Letters to the Editor - Editorials

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How much is your kid's teacher worth? I am a public school teacher. Here is my week.

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Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#1 Apr 9, 2009
"What he fails to mention is that the Transportation Security Administration along with other agencies have prevented not only 9/11-type incidents but countless other criminal activity."

Daido probably did not travel on August 10th.

I traveled on August 10th, the day that the TSA implemented a ban on liquids then later changed it

http://www.tsa.gov/press/releases/2006/press_...

http://www.tsa.gov/assets/pdf/testimony_senat...

Meanwhile on that day the TSA had no probable cause and what happened is that I along with thousands of passengers were held hostage on airlines for hours. In my case for about five hours on a plane because the passengers were not allowed to de-plane simply because the TSA mistakenly thought that there was a viable threat to our national security yet they inadvertently made the innocent passengers pay for what the FEW guilty have done.

BWI is a testing ground for the TSA... and in my experience the TSA at the BWI Airport is one of the worst where they have power abusing workers trying to intimidate some people.

SOME TSA workers at HNL International Airport are similar too. There are some power hungry people who are abusing their power working for the TSA. Unfortunately some politicians allow them to abuse their pseudo-power but for those of us who were kept hostage on an airplane on the tarmac due to some of the TSA's policies... we did not appreciate being held hostage and I do not appreciate being harassed.

In fact as late as February 2009 they have come out with a "new" campaign for themselves: "TSA’s new secret weapon: politeness" when they should have ALREADY been polite:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29142020/

Unfortunately some of them are on power trips. That is why I personally have four attorneys just in case any one of them harass me... but Michael Rivero is accurate. Some TSA employees are abusing their power.
Bruddah in Minnesota

United States

#3 Apr 9, 2009
I agree, I used to swim in the Natatorium on the weekends during my small kid time back in da 60's-70's. We used to have picnics on the grass area in front of the Natatorium from early morning time till late in da afternoon.

I agree that the state should just appropriate fund to restore this HISTORICAL SITE. I walked past it every morning when I was home in Novemeber and da memories just came back each time.

I live in Minnesota fa away from home.

Just fix the Natatorium.

Aloha
gimme a break

Kapaa, HI

#4 Apr 9, 2009
Mr. O'Shea - please send your $100 Million contribution to restore the natatorium post haste, care of Uncle Mufi. Make sure you earmark it for the natatorium so he don;t spend it on his choo-choo train!
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#5 Apr 9, 2009
James "Kimo" Rosen, your affection for your new four-legged friend is apparent, but so is your lack of personal grooming standards. A little less "TMI" the next time you write in, please.
Kakatori

Kaneohe, HI

#6 Apr 9, 2009
Bruddah in Minnesota wrote:
I agree, I used to swim in the Natatorium on the weekends during my small kid time back in da 60's-70's. We used to have picnics on the grass area in front of the Natatorium from early morning time till late in da afternoon.
I agree that the state should just appropriate fund to restore this HISTORICAL SITE. I walked past it every morning when I was home in Novemeber and da memories just came back each time.
I live in Minnesota fa away from home.
Just fix the Natatorium.
Aloha
Bruddah, I remember playing volleyball at the Natatorium in the late 60's and early 70's. It was in terrible shape then and this same discussion was going on then. Unfortunately this same discussion will be happening when both of us are dead and gone.
Disgusted

Ewa Beach, HI

#7 Apr 9, 2009
Scott Gruzinsky makes a very valid point. Unfortunately, DOE, BOE, HGEA and the legislature put out very effective smoke screens. It's always the classroom teachers, NEVER the overhead - the size of specialists on the staff, the redundancy of specialists at the DOE and district levels, padding the specialist staffs with former teachers who couldn't cut it in the classroom, and don't forget the waste, fraud and abuse that never gets addressed. Scott, I suggest you and the other classroom teachers get on HSTA to shine the light.
HITaxpayer

Honolulu, HI

#8 Apr 9, 2009
Scott, I know most teachers work very hard and are good at thier jobs. I think what most people are disgusted with it the administration at the DOE. They suck out a lot of money that should go to teachers and the classroom.
Jim 967

Aiea, HI

#9 Apr 9, 2009
I applaud you Mr. Gruzinsky for the dedication to your students and, while I think your actions are more than commendable, I have to point out, of all the good deeds you contributed to your students Monday through Friday, are the direct responsibility of the parent, or guardian. Does the DOE not have a PTA? Seems to me, counseling for the parents might be in order. I have no school age children, but if I did I would want teachers like Mr. Gruzinsky as their educator. Mahalo Mr. G. and Aloha.
alice

Pahoa, HI

#10 Apr 9, 2009
restore the beach in front of the natatorium and deconstruct the old and dangerous building.
Alan Cummings

Port Angeles, WA

#11 Apr 9, 2009
-Lana- wrote:
"What he fails to mention is that the Transportation Security Administration along with other agencies have prevented not only 9/11-type incidents but countless other criminal activity."
Daido probably did not travel on August 10th.
I traveled on August 10th, the day that the TSA implemented a ban on liquids then later changed it
http://www.tsa.gov/press/releases/2006/press_...
http://www.tsa.gov/assets/pdf/testimony_senat...
Meanwhile on that day the TSA had no probable cause and what happened is that I along with thousands of passengers were held hostage on airlines for hours. In my case for about five hours on a plane because the passengers were not allowed to de-plane simply because the TSA mistakenly thought that there was a viable threat to our national security yet they inadvertently made the innocent passengers pay for what the FEW guilty have done.
BWI is a testing ground for the TSA... and in my experience the TSA at the BWI Airport is one of the worst where they have power abusing workers trying to intimidate some people.
SOME TSA workers at HNL International Airport are similar too. There are some power hungry people who are abusing their power working for the TSA. Unfortunately some politicians allow them to abuse their pseudo-power but for those of us who were kept hostage on an airplane on the tarmac due to some of the TSA's policies... we did not appreciate being held hostage and I do not appreciate being harassed.
In fact as late as February 2009 they have come out with a "new" campaign for themselves: "TSA’s new secret weapon: politeness" when they should have ALREADY been polite:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29142020/
Unfortunately some of them are on power trips. That is why I personally have four attorneys just in case any one of them harass me... but Michael Rivero is accurate. Some TSA employees are abusing their power.
Lana,

I'd like to ask Mr. Daido one simple question. HOW HAS THE TSA PROTECTED US?!! The only thing I can see that they have done since their brown shirted brilliance has been implemented is to make air travel pure hell.
How may I ask is being forced to bring a 2 oz. bottle of shampoo onto the airplane going to protect us? I've never seen a nuclear bomb put in a 13 oz. bottle of Pert Plus. I remember reading several years ago about an 86 year old grandmother in a wheelchair being given a cavity search by the TSA nazis who all thought it was a big hoot. I guess they didn't laugh so much when they were fired.
I guess he forgets about the theft ring that was broken up at the Detroit airport and several members of the TSA were arrested. What about the 50% of the TSA screeners who had criminal records at LAX. I think that the only thing we need to be protected from at the airports is the TSA.
college student

Honolulu, HI

#12 Apr 9, 2009
Mr. Gruzinski, Your dedication to students is to be commended, though sometimes you are going a little too far. You don't need to feed everybody, shouldn't the schools do that? Isn't there a federal lunch program?

I'd say that before they want to cut any teachers' salaries, I'd like to see all the government administrators and politicians to volunteer to cut their salaries first, starting from the governor.

One thing I noted, is that the grammar in one of your sentences is flawed:

On Tuesday, I bought a student lunch, as it might be their only complete meal of the day. How much is that worth?

Shouldn't it be singular, "her only complete mail of the day?"
Pat

Ewa Beach, HI

#13 Apr 9, 2009
Oh, Mr.O'Shea, nothing is easily done in Hawaii. Why do you think the natatorium deteriated?
springroll

Honolulu, HI

#14 Apr 9, 2009
Dear Senator Ihara,
Mahalo for having the courage to uphold our State Constitution. Although there are those who threaten to pull their "support" for you, you have gained the backing and funding of may of us across this great state who are impressed by your commitment to constitutional and secular scrutiny when assessing the legitimacy of our laws. We thank you and we support you!
Poor Teachers

United States

#15 Apr 9, 2009
Scott Gruzinsky;
That was your week? You did 5 school related things all week? Did you teach classes, or attend a conference at Disneyworld? While what you say you did is commendable, it wasn't much. A decent parent does that and more every day. You must be tenured to believe that doing am minimal amount of work is worth a salary. Wish I got the summer, and several more weeks off during the year, and only had to do 5 things a week. Instead, I work for a living.
hiloboy

Honolulu, HI

#16 Apr 9, 2009
Poor Teachers wrote:
Scott Gruzinsky;
That was your week? You did 5 school related things all week? Did you teach classes, or attend a conference at Disneyworld? While what you say you did is commendable, it wasn't much. A decent parent does that and more every day. You must be tenured to believe that doing am minimal amount of work is worth a salary. Wish I got the summer, and several more weeks off during the year, and only had to do 5 things a week. Instead, I work for a living.
Poor Teachers,

If it is so easy, then there is nothing stopping you from putting in an application and becoming a teacher. I always laugh at people like you. Sounds like you are just jealous. If it was such a good job there wouldnt be a shortage of teachers every year. OTOH, there was like 10K people applying for 150 positions at the pearl harbor job fair. Why? Cause they know it is a good job.
alice

Pahoa, HI

#17 Apr 9, 2009
springroll wrote:
Dear Senator Ihara,
Mahalo for having the courage to uphold our State Constitution. Although there are those who threaten to pull their "support" for you, you have gained the backing and funding of may of us across this great state who are impressed by your commitment to constitutional and secular scrutiny when assessing the legitimacy of our laws. We thank you and we support you!
Les is an aristocratic man of itnegrity. I really appreciate him. We all do.
old country gal in Kailua

Kaneohe, HI

#18 Apr 9, 2009
Disgusted wrote:
Scott Gruzinsky makes a very valid point. Unfortunately, DOE, BOE, HGEA and the legislature put out very effective smoke screens. It's always the classroom teachers, NEVER the overhead - the size of specialists on the staff, the redundancy of specialists at the DOE and district levels, padding the specialist staffs with former teachers who couldn't cut it in the classroom, and don't forget the waste, fraud and abuse that never gets addressed. Scott, I suggest you and the other classroom teachers get on HSTA to shine the light.
Scott, I've already turned blue ... and I'm not even a teacher. No joke! And nobody cares.
old country gal in Kailua

Kaneohe, HI

#19 Apr 9, 2009
alice wrote:
<quoted text>Les is an aristocratic man of itnegrity. I really appreciate him. We all do.
Amen!
alice

Pahoa, HI

#20 Apr 9, 2009
Les represents my district in manoa nd I willc ampaign for him. He is a man of honor and that all too rare here.
WestKauai

Pearl City, HI

#21 Apr 9, 2009
To "college student"

I learned in school that the correct phrase should be: "his only complete meal of the day." as the singular agreed, and the male pronoun was considered non-gender specific.

When equal rights for women gained momentum, the phrase became: "his or her only complete meal of the day."

Because repeated use of the "his or her" became unwieldy, it became accepted practice to use the phrase: "their only complete meal of the day." as this was non-gender specific, and considered correct for singular use since "their" referred to "his or her".

I still prefer the way I was taught.

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