Letters to the editor - Hawaii Editor...

Letters to the editor - Hawaii Editorials

There are 46 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 22, 2009, titled Letters to the editor - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

What's all this brouhaha about planning days? There are too many already. Our public school teachers get 11 days, including waiver days and professional development days.

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willie

Farmington, MI

#1 Dec 23, 2009
"Spare change, Mr. President?"

I was pretty sure when he was out stumping that the best place to find change was under my sofa cushions and NOT in his empty promises.

Wish I was in Nebraska, at least their senator knows how to cut a deal for his voters, may not be legal but hey the vote goes to the highest bidder.
Honorably Discharged

AOL

#2 Dec 23, 2009
Did anyone else see the big advertisements promoting A&E's Dog show? It says "Deck The Halls With Cuffs & Tasers" and shows the phony "bounty hunter," who now lives in Hawaii, and his crew attacking Santa Claus. It's SICK! Reminds me of when the "Dog" showed his true colors by calling his son's Black girlfriend by a racist term that can't be used in this newspaper. A&E sucks! Racism sucks! Dog sucks! And he gives real dogs a bad name.

Since: Nov 09

Keauhou, HI

#3 Dec 23, 2009
Jim Henshaw should read the letter at the top of the page from Gerhard C. Hamm.
My generation (I'm 65) did okay and our teachers didn't have planning days, or waiver days, or personal days. But we did have longer school days.
Pat

Honolulu, HI

#4 Dec 23, 2009
I concur with Rev. Heidel about a need for compassion. There are so many more drugs and tests now that keep people living longer than when I began my career as a Registered Nurse. America is a strange society in that it will protest strongly a womens right to choose or a terminally ill persons wish to transcend misery, but it does not protest strongly the murder of human beings by American military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and support of Israelis murder of Gazans and other Palestinians. Aren't all lives sacred????
kapaa

Wahiawa, HI

#5 Dec 23, 2009
James, are you the long hair ,hippy looking guy who rides around on a bike towing a little black dog? Do you have a job?? Or are you collecting 'Change' in the form of a E<B<D card or some sort of disability?????

“Kokokahi -We are all one blood”

Since: Mar 08

United States

#6 Dec 23, 2009
Thank you David Bohn. Finally we have a real Indian telling the truth that "Native Hawaiians" were never an Indian tribe. Now, go tell that to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Oops, that committee just last week passed the new Kaka bill. Too late. Too bad you didn't speak up earlier.
Poi

United States

#7 Dec 23, 2009
Ken Conklin wrote:
Thank you David Bohn. Finally we have a real Indian telling the truth that "Native Hawaiians" were never an Indian tribe.
Absolutely correct. The one thing you've got right Dr. Conklin.

Hawaiians were never a loosely, sparse, set of nomadic campers.

Hawaiians were a Nation, with international treaties, with executive, judicial and legislative branches, with a constitution, with internationally travelled leaders (Kalakaua).

No, Hawaiians were never a "tribe".

We were and remain a Nation.

Hawaiian Republican

United States

#8 Dec 23, 2009
Pat wrote:
I concur with Rev. Heidel about a need for compassion. There are so many more drugs and tests now that keep people living longer than when I began my career as a Registered Nurse. America is a strange society in that it will protest strongly a womens right to choose or a terminally ill persons wish to transcend misery, but it does not protest strongly the murder of human beings by American military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and support of Israelis murder of Gazans and other Palestinians. Aren't all lives sacred????
No, Pat, they aren't. Some cases in point: Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Castro, Mao Tse Tung, et al.
Kuleana

Waianae, HI

#9 Dec 23, 2009
David,
Hawaiians are no more native american natives as native american natives are hawaiian.
Maybe a lil SLOWER trip to the bishop museum will point out that there WERE different hawaiian dialects and customs depending on the island you were on, but it was a matter of CONVENIENCE for the OCCUPIER, america, to wrap us all into one...easier to 'CONQUER'.
We are ISLANDERS not CONTINENTAL-ERS and hence that is where our differences are JUST BEGINNING and are no more connected geographically to each other then assumed in other respects.
We have been under the yoke of american expansionism and imperialism for over 117 years and have been subjected to the SAME oppressive, assimilative, censorious, coercive and genocidal ways that the native americans have from the american politics & military forces.
Many of us have lead lifestyles as a result of america's assimilative as an "ILLUSION OF REALITY" because of the many LIES and MIS-PORTRAYALS of the dominant american culture and find it difficult to be able to distinguish those differences.
we are no more happy about the Akaka bill as your letter indicate and have been trying to come out of this YOKE of american SUPPRESSION, but they've done a very good job of MANAGING OUR ACTIVISM by BUYING OFF OUR LEADERSHIP, KEEPING US TALKING, KEEPING US LITIGATING IN THEIR COURTS AND "UNITING" and RULING the ignorant with their ARROGANT ways.
we would appreciate that since you are on our home turf to kokua and support the native hawaiians claims of INDEPENDENCE by becoming more aware and understanding as we have to been to your ways.
mahalo
Kuleana

Waianae, HI

#10 Dec 23, 2009
Ken Conklin wrote:
Thank you David Bohn. Finally we have a real Indian telling the truth that "Native Hawaiians" were never an Indian tribe. Now, go tell that to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Oops, that committee just last week passed the new Kaka bill. Too late. Too bad you didn't speak up earlier.
you are no more KOKO then the GECKO is GEICO nor are we ALL ONE BLOOD! U WISH!
Same Difference

Honolulu, HI

#11 Dec 23, 2009
Poi wrote:
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Absolutely correct. The one thing you've got right Dr. Conklin.
Hawaiians were never a loosely, sparse, set of nomadic campers.
Hawaiians were a Nation, with international treaties, with executive, judicial and legislative branches, with a constitution, with internationally travelled leaders (Kalakaua).
No, Hawaiians were never a "tribe".
We were and remain a Nation.
The so-called "Hawaiian culture" actually consisted of very different and distinct cultures, dialects, songs, chants and genealogies, generally separated by island, by in some cases differing significantly between ahupua`a.

The Ni`ihau dialect, for example, cannot even be understood by the vast majority of people who speak "standard" Hawaiian language.

It is a very analogous situation to the different Indian tribes of North America and elsewhere.
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#12 Dec 23, 2009
Poi wrote:
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Absolutely correct. The one thing you've got right Dr. Conklin.
Hawaiians were never a loosely, sparse, set of nomadic campers.
Hawaiians were a Nation, with international treaties, with executive, judicial and legislative branches, with a constitution, with internationally travelled leaders (Kalakaua).
No, Hawaiians were never a "tribe".
We were and remain a Nation.
Poi,

Your past tense is correct: "we were..."

We are now one of the ethnic groups of people that make up the United States, and I hope it stays that way.
Confused

Honolulu, HI

#13 Dec 23, 2009
Pat wrote:
I concur with Rev. Heidel about a need for compassion. There are so many more drugs and tests now that keep people living longer than when I began my career as a Registered Nurse. America is a strange society in that it will protest strongly a womens right to choose or a terminally ill persons wish to transcend misery, but it does not protest strongly the murder of human beings by American military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and support of Israelis murder of Gazans and other Palestinians. Aren't all lives sacred????
I'm confused with where you stand. Do you consider all lives sacred or not?
pro-Hamm

Las Vegas, NV

#14 Dec 23, 2009
If he had attended a Hawaiian public school, would he be president today ?
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#15 Dec 23, 2009
Hawaiian Republican wrote:
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No, Pat, they aren't. Some cases in point: Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Castro, Mao Tse Tung, et al.
So if America is the humanitarian cop, why have we addressed all the countries on your list, along with Iran, N Korea and a host of them in Africa?
Joe The Vice President

Honolulu, HI

#16 Dec 23, 2009
Dear Mr. Rosen,

We must stimulate groups like ACORN in order to lock in our dictatoria..........er, Majority status so we can address to Deficit Spending of the Crazy Bush years.

In order to do this we need to raise taxe........er, make sure every American contributes his "Fair Share" so government can spend it more efficiently.

In short, it order to get deficits under control, we must spend like there's no tomorrow.

I propose and 700 million dollar study on how we might go about this.

Thanks for your concern.

Pluggsy
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#17 Dec 23, 2009
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>So if America is the humanitarian cop, why have we addressed all the countries on your list, along with Iran, N Korea and a host of them in Africa?
I didn't list countries....I listed specific people. At what point are you trying to arrive?
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#18 Dec 23, 2009
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>So if America is the humanitarian cop, why have we addressed all the countries on your list, along with Iran, N Korea and a host of them in Africa?
I didn't list countries...I listed specific people. At what point are you trying to arrive?
Bohn Dance

Honolulu, HI

#19 Dec 23, 2009
David Bohn's timely letter raises some interesting points.

Firstly, prior to the importation and imposition of the european concept of the "Monarchy" or "Kingdom," the various islands (moku), districts and ahupuaa, alana, etc., always were subject to ever shifting loyalties and alliances in a manner that would closely represent a tribe.

Moreover, Bohn should also know that Southwestern Pueblo's are not ethnologically Indian and were never considered tribes, but are "domestic dependant communities" instead. Yet, treated no different than American Indian Nations, Tribes, Bands, Clans, Rancherias and Alaskan Native Villages under federal-Indian law.

However, Bohn is correct that something is bogus about the Akaka bill. It is an attempt install a watered-down, diluted open-ended definition of "Native Hawaiian" that will not survive constitutional muster.

The current Akaka "toe-nail" Hawaiian definition, is at direct odds with the "native Hawaiian, as defined in the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920," and upon whose HHCA and 5(f) lands, Senator Inouye (using Akaka) seeks to impose this artificial and manufactured scheme of a make believe Indian tribe.

Bohn is correct to be concerned about the bona-fide American Indian Tribes, because when Inouye can make one appear out of thin air, it jeopardizes the status of all the real Tribes, that's for sure.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#20 Dec 23, 2009
Hawaiian Republican wrote:
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I didn't list countries....I listed specific people. At what point are you trying to arrive?
As far as I know, each person you listed was the leader of a represented country. And the people we fought (or didn't fight) were of those countries.

So I took it to the logical next level about countries, minus the names of leaders.

Otherwise, what's the point of listing those names?

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