Letters

There are 50 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jul 25, 2008, titled Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Democratic Party Chairman Brian Schatz's partisan letter in Tuesday's Star-Bulletin says he is surprised that the governor is not taking a position on rail, yet signed the petition to put rail on the ballot.

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willie

Plymouth, MI

#1 Jul 25, 2008
John A. Broussard - nice letter, if you feel these folks are fine decent upstanding people how about we let them move in with you.

What a putz...how would you deal with terrorists, give them a time out?

Since: Mar 08

Aiea, HI

#2 Jul 25, 2008
Ala Moana dancers, band wowed the crowd.

Thanks Sachi Nakamoto from Tokyo

I for one am very happy that you're happy.
We need more things like this is Hawaii for sure.

There is so much negativity going on right now in Hawaii because as you may have heard election time is right around the corner and there is nothing under the Sun more important than votes.

Yet I hope all these politicians pause for just a moment and recognize for once what people like you want and work on that because without you there is no Hawaii.

Aloha.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#4 Jul 25, 2008
willie wrote:
John A. Broussard - nice letter, if you feel these folks are fine decent upstanding people how about we let them move in with you.
What a putz...how would you deal with terrorists, give them a time out?
You mean like those japanese interns of WWII? Should we have shot them all?
willie

Plymouth, MI

#5 Jul 25, 2008
Yeah wrote:
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You mean like those japanese interns of WWII? Should we have shot them all?
Not sure where that came from...kind of an apples and oranges reply wasn't it?

I would not have interned them at all but then it was not my decision.

I was just commenting on the letter, what exactly does being a driver have to do with the fact someone could be a terrorist? I recall a corporal who turned into one of the deadliest dictators the world has ever known.

Have a great day, maybe you and Alan can move in together eh?
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#7 Jul 25, 2008
willie wrote:
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Not sure where that came from...kind of an apples and oranges reply wasn't it?
I would not have interned them at all but then it was not my decision.
I was just commenting on the letter, what exactly does being a driver have to do with the fact someone could be a terrorist? I recall a corporal who turned into one of the deadliest dictators the world has ever known.
Have a great day, maybe you and Alan can move in together eh?
Exactly. So the japanese were interned because they were.... japanese. Like the chaffeur, these people didn't wear a uniform.

But listen to what your wrote. "...what exactly does being a driver have to do with the fact someone could be a terrorist?" That's what put the japanese in the internment camps in the first place. They could be the 5th column so let's lock 'em up.

And your first posting indicated they are already terrorist.

And if you want to discuss that corporal, you're venturing into an area where Bush is/was having a hard time with.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#9 Jul 25, 2008
Yeah wrote:
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Exactly. So the japanese were interned because they were.... japanese. Like the chaffeur, these people didn't wear a uniform.
But listen to what your wrote. "...what exactly does being a driver have to do with the fact someone could be a terrorist?" That's what put the japanese in the internment camps in the first place. They could be the 5th column so let's lock 'em up.
And your first posting indicated they are already terrorist.
And if you want to discuss that corporal, you're venturing into an area where Bush is/was having a hard time with.
Isn't that WHY he is on trial, to decide if he was abad guy or not?

How many trials did they conduct for your Japanese interns...oh never mind, that happened with a democrat in the White House so it was ok, as was nuking 400,000 civilians....who also didn't gwet a trial to see if they deserved to fry.

Have a great day...you too Alan...and yes I do wow my friends at pre school reunions.... nice come back, you think of that all by yourslef did ya?
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#10 Jul 25, 2008
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Isn't that WHY he is on trial, to decide if he was abad guy or not?
How many trials did they conduct for your Japanese interns...oh never mind, that happened with a democrat in the White House so it was ok, as was nuking 400,000 civilians....who also didn't gwet a trial to see if they deserved to fry.
Have a great day...you too Alan...and yes I do wow my friends at pre school reunions.... nice come back, you think of that all by yourslef did ya?
Ok. Let's start with this. What is the driver's status as a prisoner?
willie

Plymouth, MI

#11 Jul 25, 2008
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Ok. Let's start with this. What is the driver's status as a prisoner?
He is a prisoner..charged with a crime that he is currently being tried for. Is that what you are looking for?
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#12 Jul 25, 2008
willie wrote:
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He is a prisoner..charged with a crime that he is currently being tried for. Is that what you are looking for?
What kind of prisoner is he?
willie

Plymouth, MI

#13 Jul 25, 2008
Yeah wrote:
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What kind of prisoner is he?
I guess I don't understand what you mean.

Do you mean political, prisoner of war...what is it you are after...give me a hint here or choices.
manini

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jul 25, 2008
I liked the first two paragraphs of Tom Pico's letter. He pretty much defined the problem. I think he could have included the feds (Hickam/Pearl Harbor complex) in his list.
I'm not so sure about his solution but if the powers that be pay attention to the first two paragraphs they might see the light.
enufalready

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jul 25, 2008
Don't for get the tens of thousands of free/low cost subsidized parking spaces that government provides its workers. While wage slaves have to pay hundreds a month, the coddled masses of civil servants are given an almost free ride.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#16 Jul 25, 2008
willie wrote:
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I guess I don't understand what you mean.
Do you mean political, prisoner of war...what is it you are after...give me a hint here or choices.
Sorry. This is the sticky area Bush is having. Is he a POW?
willie

Plymouth, MI

#17 Jul 25, 2008
Yeah wrote:
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Sorry. This is the sticky area Bush is having. Is he a POW?
I believe he can be clasified a POW with the majority of the rights a POW has. Several issues with that as you pointed out (sticky area). The biggest being most terrorist groups are not signees of the Geneva Convention, no sign, not protected by it...

Interesting times though, lots of future decisions will be based on how things are handled now.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#18 Jul 25, 2008
willie wrote:
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I believe he can be clasified a POW with the majority of the rights a POW has. Several issues with that as you pointed out (sticky area). The biggest being most terrorist groups are not signees of the Geneva Convention, no sign, not protected by it...
Interesting times though, lots of future decisions will be based on how things are handled now.
I don't think he is classified as a POW and as you pointed out, that is the issue especially when it comes to rights. I'm not sure if you have to be a signee to be protected by it, insomuch as you have to abide by certain rules.

And you're also right about the interesting times ahead. I've never known a war to be declared against a group with no physical borders. That's why I tend to think this is the third world war.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jul 25, 2008
Bush's war on America has hurt this country enormously.

“I care. Those who can, teach”

Since: Apr 08

Honolulu

#20 Jul 25, 2008
We'll never know (I hope) what we would do if we found ourselves in the same situation as that of John McCain, who served five years as a POW in the Vietnam War.

Some of us might have caved and said publicly whatever our captors wanted us to say. Some of us might have felt the same remorse that McCain felt after his public pronouncements. And, yes, some of us might also have attempted suicide after doing so.

I don't think I would have, but we never know.

And torture can make otherwise strong-willed men and women do strange things.

That is why Bush and Cheney and others condone torture. They don't seem to understand that if we torture prisoners -- military and civilian -- the enemy will do the same to us. And who can believe what those who are tortured said to their captors? Some, we know from experience, will say exactly what the torturers want them to say, just to stop the torture.

The proponents of torture -- Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Perle, Wolfowitz, Rice, et al -- should pay for authorizing and encouraging torture. It is not a civilized thing to do. It is not what the world used to expect from America.

And let's forgive McCain for what he said when he cracked under pressure in Vietnam decades ago. He's had to live with it for all of these years and that is punishment enough.

I'm not a McCain supporter, but for very different reasons.

Keith Haugen, U.S. Army veteran
Nu`uanu
alice

Honolulu, HI

#21 Jul 25, 2008
What really happened to McPain in Vietnam is still classified at the requuest of McPain. Research that yourself. McPian was, according to his own testimony, bombing women and children in Vietnam. How he got shot down by a peasant army shaking their brooms at him at 30,0000 feet is still not known. He has a lot to hide. But more important, he lacks the experience and judgment needed to be president. he is an old cold war guy...truble is, this world is much more complicated today. Obama's high intelligence and grace will help us recover our losses in the unnecessary iraq war. The more McPain tlaks, the worse he sounds.
Newtowner

Hilo, HI

#22 Jul 25, 2008
The staggered work hours sounds good until you try it out. If you work as part of a group and you start at 9AM and some of your peers start at 8AM and some at 7 AM, when you get to work there will likely be no place to park your car. That is the same with UH, most students sign up for later starting classes by preference. After the first few meeetngs they realize that they still have to depart at 6AM to 8 AM to have a place to park.
Mass transit of some sort is the only solution that will work in an environment that is as tightly packed as the downtown-waikiki area.
John

Phoenix, AZ

#23 Jul 25, 2008
McCain's military service should never be questioned or attempted to be expolited politically, as was the case in 2004 by T. Bone and Fox News against Senator Kerry in his bid for the election. In my opinion, his military credentials far outweigh his senate tenure. Just look where the tenure of Senator Larry Craig got him

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