Letters to the editor - Editorials

Letters to the editor - Editorials

There are 17 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from May 8, 2009, titled Letters to the editor - Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

To protect the jobs and benefits of state government workers, the Legislature has proposed an increase in the general excise tax of between a half-percent and 1 percent.

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Right On Sharon

Honolulu, HI

#1 May 8, 2009
Mahalo, Sharon Atwood Sollenberger.

Our troops, at the very least, deserve our support and gratitude for their service to our country.

Your letter, Ms. Sollenberger, is great.

Mahalo.
Alan Cummings

Port Angeles, WA

#2 May 8, 2009
Right On Sharon wrote:
Mahalo, Sharon Atwood Sollenberger.
Our troops, at the very least, deserve our support and gratitude for their service to our country.
Your letter, Ms. Sollenberger, is great.
Mahalo.
Who says that a person can't support the military and dislike them flying helicopters over their homes. I happen to support the military also, but when the coast guard flys helicopters low over my home I don't like it. Suppose the army decided to have a mock war in your backyard, complete with bombing runs and a nuclear attack? Would you support that?
Jim967

Aiea, HI

#3 May 8, 2009
Alan, we get that simulated war effect every New Year's Eve and into New Year's Day. Noise from all the fireworks makes the reassuring drone of military helicopters welcome. You just can't please everyone. Training our troops is much more important to me than the whining from a few. Besides, sending the helicopters on a route that takes them out over the ocean to avoid residential areas wastes tax dollars in extra fuel costs.
Gimme a break

Kapaa, HI

#4 May 8, 2009
"Hawaii running out of time to invest in clean energy
Lorenz Sell
President, Blue Lava Technologies'

Your professed goal is to make a lot of money promoting higher cost so called renewable energy with little regard for the efficiency or reliablity of the power grid, and the net effects that will have on the consumer. You and your ilk pawn these issues off as the utility's problem, and hope that the PUC and your fear mongering diatribes will result in more regulatory favoritism for 'alternative energy'. You should give the other side of the story - about the hearings you go to, how you berate every point and question every technique and procedure that is now employed by our electric utilities.
The only green that you are concerned with is the one lining your nabk account. And you hope that you can twist the current rules, run up the fear level, and laugh all the way to the bank. Hawaii has set off on an ambitous goal to have 40% of its electricity and 30% of its transportation energy come from renewable resources. There is not enough land in Hawaii to do it all, some will still be required to be imported (a lot actually), and your self centered-ness, along with all the other money grubbing 'greens' should be a partner in the enterprise instead of acting like the nemesis of all that has been done to date.
wafan

Lacey, WA

#5 May 8, 2009
Wow. Some are simply NIMBYs!
Tvon

Aiea, HI

#6 May 8, 2009
"Tax burden too heavy for citizens"

By JoAnne Georgi
Eleele, Kauai

I agree 100% JoAnne and that is exactly why I am not doing a damn thing for the rest of the year and maybe next year too. My general excise tax license has been taken down and so I'm going fishing.

The tax office surely can see there are no taxes coming in and as they say: it's not exactly rocket science.

Aloha dear and very Good Editorial!
Stumpy

Kaneohe, HI

#7 May 8, 2009
Tvon wrote:
"Tax burden too heavy for citizens"
By JoAnne Georgi
Eleele, Kauai
I agree 100% JoAnne and that is exactly why I am not doing a damn thing for the rest of the year and maybe next year too. My general excise tax license has been taken down and so I'm going fishing.Aloha dear and very Good Editorial!
LOL Joanne, I did the same thing, letting my license expire. Let Obama squeeze his money from a dry sponge.
Foy-Boy

Seattle, WA

#8 May 8, 2009
Alan Cummings wrote:
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Who says that a person can't support the military and dislike them flying helicopters over their homes. I happen to support the military also, but when the coast guard flys helicopters low over my home I don't like it. Suppose the army decided to have a mock war in your backyard, complete with bombing runs and a nuclear attack? Would you support that?
What an idiot. Where you live this most unlikely to happen. I grew up next to k-bay. And yes we use to whatch the heles fly over all the time. It was kind of cool as a kid to watch them. My mom would complain sometimes but she knew that it needed to be done. She knew that these young men and women need to be ready at all times. They are our first line of defense. You should look to the skies and feel proud as you watch these young men and women train to keep you and this country safe.
roadsterred

Honolulu, HI

#9 May 8, 2009
Calvin Say has got to go! The same goes for the rest of the Democrats in the Legislature. Listening to him on Perry and Price, he comes off sounding like a cry baby.
infidel

Honolulu, HI

#10 May 8, 2009
Alan Cummings wrote:
<quoted text>
Who says that a person can't support the military and dislike them flying helicopters over their homes. I happen to support the military also, but when the coast guard flys helicopters low over my home I don't like it. Suppose the army decided to have a mock war in your backyard, complete with bombing runs and a nuclear attack? Would you support that?
Right on Alan! Remember that the next time that same helicopter is rescuing a distressed boater, perhaps a member of your family. All that loud noise...bastards!!
manini

Honolulu, HI

#11 May 8, 2009
"Innovative DLNR legislation wouldn't have hurt schools" by Gae Berquist Trommald.

Not completely true. DLNR's plan hinged on an uncertain funding mechanism. DLNR would not have been able to fund anything until they had amassed enough collected fees. If DLNR wanted the program to move forward, then a bond issue would probably have been the most likely route. That would have put us in the situation that Oshiro suggested. There is no guarantee that DLNR will be able to collect the suggested $240 million. One also wonders if the costs to collect the fees was factored in when the budget for the improvements was formulated. It has been suggested that some sites would actually lose money after paying the parking attendants.
Nevah Gonna Happen

United States

#12 May 8, 2009
"When are the legislators going to realize the people are fed up with taxes and are rebelling? Didn't the legislators realize the recent tea parties were a result of their spending and taxing?"

Why should they? They got their 36% raise. What do they care about us peons? Just be good boys and girls and keep voting them in time and time again.
Mission First

United States

#13 May 8, 2009
Alan Cummings wrote:
<quoted text>
Who says that a person can't support the military and dislike them flying helicopters over their homes. I happen to support the military also, but when the coast guard flys helicopters low over my home I don't like it. Suppose the army decided to have a mock war in your backyard, complete with bombing runs and a nuclear attack? Would you support that?
When the CG flies helicopters low over your home most likely they are in the middle of a search & rescue mission. Guess you'd be happier if all the people they saved just died, so you wouldn't be inconvenienced by some sound.
H1N1 carrier

Honolulu, HI

#14 May 8, 2009
Barbara Jessee
Ewa Beach
well if it makes you feel any better, the pigs are getting their way right now for years of abuse and tasty bacon wrapped pork chops. so don't worry we are paying four our tasteful sins right now.
bobby

Wahiawa, HI

#15 May 8, 2009
Alan Cummings wrote:
<quoted text>
Who says that a person can't support the military and dislike them flying helicopters over their homes. Suppose the army decided to have a mock war in your backyard, complete with bombing runs and a nuclear attack? Would you support that?
What an idiotic statement.
wendell

San Jose, CA

#16 May 8, 2009
bobby wrote:
<quoted text> What an idiotic statement.
To him, it makes "perfect" sense. And without him, we'd have no entertainment.

So Alan, carry on.:-)
JOE the Vice President

Honolulu, HI

#17 May 8, 2009
roadsterred wrote:
Calvin Say has got to go! The same goes for the rest of the Democrats in the Legislature. Listening to him on Perry and Price, he comes off sounding like a cry baby.
Now wait a minute, Calvin Say is a friend of mine, he is a real fighter and must stay. Last week he told me "Joe, They call this a tax increase, I have not yet begun to Tax." Just like John Paul Jones said in the Revolutionary War.

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