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Make the taxpayer bail out the hotels? Yeah, right . How about this instead: Tax the incomes of these hotel magnates at 50 percent on every dollar they make over $100,000 per year. Full Story
willie

Farmington, MI

#1 Aug 1, 2008
Willy Sink said:

"» Tax the incomes of these hotel magnates at 50 percent on every dollar they make over $100,000 per year.(Personally, I'd do it to everyone).

» Cut the taxes on families earning less than $100,000 a year to zero.

» Put a 25 percent tax on crimeshare -- sorry, timeshare -- sales.

» Reduce room rates for kamaaina to not more than $150, even at the Halekulani and Four Seasons.

» Raise the pay for those with the highest marginal propensity to consume -- wait help, dishwashers, maids -- to $20 an hour, so people in Hawaii can fill the hotel and have a luxury experience."

Addressing each of your ideas one at a time.

Taxing at 50% on anything over 100 grand. Good plan, people will want to bust their humps to succeed in life kowing they are going to be heavily penalized to do so.

Cut taxes to zero for families earning less than 100 grand...again, why succeed when you are going to get whacked, in this case really whacked. If you make it to say $99,999 it is all yours, get a raise and bingo, you just took a 25% pay cut in essence.

A 25% tax on timeshares? Yeah good plan, like they are not already WAY overpriced. To what end do you single them out? Why not a 25% aditional tax on every car sold on the islands?

Kamaaina room rates are already reduced so now you want to legislate making them a money loser for the hotels?

Along with getting a room cheap you also want to pay the staff 3 or 4 times minimum wage...you do know as the cost of doing business goes up so do the already expensive rates right?

I just don't see your liberal utopia happening anytime soon. If you really want all this I would suggest a change in islands, from Hawaii to Cuba.....they already are socialists so no change would be required.
dargent77

AOL

#2 Aug 1, 2008
Willie, Swimming in Lake Erie again?
Too much testosterone for this AM post.
Terry

Carrollton, TX

#3 Aug 1, 2008
Maybe if bike riders didn't ride like they owned the road, with no care of anyone else around them, less of them would get hit.

Arrogance and your own sence of self-satifaction will not protect you from an on-coming vehicle.
Toegee-Jon Midpoint

San Diego, CA

#4 Aug 1, 2008
Harry,how many hotel executive criminals would renegotiate thier salary to be $99,999.00 per year or leave to work in a place that recognizes achievement.

Timeshares almost insure that people will continue to come here because they have pre-paid for the room. The hotels are going to tank, time share occupancy will hold steady.

Your socialist ideas are what is getting Hawaii in trouble in the first place.
Grant

Honolulu, HI

#5 Aug 1, 2008
Willy, Just because it is a silly idea doesn't make it a liberal one. This one is just greed talking; looking out for Me in spite of everything else.
willie wrote:
Willy Sink said:
I just don't see your liberal utopia happening anytime soon.

Since: Jun 08

Hawaii, USA

#6 Aug 1, 2008
Terry wrote:
Maybe if bike riders didn't ride like they owned the road, with no care of anyone else around them, less of them would get hit.
Arrogance and your own sence of self-satifaction will not protect you from an on-coming vehicle.
Spoken like a true "cars are the only transportation" road hog. If you'd read the article (from out there in Texas), you'd see that the people hit were observing Hawaii laws (they may be different in Texas): ride to the far right, and wear light colored clothing.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#7 Aug 1, 2008
Terry wrote:
Maybe if bike riders didn't ride like they owned the road, with no care of anyone else around them, less of them would get hit.
Arrogance and your own sence of self-satifaction will not protect you from an on-coming vehicle.
Up to a point, I have to agree. No different than pedestrians thinking they can cross the road against the light because the law says they have the right of way.

I would like to see more exclusive bike lanes created. Drawing a line on the road and claiming it's a safe zone from cars is not my idea of biking safely.
Yellow Dog

Kaneohe, HI

#8 Aug 1, 2008
Terry wrote:
Maybe if bike riders didn't ride like they owned the road, with no care of anyone else around them, less of them would get hit.
Arrogance and your own sence of self-satifaction will not protect you from an on-coming vehicle.
Being a lolo from Texas doesn't give you any standing to comment on bicycles, cars or anything else in Honolulu. You couldn't possibly know what you're talking about. Bugger off.
Stan

Makawao, HI

#10 Aug 1, 2008
How about everyone pays 10% tax on their income? Flat Tax. The harder you work, the more you make, the more you pay.
Everyone is treated equally. Some pigs will not be more equal than others.
XTZ

Honolulu, HI

#11 Aug 1, 2008
Driving with Cell Phones is not at all like being intoxicated. I learned to fly aircraft where we had to grab a microphone, listen to the radio, look for other aircraft and fly the aircraft -- all at the same time. Do you think that using a cell phone is that much different? It is how the person is taught to drive that matters. An adult should be able to determine when it is safe and reasonable to use the cell phone. What I am tired of is the majority of "real" adults being penalized because of small group of idiots who can't or won't use good common sense. It has been said more than once we don't need a law for this. We already have one. It is called "Inattention to Driving", try enforcing it instead of wasting our time and money on new laws.
Pat

Kailua, HI

#12 Aug 1, 2008
I have always felt that bicyclists should ride facing the traffic. The lanes are narrow and seeing what is approaching would be much safer.
Bring Back The Aloha

Pearl City, HI

#13 Aug 1, 2008
I am definitely all for "treating visitors like our treasured friends."

The "aloha spirit" in the 21st Century is nothing more than a slogan on a marketing brochure.

There USED TO BE aloha spirit in Hawaii. Not any more. People are too g#dd#mn selfish and mean-spirited.

This is now an "it's all about me" society. No one cares about anyone else but themselves.

For those of you that work in the tourist industry here (and, to an extent, even those that do not), do you go above and beyond the call to make visitors to Hawaii feel welcome?

Or are they just an inconvenience to you...maybe interrupting your personal phone call on your cell phone while YOU are at work and THEY want your assistance??

Not to mention that rental cars are frequently burglarized here...such as the car of the mother-daughter visitors from Canada shopping at the Ala Moana Center. What a rotten thing to do to someone who is supposed to be our guest.

Bottom line:
Show true respect and aloha to our visitors. Would YOU not want the same respect and courtesy when YOU travel off-island??

Think about it. Stop taking Hawaii visitors for granted and treating them as inconveniences.
knifer

Wahiawa, HI

#15 Aug 1, 2008
"What I am tired of is the majority of "real" adults being penalized because of small group of idiots who can't or won't use good common sense."

Some people here recognize that Hawaii's group of idiots is anything but "small".
Nobody

Honolulu, HI

#16 Aug 1, 2008
Willy Sink for President!!!

And Pamela Christle has it at least half-right, the new developments were planned better than the old. There are some neighborhoods still where you "take you life into your own hands", no sidewalks or bikepaths, or speed radars for that matter.

And I agree with Eugene Cordero. Who here HASN'T seen a distracted driver because he's on his cell phone? It never fails: if you're in the "fast lane" of the freeway, and suddenly come upon a vehicle that's traveling below the speed limit, yet, in that lane, more than likely the driver's on their phone. It's asinine that it's still allowed - cell phone use while driving.

Scorpio 58

Honolulu, HI

#17 Aug 1, 2008
I certainly agree with Mr. Cordero regarding cell phones while driving. One afternoon while driving Kam Hwy toward Pearl City, I noticed a young man talking away on his cell phone. He was in the right lane, I was in the middle. A short distance down the road, several busses had stopped to load/unload passengers. The young cell phone user did not notice the busses until the absolute second. However, I did notice that he didn't notice and prepared to prevent myself from getting caught up in his accident. With just a second to spare, he jerked his car into my lane and narrowly missed me. If I hadn't noticed his inattentiveness, and prepared for his actions, he would surely have hit my car, and possibly made me hit or be hit by others also. So -either be continuously on guard for the inattentive cell phone user or prepare to get caught up in their mess.
Pat

Kailua, HI

#18 Aug 1, 2008
Muffin Hanumanu wrote:
<quoted text>and can you tell me how bicyclists are supposed to ride night time once they get blinded by the upcoming cars' bright lights? try it once and let us know.
Good point, I had not considered this aspect. Thank you.
enufalready

Wahiawa, HI

#19 Aug 1, 2008
XTZ wrote:
Driving with Cell Phones is not at all like being intoxicated. I learned to fly aircraft where we had to grab a microphone, listen to the radio, look for other aircraft and fly the aircraft -- all at the same time. Do you think that using a cell phone is that much different? It is how the person is taught to drive that matters. An adult should be able to determine when it is safe and reasonable to use the cell phone. What I am tired of is the majority of "real" adults being penalized because of small group of idiots who can't or won't use good common sense. It has been said more than once we don't need a law for this. We already have one. It is called "Inattention to Driving", try enforcing it instead of wasting our time and money on new laws.
Apples to oranges comparison; the intensity of vehicular traffic is marked by the volume of traffic, at extremely close quarters, with operators who are often drunk and distracted by many things. The pilot enjoys air traffic control, generally open skies (the traffic is regulated), electronic safety aids, and nowhere near the volume of attention demanding decisive moments that drivers face.
Bicycle Lady

Pearl City, HI

#20 Aug 1, 2008
Yes, I agree with Yeah from Kapolei that we need more exclusive bike paths. I don't mind drivers passing near me, but what gets my goat are drivers turning right in front of me and almost knocking me down or drivers come out of blind drivers without stopping and checking if there are pedestrians or cyclists. How many times I had to brake suddenly to avoid being hit by those inconsiderate drivers.

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