike our decaying rock. The Naha, Okinawa airport is filled with blooming orchids and local art work year round. Ours is a dark, dank, out of date dinosaur with no aloha. Hawaiians have to get out and see the real world to see just how far behind we are. It will shock you. Oh, our newly installed parking payment machines were two steps back. Hello, put the payment machine at the terminal, then you just drive to the gate, slip in your ticket and leave. Only in Hawaii do we wait at the gate while people fumble with money to pay the machine. We are soooo far behind the mainland. Ahhh just another day in the Nei.
alice

Pahoa, HI

#7 Apr 7, 2009
Lord HawHaw wrote:
-Michael Rivero's letter highlights a contradiction, TSA and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture do essential work. The irony is Hawai'i itself was the victim of terrorism in 1893. The Dept. of Agriculture should change the title of their pre-disembarkation sheet from "State of Hawaii" to the more correct "Hawaiian islands." The American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] have in the past made known their objections to the Orwellian Computer Assisted Passenger Profile Screening [CAPPS2]. As Orwell noted: "If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face, forever." Keep Hawai'i malihini & keiki friendly, militarization free, Big Brother free, and Free Hawai'i, the choice is ours.
Haw haw is a decent man whom I plan to meet at Claridge's in lonndon one day. But his facts, as usual, are wrong. The Queen was overthrown by her subjects. A group of them anyway. Then she illegally tried to overthrow the hawaiian republic in 1895 but was betrayed by native hawaiians who turned her in. Haw haw lives in denail but so do many out here. Haw Haw sleeps better in the haze of denail but the sharp light of reality keeps peeking in his window.

“Hawai'i loa kulike 'oukou.”

Since: Feb 09

London, Na mokupuni Beretannia

#8 Apr 7, 2009
alice wrote:
<quoted text>Haw haw is a decent man whom I plan to meet at Claridge's in lonndon one day. But his facts, as usual, are wrong. The Queen was overthrown by her subjects. A group of them anyway. Then she illegally tried to overthrow the hawaiian republic in 1895 but was betrayed by native hawaiians who turned her in. Haw haw lives in denail but so do many out here. Haw Haw sleeps better in the haze of denail but the sharp light of reality keeps peeking in his window.
-Your responses would put anyone to sleep, just love the way you say H.R.H. Queen Lili'uokalani "illegally" tried to overthrow the RP, if a thieves stole your handbag it is not illegal to attempt to recover it, to believe otherwise is to be in a haze of denial. The thieves in this instance wanted not alone the handbag, but your very identity also. Now if that is not the big bad wolf peeking in the window what is? The Nile {Denial] is that not a river over in Egypt? You better not meet any men over there Alice...... or you may return to Hawai'i a mummy![Haw-Haw].
Henry

AOL

#9 Apr 7, 2009
TSA groping young white women in front of their fathers, yet another infringement on our rights by the gov't. Add it to the ever-growing list of violations:
They violate the 1st Amendment by opening mail, caging demonstrators and banning books like "America Deceived" from Amazon, Wikipedia and Facebook.
They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns during Katrina.
They violate the 4th Amendment by conducting warrant-less wiretaps.
They violate the 5th and 6th Amendment by suspending habeas corpus.
They violate the 8th Amendment by torturing at Gitmo.
They violate the entire Constitution by starting illegal wars without declaration.
Impeach them all (both parties) and save this great country.
Last link (unless Google Books caves to the gov't and drops the title):
http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail...
Ralph

New Malden, UK

#10 Apr 7, 2009
In support of Michael Rivero's assertion that the USG's border goons are putting off tourists to America, I won't be returning perhaps for ever now, after visiting the USA four times.
I think the country and the people are great, but I think your Government stinks.

Ralph, London

“Hawai'i loa kulike 'oukou.”

Since: Feb 09

London, Na mokupuni Beretannia

#11 Apr 7, 2009
Ralph wrote:
In support of Michael Rivero's assertion that the USG's border goons are putting off tourists to America, I won't be returning perhaps for ever now, after visiting the USA four times.
I think the country and the people are great, but I think your Government stinks.
Ralph, London
-America is already making great progress under President Obama in the area of human rights. Mr. Obama's views on nuclear weapons are to be commended. He has closed Gitmo, and the U.S. may follow Australia's recent example on the the U.N. declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The House Committee at the Capitol passed HOR 150/HR 121 for Congress to review. In the decades ahead Hawai'i will behold transition to Nationhood, for Hawaiian Nationals and the rest of the World that will be the true litmus test of American progress.
Alan Cummings

Port Angeles, WA

#12 Apr 7, 2009
willie wrote:
"Airport storm troopers scare away tourists"
Not nearly as much as 9/11 did.
You covered a lot of ground in your letter Michael but you don't seem to understand. The economy stinks. If you removed ALL TSA from the airports you still would nothave tourists flocking back, simple as that. As to the $40,000 per person, send me a bill and let me pay it....but of course you can't because it is fuzzy math that says it is that amount.
Do you actually believe your letter? The TSA and Homeland Security are the main reasons I have made the decision never to fly ANYWHERE again unless it is absolutely necessary. The wonderful Bush administration ruined air travel with their so-called "protection" of us. The first time I flew to Hawaii in 1998 I waited less than 15 minutes before I boarded the flight. In 2005 I waited more than 4 1/2 hours. That decided then and there for me never to fly again.
alice

Pahoa, HI

#13 Apr 7, 2009
Obama is a good man and he is doing much to regain American standing. But Hawaiians all want statehood and they have it under America. This will always be America thnak God. Even the Hawaiin Studies stooges love their tenure, high salaries, low teaching loads and travel funds. AND, they have the right to blast the public while enjoying tax payer money for their bloated salaries. Ya gotta love America.
Alan Cummings

Port Angeles, WA

#14 Apr 7, 2009
Ralph wrote:
In support of Michael Rivero's assertion that the USG's border goons are putting off tourists to America, I won't be returning perhaps for ever now, after visiting the USA four times.
I think the country and the people are great, but I think your Government stinks.
Ralph, London
I couldn't agree with you more. Although the current administration is 10,000 times better than the last, I'm still thinking about making use of my dual citizenship as this country is still in the toilet financially, etc. Europe is looking better every day. I've got relatives in Germany and France and the healthcare is so much better than ours it's laughable.

Since: Nov 08

Eagle River, AK

#15 Apr 7, 2009
Alan Cummings wrote:
<quoted text>
I couldn't agree with you more. Although the current administration is 10,000 times better than the last, I'm still thinking about making use of my dual citizenship as this country is still in the toilet financially, etc. Europe is looking better every day. I've got relatives in Germany and France and the healthcare is so much better than ours it's laughable.
Don't let the door hit ya in the okole!
Lance in Kalihi

Honolulu, HI

#16 Apr 7, 2009
I realize many legislators have been taught to never fully settle an issue - by keeping it at least partly undone, you're able to continue working those interested for contributions.

I'd like to suggest that when it comes to equal civil rights in Hawaii, this approach is close to back-firing on the legislators. Especially after seeing the actions in Washington DC, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Iowa in the past week - it is way past time for Hawaii, which was the start of this conversation, to take its place in recognizing and remedying the harm done to families and children by treating couples differently. This is NOT 1998.
ohgoody

Houston, TX

#17 Apr 8, 2009
alice wrote:
Obama is a good man and he is doing much to regain American standing. But Hawaiians all want statehood and they have it under America. This will always be America thnak God. Even the Hawaiin Studies stooges love their tenure, high salaries, low teaching loads and travel funds. AND, they have the right to blast the public while enjoying tax payer money for their bloated salaries. Ya gotta love America.
I know the perfect match for Alice. She stated in another post, she is selective with her man (don't believe her since she never had one, she's "da kine"). Oh yeah, getting back to her perfect match, K. Konklynn. They complement one another! She nuts, he's stooped over like a troll. Could you see them strolling down the street together ... funny yet frightening!

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