Letters to the Editor - Letters

Letters to the Editor - Letters

There are 14 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Feb 24, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

How paradoxical it was to first watch actor Sean Penn be embraced by his peers and awarded the Oscar on Sunday for his portrayal of gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk ... and then see the hatred demonstrated by ...

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Big John-Hawaii Kai

United States

#1 Feb 24, 2009
Ref Pablo Wegesend's ltr, "Don't ban cell phones on city buses." "Imagine you're on a bus.

You're on your way to work. Or maybe you're on your way to meet your friends. Either way, an accident has occurred on nearby streets, and there is a traffic jam.

You would like to call your employer or your friend to notify him/her that you might be late. However, that would not be allowed if cell phone use is banned on the bus.

Good point and I agree with you that adults and/or kids talking to each other could also be a distraction for the driver.
Big John-Hawaii Kai

United States

#2 Feb 24, 2009
For goodness sake people, give it a rest, that is House Bill 444. While I'm not anti or pro gay, I do believe that the people of this State overwhelming voted against same-sex marriage. The term civil unions is just another name for same-sex marriage. Someone please explain to me that if civil unions allow same-sex couples all the rights and protections of the traditional marriage between a man and a woman, then wouldn't that be a same-sex marriage?
feetwister

Nashville, TN

#3 Feb 24, 2009
Big John-Hawaii Kai wrote:
For goodness sake people, give it a rest, that is House Bill 444. While I'm not anti or pro gay, I do believe that the people of this State overwhelming voted against same-sex marriage. The term civil unions is just another name for same-sex marriage. Someone please explain to me that if civil unions allow same-sex couples all the rights and protections of the traditional marriage between a man and a woman, then wouldn't that be a same-sex marriage?
If same sex marriage puts your panties in a wad why don't you, yourself take the time to study the issue and educate yourself so that you know exactly what it is you are talking about?
Oh yea, wait a minute, because you're like most people who would rather let someone tell them what to do and how to think, thats much easier and quicker.
dargent77

Smithville, TN

#4 Feb 24, 2009
What a crock! Letter writer says, "We saw people in their 70's who never voted in their life"...but these relics just HAD to come out to vote down a same-sex marriage measure? Couldn't sit by idley any longer after 70 years, election after election, had to voice their right to vote? Pathetic.

Since: Jul 07

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Feb 24, 2009
Big John-Hawaii Kai wrote:
For goodness sake people, give it a rest, that is House Bill 444. While I'm not anti or pro gay, I do believe that the people of this State overwhelming voted against same-sex marriage. The term civil unions is just another name for same-sex marriage. Someone please explain to me that if civil unions allow same-sex couples all the rights and protections of the traditional marriage between a man and a woman, then wouldn't that be a same-sex marriage?
It's interesting how the argument is changing. At first it was all about the word marriage now it appears to go a lot deeper then that. Now it's about allowing homosexuals all the rights.

I wish someone could outline which rights they think gays should not receive so it wouldn't be equal to marriage. Along with that list the reasons for not granting those particular rights.

It's time to get down to the nitty gritty and find out exactly what the problem is here.
Ken

Waipahu, HI

#7 Feb 24, 2009
It's a civil issue.

It's not a religious or moral issue.

It's what the pros call an "astro-turf issue".

Git em riled up and they'll vote for whomever you want.

Yes, by all means, have another drink, Senator.
djs

Honolulu, HI

#8 Feb 24, 2009
There is a big difference in using a cell phone in a bona fide emergency versus having to suffer thru tedious, ad nauseum adventures of a drama queen (male and female) sitting behind you. Lets not forget the idiot having a shouting match with their significant other over a walkie-talkie phone. Nor do I need to hear a minute-by-minute re-enactment of every moment of your life at 6 am in the morning.
Keith Haugen

Kailua, HI

#9 Feb 24, 2009
Aloha:

As a regular commuter on TheBus, I agree with Pablo Wegesend. It is often necessary to use a cell phone on the bus. Banning its use would not quiet those who talk loudly to each other. I'm told it is impossible to whisper or talk softly in tonal languages and that is why some people, particularly older folks who don't hear well talk loudly, whether on the bus or not.

Although I seldom use my cell phone on the bus, and always turn the ringer off, I do not find phone conversations as objectionable as those who shout at each other -- for whatever reason.

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
alice

Honolulu, HI

#10 Feb 24, 2009
Penn is heroic and highly talented. Hurray for him for standing up for virtue and truth.
Keith Haugen

Kailua, HI

#11 Feb 24, 2009
Aloha:

Thank you J. B. Young, Bishop Larry Silva, and all others who oppose this bad same-sex legislation.

It is all about sex.

If it were otherwise, the bill would extend the benefits to all who live together, but who may not marry. As it is written (I can't believe it is being seriously considered), it discriminates against all but those who profess a particular sexual orientation, so it is based strictly on sex.

Does the proposed bill allow for civil union benefits for a grandparent and a live-in grandchild who provides TLC?

Does the bill allow tax breaks for siblings who live together, regardless of gender or sexual orientation? How about Parent and child? Or first cousins?

No.

It is designed to accommodate only those whose orientation is homosexual, discriminating against all others who may not legally marry but who are not homosexual.

Tell your Senator that the State Legislature should not discriminate against anyone. Write Senator Taniguchi at sentaniguchi@Capitol.hawaii.go v
and copy the Senate President at
senhanabusa@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
Mike

United States

#12 Feb 24, 2009
Some bus riders are on their cell phones yakking- away from Ala Moana Kona Street non stop to Kailua. What is so important to talk about?
alice

Honolulu, HI

#13 Feb 24, 2009
Mike is right..I see that all the time.
lots of issues

Honolulu, HI

#14 Feb 24, 2009
Cell phone use on bus - you don't to use to talk your butt off from one end to the other. Especially a Chinese lady sitting next to me having a conversation. Think about what it was like before cellphones.

Civil unions/same-sex marriage - Jeez, just the thought! I'm totally against it. One man and one woman. Gays wants equal rights. Why? You're not born gay and being discriminated upon like a black person with dark skin. Gay/homosexual is a lifestyle preference, not a genetic disease.
kimo

Waikoloa, HI

#15 Feb 24, 2009
What the He** did you do before the stupid cell phones, you sat there a waited and think your boss or fried will understand being stuck in traffic or an accident.
I have cell phone and I hate it so much it stays at home.

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