Letters to the Editor - Editorials

Letters to the Editor - Editorials

There are 9 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 23, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The state Legislature has come up with an unusual solution to the recession problem: raise taxes.

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Island Boi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#1 Apr 23, 2009
Notice how James Brese, Assistant superintendent and chief financial officer, DOE Office of Fiscal Services, completely failed to say what the DOE is doing to cut waste and improve efficiency? He was generating as much spin as a level 4 hurricane, trying to protect the DOE's sinking image. James, got news for you, Used Car Salespersons, ambulance chasing attorneys and telemarketers are rated higher than the DOE. All we want to know is what the DOE is truly doing to best use our tax money, just be honest, just be transparent. That is all we ask. Just another day in the Nei.
Tvon

Aiea, HI

#2 Apr 23, 2009
"Kakaako project merits funding"
by Elliot Parks, Ph.D.

Today is your day :)

I for one agree 100% with you.

Let's make it happen.

Aloha
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#3 Apr 23, 2009
"Create incentives for senior county/state workers to retire. Vacate the positions of the highest paid workers by encouraging mass retirements. This also creates job openings and increases the population of consumers with income who do not need jobs (retirees)."

Juergen, what must be at the core of any incentive package to get senior workers to retire before they are willing to do so on their own? Answer: Handsome severance pay in addition to the State retirement pay they are already entitled to. So, in effect, the State will be increasing its expenses because it has added persons to the State's retirement payroll and still must refill those now vacant leadership positions with promoted, paid employees.

Forcing or encouraging people to retire is not effective at reducing costs unless their positions are going to be left vacant.
the flash

Kapaau, HI

#4 Apr 23, 2009
Hawaiian Republican wrote:
"Create incentives for senior county/state workers to retire. Vacate the positions of the highest paid workers by encouraging mass retirements. This also creates job openings and increases the population of consumers with income who do not need jobs (retirees)."
Juergen, what must be at the core of any incentive package to get senior workers to retire before they are willing to do so on their own? Answer: Handsome severance pay in addition to the State retirement pay they are already entitled to. So, in effect, the State will be increasing its expenses because it has added persons to the State's retirement payroll and still must refill those now vacant leadership positions with promoted, paid employees.
Forcing or encouraging people to retire is not effective at reducing costs unless their positions are going to be left vacant.
I think Juergen is on the state's payroll and hopes to advance as soon as his seniors retire. His suggestion seems to suggest he wants to hurry that process along.
old country gal in Kailua

Wahiawa, HI

#5 Apr 23, 2009
Tvon wrote:
"Kakaako project merits funding"
by Elliot Parks, Ph.D.
Today is your day :)
I for one agree 100% with you.
Let's make it happen.
Aloha
You're right! Rather than putting such strong emphasis on tourism, this is a diversification project we desperately need for Hawaii's future.
old country gal in Kailua

Wahiawa, HI

#6 Apr 23, 2009
Hawaiian Republican wrote:
"Create incentives for senior county/state workers to retire. Vacate the positions of the highest paid workers by encouraging mass retirements. This also creates job openings and increases the population of consumers with income who do not need jobs (retirees)."
Juergen, what must be at the core of any incentive package to get senior workers to retire before they are willing to do so on their own? Answer: Handsome severance pay in addition to the State retirement pay they are already entitled to. So, in effect, the State will be increasing its expenses because it has added persons to the State's retirement payroll and still must refill those now vacant leadership positions with promoted, paid employees.
Forcing or encouraging people to retire is not effective at reducing costs unless their positions are going to be left vacant.
I had similar thoughts ... and I'm not a Republican.
Tvon

Aiea, HI

#7 Apr 23, 2009
old country gal in Kailua wrote:
<quoted text>
You're right! Rather than putting such strong emphasis on tourism, this is a diversification project we desperately need for Hawaii's future.
Thanks

Yes :)

Aloha

Since: Sep 08

Honolulu

#8 Apr 23, 2009
Mr. Brese, Ask any teacher if they think the money is actually reaching the students for their classrooms. Most of them will say that none of the money you describe is actually reaching the students and classes. Why is the money not reaching the students as it should? Many teachers don't get to see where the money should be directed to, the students themselves. Somewhere in the great beauracracy theat you call the Department of education, the money is being wasted. Cutout a couple layers and allow the money to actually reach the student instead of touting the department line of "if we don't get the money, the students will suffer". The students are already suffering, Force an audit and shake the trees for money. make the tax payers get more bang for their buck and cut the waste.
sceptic

AOL

#9 Apr 23, 2009
Common sense is the most underemployed talent. Politincians are renaown for the lack of it.

And why you call them "leaders"? Most politicians don't lead, they are led. No one is a leader if there are no followers.

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