Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editor...

Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials

There are 16 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jul 3, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Hawaii people must be either complacent or dead. What will it take for us all to revolt against all the financial madness that's happening? To even suggest increasing the general excise tax to "bail out" the state workers and the state budget is not acceptable.

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JKai

Makawao, HI

#2 Jul 3, 2009
"I assume she was not here for the local elections when the so-called "minority section" voted in favor of rail. She may think that we are the minority but the vote said otherwise." Carol Priolo

Carol, I wasn't aware that there ever was a vote for or against rail. What I do recall is that Mufi's stooges refused to accept a petition legally signed by thousands of Oahu residents to put such a question on the ballot. Instead we were treated to a non question along the lines of "Should Mufi's totally awesome train be red or blue?"

Would you support a "yes/no" rail vote?
kira_girl

Honolulu, HI

#3 Jul 3, 2009
Carol, the State paid for the building of H3? It is the uninformed people like you whose vote points toward stupidity.
bumpercrop

Wailuku, HI

#4 Jul 3, 2009
The Dems feed on taxes. It is a madness with them. It does not destroy them, it destroys us tho'.
Flexo

Kula, HI

#5 Jul 3, 2009
re: small telecom achieves much by John Rose.
Rose writes "Like its fellow small, independent telecommunications companies on the mainland, Alaska and U.S. territories, Sandwich Isles is committed to connecting those whom the big companies have bypassed in rural and largely isolated communities. As of 2008, more than 90 percent of rural telecom customers had access to broadband Internet service."

Rose conveniently skips over the fact that public regulated telephone companies do provide telephone service to remote locations. And that unregulated cable companies can pick and choose who they want to provide service to. Rose infers Hawaiian Telcom has been remiss in providing service. Not true.
Rose also forgot to mention the very generous payout Sandwich Isle received to bring fiber optic to DHHL residents. I suppose any company could've done it with the money Sandwich Isle received and many of them could probably have done it for less.
And finally Rose forgets to mention that the head of Sandwich Isle is the brother of a well known state senator. I wonder if that had any affect on the money or the deal that Sandwich Isle received.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#6 Jul 3, 2009
JKai wrote:
"I assume she was not here for the local elections when the so-called "minority section" voted in favor of rail. She may think that we are the minority but the vote said otherwise." Carol Priolo
Carol, I wasn't aware that there ever was a vote for or against rail. What I do recall is that Mufi's stooges refused to accept a petition legally signed by thousands of Oahu residents to put such a question on the ballot. Instead we were treated to a non question along the lines of "Should Mufi's totally awesome train be red or blue?"
Would you support a "yes/no" rail vote?
That's what I recall. Funny how people still think we had an opportunity to "vote" for it when we really didn't have a choice.
Leota

Kailua Kona, HI

#7 Jul 3, 2009
Be careful, if the gov lays off last hired state workers, we just imght find after time that we did not need them.

As older workers retire, let the laid off be first to be hired.

The private sector is doing that already as we all know through friends and family.

Besides it's only temporary...isn't it?
mario

Kihei, HI

#8 Jul 3, 2009
A 5 percent difference in the rail election result was not a majority to me. That was a minor difference despite huge campaign spending on the pro side. There are always those who will oppose the project when promoted with lies.
Oh Carol I am just a fool.....
Kailuaresident

Kaneohe, HI

#10 Jul 3, 2009
JKai wrote:
"I assume she was not here for the local elections when the so-called "minority section" voted in favor of rail. She may think that we are the minority but the vote said otherwise." Carol Priolo
Carol, I wasn't aware that there ever was a vote for or against rail. What I do recall is that Mufi's stooges refused to accept a petition legally signed by thousands of Oahu residents to put such a question on the ballot. Instead we were treated to a non question along the lines of "Should Mufi's totally awesome train be red or blue?"
Would you support a "yes/no" rail vote?
Actually, the COURTS rejected the peition as it was ilegall. next time hire a better lawyer to write it. Mufi said he would only build steel. The vote was yes or no for steel. Therefore logic says a no vote would kill rail.
Sorry to use logic on you again. It must be rough...
Kailuaresident

Kaneohe, HI

#11 Jul 3, 2009
BJ, the Hannemnann admin wants people to own and live in their homes. Not to rent to be slumlords. Not to drive up housing prices by owning multiple properties. The owber occuapnt classification makes so much sense!
You must be a speculator or a real estste agent!
alice

Kahului, HI

#12 Jul 3, 2009
we cannot afford rail
dewdalohajoey

White House, TN

#13 Jul 3, 2009
Kailuaresident wrote:
BJ, the Hannemnann admin wants people to own and live in their homes. Not to rent to be slumlords. Not to drive up housing prices by owning multiple properties. The owber occuapnt classification makes so much sense!
You must be a speculator or a real estste agent!
I'm BJ McKay, and this is my best friend...Bear.
What ever happened to that show? I really liked it.
Honolulu resident

Wailuku, HI

#14 Jul 3, 2009
Kailuaresident wrote:
<quoted text>Actually, the COURTS rejected the peition as it was ilegall. next time hire a better lawyer to write it. Mufi said he would only build steel. The vote was yes or no for steel. Therefore logic says a no vote would kill rail.
If Mufi logic said he would ONLY build "steel" rail and the vote was "yes" or "no" FOR only steel rail, then therefore using simple logic, a no vote would have only killed the "steel" rail technology on the elevated fixed guideway platform.

A no vote would NOT have "killed" rail, just noisy "steel" rail. All other technology for public transit would then have been allowed to compete in a fair, open and transparent bid competition on the approved elevated fixed guideway platform. But that is NOT what the pro-steel-rail moofee wanted.

MOST in Honolulu say they WON'T USE RAIL, poll shows...
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.d...

The reasons respondents cited for not riding rail were:

75 percent said they don't live along the train's route or don't commute in that direction.

59 percent said they were very unlikely or somewhat unlikely to ride the multi-billion dollar train to nowhere.
give me a break

Kaneohe, HI

#15 Jul 3, 2009
CAROL PRIOLO----

PLEASE, PLEASE CHECK ON YOUR SUBJECT BEFORE "YOU OPEN MOUTH AND INSERT YOUR FOOT"....

H-3 WAS NOT PAID FOR OR FUNDED BY THE STATE IN ANY WAY (IT WAS THE FEDS MONEY, AS PART OF THE DEFENSE HIGHWAY SYSTEM)----GET IT RIGHT. ALREADY....

YOU SOUND LIKE A RAIL ZEALOT----WRITE AGAIN IN A FEW YEARS ON HOW YOU ARE DOING "PAYING FOR THE TRAIN TO NOWHERE"....

THIS OF COURSE IS GOING TO BE ON TOP OF ALL THE OTHER "LOVE TAXES" THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING PASSED, I PERSONALLY WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN YOUR ANSWER........

Still from Kaneohe...
JKai

Makawao, HI

#16 Jul 3, 2009
Kailuaresident wrote:
<quoted text>Actually, the COURTS rejected the peition as it was ilegall. next time hire a better lawyer to write it. Mufi said he would only build steel. The vote was yes or no for steel. Therefore logic says a no vote would kill rail.
Sorry to use logic on you again. It must be rough...
That's right! We didn't get to vote on color, we got to vote on what KIND OF WHEELS Mufi's totally awesome train would have.

And we got to vote on it after he sat on the DEIS until right before the vote, and before he CHANGED THE ROUTE from the path that won him an extra vote from the council.

As for for the "courts" you apparently also forgot about the City Clerk refusing to even look at the petition or signatures.
JKai

Makawao, HI

#17 Jul 3, 2009
Kailuaresident wrote:
BJ, the Hannemnann admin wants people to own and live in their homes. Not to rent to be slumlords. Not to drive up housing prices by owning multiple properties. The owber occuapnt classification makes so much sense!
You must be a speculator or a real estste agent!
No he doesn't. If he wanted people to be able to own things he wouldn't be raising the taxes and fees on EVERYTHING to pay for his poorly planned rail from future tract homes to the fancy mall.
DONTDELETE

Wahiawa, HI

#18 Jul 4, 2009
Since SB deleted this post once already I will repost. I guess they are part of mufi's pundit squad.

I think what is even more interesting is that the City and County of Honolulu is facing a severe budget crisis of its own.

However, Mufi is keeping it under wraps and trying to balance the City's budget by raising city taxes, fees, parking, etc. There is no doubt that city workers will be facing the same cuts as state workers, e.g., lay off and/or severe pay cuts.

Mufi is just trying to hold off on doing this until after the City breaks ground on the rail project. Once the City throws 600 million dollars into the first phase of the project it is going to be quite hard to stop the project.

Mufi is having a hard time balancing his budget and the paying to have our garbage shipped off to the mainland would stress the little bit of money the City has put on the side. This is why he is going back on the contract to ship out the trash.

As everyone knows, Mufi has a way with words. He talks about malasadas and manapuas and talks down to every that he deals with. He even has his own group of pundits that back up his every action.

City workers, you have been warned. You will be the next to be getting cut... your days are numbered. Once ground breaks for rail, you will see Mufi take a much different stance. Here is what I anticipate Mufi saying right before he cuts your pay and benefits "City workers need to make cuts. They need to differentiate between things that they must have and those things that are nice to have". State and City workers will be suffering while the pro-rail, pro-Mufi construction unions make a killing on an over priced rail project.

Thank goodness I work for the Federal Government. And thank goodness the Feds won't be chipping in any money for the "Rail to Nowhere"

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