Letters to the Editor - Letters

Letters to the Editor - Letters

There are 7 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 16, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

As a longtime user and Friend of Manoa Public Library, I would like to respond to the March 11 letter, "What's the rationale for empty library?" There are several good reasons for reducing the size of the ...

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Big J-Hawaii Kai

United States

#1 Mar 16, 2009
Ref: Sandra Gray's ltr, "Everyone should have proof of citizenship, and if they do not, they should get it."

When my mother was born, birth records were maintained by the County Courts and were not forwarded to the State. Three years after her birth, the County Courthouse and all of its contents were destroyed in a fire, hence my mother had no record of her birth, and no way to prove she was an American by birth. What would she do?
Kamaaina Expat

United States

#2 Mar 16, 2009
George, come on now, let's get real...On issues of policy and even issues of public perception Linda Lingle has been nothing but horrible for the state of Hawai'i. Sure, our Hawai'i Dems are a bunch of swine, they always have been predictable swine. But you know what, this is the thing: that mainland Haole girl had the audacity to go national with blatant lies about Barak Obama NOT being a local boy !! The guy was born Hawai'i, raised Hawai'i & schooled Hawai'i. I was exactly all of those things myself AND my kids born Kapiolani too. Coincidentally I also went to live in S.E. Asia, for 4 years. But anyway, NO MATTER WHAT, NO MATTER WHERE, Hawai'i is HOME! And, it is Obama's home! So, when Lingle decided to lie about it, when she crossed that line, well, she can never go back, not ever.

Las Vegas, NV

#3 Mar 16, 2009
Stop property tax hikes on owner occupants
Let's be fair??? Roy M. Chee, who do you think pays the property taxes on a rental? The renter pays the taxes. Why are most people in Hawaii renting? Because they can't afford the unrealistic prices to buy their own condo or house.
If ownership was affordable to most people, they would buy. There will always be people that can't afford to buy or don't want to.

Kaneohe, HI

#4 Mar 16, 2009
"People can't override the authority of God....in the United States, everyone is endowed with that authority!"

That may sound like a great thing to some - "progress" in our evolution as humans. But look at what has happened in our country in just the past 100 years as we've liberated ourselves from the "burden" of Judeo-Christian values: the widespread use of profanity, illegal drugs, pornography, violence to name just a few consequences. We're like a bunch of little kids when left to our own devices.

Since: Sep 08


#5 Mar 16, 2009
Profanity, drugs, pornography, violence also existed in the 19th century. Cocaine and pot were not illegal at that time, but they were in use.

Nashville, TN

#6 Mar 16, 2009
I'm sure it's just my perception, but The Star has got to have a new editorial board in place. These recent "letters" selected are the dumbest and worst I've seen in 8 years. The "pundit pit" who grade the letters are dumber than a box of lava. Write a letter yourself rather than sit in judgment.
George L Berish

Kapaa, HI

#7 Mar 16, 2009
Kamaaina Expat wrote:
Sure, our Hawai'i Dems are a bunch of swine, they always have been predictable swine.
Dear Expat:
Please note that unlike you, I don’t consider Democrats swine or Gov. Lingle either haole or dumb. I was just observing her many contributions to Democrat goals.
That means both Democrats and Gov. Lingle have ideas with which I agree as well as disagree. For example, I agreed with Sen. Inouye’s first instincts – when he made Sen. Obama his second choice for president. And I also agreed with Gov. Lingle when she observed Hawaii isn’t really President Obama’s home.
In that regard, I wonder if you can see the irony in Gov. Lingle and me -- who both love Hawaii enough to make it our permanent home -- being lectured to ... from Afar ... by you concerning President Obama home when both of you left Hawaii behind and ran to places where life is easier?
But if you disagreed with the Governor’s explanation for here belief, just read President Obama’s own words:
From “Dreams from My Father”:
“I kept playing basketball, attended classes sparingly, drank beer heavily, and tried drugs enthusiastically.…”
Those are not the memories of a boy looking back on happy times with local friends: Those are the words of an unhappy young man who felt out of place here.
Or note that he chose to write about his father, whose dreams were of Kenya, not Hawaii -- not about the dreams of his grandmother who was of Hawaii.
Or look at the church he chose to attend for 20 years – and the one to which he took his children and wife. It’s a church that teaches “Black Liberation Theology” based on a 10 point “Black Value System”.
Can anything be more inconsistent with Hawaii’s “Local” culture?
After all, as one of Hawaii’s great governors proudly declared, Hawaii is America’s best example of the melting pot. Unlike Black, Local defines a set of rules anyone can choose to live by – or not. Black is a bloodline its owner cannot control, change or takes legitimate credit for. Local is here for anyone to earn, and it is denied to no one who does so.
Local is an agreement forged by people of many different ancestries based on the right/obligation to receive/extend mutual support, courtesy and respect. It lets those who adopt it see each other as equals. It lets us look past our many different bloodlines (Colors) to see our identical beliefs. If embraced it lets us all look forward to a successful future as the People of Hawaii, instead of pointing us to our separate past histories where reasons to hate each other abide. It gave Hawaii Aloha.
But that never became part of young Obama.
For example, while Hawaii would let him be Local.His church would never let you be Black no matter what you do.
Just look at the prayer President Obama approved for televised delivery to the world from the White House steps at his inauguration;
... Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest ... we ask you to help us work for that day when
... black will not be asked to get back,
... when brown can stick around --(laughter)
... when yellow will be mellow --(laughter)
... when the red man can get ahead, man --(laughter)
... and when white will embrace what is right.
Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen.
Yellow man? That’s not Hawaii calling.

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