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Lack of common sense permeates local politics - Editorials

There are 41 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from May 3, 2009, titled Lack of common sense permeates local politics - Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

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.

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Manapua Belly

AOL

#24 May 3, 2009
Determine the source!!!!!!!! They are politicians!!!!!!!! What does that tell you????????
Papa Kamuela

Honolulu, HI

#26 May 3, 2009
get real wrote:
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
Mr. get real, so make a difference and step up to the plate and run for office. You seem to know what the problem is for your city. I would be happy to see a chnage for your city. I am now an old tutu kane happily living in this quiet, remote part of Maui and wish the best future for our younger keiki. Good Luck!
old country gal in Kailua

Wahiawa, HI

#27 May 3, 2009
Cynthia, you and Marian Higa are my idols!!!
PhD from Waipahu

Hilo, HI

#29 May 3, 2009
Cynthia Oi, with all your words about common sense have you ever deeply examined the notion... sense common to whom?
common sense = hegemony
You seem to be espousing that one way of thinking should be ruling over all others. While I agree with most of what you're saying, your heavy reliance on the term common sense makes you sound fascist.
Kimo

Honolulu, HI

#30 May 3, 2009
Elected Officials/Politicians, etc.., are not necessarily INTELLIGENT PEOPLE and/or properly educated and/or have any real experience for the jobs they hold... They are hired by VOTERS! LOCAL VOTERS are not necessarily educated either and in Hawaii Elected Officials are traditionally voted in to office by POPULARITY. In Hawaii it is more important where you went to High School rather than where you went to college and what subject(s) did you earn your degree(s)... Thus, the majority of voters vote their vote prejudicially--by ETHNICITY and subsequent POPULARTIY... Most voters are still voting for The High School Prom KING/QUEEN... Subsequently--we end up with IGNORANT GOVERNMENT and that IGNORANCE subsequently turns in to CORRUPTION... That's the way it's always been in Hawaii and it will always continue to be that way--because the core population is IGNORANT!
TeriYaki

Honolulu, HI

#32 May 3, 2009
Cynthia for Governor!!!
WestSide

Honolulu, HI

#33 May 3, 2009
I've tried to work with the legislation this winter for a bill and I have never seen such inept, unprofessional BS. One rep is so busy trying to bust Lingle's balls she is blinded, another is too concerned about bills his buddy has introduced and wants me to support in 'return for support'. Another expects me to take them to lunch everytime I inquire about the bill's progress. 8 committee meetings...and the bill morphed EVERYTIME to something unrecognizable to the original.

I plan on voting against ANYONE who is currently in office.

30%+ raise to boot....WHAT A FRACKIN' JOKE THEY ARE. Hypocrites. Nincompoops.

Since: Feb 09

Keauhou, HI

#34 May 3, 2009
As another poster mentioned. Ms Oi mentioned all the stupid, inappropriate gov't projects coming from our gov't leaders but fails to mention Mufi's Aloha train to nowhere. SB and HA editors both support Mufi's rail yet the project has been clearly railroaded through so that construction can begin as soon as possible.

The rail is clearly not economically sustainable in our down economy and will either bankrupt the city or non-rail City services will be reduced to third-world status (ie roads, sewer, etc). For the tax money collected and has/will be spent for the rail alone, we would not be in such a serious budget shortfall.

Since: Oct 08

Alameda, CA

#35 May 3, 2009
Maybe this economy will make people slow down and think before they do something stupid?

Common sense gets lost when people rush and in Hawaii, people are always rushing... rushing to beat the traffic, rushing to their second or third job, rushing to pickup their kids from after day school...

When people rush, stupid things happen and then the legislature gets involved? Unfortunately, human nature rules and lately it's become what's in it for me... so sad.

Great Editorial!!!
STAR BULL

Honolulu, HI

#36 May 3, 2009
bull --you are merandering again...without any deep thought on any one subject---

Thats par for the Bull---wonder why readers wont pay 98 cents a week and rather get their news elsewhere--it is editoprials that go no where and does not dig deep
write a better editorial

Ewa Beach, HI

#37 May 3, 2009
thanks for the effort on writing the editorial but i think you could have gone into specifics and relate it to your theme "common sense."
get real

Honolulu, HI

#38 May 3, 2009
Papa Kamuela wrote:
<quoted text>
Mr. get real, so make a difference and step up to the plate and run for office. You seem to know what the problem is for your city. I would be happy to see a chnage for your city. I am now an old tutu kane happily living in this quiet, remote part of Maui and wish the best future for our younger keiki. Good Luck!
Papa - I try to make a difference at the polling booth, but 50 years of this old boy system in Hawaii is hard to break. Unions and the democraps have a strangelhold on political power here in Hawaii and until we break that hold, we will continue to wallow under their corruption.

I am looking to find my piece of happiness as you have found on Maui and I too wish for a better future for all of Hawaii's keiki.

Let's start by voting the incumbents out and really make a change. Are you with me???

get real
Killa Wiffa

AOL

#39 May 3, 2009
What's new????????
Killa Wiffa

AOL

#40 May 3, 2009
When you have politicians like Menor and Karamatsu who can't even handle their alcoholic habits, what can you expect when they are trying bills passed???????? Zero!!!!!!!!
Darwin

Kula, HI

#42 May 3, 2009
Everyone talks so big....but Mufi got re-elected as did every incumbent on the city council....no one every gets kicked out once they are in and that is why they do whatever they want to.....
George

San Diego, CA

#43 May 4, 2009
Unfortunatly stupidity is not only reserved for politicians.

We all hold some blame for this situation. Our politicians are in essense our "children" of the past. It is pretty obvious they are lacking in the basic strength, knowledge, and experience needed for simple decision making.

They try to make up for the lack of strength by making things seem overly complicated, or playing dumb.

They try to make up the lack of knowledge by pretending the problem does not exists.

And they try to make up for the lack of experience by boasting about things that they have done that have nothing to do with the problem at hand.

Teaching our children what is important and why, instead of simply telling them to do well in school is a good first step.

Otherwise you end up with smart people with no common sense and no motivation to be tough enough to do what is right.
kailua beach bum

Honolulu, HI

#44 May 4, 2009
Big John-Hawaii Kai wrote:
One of the best, if not the best, editorial ever written in the Star Bulletin. Kudo's to the originator.
Lack of common sense? SB also pushes its agenda for local politics with a lack of common sense.
The only time the SB goes against the grain is when there is controversy that will try to attract more readers.
Ishidan

Winton, CA

#45 May 4, 2009
So...new here much?
Common sense.
In Hawaii.
Oh, baby, that's a GOOD one.
We're a state borne of people who got snookered into being agricultural coolies. Even now, we put up with "owe my life to the company store" low wages and high prices. We've made laziness and stupidity into cherished traits (how the hell else to explain the raising of 'pidgen' into a literary form in our university! I'm looking at you, Lee Tonouchi.), as well as permitting selfishness and viciousness (looking at you now, family of that oxygen thief who was just flipping the bird at a friend of a guy he shot in the back)
No, intelligence is not one of our strong points.
get real

Honolulu, HI

#46 May 4, 2009
George wrote:
Unfortunatly stupidity is not only reserved for politicians.
We all hold some blame for this situation. Our politicians are in essense our "children" of the past. It is pretty obvious they are lacking in the basic strength, knowledge, and experience needed for simple decision making.
They try to make up for the lack of strength by making things seem overly complicated, or playing dumb.
They try to make up the lack of knowledge by pretending the problem does not exists.
And they try to make up for the lack of experience by boasting about things that they have done that have nothing to do with the problem at hand.
Teaching our children what is important and why, instead of simply telling them to do well in school is a good first step.
Otherwise you end up with smart people with no common sense and no motivation to be tough enough to do what is right.
Great post! Absolutely agree!!
Go Figure

Hilo, HI

#47 May 4, 2009
Yes, common sense is lacking not only in local politics [let's "steal" the federal government "bail out money" earmarked for education & balance our tax revenue shortfall budget - thanks L.L.], but also on our roadways these days. Car stereos don't need 1000W amplifiers & 15" subwoofers, speed limits are set for a reason, turn signals were put on cars to make your intentions known, tires don't need to exceed the widthth of your car's body, you shouldn't require a step ladder to enter your vehicle, normal headlights don't need to be as bright as the "old high beams", etc.........But there isn't a day that goes by without witnessing several examples of the above in Hawaii. GO FIGURE. But where are we headed?

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