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glenn paul

Johnson City, NY

#1 Oct 25, 2008
Stephanie, ref eating meat editiorial.. Ha Ha Ha Ha. We too, eat spam occassionaly. And you make good points about eating parts of a pig. I have heard you body has trouble processing pig meat. Don't know if it is true. Very glad you are feeling and in great shape. About being careful and examing what I put into my body, every time I open a can of Budwiser beer, I think, do I want this. My answer is yes. Ha Ha Ha. I am 6 feet tall and 190 lbs. However, in all seriousness, you are right, you have to watch what you put into your body.
Rail is much better

Kapaa, HI

#2 Oct 25, 2008
We need the rail transit because it is a transportation alternative to driving. The anti-rail people keep saying that rail will not improve traffic and therefore we do not need it. Why do they keep arguing from a car-centric point of view? The primary purpose of rail is not to make traffic better for drivers but rather to let people choose whether they want to drive in traffic or ride the rail. The extra EZWay lanes may improve traffic for drivers but what about people who do not drive? Rail is transportation that everyone can use and as a bonus, it will help improve traffic for drivers. Therefore, rail benefits everyone.
The anti-rail people then say we do not need rail because we have a good bus system. Buses on EZWay lanes would be an improvement but they will still be in traffic with other vehicles and then will end up back on congested surface streets. Rail transit is superior to buses because it has its own designated right-of-way and is not impeded by other vehicles. Travel between any of the designated stops on the rail line is faster than any other mode of transportation. Please give public transportation riders a break! Most people, if they have the option, would prefer to ride rail transit knowing that it is a major upgrade over the bus. Rail is much faster and smoother (less jerky) than a bus ride.
The anti-rail people then say that buses are better than rail because they can take people to areas where the rail does not go. The rail transit will constitute the heavy volume trunk line with stops at the busiest locations. In conjunction with rail, the overall successful transportation system will use frequent circulating neighborhood feeder buses that terminate at the nearest rail stations. The anti-rail people then say it is inconvenient to walk from home to bus, then take the rail, then another bus, and walk again to work or other destination and then say they would rather drive their car. However, not everyone can drive or wants to fight traffic. Also, it is unrealistic to expect public transportation to provide a door-to-door, one-seat, one vehicle ride for every single person and for every trip. On the other hand, rail with feeder buses can provide the best possible service to the greatest number of people in the metropolitan area served. This is the way it works in major cities all over the world and it will work well for us.
The anti-rail people then say most of the people in on this island need their car because they have kids, have to carry lots of things, or have many errands in different places to do at once. Bingo! Rail is good for these people, too. These car drivers will have improved traffic because people taking the rail will leave their cars at home. The anti-rail people say that everyone wants to drive their car and will expect the others to ride the rail and there will not be very many actual riders. Rail has been shown all over the world that if you build it, people will ride. We need the rail alternative because everyone, especially non-drivers, can use it. Population is guaranteed to increase and the rail will benefit future generations.
kira_girl

Lihue, HI

#5 Oct 25, 2008
To Rail is Much Better: You are so full of it! So much so that all of it was too much to read.
Big J-Hawaii Kai

United States

#6 Oct 25, 2008
I believe that we all have beaten this rail issue into the ground. There will be those who vote for and those who vote against. It's that simple. The battle lines have been drawn and in November the voters will let their voices be heard. I believe it's time now to turn our attention to the national economy. We need to start contacting our legislators in Washington and let them know we want, no we demand, immediate attention/action to this matter. This is not the time to dilly dally around when there is so much at stake.It's time to put party aside and think about "people."
glenn paul

Johnson City, NY

#7 Oct 25, 2008
Rail is much better wrote:
We need the rail transit because it is a transportation alternative to driving. The anti-rail people keep saying that rail will not improve traffic and therefore we do not need it. Why do they keep arguing from a car-centric point of view? The primary purpose of rail is not to make traffic better for drivers but rather to let people choose whether they want to drive in traffic or ride the rail. The extra EZWay lanes may improve traffic for drivers but what about people who do not drive? Rail is transportation that everyone can use and as a bonus, it will help improve traffic for drivers. Therefore, rail benefits everyone.
The anti-rail people then say we do not need rail because we have a good bus system. Buses on EZWay lanes would be an improvement but they will still be in traffic with other vehicles and then will end up back on congested surface streets. Rail transit is superior to buses because it has its own designated right-of-way and is not impeded by other vehicles. Travel between any of the designated stops on the rail line is faster than any other mode of transportation. Please give public transportation riders a break! Most people, if they have the option, would prefer to ride rail transit knowing that it is a major upgrade over the bus. Rail is much faster and smoother (less jerky) than a bus ride.
The anti-rail people then say that buses are better than rail because they can take people to areas where the rail does not go. The rail transit will constitute the heavy volume trunk line with stops at the busiest locations. In conjunction with rail, the overall successful transportation system will use frequent circulating neighborhood feeder buses that terminate at the nearest rail stations. The anti-rail people then say it is inconvenient to walk from home to bus, then take the rail, then another bus, and walk again to work or other destination and then say they would rather drive their car. However, not everyone can drive or wants to fight traffic. Also, it is unrealistic to expect public transportation to provide a door-to-door, one-seat, one vehicle ride for every single person and for every trip. On the other hand, rail with feeder buses can provide the best possible service to the greatest number of people in the metropolitan area served. This is the way it works in major cities all over the world and it will work well for us.
The anti-rail people then say most of the people in on this island need their car because they have kids, have to carry lots of things, or have many errands in different places to do at once. Bingo! Rail is good for these people, too. These car drivers will have improved traffic because people taking the rail will leave their cars at home. The anti-rail people say that everyone wants to drive their car and will expect the others to ride the rail and there will not be very many actual riders. Rail has been shown all over the world that if you build it, people will ride. We need the rail alternative because everyone, especially non-drivers, can use it. Population is guaranteed to increase and the rail will benefit future generations.
You layed the facts out but, I can only speak from a tourist point of viev, 55 or 60 days on Ohau. If the people won't walk to the train like the Europeans, where will they park? Oahu is a small island and from Ewa to Ala Moana is the most congested part of Oahu. I have thought about this for months.
No to Rail

Waipahu, HI

#8 Oct 25, 2008
Rail is much better wrote:
We need the rail transit because it is a transportation alternative to driving. The anti-rail people keep saying that rail will not improve traffic and therefore we do not need it. Why do they keep arguing from a car-centric point of view? The primary purpose of rail is not to make traffic better for drivers but rather to let people choose whether they want to drive in traffic or ride the rail. The extra EZWay lanes may improve traffic for drivers but what about people who do not drive?.
First, this rail transit project is way too expensive for a city our size; we do not have sufficient taxpayers to support such a large system. Here are two indicators of that:

· It will be one of the most expensive rail lines ever built in the U.S. even though we are only the 56th largest metro area and most of those larger than us do not have rail lines. CHECK FACT

· The cost per head of population will be seven times that of the next most expensive in the U.S. CHECK FACT



Second, even the city has to admit, but only when pressed, that even their own forecasts show that traffic congestion on H-1 will be far worse in the future, with rail, than it is today. CHECK FACT



While the table from the Alternatives Analysis spells it out numerically, it also makes common sense since the city plans on building 45,000 homes on the Ewa Plain without widening the H-1 freeway.



Third, this will be the ugliest rail line of all time. Imagine this concrete rail bed 30-feet wide supported by pillars that are 35-40 feet high (CHECK FACT) and six feet in diameter (pace that out on your kitchen floor!) spaced at 150 feet intervals. CHECK FACT



Now imagine that going down Halekauwila Street in front of the Federal Building at 72-80 decibels every 1½ minutes. CHECK FACT



Fourth, we are being sold on the fact that rail is energy efficient. It is not. It only shows to be efficient when calculated as a weighted average of all rail lines and New York City’s very efficient subways are included.



Take them out of the average and all the modern rail lines turn out to be 20 percent less efficient than the average auto with just 1.1 occupants. This is because modern rail lines typically run into town from the suburbs fairly full during rush hours but empty on the way back and then run all day long fairly empty other than during the rush hours. CHECK FACT



And we forgot to mention cost overruns. According to the federal government’s latest study, the average rail line runs over 40 percent higher in costs than what was predicted. CHECK FACT



Our calculations — open for anyone to see for themselves — show that completing the rail project will result in a 40 percent increase in everyone’s property taxes.

No to Rail

Waipahu, HI

#9 Oct 25, 2008
Rail is much better wrote:
We need the rail transit because it is a transportation alternative to driving.!
You are WRONG! Mass transit purpose is to provide traffic relief! Rail will keep more cars stuck on the road. Express Buses on the EzWay will convert more car drivers to bus riders because of faster commute and higher cost of GAS.

Numbers from table 3-12 of city 2006 Nov Alternative Analysis ($10 million report):

Rail only = 6000 commuters per peak hour (equivalent 5000 vehicles per peak hour.)

H-1 only: 9,500 vehicles per hour (equivalent 15,400 commuters per hour).( Yr 2030 traffic load -17,500 vph on H-1)

Ez Way Fixed Guideway: 6,000 high occupancy vehicles per hour (equivalent 20,700 commuters per hour).

Year 2030 commuter load by City AA Report:

2030 Load = 31,000 commuters.
Rail + H-1 = 21,400 commuters
H-1 + Ez Way = 36,100 commuters.

Conclusion: Rail will leave 9,600 commuters stuck in gridlock on H-1 or stuck at rail stations (especially at stations between Waipahu and Kalihi). Ez Way will eliminate congestion.

Vote No to Rail.
country first

United States

#10 Oct 25, 2008
Build bike lanes , it would spawn a whole new industry on Oahu . Only lazy people would oppose it . You know who you are .
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#11 Oct 25, 2008
glenn paul wrote:
Stephanie, ref eating meat editiorial.. Ha Ha Ha Ha. We too, eat spam occassionaly. And you make good points about eating parts of a pig. I have heard you body has trouble processing pig meat. Don't know if it is true. Very glad you are feeling and in great shape. About being careful and examing what I put into my body, every time I open a can of Budwiser beer, I think, do I want this. My answer is yes. Ha Ha Ha. I am 6 feet tall and 190 lbs. However, in all seriousness, you are right, you have to watch what you put into your body.
Absolutely.

Lesson 1: Do not eat anything made in China.

Lesson 2: Do not eat anything made with ingredients from China.

Lesson 3: If you ignore lessons 1 and 2, you get what you deserve.
manini

Honolulu, HI

#12 Oct 25, 2008
Kristi Peterson points out what everyone has known for a long time, that traffic is much better when UH is on a break.
Then the obvisious question should be "why isn't this rail project going to UH at the outset". It seems that connecting to UH at the outset would give the most immediate relief to motorists. But that has to wait until sometime waaaaaaay in the future. And the other obvisous question is "why don't we move forward with plans for the West Oahu campus.
Kristi's solution is to build a $6 billion boodoggle that won't solve any of the current and future traffic problems.

Since: Sep 08

Honolulu

#13 Oct 25, 2008
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>
Absolutely.
Lesson 1: Do not eat anything made in China.
Lesson 2: Do not eat anything made with ingredients from China.
Lesson 3: If you ignore lessons 1 and 2, you get what you deserve.
Agreed. However, one can eat upon fine china, if you' ve washed it properly.

;-)
Wilma

Honolulu, HI

#14 Oct 25, 2008
EZway is a bunch of nonsense, just like Kobayashi. She is a 71 year old poster child for rotten politics and opportunism.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#15 Oct 25, 2008
Bullshot Crummond wrote:
<quoted text>
Agreed. However, one can eat upon fine china, if you' ve washed it properly.
;-)
Have you noticed that Gilligan has an article today?

Since: Sep 08

Honolulu

#16 Oct 25, 2008
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>
Have you noticed that Gilligan has an article today?
No. In the S-B?
alice

Honolulu, HI

#18 Oct 25, 2008
Mcpain is a disgrace as is the cartoon character Palin. Obama is our choice.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#20 Oct 25, 2008
Bullshot Crummond wrote:
<quoted text>
No. In the S-B?
On this posting.
JAFO

Honolulu, HI

#21 Oct 25, 2008
Mufi blew it for me by not going to UH and Airport first. City Planners are sittng on their hands since 1992, while they could have been fixing bottle-necks and having a cross town HOV lane instead of ending on the out-skirts. During the build of rail (if it should pass), traffic will be worst then ever before. People Get The Government They Deserve.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#22 Oct 25, 2008
Obama is our choice. McPain's insane call for nuclear war terrfies us all.
Joe WALKER citizen

Honolulu, HI

#23 Oct 25, 2008
I went to an EZWay presentation in Kailua last evening, and am flabbergasted that the MUFI plan presently being railroaded through is even a remote consideration by any sensible citizen.
Please, learn about Ann Kobayashi's affordable, flexible, and definitely workable plan (EZWay) and vote for her and definitely Vote NO for Mufi's "manapua" that hasn't even been put in the oven yet!!!!!!!!!! In fact, he hasn't even purchased the oven. He expects you to do that: and pay the power bill after he heads off to Washington, D.C in two years.

Since: Sep 08

Honolulu

#24 Oct 25, 2008
why wrote:
Senator Obama Live on Sunday states,"'We should consider to reinvent our National Anthem as well as to redesign our Flag to better offer our enemies
hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America.My wife disrespects the Flag for many personal reasons. Together she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past"
THis is not someone proud of America, and people want him president. Think again.
I am hoping that this was posted by a conservative. I would not like to believe that a progressive would be that credulous.

View this for the low-down on that bit of manufactured tripe:
http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/stance.a...

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