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Asthma sufferer

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jan 11, 2010
A ban on the household use of fireworks is long overdue. The specious argument put forth that fireworks is a "tradition" and has "cultural significance" has worn thin in light of the costly consequences of health risks to those with asthma and pulmonary problems, dangers to children and property, and increased costs for fire and police protection, not to mention just plain irritation to the noise for both people and pets.

The use of fireworks is a vestige of a pagan ritual of the
past that has no place in densely populated areas in
a modern society. How many people do you think are
honoring their cultural heritage as they set off fireworks?
The legislators should summon their courage and
ban fireworks. Let us have only public fireworks displays by trained pyrotechnics in controlled settings for all
to enjoy safely.

“Don't believe what you hear.”

Since: Sep 08

Wahiawa

#2 Jan 11, 2010
Safety ..... Fireworks
If your rationale were to be applied a bit more broadly, no one could drive to work, public transportation only; all fast food restaurants would be banned; walking and swimming at the beach would be banned; hiking and rock climbing would be banned.
All that was missing in the fireworks incident was parental guidance. I'm sure those same parents also let the kids play in the street w/o supervision.
I think the fireworks laws are strong already. They need to be enforced and penalties should be severe enough for people to think twice prior to breaking them.
willie

Farmington, MI

#3 Jan 11, 2010
Let me see, it is already aginst the law to set off fireworks so somehow magically passing even more laws that won't be enforced will end the practice right? Did I miss something, the current laws are not being enforced so what would make new or more laws any different?
Islandboi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#4 Jan 11, 2010
Eugene Cordero needs to get his facts straight before sending in letters. The two children did not both have third degree burns, only one did, the girl, the boy had second degree. Caused by fireworks? Not really. Their burns were caused by their parents failures. As in by parents making illegal fireworks and allowing the children to play with them. Had their parents been responsible, this would not have happened. Same with the majority of other fireworks issues, parent caused the incidents by failing to supervise, not the fireworks. Need to do your research instead of slanting information to support your cause.
elaine

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jan 11, 2010
Eugene, if the police can't enforce it, then what do you do? If people insist on doing such things and get injured from doing it, then maybe they'll decide it's worth it to stop or injure someone else and have to live with it the rest of their lives.
wendell

United States

#6 Jan 11, 2010
Why is it so apparently easy to bring in illegal fireworks to the state? If it's so easy, terrorists might use this avenue and time to bring other illegal stuff, like C-4 or Semtec plastic explosives.
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#7 Jan 11, 2010
So, Global Warming is now Global Cooling.

Truly, when it comes to figuring out the Earth's climate patterns, the "experts" are still guessing.

Since the Earth has supposively gone through a numbe of Ice Ages, I would love to hear the experts explain what caused the Earth to warm before man and automobiles. That would surely conjure up a lot more guessing by the "warm-mongers".

Notice, too, what the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center reports in the 2nd to the last paragraph.

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From Miami to Maine, Savannah to Seattle, America is caught in an icy grip that one of the U.N.'s top global warming proponents says could mark the beginning of a mini ice age.

Oranges are freezing and millions of tropical fish are dying in Florida, and it could be just the beginning of a decades-long deep freeze, says Professor Mojib Latif, one of the world's leading climate modelers.

Latif thinks the cold snap Americans have been suffering through is only the beginning. He says we're in for 30 years of cooler temperatures -- a mini ice age, he calls it, basing his theory on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the world's oceans.

Latif, a professor at the Leibniz Institute at Germany's Kiel University and an author of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, believes the lengthy cold weather is merely a pause -- a 30-years-long blip -- in the larger cycle of global warming, which postulates that temperatures will rise rapidly over the coming years.

At a U.N. conference in September, Latif said that changes in ocean currents known as the North Atlantic Oscillation could dominate over manmade global warming for the next few decades. Latif said the fluctuations in these currents could also be responsible for much of the rise in global temperatures seen over the past 30 years.

Latif is a key member of the UN's climate research arm, which has long promoted the concept of global warming. He told the Daily Mail that "a significant share of the warming we saw from 1980 to 2000 and at earlier periods in the 20th Century was due to these cycles -- perhaps as much as 50 percent."

According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, the warming of the Earth since 1900 is due to natural oceanic cycles, and not man-made greenhouse gases. The agency also reports that Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007.

Many parts of the world have been suffering through record-setting snowfalls and arctic temperatures. The Midwest saw wind chills as low as 49 degrees below zero last week, while Europe saw snows so heavy that Eurostar train service and air travel were canceled across much of the continent. In Asia, Beijing was hit by its heaviest snowfall in 60 years.
tama2cool2

Mililani, HI

#8 Jan 11, 2010
wendell wrote:
Why is it so apparently easy to bring in illegal fireworks to the state? If it's so easy, terrorists might use this avenue and time to bring other illegal stuff, like C-4 or Semtec plastic explosives.
Uhhh..yeah..ok..Now it's terrorism? So aren't there laws against that also? Funny you didn't mention "suitcase" nuclear devices. A lot of noise about loud noises..aloha
alice

Hanalei, HI

#9 Jan 11, 2010
ban the dangerous fireworks
wendell

United States

#10 Jan 11, 2010
tama2cool2 wrote:
<quoted text>
Uhhh..yeah..ok..Now it's terrorism? So aren't there laws against that also? Funny you didn't mention "suitcase" nuclear devices. A lot of noise about loud noises..aloha
You don't follow possibilities, do you?

If I mentioned planes crashing into building pre-9/11/01, I'm sure you'd say the same thing, "Ummm...yeah...ok...now it's terrorism."

Semtex is colorless and odorless, manufactured by Eastern European countries, and easy to buy on the "open market", if you're an Al Qaeda type in the Middle East or Indonesia. Nuclear devices would set off radiation meters.

Ship it, say from Indonesia/Malaysia to HK, then to Hawaii, maybe in small quantities. Semms easy for illegal fireworks to get in, should be no problem, right? Then transfer the load to a legit container bound for the west coast, or maybe Mexico then to the US. Do it whenever the opportunities arise over the years. Maybe a big stash, like 2,000 or 3,000 pounds, can be accumulated, and...well, by now you get the drift, don't you?

:-)

wendell

United States

#11 Jan 11, 2010
Hawaiian Republican wrote:
So, Global Warming is now Global Cooling.
Truly, when it comes to figuring out the Earth's climate patterns, the "experts" are still guessing.
Since the Earth has supposively gone through a numbe of Ice Ages, I would love to hear the experts explain what caused the Earth to warm before man and automobiles. That would surely conjure up a lot more guessing by the "warm-mongers".
Notice, too, what the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center reports in the 2nd to the last paragraph.
--------
From Miami to Maine, Savannah to Seattle, America is caught in an icy grip that one of the U.N.'s top global warming proponents says could mark the beginning of a mini ice age.
Oranges are freezing and millions of tropical fish are dying in Florida, and it could be just the beginning of a decades-long deep freeze, says Professor Mojib Latif, one of the world's leading climate modelers.
Latif thinks the cold snap Americans have been suffering through is only the beginning. He says we're in for 30 years of cooler temperatures -- a mini ice age, he calls it, basing his theory on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the world's oceans.
Latif, a professor at the Leibniz Institute at Germany's Kiel University and an author of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, believes the lengthy cold weather is merely a pause -- a 30-years-long blip -- in the larger cycle of global warming, which postulates that temperatures will rise rapidly over the coming years.
At a U.N. conference in September, Latif said that changes in ocean currents known as the North Atlantic Oscillation could dominate over manmade global warming for the next few decades. Latif said the fluctuations in these currents could also be responsible for much of the rise in global temperatures seen over the past 30 years.
Latif is a key member of the UN's climate research arm, which has long promoted the concept of global warming. He told the Daily Mail that "a significant share of the warming we saw from 1980 to 2000 and at earlier periods in the 20th Century was due to these cycles -- perhaps as much as 50 percent."
According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, the warming of the Earth since 1900 is due to natural oceanic cycles, and not man-made greenhouse gases. The agency also reports that Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007.
Many parts of the world have been suffering through record-setting snowfalls and arctic temperatures. The Midwest saw wind chills as low as 49 degrees below zero last week, while Europe saw snows so heavy that Eurostar train service and air travel were canceled across much of the continent. In Asia, Beijing was hit by its heaviest snowfall in 60 years.
This will be very inconvenient for Al Gore. I wonder if he'll have to give back his Oscar now?
Hawaiian Republican

Berwyn, PA

#12 Jan 11, 2010
Because of the inconvientent truth that the Earth isn't cooperating with "experts'" modelling of global warming, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, on Late Night With David Letterman, has now redefined what global warming really is:

"I think global warming probably means extreme weather of all kinds."

There you have it, folks! So, if it's freezing in Florida, it's global warming! If it's a typhoon in the western Pacific, it's global warming! If it's flooding in central Europe, it's global warming! And, if there's tornados in Oklahoma, it, too, is global warming!
CMK

Honolulu, HI

#13 Jan 11, 2010
When I was in college way back in the '70's, of the 20th Century, there was a hue and cry to prepare for the coming ice age, it was long overdue, winters were getting longer. Which made sense to me because, growing up and going to school in the '60's in Hawaii, it got so cold some mornings that we could see the fog of our breaths coming out of our mouths while walking to school. In the mid '80's it was global warming, rising seas, glacial melt, CO2. Now it's cooling again. Climate happens,and if it can positively affect your bottomline, through grants, sales of green design, ecotourism, whatnot, you're for it no matter what it means. It gets warmer, it gets colder, I don't want my tax money being spent on studying that, no matter how disastrously it is painted around grant time (annually).

As for Al Gore, my internet was down this morning should I call ....?
tama2cool2

Mililani, HI

#14 Jan 11, 2010
wendell wrote:
<quoted text>
You don't follow possibilities, do you?
If I mentioned planes crashing into building pre-9/11/01, I'm sure you'd say the same thing, "Ummm...yeah...ok...now it's terrorism."
Semtex is colorless and odorless, manufactured by Eastern European countries, and easy to buy on the "open market", if you're an Al Qaeda type in the Middle East or Indonesia. Nuclear devices would set off radiation meters.
Ship it, say from Indonesia/Malaysia to HK, then to Hawaii, maybe in small quantities. Semms easy for illegal fireworks to get in, should be no problem, right? Then transfer the load to a legit container bound for the west coast, or maybe Mexico then to the US. Do it whenever the opportunities arise over the years. Maybe a big stash, like 2,000 or 3,000 pounds, can be accumulated, and...well, by now you get the drift, don't you?
:-)
Sorry, but we all knew norad was practicing for just that event months before 9-11. Most of us know that semtex and other undetectable explosives exist. but..uh..excuse me, but we are still talking about FIREWORKS here? Kinda way out conjecture given the fact that whomever wanted to do as you would contend, wouldn't need the cover of fireworks shipping to bring it in. Did all the fireworks stuff make you think of all these scenarios? Wow, lau lau..aloha
kilu

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jan 11, 2010
The worst Post Office? Waipahu no doubt! Wrong mail, late mail, detached label delivered but no Midweek and carrier working OT just about everyday (other PO carriers said if mail is not delivered by 2:30 pm, it's OT. This has been going on for over 17 years. Got contractors?
Hawaii 96782

Pearl City, HI

#16 Jan 11, 2010
wendell wrote:
Why is it so apparently easy to bring in illegal fireworks to the state? If it's so easy, terrorists might use this avenue and time to bring other illegal stuff, like C-4 or Semtec plastic explosives.
Great idea, but you're missing one thing: Hawaii is not a place of significance for terrorists to attack. We have nothing but tourists and we're out in the middle of nowhere. If the terrorists come here, it would be to vacation, get some R&R and see the beach. They may hove lots of sand out there in the desert, but no beaches.
Pake

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jan 11, 2010
alice wrote:
ban the dangerous fireworks
There is a ban stupid.Why don't you pay attention and stop getting high so you can join the coversation with logical comments. You are such a idiot.
Stumpy

Kaneohe, HI

#18 Jan 11, 2010
Hawaii 96782 wrote:
<quoted text>
Great idea, but you're missing one thing: Hawaii is not a place of significance for terrorists to attack. We have nothing but tourists and we're out in the middle of nowhere. If the terrorists come here, it would be to vacation, get some R&R and see the beach. They may hove lots of sand out there in the desert, but no beaches.
I disagree with you there. If terrorists could get close enough to harm a nuke sub or ship,(which isn't hard to do) they would effectively deny the US Navy one of the best harbors on the planet. Even if they couldn't do real harm, the implications would be far-reaching and fuel the anti-everything and anti-America liberals for years.
Joe The Vice President

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jan 11, 2010
Do we really need the Post Office?

Grown men running around in shorts, stuffing little boxes full of junk mail and getting lavish retirements.

A business that doesn't make a profit and needs a bail out every year.

90% of Postal Workers vote democrat,......... you bet we need the post office.

Hope, Change, Power,.......xoxo Joe "Pluggsy" O'Biden.
Stumpy

Kaneohe, HI

#20 Jan 12, 2010
Joe The Vice President wrote:
Do we really need the Post Office?
Grown men running around in shorts, stuffing little boxes full of junk mail and getting lavish retirements.
A business that doesn't make a profit and needs a bail out every year.
90% of Postal Workers vote democrat,......... you bet we need the post office.
Hope, Change, Power,.......xoxo Joe "Pluggsy" O'Biden.
My friend just retired from the Post office, and he agrees with you. He almost "went Postal" several times during his career.

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