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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enufalready

Wailuku, HI

#43 Jan 6, 2009
Hawaii - kingdom of scofflaws. The list is long and includes governmental entities, schools, and civilians. Let's start with the idiotic fireworks; the current laws represent a compromise that allows firecrackers while numerous public aerial displays are put on around the islands. The Ainokea crowd insists on breaking the law by shooting off all kinds of illegal and banned pyrotechnics throughout the months of December and January. Then we have Kam schools which insists on denying admission to non-Hawaiians and maintain that its race based admissions policy is for the good of the people. This - while it serves a tiny number of children despite sitting on one of the largest endowments in the world. Next, there's the City of Honolulu, which refuses to treat its sewage to federal standards and pumps barely treated effluents into the Pacific Ocean while posturing before the word as a beautiful, green, healthful destination. Add to these: the barking dogs, unmuffled motorcycles, monster lifted trucks, all the burglars and vandals, the polluters, copper thieves, illegal dumpers, the unlicensed bed and breakfasts ... Well, it's the kingdom of scofflaws.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#44 Jan 6, 2009
HayninAk wrote:
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I disagree. The judgment of the Illinois Governor is clearly as flawed as his character. Therefore it can not be relied upon for something as important as a senate seat.
His appointment and the manner in which he made it was motivated by his ego and arrogance and nothing else.
Although I agree with you, I believe Keith is right.

The problem is not Congress, it's Blago. His ego and arrogance is forcing the dems and congress to take side and make a decision they shouldn't be put in the middle of.

I have no qualms if they throw the book at this guy. He's trying to kick the system in the teeth to show them he's the boss. I really hope the system kicks back harder... much harder.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#47 Jan 6, 2009
alice wrote:
Ban fireworks. They are incredibly dangerous and increasingly unpopular with voters.
Where do you draw your conclusion? If they are soooo unpopular with the voters, this ban would've been enacted long ago and fast. Instead they created a compromised with permits and have HDP give a blinds eye to those to pop.

People would've immediately cease this practice and blah blah blah. As much as most people in this forum hates it, unless HPD get really though on these guys, it won't go away. Even if they blew their hands off and even their neighbor's car, you bet their be back way before the 4th of July like June.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#48 Jan 6, 2009
Yeah wrote:
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Although I agree with you, I believe Keith is right.
The problem is not Congress, it's Blago. His ego and arrogance is forcing the dems and congress to take side and make a decision they shouldn't be put in the middle of.
I have no qualms if they throw the book at this guy. He's trying to kick the system in the teeth to show them he's the boss. I really hope the system kicks back harder... much harder.
Obama endorsed him for Governor. Tee Hee

“Don't believe what you hear.”

Since: Sep 08

Wahiawa

#50 Jan 6, 2009
Keith Haugen wrote:
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
As I stated before, the illegal drugs keep coming. Put enough profit on something and there is always a way for it to get in. Even the Soviet Union had illegal drugs and they supposedly had a stranglehold on everything.
It is impossible to win.
The ice epidemic is a prime example. The government quit allowing over the counter sales of a perfectly good cold remedy (Pseudo Ephedrin) because a small group of people decided to make it in to ice. Everyone is punished, yet the ice heads still get theirs, just a little more expensive.

Since: Nov 08

Anchorage, AK

#51 Jan 6, 2009
Yeah wrote:
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Although I agree with you, I believe Keith is right.
The problem is not Congress, it's Blago. His ego and arrogance is forcing the dems and congress to take side and make a decision they shouldn't be put in the middle of.
I have no qualms if they throw the book at this guy. He's trying to kick the system in the teeth to show them he's the boss. I really hope the system kicks back harder... much harder.
All right, I'll give you and Keith this one as I truly don't even know the qualifications of the appointee. He may just be stuck in the middle and probably should not be penalized for that.

I do want to see Blago shot down in flames.
Justice

Kailua, HI

#52 Jan 6, 2009
The illegal fireworks this year were the worst. The skyrocket "Bombs" shook homes and scared our pets, senselessly. These were not the cultural "fireworks" I remember from over 55 years on this island. These are "new" bombs and has nothing to do with CULTURE. Yes, vets have issues but also the elderly, young children, and thoses with medical issues suffered because of these "bombs". Because of these selfish few, I say BAN all fireworks. It's time to Ax this problem.
kat

Hana, HI

#54 Jan 6, 2009
I do not believe most of the vacation rentals owners pay their taxes on this income. Since they are not legal businesses, how do they pay taxes? They are crooks.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#55 Jan 6, 2009
alice wrote:
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Obama endorsed him for Governor. Tee Hee
And now Obama is going to let him fry in his own frying pan.

People, you only have 2 choices: medium well, or well done. First come, first served and there's no condiments to mask the bitter flavor.
onenation

Houston, TX

#56 Jan 7, 2009
enufalready wrote:
Hawaii - kingdom of scofflaws. The list is long and includes governmental entities, schools, and civilians. Let's start with the idiotic fireworks; the current laws represent a compromise that allows firecrackers while numerous public aerial displays are put on around the islands. The Ainokea crowd insists on breaking the law by shooting off all kinds of illegal and banned pyrotechnics throughout the months of December and January. Then we have Kam schools which insists on denying admission to non-Hawaiians and maintain that its race based admissions policy is for the good of the people. This - while it serves a tiny number of children despite sitting on one of the largest endowments in the world. Next, there's the City of Honolulu, which refuses to treat its sewage to federal standards and pumps barely treated effluents into the Pacific Ocean while posturing before the word as a beautiful, green, healthful destination. Add to these: the barking dogs, unmuffled motorcycles, monster lifted trucks, all the burglars and vandals, the polluters, copper thieves, illegal dumpers, the unlicensed bed and breakfasts ... Well, it's the kingdom of scofflaws.
Correction, NATION OF SCOFFLAWS - the problems you describe are not local only to Hawaii.
onenation

Houston, TX

#57 Jan 7, 2009
alice wrote:
enuf is spot-on right
Of course he's spot on. his mind is just as tiny as yours alice. why are you still living in Hawaii?
You continually "beach" about hawaii, yet you continue to live in the islands. I am puzzled by this!
Ben

Honolulu, HI

#58 Jan 7, 2009
Kalamity Flats wrote:
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As I stated before, the illegal drugs keep coming. Put enough profit on something and there is always a way for it to get in. Even the Soviet Union had illegal drugs and they supposedly had a stranglehold on everything.
It is impossible to win.
The ice epidemic is a prime example. The government quit allowing over the counter sales of a perfectly good cold remedy (Pseudo Ephedrin) because a small group of people decided to make it in to ice. Everyone is punished, yet the ice heads still get theirs, just a little more expensive.
Using this logic, we should legalize everything since no matter what activity is banned, there will always be people who do it.

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