Lack of common sense permeates local politics - Editorials

Common sense would dictate that drivers shouldn't play video games, debate the next big company project by cell phone or text-Twitter the brahs about the honkin' monsterito burrito they are about to grind while steering down Kapiolani Boulevard. Full Story
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“Too small to notice”

Since: Jun 08

Kahuku , Ka'U

#1 May 3, 2009
The annual dance of the sugar plum fairies. Legislators have built such a maze of rules that they can honestly answer constituents who want to know how a particular proposal is doing : I tried , I really tried. Shibai...they were out playing golf.
Big John-Hawaii Kai

Kailua Kona, HI

#2 May 3, 2009
One of the best, if not the best, editorial ever written in the Star Bulletin. Kudo's to the originator.
Sondra Scott

AOL

#3 May 3, 2009
Everything Cynthia says makes total sense. Run for office, Cynthia.
doodydiaper

Pearl City, HI

#4 May 3, 2009
some good points
obviously the writer reads SB Topix forums for ideas
Josh trimble

Mililani, HI

#6 May 3, 2009
COMON SENSE tells us that we(the taxpayers) don`t have the money to build Mufi`s train. What do our legislators do to help us out ? They give themselves a 36 % raise.
hzz

Wailuku, HI

#7 May 3, 2009
you left out the stupidity of raising taxes on our number one industry at a time when it is struggling to survive.
Disgusted

Ewa Beach, HI

#8 May 3, 2009
Excellent editorial. When politicans run for election/reelection, they tout their experience, problem solving abilities, leadership, etc. Once in office, most show themselves to be liars because they are unable to solve any problems or so politically involved that they forget about their constituents. They can't focus on the goal and walk through the scenario of their intended legislation to see what the problems and impact will be. Refunds for drink containers is a good example. They say that the goal is to reduce littering, to recycle, reduce trash going into land fill, etc. They enact the law, but make it such a pain in the okole that many say the heck with the 5 cents and throw it out anyway. The sellers complain about business, but seem like they have been short changed in the brain department also. By making it easier, they'll also get more customers. Picture this: The customer goes to the store to buy his/her drinks. He/she brings back the empties, the store deducts the refund from his/her new purchase. The store stores the empties to be picked up by the distributor when restocking new supplies and sent for recycling OR recycling firms can pick upt the empties from the stores. Yeah, they need storage space, but things can be worked out. The stores will get more business and so will the distributors and the recyclers make money. Yeah, there are disadvantages and problems, but doesn't the present system? The point is: mentally walk through the scenario and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each course of action.
get real

Aiea, HI

#9 May 3, 2009
Great editorial!

Sadly, we are a society that has become more dependent on people who make laws to tell us what we can, or can not do and less on our ability to know what is right from wrong. Common sense is no longer common, and that is sad. This didn't happen overnight. Oh no,...this was a process that spanned many many years. A brainwashing, if you will, of the people of Hawaii to no longer be able to think for themselves.

...and many politicians here in Hawaii relish that fact.

This is the result of 50 plus years of brainwasing by the old boy system of Asian Plantation Democrat politics that is played here in Hawaii.

Why else do you think these idiots keep getting re-elected into office?

get real
Keith Haugen

AOL

#10 May 3, 2009
Aloha:

I'm told that we have more than THREE million laws in the civilized world to enforce the Ten Commandments.

What part of "Thou shalt not ...." don't we understand?

Writing a law with thousands of words just to tell drivers that they may not text message while driving seems ridiculous.

But, be thankful that the lawyers who draft those laws didn't write into the law that it is still legal for drivers to smoke, hunt for a dropped cigarette or fallen ashes, put out fires, open beverage containers, drink, open mail, read, write, hunt for and play CDs, find their favorite radio station/program and dance to the music, watch television and let go of the wheel to applaud or clap along, shave, comb hair, put on makeup, clean their glasses, care for the pet on their lap or the child on a backseat, change diapers, shoes, adjust air conditioning, swearing or shouting or giving hand signs to other motorists and pedestrians, or all the other things that we see motorists doing when they should be focusing on driving.

Think of the common sense applied by those who wrote the law banning talking on a telephone.

Me ka pono,

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
Getting Older

Honolulu, HI

#11 May 3, 2009
Sad but true. Thank you Cynthia.
John Kamaka

Hanalei, HI

#12 May 3, 2009
Sondra Scott wrote:
Everything Cynthia says makes total sense. Run for office, Cynthia.
You have my vote Cynthia and a breath of fresh air at last! However, you will be in the minority and pretty much iced out by those corrupt, incompetent, sleaze scumbags that infest Hawaii's political system.

Better you run for the number one spot as governor, but then again...look what "they" have done to Lingle???? Sad but true...we need more people like yourself to bring the much needed change to this corrupt system.
Martinet

Barnesville, OH

#13 May 3, 2009
Sounds like the Star-bulletin has a political agenda that didn't pass and they are tryuing to pass it off as 'common sense'.
barcelona

Davis, CA

#14 May 3, 2009
Talk is cheap, Oi. Run for office and, if elected, you may discover that there are two sides to most issues. You seem to equate "common sense" with your own opinions. I guess it's fun to be able to pontificate on an ad hoc basis without actually having any responsibility or being accountable.
what

Honolulu, HI

#16 May 3, 2009
common sense. what's that??
Nuuanu Mama

Honolulu, HI

#17 May 3, 2009
Spot-on, Cynthia!

“Starts right above my shoulder”

Since: Aug 08

Brooklyn, NY

#18 May 3, 2009
Nothing turns me on more than a smart woman!!! Excellent editorial Cynthia Oi!!! Excellent!!
alice

Los Altos, CA

#19 May 3, 2009
Legislature is badly educated in economic fundamaentals...they are all an embarrassment
Joseph

Dallas, TX

#20 May 3, 2009
Bravo!! Cynthia Oi, brave wahine, with a big heart, an eloquent voice, and a lot of common sense. Please, don't ever go into politics, we need good journalists.
alice

Los Altos, CA

#21 May 3, 2009
alice wrote:
Legislature is badly educated in economic fundamaentals...they are all an embarrassment
very true..and their mistakes are costing the tax payer big time
Dumb

Waianae, HI

#22 May 3, 2009
Drug test the politicians. They get the best stuff.

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