Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials

There are 20 comments on the Oct 5, 2009, Honolulu Star-Bulletin story titled Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Starting Oct. 23, the public schools will be closed on Fridays. When this takes place it will financially impact much more than the teachers.

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willie

Farmington, MI

#1 Oct 5, 2009
"Have parents subsidize teacher pay"

They already do, it is called TAXES. Rather than pay MORE how about they spend what they get more WISELY. For the current 2 billion dollars we get a system ranked almost the worst in the country..and you advocate giving them even more? Sorry Bob, tossing money at a problem is not how you fix it.
Lord Haha

Makawao, HI

#2 Oct 5, 2009
My wife, children nor I have never attended a public school in this state. I am willing paid taxes to support those that did.

I have done my share. No more.
Kau Manua

United States

#3 Oct 5, 2009
and no forget ...

lower da passing grades for tests ...

by at least 20%...

also tell all da colleges ...

to lower their entrance requirements by 20%...

and no forget our foreign competitors ...

tell dem fo be 20% less competitive ...

and den increase welfare budget by 20%....
jimhiro

United States

#4 Oct 5, 2009
Lets cut this liberal "bull" once and for all Danny. Congress authorized the war in Iraq. You liberals like to pass on that fact all the time. Whether it was justifed History will tell.
POPS

Aiea, HI

#5 Oct 5, 2009
Danny boy, Watada and his father are cowards....
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#7 Oct 5, 2009
jimhiro wrote:
Lets cut this liberal "bull" once and for all Danny. Congress authorized the war in Iraq. You liberals like to pass on that fact all the time. Whether it was justifed History will tell.
lol! I don't think Congress has the power to "authorize" a war. But they do have the power to give someone else that authority.
Keith Haugen

AOL

#8 Oct 5, 2009
Aloha:

Right on, Danny. Watada showed more courage than those who blindly followed Bush into an illegal war. Congress was led to believe that Iraq had WMD, had Al Qaeda ties, and had something to do with the 9/11 attack on the US by the Saudi terrorists, none of which was true.

Bush lied to get the funding to attack an innocent country, invade, occupy, and provide Al Qaeda with a training ground with Iraqi men, women and children, and U.S. troops as targets. All of that is proven to be fact and someday Bush, Cheney, and others of their ilk will be tried for war crimes, even if he gets away with violating our constitution and other laws of the land. His was the most secretive and invasive U.S. adminisration of our lifetime.

And Watada will be honored for his bravery.

Remember, Watada may have refused to kill Iraqis, but he volunteered to go to Afghanistan where Bush's friend and former business associate, Osama bin Laden was/is hiding.

Remember also that it was Bush's personal order that helped bin Laden's family to escape our clutches after that Saudi attack on the U.S.A.

How fast some people forget.

Me ka pono,

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu veteran
Islandboi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#9 Oct 5, 2009
Danny H.C. Li of Keaau, HI, hasn't got a clue as to the responsibilities of a military officer and the high standards they must uphold. Coward Erhen Watada thought he was joining the boy scouts and found himself surrounded by professionals with standards he could never reach so he made up the shibai story about the war. Later, realizing how stupid he is, he tried to spin it again to say he would go to Afghanistan. Sorry coward, you can't just change your mind. Heroic stand? No way, just another coward trying to hide from the spotlight. Hey, just Google "War Time Coward" and up comes Ehren. Ahhhh, forever in history as a coward. Japanese American veterans who served with such honor in WWII and other battles met the standard and have totally disownend him, laughing at the coward. Way to go Ehren, coward now, coward forever.
Honorably Discharged

AOL

#10 Oct 5, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, marks the 8th anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan. It has gone on too long. It seems we are always at war. Tell President Obama that maybe we should be focusing on how to end that war and get out of both Iraq and Afghanistan. We should learn from the experiences of the English and Russians. Its time. It is our policy now to allow the huge opium business of the Afghan war lords to continue because they are doing what is best for the Afghan economy, or so we are told. If we have evidence that Saudi Prince Osama is hiding there, and if killing him is our goal, maybe we should send in a small elite strike force of U.S. Marines and rid the world of a terrorist. We've already sacrificed more than 4,000 of our soldiers since the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and Osama is still free as a bird. Other letter writers should realize that is it not a liberal or conservative thing. The conservatives are not, and the liberals are now the fiscally conservative. Most Americans are somewhere in between, and most want to see an end to war. Most want peace on earth.

A veteran
Alan Cummings

Port Angeles, WA

#11 Oct 5, 2009
jimhiro wrote:
Lets cut this liberal "bull" once and for all Danny. Congress authorized the war in Iraq. You liberals like to pass on that fact all the time. Whether it was justifed History will tell.
Time to get your head out of Rush Limbaugh's rear end. Who gives a damn if congress authorized it or not. They were fed a pack of lies by the liar in chief and his vice-liar. Do you actually think congress would have authorized it if they had been told the truth? Any person with half a functioning brain KNOWS that history will see it as a total waste of time, human life and money.
Alan Cummings

Port Angeles, WA

#12 Oct 5, 2009
POPS wrote:
Danny boy, Watada and his father are cowards....
IN YOUR OPINION. The rabid right will always jump on the bandwagon of the so-called "popular" side. Half the country thinks that Watada did an heroic thing and people like you are fools(which you are).
Flexo

Keauhou, HI

#13 Oct 5, 2009
Danny Li doesn't get it. The only coward in the room was/is Watada. And it isn't for Watada to decide which war he will fight in or to judge the legality of any war. He swore an oath and failed on that swearing, miserably.
Keith Haugen

AOL

#14 Oct 5, 2009
Aloha:

Attention all readers. Don't pay attention to warmongers and others who fabricate lies and post them here assuming no one will check them out.

If you google "war time coward" you will not get Ehren Watada... You'll get Noel Coward. I just tried it.

Ehren Watada served his country, honorably. In fact, he demonstrated great bravery and patriotism, and served above and beyond what was expected of him. He may not be a "hero," but history will treat him kindly.

The U.S. Army found a way out of its predicament by dropping all charges and giving him a "less than honorable" discharge. They didn't want to admit their mistakes, and the top generals would not risk their careers by pointing out that it was Bush who was wrong and Watada who was right.

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu veteran/patriot
Old Timer

Kaneohe, HI

#15 Oct 5, 2009
Keith Haugen and Danny Li, I think both of you are so full of s--- that your eyes are brown from it. I think Watada will fade away in history like any other piece of crap that did not have the honor to stand by his word. That being said, I served 4 tours in Nam and I think the war in Nam was wrong, just like all wars since WWII. My stance on all wars since WWII being wrong does not change my stance on Watada and his backing out on his oath as an Officer in the U. S. Army. He took the oath, the benefits and the honor before he realized he could get his ass killed. To most people you are only as good as your word, looks like you and the Watada family have no honor and your word means nothing. Keith stick to issues you understand like writing dumb a--ed comment about Mufi's choo choo which you dont have a clue on anyway.
Pau

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Oct 5, 2009
Alan Cummings wrote:
<quoted text>
IN YOUR OPINION. The rabid right will always jump on the bandwagon of the so-called "popular" side. Half the country thinks that Watada did an heroic thing and people like you are fools(which you are).
I don't see or hear too much dissatisfaction from those on the so called "right" about the soldiers refusing assignment based on their assumption Obama is an illegal President.
Islandboi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#17 Oct 5, 2009
Keith Haugen wrote:
Aloha:
Attention all readers. Don't pay attention to warmongers and others who fabricate lies and post them here assuming no one will check them out.
If you google "war time coward" you will not get Ehren Watada... You'll get Noel Coward. I just tried it.
Ehren Watada served his country, honorably. In fact, he demonstrated great bravery and patriotism, and served above and beyond what was expected of him. He may not be a "hero," but history will treat him kindly.
The U.S. Army found a way out of its predicament by dropping all charges and giving him a "less than honorable" discharge. They didn't want to admit their mistakes, and the top generals would not risk their careers by pointing out that it was Bush who was wrong and Watada who was right.
Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu veteran/patriot
I can't believe you tried the Google to find our island coward boy Ehren. LOL Argue all you want, it is FACT that Ehren failed in his responsibilities as an Army Officer. FACT he made up a shibai excuse for not going to war. FACT he is a true coward. If he wasn't a coward, why didn't he do like all the other officers and do their job? FACT he is a coward. FACT Ehren dishonored all Hawaii vets who served honorably. FACT you have no U.S military experience. Ahhh, another day in the Nei.
Pearl City Senior

Aiea, HI

#18 Oct 5, 2009
This is the oath of office for U.S. Army officers.
"I (insert name), having been appointed a (insert rank) in the U.S. Army under the conditions indicated in this document, do accept such appointment and do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter, so help me God."
History will decide whether or not the Iraq war was justified or not, today we can only have our own personal opinions.
The disgust felt toward Mr. Watada by many veterans, myself included, is that Mr. Watada violated this oath. Everything else pales in comparison.
HE.DID.NOT.KEEP.HIS.WORD.
It's a blessing to those troops who would have been under his command that he didn't go. His attitude would have put many of them in more danger due to his lack of leadership.
wendell

San Jose, CA

#19 Oct 5, 2009
Pau wrote:
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I don't see or hear too much dissatisfaction from those on the so called "right" about the soldiers refusing assignment based on their assumption Obama is an illegal President.
Those soldiers are dishonorable too.

But you now bring up something curious regarding the "illegal" president argument. I assume that this argument is based on a belief that Obama's birth certificate is somehow not accurate.

I looked at his certificate. It looks okay, except for some details not being on it, like the name of hospital and town. Mine, my wife's, my kids' and my siblings' all have a hospital name on our certificates, like Queen's, Kapiolani, etc.

It's curious that his only says "Oahu". What does that mean? Giving birth in a car in the Kunia canefields on the way to the hosipital?
Kona Guy

Kailua Kona, HI

#20 Oct 5, 2009
It's a volunteer military. People shouldn't join up for the GI benefits assuming they will never be asked to enthusiastically join in a shooting war.

Maybe the sign-on papers should stipulate that joining means unquestionably following the orders of superiors and shooting anything they are told to shoot.

Eliminate all "objector" defenses. If someone joins up and doesn't shoot, they get locked up, or shot, period.

When you join the military, you relinquish a great deal of your "freedom of choice". Maybe that should be made plain up front.

Then you'd get a military wherein everyone is willing to go the distance.
Joker

United States

#21 Oct 5, 2009
You're joking, right? Our brave legislators already got their 36 percent raise. Okay, then they gave back 5 percent because of hard times, but they still ended up with a 31 percent raise this year.And now you want them to earn their pay! Puhleeze! They laugh at us for electing those do-nothing reps time and time again. What should be an honor becomes a lifetime occupation of window dressing. Special session? Did you just move here? That only happens to over ride our republican govs vetoes!

"Finally, our legislators have the power to hold a special session to stop teacher furloughs. What are y'all waiting for?"

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