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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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willie

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"Stop property tax hikes on owner occupants"

You think it is bad now, wait till you have build then subsidize the train to nowhere.

“Live Love Laugh.. and Surf! :)”

Since: Aug 08

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I agree with Chee. The "state" of Hawai'i seems a bit behind in helping some people.

In Florida there is a Save Our Homes homestead Exemption for people who live in their primary residence (owner-occupants) which was recently increased from $25,000 to $50,000 on the first $75,000 but does not include taxes for schools:

http://www.flgov.com/reform

On top of that there are exemptions for seniors, etc. who live on fixed incomes.
Pau

Phoenix, AZ

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Mar 16, 2009
 
RE: Senators should have supported E-Verify bill

E-Verify is voluntary for all employers with very limited exceptions. I think it would have been appropriate for the letter writer to indicate that this is a voluntary program.

An employer is NOT required by law to e-verify. IF, however, an employer signs up for the program, then the employer has to run the names through the database. All an employer is required, by law, to do is have an employee show the identification accepted by ICE as stated on the I-9 form, if the employer chooses not to register for the e-verify program.
SBReader

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Why did Hawaii's two ancient senators voted against the E-verify bill extension amendment? Can anyone provide their rationale?
willie

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SBReader wrote:
Why did Hawaii's two ancient senators voted against the E-verify bill extension amendment? Can anyone provide their rationale?
They were to busy lining up all the pork for the state, ignoring e-verify and properly funding VA, trivial stuff like that. Pork rules and gets you re elected.
manini

Honolulu, HI

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Mar 16, 2009
 
Commenting on the letter from Kay Kibby. It is apparent that the presumption is that the library will be provided with new books once it is built. I think the library should have hedged it's bet and maintained the current collection in case funds aren't available for books for the new library. In case Manoa Library hasn't noticed, right now is a bad time to be asking government for money. Other libraries are being forced to cut hours while others will be shut down.
Consequences

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"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.
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Wow, Berish, now that you mention that stuff, you are right!

Lingle appears to suffer from the "please like me" syndrome, seeking approval of Hawaii Democrats at the expense of the Republican base in Hawaii.

Let's see if Duke can do better.

With the cronyism, favoritism, nepotism, and all around stupidity of their party, I won't be voting for no Democrat in any election any time soon, that's for sure.
BozoNemesis

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-Lana- wrote:
I agree with Chee. The "state" of Hawai'i seems a bit behind in helping some people.
In Florida there is a Save Our Homes homestead Exemption for people who live in their primary residence (owner-occupants) which was recently increased from $25,000 to $50,000 on the first $75,000 but does not include taxes for schools:
http://www.flgov.com/reform
On top of that there are exemptions for seniors, etc. who live on fixed incomes.
What entitles YOU to get a freebee (lower property taxes) at the expense of SOMEONE ELSE? What makes YOU so entitled, besides your "gimme-gimme" I'm entitled attitude??? ALL property and income tax rates MUST BE FIXED AT THE SAME RATE for everyone to be your so-called "FAIR!" THEN let the CORRUPT politicians screw with the fixed rate and see if they can dodge the bullet on the street or at the ballot box! This liberal thievery nonsense has to stop!'Nuff said...
kailuaresident

Kaneohe, HI

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Mar 16, 2009
 
-Lana- wrote:
I agree with Chee. The "state" of Hawai'i seems a bit behind in helping some people.
In Florida there is a Save Our Homes homestead Exemption for people who live in their primary residence (owner-occupants) which was recently increased from $25,000 to $50,000 on the first $75,000 but does not include taxes for schools:
http://www.flgov.com/reform
On top of that there are exemptions for seniors, etc. who live on fixed incomes.
In Mufis first year a bill was passed which allows seniors who own only one property, live in it, and make less then $50,000 to apply for a circuit breaker. This makes their tax bill a pecentage of their income rather then tying to to the assessed value of their property...
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kailuaresident makes sense
djs

Honolulu, HI

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Mar 16, 2009
 
Owner occupants can qualify for an $80,000 exemption on their property values. It's not automatic though, you have to apply. You can now do that online.

https://www.realpropertyhonolulu.com/sec/port...
Kolohe in San Jose

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Mar 16, 2009
 
Sandra Gray,
You have a right to be concerned. I lived in Hi for many years and now reside in San Jose CA. Illegal immigration is rampant here and we're all paying for it. Our state is bankrupt. The only people who qualify for services are foreign. We have serious gang issues as well. Stop it while you can.
Manapua Belly

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Libraries are for great minds!!!!!!!!
Mike 96816

Honolulu, HI

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Kolohe in San Jose wrote:
Sandra Gray,
You have a right to be concerned. I lived in Hi for many years and now reside in San Jose CA. Illegal immigration is rampant here and we're all paying for it. Our state is bankrupt. The only people who qualify for services are foreign. We have serious gang issues as well. Stop it while you can.
Yeah I am sure that all those Mexicans who clean your houses and tend your yards and take care of your kids are the reason that California is going broke... Right, it is all so obvious. Maybe something else just might be the reason....
Kawehi Kanui

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The recent Super Ferry stall just makes the courts money...we, still lose money. At the same time, the SF should follow their own American laws when in Hawai'i...do your due dilligence sirs.

Sandy Farmer-Wiley

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Aloha Cindy, You're right there were more people at the Candlelight vigil than the reported 200. I spoke to the person who actually did a count and the real number is 1,500. The numbers for pro-HB444-HD1 gatherings get smaller with each telling and the anti-HB444-HD1 gatherings multiply with each telling. Feb. 22's rally was first reported as almost 2,000 and has now increased to 15,000 as though that many people could actually fit in the rotunda.
Mahalo for your positive remarks.

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