Patrons and politicians plead to keep libraries open - Hawaii News

Library patrons and elected officials asked the state Board of Education to look at an across-the-board reduction in library hours rather than shut down five branches as proposed by the state librarian. Full Story
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enufalready

Wailuku, HI

#1 Jul 17, 2009
Interesting ... the infamous "robber barons," some out of guilt and others out of a studied generosity, created some impressive public benefits. Carnegie, the steel man (I think that was his main source of riches) took it upon himself to build, furnish, and stock with books many public libraries, which remain. We live now in a time in which there are many rich; and Hawaii has a huge share of them; but where are the philanthropists?

To allow public libraries to close, after starving them of funds for years is scandalous. Never forget that this state enjoyed at least three decades of hugely profitable tourism during which billions of dollars were spent here. Now we are left with crumbling roads, bankrupt hospitals, infrastructure decay (sewer, water, waste) and now the closing of the only really free indoor public resource that many have access to.

Closing libraries is more than closing a building; it represents closing opportunities and access for those who cannot afford to buy books and magazines and who need those resources very much. Again ... where are the philanthropists among all the rich who can afford the beachfront mansions and big boats and who would have us believe that they are good. Can they not emulate the best behavior of those who seized America's resources during the Industrial Revolution, but, at least, saw enough of the light to benefit society with the gift of libraries.
glenn paul

Johnson City, NY

#2 Jul 17, 2009
enufalready wrote:
Interesting ... the infamous "robber barons," some out of guilt and others out of a studied generosity, created some impressive public benefits. Carnegie, the steel man (I think that was his main source of riches) took it upon himself to build, furnish, and stock with books many public libraries, which remain. We live now in a time in which there are many rich; and Hawaii has a huge share of them; but where are the philanthropists?
To allow public libraries to close, after starving them of funds for years is scandalous. Never forget that this state enjoyed at least three decades of hugely profitable tourism during which billions of dollars were spent here. Now we are left with crumbling roads, bankrupt hospitals, infrastructure decay (sewer, water, waste) and now the closing of the only really free indoor public resource that many have access to.
Closing libraries is more than closing a building; it represents closing opportunities and access for those who cannot afford to buy books and magazines and who need those resources very much. Again ... where are the philanthropists among all the rich who can afford the beachfront mansions and big boats and who would have us believe that they are good. Can they not emulate the best behavior of those who seized America's resources during the Industrial Revolution, but, at least, saw enough of the light to benefit society with the gift of libraries.
Agree. Not only does closing librarys do what you say, it also denys poeple from gaining from others peoples experience and knowledge. Aloha from Northeast PA.
sdb1147

Auburn, WA

#4 Jul 17, 2009
Far better to have less hours than to close. Our libraries are the heart and soul of our everyday lives. It is not only for the youth of our community, but for everyone to take refuge in. It's a place to get away, be it from our work cubicles or home, to pick up a book and get lost between the covers.

Sure, we have access to books via computers, but there's something different about going to your favorite library, picking up a book and sitting there to read it.

Libraries exude the experience of learning.
Kaneahi

Broadview, IL

#5 Jul 17, 2009
Leave the Hurricane fund alone. Having experienced the misery of rebuilding after a major hurricane (Andrew) I know first hand how devastating a hurricane can be. This fund was set up to assist those in need when a hurricane has set upon Hawaii. It's not if one will hit, but when. Either raise taxes or cut services. You can't expect to keep services and not raise taxes.
Hawaii Mom

AOL

#6 Jul 17, 2009
How can people expect government to provide the same amount of services when our economy is the way it is? Either pay more taxes to sustain our same level of services, or get used to less services...it's that simple. We all now have to adjust to less government services if we don't want to pay more taxes.
taptap

Pearl City, HI

#7 Jul 17, 2009
tap the hurricane fund
No need

Brooklyn, NY

#8 Jul 17, 2009
There are thousands of books available online for free, and thousands of newspapers and magazines available online for free.

Furthermore, they are available 24x7 and you can access them from the comfort of home.

These online copies can be shared by everyone. You don't have to worry about them being signed out by someone else.
Hiram

Minnetonka, MN

#9 Jul 17, 2009
State Libraries have broadband access and other current services too.

Its not just hard copy.
local

Honolulu, HI

#10 Jul 17, 2009
The BOE should cut the pay or layoff Hamamoto's over staffed office and maybe this will fund the libraries. Her office is too top heavy with useless staff.
Reasonable Minded

Honolulu, HI

#11 Jul 17, 2009
Why do we continue to have the general excise tax "surcharge" for rail when it should be repealed in favor of a state-wide "surcharge" for education?
Wake up legislators.

Honolulu can pay for rail with property taxes if the residents still want it (which I doubt).
Billy Mays Here_ _ _

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jul 17, 2009
This is the only state I know of where the libraries close at 5 PM on the mainland the libraries are open 7 days a week. 10-9 on weekdays and 10-5 on weekends.
To cut staffing costs the state should look to using volunteers.
Also cut Pat Hamamoto's staff.... speaking of which I got to go take a staff and then do some paperwork.
Money Talks

Kailua Kona, HI

#13 Jul 17, 2009
Institute pay-as-you-go. $1 a day is a good start.
Mafia Rail

Ewa Beach, HI

#14 Jul 17, 2009
It is amazing that our politicans want to take money from the Hurricane Fund- while we are now entering an active Hurricane Season- and are LONG OVERDUE for another one-

At the same time there is nearly $1 Billion of Rail Tax sitting under Mufi's control- yet the EPA and FTA have NOT approved this project- and likely won't until at LEAST 2011. And once started, this rail system CANNOT BE USED for at least 10 YEARS!

How INCREDIBLY STUPID is it to deny basic public services to our citizens while an ultra-expensive, GOLD PLATED EGO TRIP to fund Mufi's career goals- collects sits around collecting money for a project that MAY NEVER ACTUALLY GET OFF THE GROUND.

STUPID POLITICIANS! You are criminals and MORONS!
Leeward Lolo

Chicago, IL

#15 Jul 17, 2009
Mafia Rail wrote:
It is amazing that our politicans want to take money from the Hurricane Fund- while we are now entering an active Hurricane Season- and are LONG OVERDUE for another one-
At the same time there is nearly $1 Billion of Rail Tax sitting under Mufi's control- yet the EPA and FTA have NOT approved this project- and likely won't until at LEAST 2011. And once started, this rail system CANNOT BE USED for at least 10 YEARS!
How INCREDIBLY STUPID is it to deny basic public services to our citizens while an ultra-expensive, GOLD PLATED EGO TRIP to fund Mufi's career goals- collects sits around collecting money for a project that MAY NEVER ACTUALLY GET OFF THE GROUND.
STUPID POLITICIANS! You are criminals and MORONS!
There are more hanneman haters daily. Expect soon an impeach hanneman group which, if it does not disappear as do those who oppose him, will easily succeed.

Meanwhile the fool continues with his weekly oldies radio show, oblivious to the feelings of those outside his little world.
Leeward Lolo

Chicago, IL

#16 Jul 17, 2009
Another question.
Remember the $100,000 vacation hanneman went on to "promote tourism"? Then came back and had a little weekend celebratiion because of Chicago bidding for Olympics years from now. Is this not the action of somebody with a hidden agenda. Makes absolutely no sense to me.
That money would have been better spent on the libraries. Who would come here after seeing that man?
Libraries too important

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jul 17, 2009
Remember sitting at the feet of the librarian as a keiki and listening to her tell a story? Remember the first time you got a library card? Remember the smell of the dusty books and the AC hitting you as you walked in after school? Remember asking the reference librarian for help finding something? Remember the tax forms and voter registration cards you can find at the library? Remember the online access to current books, periodicals, and research information you can find via the internet? Libraries are the bedrock of our ability as a society to learn for ourselves. Where will we all (kids and adults alike) go to find information to do a research paper, plan a vacation, learn about our culture, learn about other countries?

Auwe to closing any of them. Start the hours at noon, or 2:30 when schools close, and go into the evening (say 9pm).
Mafia Rail

Ewa Beach, HI

#18 Jul 17, 2009
Fed policymakers have said it could take "five or six years" for the economy and the labor market to come back.

As usual- the BIG FAT OINKERS are doing GREAT!

Inouye gets a BAIL-OUT for his own bank, Mufia gets BILLIONS for his EGO TRIP, the State spends $500,000 to give Space Rides that cost $200,000- while-

Libraries are CLOSED and the people scamble for any low-paying, part-time job they can find.

The unemployment rate is MUCH HIGHER than the official numbers.

"Five or Six years" of this is going to KILL OFF many people, their property, etc. In the end, Hawaii will be a SHELL of its former self.

WE HAVE STUPID SELF-CENTERED POLITICIANS in Hawaii! They are CRIMINALS and MORONS!
Kimo

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jul 17, 2009
State Librarian's plan was ill-conceived from the get-go. Mr Burns has lacked creativity in resolving this crisis, and seems to be only consulting those management types that think like him.

He seems out-of-touch with how the community's use their libraries. It's not all about circulation counts and number of patrons.

Luckily the people spoke up in opposition, Thanks Mrs Cochran for stopping this plan that reeked of politics.
Wildman

Honolulu, HI

#20 Jul 17, 2009
Leeward Lolo wrote:
Another question.
Remember the $100,000 vacation hanneman went on to "promote tourism"??
For a lolo you pretty smart!...yes, your right. inconsideration to the funds...State and City budget had been planned years ago without the contemplation of what was going to be...thus, if they now reduce the hours of operation, as stated, after school hours...when their needs are required most for the students,not when their in school...reduce the cost.
delete projects that are non essesntial in state and city and apply it to keep the libraries accessable to the publics needs...I could go on but...Wildman!
Michael W

Kalaheo, HI

#21 Jul 17, 2009
Kaneahi wrote:
Leave the Hurricane fund alone. Having experienced the misery of rebuilding after a major hurricane (Andrew) I know first hand how devastating a hurricane can be. This fund was set up to assist those in need when a hurricane has set upon Hawaii. It's not if one will hit, but when. Either raise taxes or cut services. You can't expect to keep services and not raise taxes.
Agreed! Having spent months on Kaua'i after INIKI hit in 1992 waiting for power to be restored, I also no all to well the devastating effects of a Hurricane. Additionally, I have weathered Hurricane Iwa and Typhoon Pamela out on Guam. Have those who advocate raiding this fund experienced the fury and devastating effects of a Hurricane? Have they had to do without the modern day conveniences such as power & hot water for months at a time? If they had, I think that they would not be so quick to drain this resource.

Those who propose raiding that fund simply want to drain the money to solve their short term solution. What happens when the money from that fund runs out??? The unions want to drain the fund to keep them all employed and the Library advocates want to drain this fund to keep all the libraries open. None of them have a plan to replenish the funds, leaving us screwed when the next Hurricane hits.

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