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Just missing home

Daleville, AL

#1 Nov 3, 2008
Put discipline back in school, and put prayer back in school. Put God back in America. Man has done nothing but damagae what God has made. As long as we have breath. There is still fight in us to go on. Stand and Press on foward for the good. With God, All things are possible!!!
Just missing home

Daleville, AL

#2 Nov 3, 2008
I am also so tired of hearing. "Stop shoving your God down our throats" yet, y'all are SHOVING your gods down our children's. Accept homosexuals? It's okay to live like there is no God, but yet fighting with everything you got to remove the saying IN GOD WE TRUST, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, Merry Christmas, having Christian programs, Christmas carols and plays at schools. What's up with that? You know why my Lord is such a threat. He loving allows you to see who you really are, and you know what? you don't like it, so you put the blame on everyone else. And try to eliminate the problem by trying to get rid of God. Sorry, but He's here to stay.
Big J-Hawaii Kai

United States

#3 Nov 3, 2008
In regard to Nelson S.W. Chang of Kaneohe letter, People, not courts, retain ultimate power, I couldn't agree more. Eloquently spoken, Sir. Now we can only hope that the voting citizens do not listen to the fear mongering of those special interest who wish to retain the "status quo." And remember, those possible amendments to the Constitution must still be approved by the voters.
FleetGhost

AOL

#4 Nov 3, 2008
They claim to be almighty God-fearing people, but I don't trust any of them to be what they say they are. The truth is, we don't know anything about the people we put in office. They do and say anything to get the power & then do what they please once they're in. What I do look for with a McCain-Palin administration is a reinstatement of the draft. This time it will be male/female.
willie

Farmington, MI

#5 Nov 3, 2008
Bear in mind, the "Moral majority" is most likely neither.
kls

Honolulu, HI

#6 Nov 3, 2008
willie wrote:
Bear in mind, the "Moral majority" is most likely neither.
yes! remember jimmy swaggart and newt gingrich and the rest of them...do as i say not as i do
Disgusted

Kaneohe, HI

#7 Nov 3, 2008
The education system in Hawaii will never be fixed as long as we allow the HSTA and HGEA to have a stranglehold on the legislature. DOE and the legislature need to address the problems and not fixate on union support for reelection. Yeah, I know, that's a tall order and probably unrealistic unless we change the system.(Might consider giving each candidate only a limited amount of media exposure at government expense - no campaign contributions - to tell the voters what their priorities are, analyze the problems and how they are going to fix them.) Nobody is addressing the redundancy of district and state staffs, the fact that everyone is entitled to an OPPORTUNITY to a free education NOT A RIGHT. Schools are not meant to handle students who don't want to be there and parents who look at schools as babysitters. DOE should be talking to businesses to determine what local employer needs are and prepare students to fulfill those needs. Not everyone needs a college prep curriculum. Some should be prepared for trades, and, those who don't care should be prepared for manual labor. If the day comes when the decide to do a rectal extraction, they can always go to adult education classes. Why our legislators went along with that boob in the White House on his failed "no child left behind", beats the heck out of me.
As for voting, it would be nice if the major parties gave us a choice of a credible candidate instead of having to vote for a lesser of two evils, or having to vote against the incumbent just to have a chance of change.
Yeah, I have an attitude problem, but look at what we have.
supes

Hanapepe, HI

#8 Nov 3, 2008
The BOE should adopt a disciplinary policy that would provide a safe environment as a place of study. Next is a policy on standards that will ensure that a graduating senior will have at least a reasonable ability to read and write.
Bad at math

Honolulu, HI

#9 Nov 3, 2008
Your pop-up adds are terrible. Especially the ones that you support. They seem to pop up and stay open longer than others. I will be glad when this election is over. Better yet, I'll just get my news somewhere else.
herbert morioka

Hanapepe, HI

#10 Nov 3, 2008
Disgusted wrote:
The education system in Hawaii will never be fixed as long as we allow the HSTA and HGEA to have a stranglehold on the legislature. DOE and the legislature need to address the problems and not fixate on union support for reelection. Yeah, I know, that's a tall order and probably unrealistic unless we change the system.(Might consider giving each candidate only a limited amount of media exposure at government expense - no campaign contributions - to tell the voters what their priorities are, analyze the problems and how they are going to fix them.) Nobody is addressing the redundancy of district and state staffs, the fact that everyone is entitled to an OPPORTUNITY to a free education NOT A RIGHT. Schools are not meant to handle students who don't want to be there and parents who look at schools as babysitters. DOE should be talking to businesses to determine what local employer needs are and prepare students to fulfill those needs. Not everyone needs a college prep curriculum. Some should be prepared for trades, and, those who don't care should be prepared for manual labor.
HSTA,HGEA, DOE, BOE,and OUR LEGISLATORS do not recognize why our schools are performing poorly. You hit it right on the nose when you said that not all students go to college. This is the crux of the problem. Students that have other skills will reject the academic curriculum that is being forced down their throats. Disinterested students might become disruptive or not attend school at all. We must change our thinking as to how we should educate the children of Hawaii. Bring in the business community to shape up our curriculum that will probably be geared for around 80% of our student population.
Exposing Mufi Lies

Honolulu, HI

#11 Nov 3, 2008
On the Rail EIS:

No administrator in his or her right mind would advocate the expenditure of five billion dollars for an 1% gain in the share of transit trips. The correct priorities would be to fix the sidewalks and build traffic and bike lanes. Not in Honolulu where administrators are proud to provide TheBoat at a taxpayer subsidy of $42 per trip!

Here is the breakdown of daily trips on weekdays as in DEIS page 3-18:

2007 No Rail = 184,000 total transit trips (on bus)
2030 No Rail = 226,000 total transit trips (on bus)
2030 With Rail = 249,200 total transit trips (on bus and rail)

Notice the tiny benefit of rail.

And to put it in perspective, that's out of more than four (4) million daily trips on Oahu!

This result evokes the paraphrasing of Churchill... Never before have so many paid so much, to benefit so few and by so little.

Figure 3-1 shows that from 1984 to 2008, transit speed decreased by 1.5 mph. So in the last 22 years the average speed of the TheBus fell by 1.5 miles per hour. This is such a calamity that according to the Go-Rail-Go luminous spokespersons requires a five billion dollar rail to fix it!

The Notice of Intent or NOI is violated. This is the 2006 agreement between the Federal Transit Administration and the City and County of Honolulu. The NOI explicitly mentions a fixed guideway from Kapolei to the UH. The DEIS guideway starts well outside Kapolei and ends at Ala Moana Shopping Center. The 34 miles have become 19, but the alleged traffic benefits have more than doubled from the 2006 Alternatives Analysis!

It should be obvious that this DEIS will provide a lot of entertainment in the coming weeks. By law, comments are requested by January 7, 2009. But thanks to the careful planning of the Mufi administration, Oahu's public had the Sunday and Monday before the elections to read and understand 400 plus pages prior to making an educated choice at the polls.
WestKauai

Pearl City, HI

#12 Nov 3, 2008
In the current scheme of things, the disruptive students are not disciplined. Instead, they are labeled "special needs" and are coddled...Thanks to the DOE.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#13 Nov 3, 2008
WestKauai wrote:
In the current scheme of things, the disruptive students are not disciplined. Instead, they are labeled "special needs" and are coddled...Thanks to the DOE.
No. Thanks to those parents. The "special needs" label should actually be applied to the parents.
supes

Hanapepe, HI

#14 Nov 3, 2008
WestKauai wrote:
In the current scheme of things, the disruptive students are not disciplined. Instead, they are labeled "special needs" and are coddled...Thanks to the DOE.
In my time disruptive students were sent to the office. They returned and became more disruptive. There was no NURSERY to coddle them.
enufalready

Wahiawa, HI

#15 Nov 4, 2008
Bad at math wrote:
Your pop-up adds are terrible. Especially the ones that you support. They seem to pop up and stay open longer than others. I will be glad when this election is over. Better yet, I'll just get my news somewhere else.
Must agree. The pop-up ads are obnoxious in their duration and are going to turn off lots of readers. They are the equivalent of someone shoving something in your face.
willie

Farmington, MI

#16 Nov 4, 2008
supes wrote:
<quoted text> In my time disruptive students were sent to the office. They returned and became more disruptive. There was no NURSERY to coddle them.
Times changed. Disruptive students are now sent to the drug store instead of the principles office.

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