Letters to the Editor - Letters

Letters to the Editor - Letters

There are 40 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 15, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Extending Medicare-like health coverage to Americans of all ages no longer is just something "nice to do" someday but something we must do now.

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willie

Plymouth, MI

#1 Jun 15, 2009
"Lingle protects rich, bleeds middle class"

James, the rich have ALREADY shouldered the majority of the burden. Why not just take ALL their money so you can keep raking it in and not have to suffer one bit. Give me a break, last I checked we are all created EQUAL....it seems except where taxes and job security are concerned. Don't like the furlough, quit and find a new job in the private sector, perhps then you will leatrn what REAL suffering is.

“Hawai'i loa kulike 'oukou.”

Since: Feb 09

London, Na mokupuni Beretannia

#2 Jun 15, 2009
-It was Mohandas Gandhi who perhaps said: "You can judge the morality of a Nation by how it treats its animals." Ms. Yanagida's peacock pilikia is understandable if you are in close proximity to these gracious birds so once revered by H.R.H. Princess Ka'iulani. Let us be realistic also, residents should be squawking about that other imported invasive species namely the occupational U.S. military. Retirees in the community and a good proportion of them on the islands are VFW members surely have the right to a peaceful existence without military machines thundering overhead. A Law should be passed making Hawai'i a military free zone, it is after all the land of Aloha. For details of environmental damage by these metallic roosters please see: www.dmzhawaii.org/ Keep the Country country. Mahalo.
kamaaina expat

Cedar Park, TX

#3 Jun 15, 2009
it never fails to amaze me how enamored conservative Americans are by the "wealthy". Even the poorest conservatives in the country are constantly worried that the rich will "move away" or "not invest in new business" or some other non-fact that has been drilled into thier heads by (guess who) RICH PEOPLE.... Look, most wealthy Americans simply cannot become, or remain, wealthy without the working middle class. They need us more than we need them. It amazes me that conservatives (and to be fair, democrats too) just continue to vote against their own economic interests time and time again because of some idolization of the wealthy.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#4 Jun 15, 2009
kamaaina expat wrote:
it never fails to amaze me how enamored conservative Americans are by the "wealthy". Even the poorest conservatives in the country are constantly worried that the rich will "move away" or "not invest in new business" or some other non-fact that has been drilled into thier heads by (guess who) RICH PEOPLE.... Look, most wealthy Americans simply cannot become, or remain, wealthy without the working middle class. They need us more than we need them. It amazes me that conservatives (and to be fair, democrats too) just continue to vote against their own economic interests time and time again because of some idolization of the wealthy.
That may be true expat but I have never in my life seen a poor person hire anyone but have certainly seen rich people do it. Just keep lumping new burdens on the "rich" and pretty soon we will all be equal, dirt poor but equal.

Rather than tax the rich some more how about figuring out how to live within your "collected taxes" means....cuts, reductions, eliminations and even "gasp" unpaid furloughs.
Paul

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jun 15, 2009
kamaaina expat wrote:
it never fails to amaze me how enamored conservative Americans are by the "wealthy". Even the poorest conservatives in the country are constantly worried that the rich will "move away" or "not invest in new business" or some other non-fact that has been drilled into thier heads by (guess who) RICH PEOPLE.... Look, most wealthy Americans simply cannot become, or remain, wealthy without the working middle class. They need us more than we need them. It amazes me that conservatives (and to be fair, democrats too) just continue to vote against their own economic interests time and time again because of some idolization of the wealthy.
Increasing taxes reduces the amount of investment a person can put in a business or community. It is the people that have the resources that do this. If you think government will do this by taxing, just take a look at our schools and roads to see its success and judge it for yourself.
Keith Haugen

AOL

#6 Jun 15, 2009
Aloha:

Today's op-ed story about GOP spokesman Rush Limbaugh and others of his ilk still lying about President Obama's place of birth, tells us a lot about Republicans in general.

While there are many wonderful Americans who are Republicans, they sit by and say nothing to dispel these rumors. If I were a Republican, I would be terribly offended that my leaders continue to spread these lies on my behalf. And I would say something and do something about it.

There was a Barack Obama born in Kenya, but it was the President's father, not our Honolulu-born President.

Not believing the Hawai`i State Department of Health, or a mother who shared a hospital room with Barack's mother, or others who know the facts shows a shallowness that is unbelievable.

Tell Limbaugh and other GOP leaders that the President was not born in Kenya, was not hidden in the rushes of the Nile, did not walk on the water from Africa to Honolulu in an overnight trek to suddenly appear as a newborn at Kapi`olani Hospital.

And don't vote for Limbaugh, Cheney, Gingrich, and those who conjure up all the lies about our own Barack Obama.

Me ka pono,

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
alice

Kahului, HI

#7 Jun 15, 2009
haugen makes sense
Pops

Honolulu, HI

#8 Jun 15, 2009
Mr Lord Haw Haw, it would be in the interest of the state of Hawaii to remove you from this island and maybe send you to Iraq. Anyone that doesn't believe in the military shouldn't be living on this earth. If your not happy here move on I am sure no one will miss you.
Pops

Honolulu, HI

#9 Jun 15, 2009
Don't like the furlough?, quit and find a job you like or better yet let Lingle fire all of you. Your contract runs out in a few days, then what? Your greedy union is only going to give you the shaft like they have for years. Aloha
alice

Kahului, HI

#10 Jun 15, 2009
Haw haw is a cartoon figure hon. But I like him.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#11 Jun 15, 2009
Keith Haugen wrote:
Aloha:
Today's op-ed story about GOP spokesman Rush Limbaugh and others of his ilk still lying about President Obama's place of birth, tells us a lot about Republicans in general.
While there are many wonderful Americans who are Republicans, they sit by and say nothing to dispel these rumors. If I were a Republican, I would be terribly offended that my leaders continue to spread these lies on my behalf. And I would say something and do something about it.
There was a Barack Obama born in Kenya, but it was the President's father, not our Honolulu-born President.
Not believing the Hawai`i State Department of Health, or a mother who shared a hospital room with Barack's mother, or others who know the facts shows a shallowness that is unbelievable.
Tell Limbaugh and other GOP leaders that the President was not born in Kenya, was not hidden in the rushes of the Nile, did not walk on the water from Africa to Honolulu in an overnight trek to suddenly appear as a newborn at Kapi`olani Hospital.
And don't vote for Limbaugh, Cheney, Gingrich, and those who conjure up all the lies about our own Barack Obama.
Me ka pono,
Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
Keith,....Limbaugh is NOT a GOP leader, he is a radio personality period. Calling him a GOP leader is right up there with saying Michael Moore is a DNC leader.

Of course President Obama could easily dispel this myth, just allow open access to his birth records. One has to wonder why he has not done so to date. Personally, I don't care but it is a recurring theme.

BTW, let me know when Limbaugh runs for something so I can NOT vote for him ok?

“Hawai'i loa kulike 'oukou.”

Since: Feb 09

London, Na mokupuni Beretannia

#12 Jun 15, 2009
Pops wrote:
Mr Lord Haw Haw, it would be in the interest of the state of Hawaii to remove you from this island and maybe send you to Iraq. Anyone that doesn't believe in the military shouldn't be living on this earth. If your not happy here move on I am sure no one will miss you.
-For clarification purposes his Lordship would cordially invite and direct the Right Honorable "Pops" to the following site: HawaiiFakeState.Com in order to enlighten his apparently diminished local Hawaiian historical knowledge that Hawai'i is in factuality Sovereign soil presently under the belligerent occupation of the U.S. military, it can be trusted by clicking on any of the links at upper portion of the said webpage, the Right honorable "Pops" will enhance his personal horizons beyond his present constriction of myopic militarism.[Haw-Haw].

Since: Aug 08

Makawao, HI

#13 Jun 15, 2009
I think we successfully shamed and embarrised the legislature into relenting on the pocket knife bill.

But watch for next year... they are going after our nail clippers.
LOL LOL LOL
Be Fair

Mililani, HI

#14 Jun 15, 2009
Keith Haugen wrote:
Aloha:
Today's op-ed story about GOP spokesman Rush Limbaugh and others of his ilk still lying about President Obama's place of birth, tells us a lot about Republicans in general.
While there are many wonderful Americans who are Republicans, they sit by and say nothing to dispel these rumors. If I were a Republican, I would be terribly offended that my leaders continue to spread these lies on my behalf. And I would say something and do something about it.
There was a Barack Obama born in Kenya, but it was the President's father, not our Honolulu-born President.
Not believing the Hawai`i State Department of Health, or a mother who shared a hospital room with Barack's mother, or others who know the facts shows a shallowness that is unbelievable.
Tell Limbaugh and other GOP leaders that the President was not born in Kenya, was not hidden in the rushes of the Nile, did not walk on the water from Africa to Honolulu in an overnight trek to suddenly appear as a newborn at Kapi`olani Hospital.
And don't vote for Limbaugh, Cheney, Gingrich, and those who conjure up all the lies about our own Barack Obama.
Me ka pono,
Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
I HAVE heard prominent Conservative talk show hosts come out and say that the "birthplace" thing is a non-issue, and that Conservatives should devoted their energies elsewhere. You probably aren't aware of those messages since you probably don't listen to Conservative talk radio - understandable, your choice. But your unawareness of that doesn't make it any less true. Making broad statements to the contrary is just as bad as the things that you (incorrectly) accuse others of (not) doing.

Don't "vote" for Limbaugh or Cheney?? You do seem a little out of touch.
wildman

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jun 15, 2009
Keith Hagen has subjected a direct point to the issue. Based on the terms Republican. They had done almost nothing to support the public. Yet, its not a surprise they would affirm their belief of Obama's birthplace...Taken to the final point of the matter....if you were born here in hawaii...you were considered a Hawaii Born Resident...if you were born in New York and moved here...you were still considered a Resident of hawaii but born in New York..(sorry of all places to pick)...geez I'd move too...the total point of the issue is the birth certificate is issued not in Kenya, but in Hawaii..bottom line. He was born in HAWAII. thx.
djs

Honolulu, HI

#16 Jun 15, 2009
Paul wrote:
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Increasing taxes reduces the amount of investment a person can put in a business or community. It is the people that have the resources that do this. If you think government will do this by taxing, just take a look at our schools and roads to see its success and judge it for yourself.
I've been doing bookkeeping locally for over 30 years. I've witnessed first hand the numerous business people who were more concerned with lining their pockets than doing what is needed for their business or community. That was especially true for well-to-do professional types like lawyers, doctors, and dentists. Paying more taxes was the least of their concerns.
djs

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jun 15, 2009
willie wrote:
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Keith,....Limbaugh is NOT a GOP leader, he is a radio personality period. Calling him a GOP leader is right up there with saying Michael Moore is a DNC leader.
Of course President Obama could easily dispel this myth, just allow open access to his birth records. One has to wonder why he has not done so to date. Personally, I don't care but it is a recurring theme.
BTW, let me know when Limbaugh runs for something so I can NOT vote for him ok?
Probably because Obama doesn't have the authority to allow open access to his birth records. His records are confidential and protected by state law, the same as everyone else in Hawaii. Being president doesn't grant him special favors.
wildman

Honolulu, HI

#18 Jun 15, 2009
I just don't get the republican's...waste of taxpayers money to research obama's birthplace...
So what..if he was born in Hawaii?...If I was born on Mar's would they say I was urainus?...lol
dewdalohajoey

United States

#19 Jun 15, 2009
Lord HawHaw wrote:
<quoted text>-For clarification purposes his Lordship would cordially invite and direct the Right Honorable "Pops" to the following site: HawaiiFakeState.Com in order to enlighten his apparently diminished local Hawaiian historical knowledge that Hawai'i is in factuality Sovereign soil presently under the belligerent occupation of the U.S. military, it can be trusted by clicking on any of the links at upper portion of the said webpage, the Right honorable "Pops" will enhance his personal horizons beyond his present constriction of myopic militarism.[Haw-Haw].
Me thinks you trying too hard. Pua ting.
alice

Kahului, HI

#20 Jun 15, 2009
wildman wrote:
I just don't get the republican's...waste of taxpayers money to research obama's birthplace...
So what..if he was born in Hawaii?...If I was born on Mar's would they say I was urainus?...lol
well said..hugs her wildman

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