Letters to the editor - Hawaii Editorials

There are 20 comments on the Jan 5, 2010, Honolulu Star-Bulletin story titled Letters to the editor - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

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willie

Farmington, MI

#1 Jan 5, 2010
"Rush overlooked unions, state law"

I don't think Rush cared if the workers are union or not and Richard, get back to me when the system is totally broke...which is exactly where it is headed....

Just amazing how socialists like Richard spew hatred for people who have different views than themselves....if you don't like what Rush has to say, DON'T LISTEN..I don't, never have never will. HE speaks for himself and NOT the GOP ass you might believe.
Shortie

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jan 5, 2010
Betty have you heard of UPS, or FedEx? These companies are making huge profits because of the unreliability of the US Postal service. Just so you know they are in direct competition with the Postal service.

“Don't believe what you hear.”

Since: Sep 08

Wahiawa

#3 Jan 5, 2010
"Everyone in Hawaii that works more than 20 hours has health care" is b.s.
This is why a lot of people are under employed. The employers, including the State, have found ways to go around this law to ensure they do not have to provide medical to their employees. This in turn has caused the citizens of Hawaii to have multiple jobs just to make ends meet as no one wants to hire a full time worker and have to pay their medical.
To top it off, the HRS states "If you are required to share in the premium cost for your coverage, your share cannot be more than 1.5% of your monthly wages or one-half the premium cost (whichever is less). Your employer pays the balance." Of course, the bargaining agreements between the State and it's employees allow the government to only pay 60% of the premium which means that it is in violation of it's own laws (I've been told that CBA trumps the HRS which is another story.)
It's time that someone told the truth how much this law to force employers to provide health care to employees actually costs employees as they are not able to work full time at one job or their employment may even be disguised as contracted employment when it shouldn't be.
Mike

United States

#4 Jan 5, 2010
Don't worry Janae, your generation will have to pay for Obama's stimulus for years to come. So start saving today!
Felix The Leerkat

AOL

#5 Jan 5, 2010
Note to my fans: Today's "Top Ten" list is posted with the Volcano Awareness Month story.
Grant

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jan 5, 2010
It is difficult if not impossible to say the stimulus didn't do anything for the economy and even harder to justify saying it took jobs away. While its cute to have a letter from a 10th grader in the newspaper, her thesis is nothing but regurgitated Fox News drivel taken out of context and remixed into a poorly thought out statement about jobs and gov't services.
Maybe by the time kids like Janae have to start paying for this Wall Street driven economic malaise they will have gotten legislation passed where you get to pick what your taxes actually pay for. Not having children, I might choose not to have any of my taxes be used for education. Or maybe I'd choose to support a war in Afghanistan, but not a political fiasco in Iraq. It would certainly be interesting to see how her idea of funding government might work any better than what we have now.
lee smith

Waipahu, HI

#7 Jan 5, 2010
Mike wrote:
Don't worry Janae, your generation will have to pay for Obama's stimulus for years to come. So start saving today!
I feel sorry for all the young people of our Country. The liberal democrats are piling on so much dept for the youth of our country. They will be paying for this for the rest of their lives !!!!!
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#8 Jan 5, 2010
willie wrote:
"Rush overlooked unions, state law"
I don't think Rush cared if the workers are union or not and Richard, get back to me when the system is totally broke...which is exactly where it is headed....
Just amazing how socialists like Richard spew hatred for people who have different views than themselves....if you don't like what Rush has to say, DON'T LISTEN..I don't, never have never will. HE speaks for himself and NOT the GOP **** you might believe.
No, no. I think Rush is right. I think he speaks for the GOP.
Poi

San Leandro, CA

#9 Jan 5, 2010
willie wrote:
"Rush overlooked unions, state law"
I don't think Rush cared if the workers are union or not and Richard, get back to me when the system is totally broke...which is exactly where it is headed....
Just amazing how socialists like Richard spew hatred for people who have different views than themselves....if you don't like what Rush has to say, DON'T LISTEN..I don't, never have never will. HE speaks for himself and NOT the GOP **** you might believe.
Why was Rush's cardiologist fat?
Sachiyama

Honolulu, HI

#10 Jan 5, 2010
Poi wrote:
<quoted text>
Why was Rush's cardiologist fat?
When are you going to have that big one so we don't have to read your trash comments anymmore?
Poi

San Leandro, CA

#11 Jan 5, 2010
Sachiyama wrote:
<quoted text>
When are you going to have that big one so we don't have to read your trash comments anymmore?
You don't have to read anything I write.

Nobody is forcing you.

Why his cardiologist was fat is a legitimate question.

Don't you think?
BozoNemesis

AOL

#12 Jan 5, 2010
Grant wrote:
It is difficult if not impossible to say the stimulus didn't do anything for the economy...It would certainly be interesting to see how her idea of funding government might work any better than what we have now.
Well, Mr. Libbie Sir, MY idea to fund-da-feds is a FLAT percentage tax on EVERY nickel ANYONE takes in during the year with NO DEDUCTIONS FOR ANYTHING OR EXCEPTIONS (including the Pope, if he gets income here -and- welfare freeloaders, etc) and NO OTHER TAXES ON ANYTHING, and that includes corporations, dead people's estates, gas taxes, property taxes, booze taxes, etc, etc, etc. How's THAT for being fair? I'd like to see the CORRUPT, self-serving, career CLOWNS presently masquerading as "representing" us in Clowngress (sic) jack up that all-inclusive income tax percentage and get elected again (anywhere but in Hawaii, that is)! This ASSURED BANKRUPTING of America by doling out freebees for the freeloaders in this nation from the bottom to the top, along with the blatant ripoff of the prudent and successful in this nation has got to cease!'Nuff said...
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#13 Jan 5, 2010
"Hawaii Department of Education Procurement Audit Reveals Waste and Potential Fraud", January 3, 2010, by Laura Brown:

The Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) is struggling to pay its bills and the teachers’ union is adamant about raiding $35 million of the state’s emergency fund to infuse the education system with even more than its current $2.4 billion budget for 170,000 students.

But, off the radar of most citizens, the state auditor released a procurement audit of the Department of Education this year for Fiscal Year 7/1/06 – 6/30/07 highlighting procurement practices so wasteful that findings were forwarded to the Attorney General’s Criminal Division.

Now, many are asking if the DOE should be given any more of the taxpayers’ money if there is no accountability.
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Full article at: http://tinyurl.com/yzuchwc
alice

Hanalei, HI

#14 Jan 5, 2010
true
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#15 Jan 5, 2010
As ObamaCare seeks to add millions more to the Medicare roles while seeking to cut Medicare by the hundreds of billions.....

"Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients", by David Olmos:

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg)-- The Mayo Clinic, praised by President Barack Obama as a national model for efficient health care, will stop accepting Medicare patients as of tomorrow at one of its primary-care clinics in Arizona, saying the U.S. government pays too little.

More than 3,000 patients eligible for Medicare, the government’s largest health-insurance program, will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at a Mayo family clinic in Glendale, northwest of Phoenix, said Michael Yardley, a Mayo spokesman. The decision, which Yardley called a two-year pilot project, won’t affect other Mayo facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.
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Full article at: http://tinyurl.com/y8pneb8
Beckett

Hilo, HI

#16 Jan 5, 2010
willie wrote:
I don't think Rush cared if the workers are union or not...
No shyte, Sherlock. People like Rush don't care about facts at all. That's why he and his flock will remain ignorant of the facts:

1. He benefited from blue state/Democrat policies.

and

2. Red states are failing at healthcare.
Kam

Ewa Beach, HI

#17 Jan 5, 2010
Hilarious,
The letters are right next to each other. The first claims we need the govt. option so the govt. will run health care and everything will be fine, as long as we don't pay to much.
The very next letter says the govt. can not even get a letter through on time. Gov't. run health care in insane and will be a huge waste of money.
We should look at Heath Service Accounts as they do in Singapore.
WhoCares

Washington, DC

#18 Jan 5, 2010
I guess Shanae Rasmussen forgot to mention that most of the stimulus funds go towards military construction and infrastructure improvements. All of these projects are outsourced and sub-contracted to private firms thus benefting the private sector immensely.
wendell

United States

#19 Jan 5, 2010
Beckett wrote:
<quoted text> No shyte, Sherlock. People like Rush don't care about facts at all. That's why he and his flock will remain ignorant of the facts:
1. He benefited from blue state/Democrat policies.
and
2. Red states are failing at healthcare.
Why shouldn't he benefit? He probably pays more in taxes than 98% of the people in this country, including you. How about that probable fact?
Very Good Janae

Waterbury, CT

#20 Jan 5, 2010
WhoCares wrote:
I guess Shanae Rasmussen forgot to mention that most of the stimulus funds go towards military construction and infrastructure improvements. All of these projects are outsourced and sub-contracted to private firms thus benefting the private sector immensely.
Absolute nonsense. Janae is correct. The funds are propping up welfare systems in financially irresponsible States. The remainder of the funds will be disbursed this election year to buy Democrat votes. Janae did an outstanding job...objective and thought-provoking. WhoCares, on the otherhand, could find a military contract in ham sandwich...provided Soros-funded websites told him to look there.

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