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Jobs, not civil unions, is focus, Lingle says - Hawaii News

There are 149 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jan 9, 2010, titled Jobs, not civil unions, is focus, Lingle says - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Gov. Linda Lingle is worried that the civil union bill now awaiting action in the state Senate will be so controversial, it should be put off until 2011.

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outraged

Ewa Beach, HI

#1 Jan 9, 2010
It's just typical of Madame Governor Lingle to say it's "inappropriate" to discuss civil unions at this time. Civil rights for all people is equally important as the economy. Besides, if the Governor had been doing her job, instead of just looking out for herself, Hawaii wouldn't be in this economic nightmare as we are today.
Jo-Ann Adams

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jan 9, 2010
Gov. Linda Lingle told reporters: "In the middle of the biggest economic crisis in Hawaii's history, it is a most inappropriate bill to take up this year".

In fact, it is a most appropriate year to take up this bill! The bill is just two floor votes away from passage. If we put it off to 2011, we have to introduce a new bill and go through the committee hearing process all over again. In 2009 we had 4 hours of testimony in the House and 18 hours in the Senate. 22 hours of testimony IS a distraction! Finish the job NOW!!

If the economy is the benchmark, the civil union bill is expected to have a slight positive economic impact according to Sumner LaCroix, UH Professor in Economics. Therefore, we should pass the civil unions bill quickly, as Senator Taniguchi suggests, and the Governor should sign it immediately!
Mokebla

Beaverton, OR

#3 Jan 9, 2010
Hawaii needs to address the economy first and formost or we'll have a lot of people on goverment asistance, what are these civil union people thinking. Gov. Linda Lingle, you go girl. You tell them who's boss. As for the rest of the lawmakers who wishes to take up the bill instead of the economy might want to look over their sholders and see if they'll be in office next term.:-0!
lingle is right

Wailuku, HI

#4 Jan 9, 2010
It should be voted on at some time as soon as possible," said Sen. Brian Taniguchi, Judiciary Committee chairman---NO BRIAN ...IT SHOULD BE KILLED...ASAP...AND GET ON WITH THE REAL WORK OF THE LEGISLATURE...

THE PEOPLE SPOKE ON THIS ISSUE..IT IS NOT AN ISSUE THAT SHOULD BE SHOVED DOWN THE THROATS OF THE PEOPLE BY THE LEGISLATURE
lingle is right

Wailuku, HI

#5 Jan 9, 2010
"If the economy is the benchmark, the civil union bill is expected to have a slight positive economic impact according to Sumner LaCroix, UH Professor in Economics"

MOST ECONOMIC PRFESSORS BELIEVE TAX RELIEF WOULD STIMULATE THE ECONOMY ...A LOT...THE LEGISLATURE IS IGNORING AND HAS BEEN IGNORING TAX RELIEF---IN FACT IT HAS RAISED TAXES IN THE IS RECESSION---

SO DONT GIVE ME CIVIL UNION ARGUMENTS AS A PLOY FOR TAX RELIEF AND ECONOMIC WELL BEING====SHIBAI!!!
BozoNemesis

AOL

#6 Jan 9, 2010
outraged wrote:
It's just typical of Madame Governor Lingle to say it's "inappropriate" to discuss civil unions at this time. Civil rights for all people is equally important as the economy...
Get a life, nobody with half a brain or better gives a hoot about subsidizing gay people's disgusting, aberrant lifestyle. If you're gay get an ambulance chaser to marry you via a civil contract, then PAY YOUR OWN WAY and leave the rest of us alone! AND, it's been voted down already...duh!'Nuff said...
bumbercrop

Kahuku, HI

#7 Jan 9, 2010
Will those Dems try to shove it thru in the middle of the night the way BO shoved his health plan thru? And will there be payoffs , your tax money of course, to those who would vote yes for it? We must be aware of what goes on down there on Beretania St in the next 4 months. They are now gathering the wool to pull over our eyes.
This session it is jobs, the economy, the very survival of many people here that must be addressed.
geeeee

Honolulu, HI

#8 Jan 9, 2010
strange. i agree with LL on this, it's the jobs.

Since: Nov 09

Kula, HI

#9 Jan 9, 2010
"Lingle said she is against any tax increase, but because she is in favor of home rule, she thought the issue should be handled by the county government, not the state".

This is simply abdicating responsibility. I didn't like the idea when Senators Kim and Cocobuns brought it up and don't like it when coming from Lingle. It is especially scary when you consider giving our current Mayor and lapdog City Council such authority.
Big John - Hawaii Kai

Kailua, HI

#10 Jan 9, 2010
Now don't misunderstand me! I'm neither for nor against civil unions, however, there are far more citizens concerned with our economy, unemployment, job losses, foreclosures, etc. than whether two people of the same sex can legally be joined by a civil contract. I must agree with our Governor on this one, but of course our (union) legislators will still probably spent an inordinate amount of time on this, rather than handling our economic woes. That's just the way they are.
Lani

Los Angeles, CA

#11 Jan 9, 2010
Can we squeeze enough tax money out of civil unions to resolve the budget issue?
Von

Aiea, HI

#12 Jan 9, 2010
Perfect Gov. Linda Lingle !

Amen to that. Keep up the good work.
Randy

Mililani, HI

#13 Jan 9, 2010
If we are in such economoic crisis, why do so many people buy aerials and literally burn their money up into smokes?

What? The state legislature can't take up more than one topic/bill at at time? Ridiculous.
thebelltolls

Mililani, HI

#14 Jan 9, 2010
Our economy/jobs are dependent on OTHER people's (tourists) economies recovering who can then spend money in Hawaii. To a large degree there's not very much we can do but wait.
Of course, no politician is going to say that. We're just enduring Lingle's theatrics to ignore the rights of the gay minority.
itsumo

Las Vegas, NV

#15 Jan 9, 2010
Why is Sen Brian Taniguchi so obsessed with same sex Civil Unions? The people of Hawaii have already spoken on this issue, yet some law makers can't get that thru their thick skulls. If there has been a change in heart by the people of Hawaii, then it should be voted on again.
Lefty

Hilo, HI

#16 Jan 9, 2010
The legislature wasted almost its entire session on the civil union issue last year with no decisive result. And then in the waning hours of the session chose to raise taxes to put a band-aid on the economic disaster that encompasses us. I expect more of the same this session. If it isn't civil unions, then it'll be fireworks bans or some other time waster, when cutting the cost of government and creating the economic conditions that support business and the visitor industry should not be the top proiority, it should be the only priority. No incumbents in 2010.
surfbound

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jan 9, 2010
Uh, you can't have two thoughts at one time?
thebelltolls

Mililani, HI

#18 Jan 9, 2010
itsumo wrote:
Why is Sen Brian Taniguchi so obsessed with same sex Civil Unions? The people of Hawaii have already spoken on this issue, yet some law makers can't get that thru their thick skulls. If there has been a change in heart by the people of Hawaii, then it should be voted on again.
Because one faction considers it an issue of RIGHTS/EQUALITY which should never be put on the back burner or be decided upon by other people and the opposite faction considers it just another, oh, renaming a street issue. And never the twain shall meet.
local

Kailua, HI

#19 Jan 9, 2010
Jobs first to get this economy going. I don't think concentrating on civil unions will stimulate the economy or creat jobs. Come on legislators do what the state needs JOBS!!!!!!. Otherwise you yourself will be unemployed come Nov.
Liberace

San Diego, CA

#20 Jan 9, 2010
I need a job.

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