Letters to the Editor - Editorials

Letters to the Editor - Editorials

There are 52 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jan 6, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Despite the warnings by police, firefighters and the medical community, fireworks remain a part of the New Year welcoming celebration.

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dargent77

Nashville, TN

#1 Jan 6, 2009
What a bunch of baloney from the good doctor why people shouldn't blow off firecrackers! For the Vietnam vets and returning Iraqi soldiers: wear ear plugs. I'm more concerned about pets who cannot control their ears and all the trash in the streets the next day.
Also, enforce the laws. A hefty fine might curb the behavior.
shell shocked

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jan 6, 2009
Last night (Jan 5) aerials were still going off in East Honolulu - my poor dog is still freakin' out - Enough already - let's push for a total fireworks ban

“Don't believe what you hear.”

Since: Sep 08

Wahiawa

#3 Jan 6, 2009
There is already a ban on aerial fireworks. Seems to not be working.
There is a ban on certain drugs, and people seem to be able to get those also.
The only thing a total ban would do is reduce the amount going off. It wouldn't stop it entirely as some enterprising individuals will still find a way to bring the fireworks in so those that really have to use them will be able to do so.
I am more worried about the acetylene bombs that rock my house every so often.
kira_girl

Kalaheo, HI

#4 Jan 6, 2009
Who are these people that are complaining? Are they life-time residents of Hawaii? I think not! Once a year. Can't the complainers PLAN for it instead of complaining? No matter what, something always irk them. Too early, too late, too loud, too much smoke, too much everything except a little aloha from them! Polls show that the majority of residents do favor fireworks. Hence, I have a complaint. The complainers are making too much noise!
Keith Haugen

AOL

#5 Jan 6, 2009
Aloha:

CONFISCATE the ships and airplanes that bring the illegal explosives into our Island home. That'll solve the problem.

If the government can confiscate vessels, aircraft, vehicles used to transport illegal drugs (and they do), why not enforce the law as it relates to other illegal contrabands, bombs, etc.?

Sell those ships and planes and use the money to repair our streets and schools. Another problem solved.

The law is already there and, unlike the fireworks ordinances, enforeceable.

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
saying thanks to smokers

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jan 6, 2009
To kira_girl: You're absolutely right. We should all give thanks to those setting off fireworks, especially those who blast away on Christmas day and those who shoot off illegal aerials. Those folks are really giving us all a good time. In fact, we should all thank smokers for sharing their second-hand smoke. That's the aloha spirit! This might be a little too kind but I think we should even thank drunk drivers for sharing their crazy driving antics (though a little dangerous, some of their crazy stunts are really fun to watch).
Keith Haugen

AOL

#7 Jan 6, 2009
Aloha:

It is difficult to believe the stupidity and disregard for the law of the land being demonstrated today on Capitol Hill. Sen. Harry Reid is refusing to seat a new United States Senator because he was appointed by a Governor who is being investigated for wrongdoing.

Only in Washington, D.C.

What is Reid smoking? Maybe he is trying to show that Democrats, like the Bush Republicans, are above the law and can disregard the Constitution.

Like Illinois Gov. Blagojevich or not, his appointment of U.S. Senator Roland Burris was perfectly legal. And what might happen to the Governor in the future should have nothing to do with the new Senator.

It should have been a happy, historic day for Illinois and the United States that Senator should have been seated as the replacement for President-elect Barack Obama, the former Senator whose seat was vacated when he was elected to the highest office in our land.

The Senate is the laughing stock of America and the world. And we thought Chicago was a den of criminals?

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
manini

Kapaau, HI

#8 Jan 6, 2009
Responding to Will Page. We already have ordinances regarding B&Bs and TVAs. What we really need is for the city to enforce them. And since you claim these operators are making so much money, then they can surely afford the fines that should be levied on them. They can make a significant contribution to our cash strapped economy.
I'm sure that if Obama new he was using an illegal rental, he would have found a legal one. But what the heck, he's soon to be president so he can do what he wants. But it doesn't justify the continued opeartion of the illegal TVAs that have plagued Kailua these many years. You know, the ones that have squeezed out the average citizen.
Denise

AOL

#9 Jan 6, 2009
What about all those trucks that is raised high above the ground with the tires sticking almost a feet out of fender well?!!!!(Don't they know it looks so STUPID) Someone is truly not enforcing the laws when it comes to vehicles.
Just the Facts

Honolulu, HI

#10 Jan 6, 2009
manini wrote:
Responding to Will Page. We already have ordinances regarding B&Bs and TVAs. What we really need is for the city to enforce them. And since you claim these operators are making so much money, then they can surely afford the fines that should be levied on them. They can make a significant contribution to our cash strapped economy.
I'm sure that if Obama new he was using an illegal rental, he would have found a legal one. But what the heck, he's soon to be president so he can do what he wants. But it doesn't justify the continued opeartion of the illegal TVAs that have plagued Kailua these many years. You know, the ones that have squeezed out the average citizen.
You are absolutely right about Obama's illegal rental and as a tax payer and citizen I think that for once and for all the B and B and vacation rental thing should be made TOTALLY illegal - I am sick and tired of living in a neighborhood where marginal homeowners along with greedy investors rent out every nook and cranny - This doesnt happen in places on the mainland - its just ridiculous and effects ALL residents quality of life!
kira_girl

Kalaheo, HI

#13 Jan 6, 2009
saying thanks to smokers wrote:
To kira_girl: You're absolutely right. We should all give thanks to those setting off fireworks, especially those who blast away on Christmas day and those who shoot off illegal aerials. Those folks are really giving us all a good time. In fact, we should all thank smokers for sharing their second-hand smoke. That's the aloha spirit! This might be a little too kind but I think we should even thank drunk drivers for sharing their crazy driving antics (though a little dangerous, some of their crazy stunts are really fun to watch).
I agree with you! It is those who break the laws that are causing all these complaints. Most of us obey the fireworks ordinance. Now if this discussion is about enforceability, then that is another topic.
Kimo

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jan 6, 2009
Will Page makes his living from marketing illegal B&B hotels. Of course he wants to legalize them. This is all about greed. Will Page, Angie Larson and all of the other illegal lodging operators want to push local residents out of Kailua and turn it into a tourist trap so they will profit. Mini-hotels don't belong in residential neighborhoods and Will Page and friends should find another community to exploit. Maybe Houston? They don't have any zoning laws!
Bob_Mililani

San Diego, CA

#15 Jan 6, 2009
Just the Facts wrote:
<quoted text>You are absolutely right about Obama's illegal rental and as a tax payer and citizen I think that for once and for all the B and B and vacation rental thing should be made TOTALLY illegal - I am sick and tired of living in a neighborhood where marginal homeowners along with greedy investors rent out every nook and cranny - This doesnt happen in places on the mainland - its just ridiculous and effects ALL residents quality of life!
Haven't traveled much, have you?
bumpercrop

Wailuku, HI

#16 Jan 6, 2009
Yeah It's about time they stopped allowing people to buy fireworks with their EBT cards.
Hotel Worker

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jan 6, 2009
The illegal vacation rentals in Kailua are hurting the occupancy rates of the legitimate hotels in Waikiki, Ko Ilina and Turtle Bay. These illegal businesses pay a fraction of the property tax that hotels have to pay. They also probably donít have proper insurance or even pay their taxes. Every day, hotel employees are being laid-off, while these illegal vacation rentals are booming. Itís apparent the locals in Kailua donít want them. The Mayor needs to shut them down!
Ted Nugent Nation

Honolulu, HI

#18 Jan 6, 2009
Keith Haugen wrote:
Aloha:
It is difficult to believe the stupidity and disregard for the law of the land being demonstrated today on Capitol Hill. Sen. Harry Reid is refusing to seat a new United States Senator because he was appointed by a Governor who is being investigated for wrongdoing.
Only in Washington, D.C.
What is Reid smoking? Maybe he is trying to show that Democrats, like the Bush Republicans, are above the law and can disregard the Constitution.
Like Illinois Gov. Blagojevich or not, his appointment of U.S. Senator Roland Burris was perfectly legal. And what might happen to the Governor in the future should have nothing to do with the new Senator.
It should have been a happy, historic day for Illinois and the United States that Senator should have been seated as the replacement for President-elect Barack Obama, the former Senator whose seat was vacated when he was elected to the highest office in our land.
The Senate is the laughing stock of America and the world. And we thought Chicago was a den of criminals?
Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
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Why do you care? Do you feel it is your obligation to weigh in on every matter in this country. Turn off MSNBC. I think Reid may know a little more than you on this matter. But, you opened your hateful statement by saying "Aloha", that makes it all better.
rope1

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jan 6, 2009
Dems running the senate, dems running Illinois...both hosed up...makes you wonder what the next 4 years of the revitalized clinton administration with Obama as a clinton surrogate is going to be like!!!!
djs

Kailua, HI

#20 Jan 6, 2009
rope1 wrote:
Dems running the senate, dems running Illinois...both hosed up...makes you wonder what the next 4 years of the revitalized clinton administration with Obama as a clinton surrogate is going to be like!!!!
Not to be confused with California which is run by republicans and is now bankrupt. They don't even have money to pay for tax refunds. It's hardly any wonder why the nation and world's economy has tanked.
Pat

Kaneohe, HI

#21 Jan 6, 2009
Please do the sensible thing, legislators, ban all firework sales in Hawaii for the sake of our citizens health and well being.We have been begging for years for peace.
Omama

San Jose, CA

#22 Jan 6, 2009
Pat wrote:
Please do the sensible thing, legislators, ban all firework sales in Hawaii for the sake of our citizens health and well being.We have been begging for years for peace.
Patty come lately shows up in Hawaii and decides he knows best what Hawaii should and should not be doing.

Love it.

When you express yourself in and around Oahu, talk loudly and point your pointer finger alot. It will help you get your point across to the "locals".

Oh and always bring up how it was where you grew up on the mainland. The "that's the way its done elsewhere" argument is always helpful to getting things done in Hawaii.

Good luck you local boy Pat.

Have fun.

And as you say, "aloha and Mahalo in Hawaii nei".

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