Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editor...

Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials

There are 192 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Sep 29, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Ever since the state of Hawaii outsourced its Medicaid services for the indigent population to WellCare and United Health Care , there has been nothing but chaos.

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Fisherman

Kaunakakai, HI

#44 Sep 29, 2009
Dave wrote:
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The Republican Party got too complacent the past few years and I think this scare has put the fear God into them.
Both Parties are to blame for this mess. No one gets out alive on this. Everyone had their one self serving agenda and thus was not paying attention to the action going on around them. Then as well as now.
I don't think the Dems were in any place to show us the way. The last two years of Bush's office when the Dems were in control, things only got worse.
I think the American public has shown, we are still alive and you had better be accountable now.
Obama made have inherited some of the problems, but the new ones he is creating are pretty severe. Anyone from both sides of the aisle should be very concerned for our further right now.
I don't see how I am contributing, when I have questions and I deserve answers.
I have grave concern for the direction this country is being taken and you should have the same concern.
This WH needs to be accountable for their actions and yet time and again, they ignore the wishes of the people, for who they are suppose to serve.
The amount of broken promises since January and the rushing of bills without time to read them is a real concern.
Good post, Dave.
We (the US) need to find a way to get better politicians to run the country, or change the system. Every presidential election, I think to myself, out of all the people in the United States, our choice is between these two people?
I appreciate your use of the term,'broken promises'. To me, there is a BIG difference between broken promises and lies. A lie is something that someone says, and they know it is not true.
wendell

United States

#45 Sep 29, 2009
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! What does the Army do?
Kill enemy combatants. What did you think? Thought they were Boy Scout troops on a long camping trip? Maybe Watada thought like you did.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#46 Sep 29, 2009
wendell wrote:
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Kill enemy combatants. What did you think? Thought they were Boy Scout troops on a long camping trip? Maybe Watada thought like you did.
And who would that be?
Lefty

Kailua, HI

#47 Sep 29, 2009
Bullshot Crummond wrote:
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You may remember that he asked for that assignment. If the military didn't listen, then you may wonder why.
The military is like that. In 1968 I asked for assignment to lifeguard duty in Ft Lauderdale. I ended up on riot control duty in DC. So, I told them I'd be perfect for duty in the tropics, say Tahiti. But, they didn't listen. I ended up in Vietnam. I guess the Army just assigns its soldiers where it needs them and not just where they want to go. Watada was in a unit, and his unit was ordered to deploy, as a unit. He backed out. What he asked for, after the fact, is irrelevant.
Inconvenient Truth

Mililani, HI

#48 Sep 29, 2009
Fisherman wrote:
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Good post, Dave.
We (the US) need to find a way to get better politicians to run the country, or change the system. Every presidential election, I think to myself, out of all the people in the United States, our choice is between these two people?
I appreciate your use of the term,'broken promises'. To me, there is a BIG difference between broken promises and lies. A lie is something that someone says, and they know it is not true.
Making promises that you know you can't keep is a lie.

When a large number of people can look at a promise when it's made and predict in advance that it will not be kept, either by intention, or because it would be impossible or unfeasible to do so... and their prediction turns out to unfold along the lines that they said it would... then I think it's reasonable to suspect that the person was lying. Wishful thinking only goes so far as an excuse, and it's not a quality I'd wish to see in a leader anyway.
Inconvenient Truth

Mililani, HI

#49 Sep 29, 2009
Bullshot Crummond wrote:
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You may remember that he asked for that assignment. If the military didn't listen, then you may wonder why.
The military would obviously establish a unworkable precedent if it began allowing individual soldiers to pick and choose the specific battles or arenas where they wished to participate.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#50 Sep 29, 2009
Inconvenient Truth wrote:
<quoted text>The military would obviously establish a unworkable precedent if it began allowing individual soldiers to pick and choose the specific battles or arenas where they wished to participate.
True. But the reasoning behind each front is unique.
Another Bush

Washington, DC

#51 Sep 29, 2009
Yeah, that's just what we need...another dry drunk running the country. Look what the last one did to us.
bucksforlolo wrote:
Glen Beck for president !

Since: Nov 08

Eagle River, AK

#52 Sep 29, 2009
Pau wrote:
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Fear Fear and more Fear!
Now the folks from the right are calling for accountability! You make me laugh pal with your words most likely taken from Beck's transcript!
How's this for the WH listening to the people: The current Health Care system is unsustainable, so something has to be done. It is the Democratic Party operating on the mandate that it got from the voters when they elected Barack Obama.
Judging by the ever shrinking approval numbers for both Obama and his HC plan, I would say the "mandate" as you refer to it has fizzled. My guess is that it's because poeople started to ignore the daily photo ops and actually pay attention to what Obama and his ilk were up to.

Since: Sep 09

San Diego, CA

#53 Sep 29, 2009
Pau wrote:
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Do you have the same opinion regarding Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook?
The Maj. refused deployment to Afghanistan. He argued that, since Obama cannot serve as President of the United States, he cannot order him to deploy as commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces.
FWIW, I think they both deserved court martial and dishonorable discharge. My husband detested Clinton as a president, but as his commander in chief he did what was required.

Watada disgraced his commission by coming out publicly against the war that his commander in chief and 99% of Congress had authorized.
Watch Your Step

Mililani, HI

#54 Sep 29, 2009
Another Bush wrote:
Yeah, that's just what we need...another dry drunk running the country. Look what the last one did to us.
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Apparently, you know nothing of Obama's history. Well, some of us do - many, in fact, especially here in Hawaii. And what he has publicly admitted to may not tell the whole story. Ponder that.

Personally, I think what's past is past - at least in these specific instances. But if you're going to use the past against others, then you'd best think about others bringing it up about Obama.
Pau

Pasadena, CA

#55 Sep 29, 2009
Surrounded wrote:
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FWIW, I think they both deserved court martial and dishonorable discharge. My husband detested Clinton as a president, but as his commander in chief he did what was required.
Watada disgraced his commission by coming out publicly against the war that his commander in chief and 99% of Congress had authorized.
Your 99% statement is false. They did not *vote* to go to war. Amendments were proposed.

Keep in mind that the CIC provided congress with the intel. Bush just played the system to his favor.

Here is why your 99% of congress claim is false:

222 House Republicans voted,(215 Yea, 6 Nea, 2 No Votes)

217 House Democrats voted,(81 Yea, 126 Nea, 1 No Vote)

Senate (77 Yeas, 23 Nays)

Of the 23 Nays, how many many were Republicans? 1
Of the 77 Yeas, how many were Democrats? 29

The Dems were split about 60%/40% on the measure. The Republicans were "split" 98%/2%.

wendell

Oakland, CA

#56 Sep 29, 2009
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>And who would that be?
You're a smart guy. I know you can figure that out for yourself. Don't disappoint us.
wendell

Oakland, CA

#57 Sep 29, 2009
Lefty wrote:
<quoted text> The military is like that. In 1968 I asked for assignment to lifeguard duty in Ft Lauderdale. I ended up on riot control duty in DC. So, I told them I'd be perfect for duty in the tropics, say Tahiti.

But, they didn't listen. I ended up in Vietnam. I guess the Army just assigns its soldiers where it needs them and not just where they want to go. Watada was in a unit, and his unit was ordered to deploy, as a unit. He backed out. What he asked for, after the fact, is irrelevant.
Amen, brother. I wanted to be in the band stationed in Germany. They didn't listen. I ended up a grunt in Nam. I insisted on a different assignment. LBJ gave me the bird.
Fisherman

Honolulu, HI

#58 Sep 29, 2009
Inconvenient Truth wrote:
<quoted text>Making promises that you know you can't keep is a lie.
When a large number of people can look at a promise when it's made and predict in advance that it will not be kept, either by intention, or because it would be impossible or unfeasible to do so... and their prediction turns out to unfold along the lines that they said it would... then I think it's reasonable to suspect that the person was lying. Wishful thinking only goes so far as an excuse, and it's not a quality I'd wish to see in a leader anyway.
"When a large number of people can look at a promise when it's made and predict in advance that it will not be kept, either by intention, or because it would be impossible or unfeasible to do so..." - You conveniently left out some other possibilities: 1. Because it was blocked by obstructionists 2. Because some obnoxious media figures stirred up an opposition based on lies and fear.
I was just trying to say something nice and see if the judgemental republicans might give me something besides nuts and white bulbs! Should have known better.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#59 Sep 29, 2009
wendell wrote:
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You're a smart guy. I know you can figure that out for yourself. Don't disappoint us.
lol! And you're a smarter guy. So don't disappoint everyone. You got this far, you may as well finish it off.

So who would the enemy combatants be?
Lefty

Kailua, HI

#60 Sep 29, 2009
wendell wrote:
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Amen, brother. I wanted to be in the band stationed in Germany. They didn't listen. I ended up a grunt in Nam. I insisted on a different assignment. LBJ gave me the bird.
You, me and a few million other guys. So we shut up and did our duty. And now this punk Watatda will be meeting up with us every time he turns around for the rest of his life. Hang in there, Brother.
wendell

Oakland, CA

#61 Sep 29, 2009
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! And you're a smarter guy. So don't disappoint everyone. You got this far, you may as well finish it off.
So who would the enemy combatants be?
Geez. Grasping at straws. Sad.
wendell

Oakland, CA

#62 Sep 29, 2009
Lefty wrote:
<quoted text> You, me and a few million other guys. So we shut up and did our duty. And now this **** Watatda will be meeting up with us every time he turns around for the rest of his life. Hang in there, Brother.
BTW, I was in the 9th Infantry Division, from late 1968 to 69. I had to hump the Delta, to the Plain of Reeds at the Cambodian border.
Pau

Pasadena, CA

#63 Sep 29, 2009
HayninAk wrote:
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Judging by the ever shrinking approval numbers for both Obama and his HC plan, I would say the "mandate" as you refer to it has fizzled. My guess is that it's because poeople started to ignore the daily photo ops and actually pay attention to what Obama and his ilk were up to.
Poll results could be the end result of a group trying to portray everything possible that is negative against whatever the flavor of the day is.

INHO, here’s what needs mandating since everything the GOP touched was destroyed.

Economic Collapse

Incompetent Governance

International Alienation

Infrastructure Rot and Decay

Failed and Costly Phony War

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