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I object to the use of leaf blowers by gardeners who are supposed to be helping the Earth. Full Story
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Since: Dec 07

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jul 26, 2008
Many, if not most, Oahu residents are opposed to any project that has the potential to impose upon them a devastating financial burden.

Rail for the sake of rail is senseless. City must go back to the drawing board and knock off low-cost, effective solutions first, before deciding on something prohibitively expensive and relatively ineffective at solving traffic.

Four day work weeks? Telecommuting? Changing work/school schedules? Expanded bus service? Hot lanes? Fixing our outdated roads? Coordinating traffic lights? Eliminating bottlenecks that have been there for decades?
Pat

Kailua, HI

#3 Jul 26, 2008
Excuses wrote:
Many, if not most, Oahu residents are opposed to any project that has the potential to impose upon them a devastating financial burden.
Rail for the sake of rail is senseless. City must go back to the drawing board and knock off low-cost, effective solutions first, before deciding on something prohibitively expensive and relatively ineffective at solving traffic.
Four day work weeks? Telecommuting? Changing work/school schedules? Expanded bus service? Hot lanes? Fixing our outdated roads? Coordinating traffic lights? Eliminating bottlenecks that have been there for decades?
Well stated! I agree!
Pat

Kailua, HI

#4 Jul 26, 2008
Thank you, Mr. Elmallah, for your insights. Cigarettes and alcohol are the two worse disease producing products. I share your concern that they have not been banned by the Legislature. I would add that a limit on the number of autos allowed, owned or sold, on our small Islands would benefit the environment and our traffic concerns.
Bumpercrop

Ewa Beach, HI

#5 Jul 26, 2008
Most Oahu (Hawaii) residents are opposed to "any" change. That's why they keep voting in the same inept politicians every time.

No change, all the time.
Hawaii leadership

Honolulu, HI

#7 Jul 26, 2008
God bless the leadership and officers of the liquor commission. I am a witness that integrity of law enforcement and parents trust has been found. Our liquor commission is setting a high standard for other states and even countries to follow. This type of leadership draws citizens to get more involved in the community to make it healthier. Thank you very much liquor commission and officers. You are making the difference.

13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Luke 16:13 (KJV)

Hawaii's leadership and officers cannot be bought and would never compromise the truth because they answer to a higher calling.
steve

Thousand Oaks, CA

#8 Jul 26, 2008
Alas, Barbara Steinberg is listening to the wrong leaf blower. In my neighborhood the non-English speaking toters of leaf blowers work in pairs. They tune the exhaust pipes so that when they're blowing leaves, dirt, dust, and everything else a blast of carbon dioxide laden air can move along the asphalt, the blowers harmonize such melodies as Puccini arias, and a lot of those Mexican hat dance numbers. No one complains in my neighborhood about the noise. As a matter of fact our home owners association has even granted these blower guys an OK to ply their trade on weekend mornings. We all get together in one of the neighborhood homes and have a buffet breakfast around seven or so on Sunday mornings. Granted the CO (carbon monoxide) can be a little much, but a slight high while downing a Bloody Mary is a treat. It's all a batch of fun. I think Steinberg might try organizing a blower band in her neighborhood. Get involved.
Prorake

Hilo, HI

#9 Jul 26, 2008
Thank you Barbara. I am also a victim of constant leaf blowing. Our landscapers give two to each person and rev rev rev, they assault a single leaf each at a noise level that would wake the dead. I cannot believe that gardening requires so much noise. Gone are the days when it was a quiet activity that brought enjoyment to those who love our land.
Bumpercrop

Ewa Beach, HI

#10 Jul 26, 2008
Several neighborhood boards have unsuccessfully fought against leaf blower use. People who use them vs rakes or brooms are just plain lazy.
John

Honolulu, HI

#11 Jul 26, 2008
Ms. Acampo makes a common mistake in her letter today. She sees rail as fast and easy to access for our seniors.

First, rail is not fast. There are no express trains. Rail will average approximately 25 miles per hour. When the draft EIS comes out, hopefully we will learn the actual average speed. Only then will we be able to compare the rail timetable to the present bus timetable. Our only current data comes from the Alternatives Analysis. The AA tells us some trips will save a few minutes on rail and other trips will take a few more minutes on rail compared to today’s bus.

Second, Ms. Acampo has not thought about how our seniors will like the transfers required to take long transit trips. Because rail will replace bus routes through the H-1 corridor, long bus trips will require one or two transfers from the bus to rail and rail to bus etc. This will require taking escalators up to the rail station and waiting for the next train. Then talking the escalators down to the next bus stop and waiting for the next bus etc. This can be confusing, takes time, and is definitely more difficult than our current Express Buses or bus transfer points.

Third, Ms Acampo had not figured in the danger that rail presents to seniors. I think seniors would rather enter a bus and walk past the bus driver than wait for rail on a lonely platform and enter a rail car with no driver present. Portland’s Light Rail has a two-year study on crime around its stations. The stats were much higher than I would have imagined. Here is a website that reports the crime. Click on the red stations to see the crime at that station over a two-year period.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/
oregonianextra/2007/11/max.htm l

I assume our rail stations will require transit police just like Portland.
Pat

Kailua, HI

#13 Jul 26, 2008
Raking my leaves, bagging them is good exercise. I vote for return of push mowers, rakes, peace and quiet for my neighborhood. A city ordinance against the use of these noisy products would be appropriate and appreciated.

Since: Jul 08

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jul 26, 2008
Well said, John, well said. Ms. Ocampo may not really be an old person as she purports to be simply because Old People who take the bus ARE ON FIXED SOCIAL SECURITY INCOME. And an increase in the rail tax would devastate her financial welfare simply because goods and services would all cost much higher plus if she is renting her rental would naturally go up high because of property tax increase to support not only the building and maintenance of rail transit but of the huge bureaucracy called Honolulu Transit Authority!!!!
rob

Seattle, WA

#15 Jul 26, 2008
It would be nice to back to the good old days of push mowers and hand rakes. It would also be nice to go back to the horse and buggy. Think about it, time is money. If you don`t mind paying double or triple for your yards and parks and medial strips to be cleaned then we should go back to the good old days. Besides all that manual labor causes had breathing which contributs large amount of co2. now whats a guy to do.
bobhorb

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Jul 26, 2008
To those who are posting comments about leaf-blowers, let me offer this: your complaints are analogous to saying that all cars should be eliminated and people should use horses instead, because cars make too much noise. The leaf-blower is a 'labor saving' device and is not going away. Have you given up your kitchen automatic dishwasher or garbage disposal and done things manually lately? Join the 21st century and accept change with the rest of the world!
alice

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jul 26, 2008
Pat is spot-on right. In any case, the depression coming to hawaii will lead to increased homelessness and huge outgoing migration along with untended houses.
Pat

Kailua, HI

#19 Jul 26, 2008
rob wrote:
It would be nice to back to the good old days of push mowers and hand rakes. It would also be nice to go back to the horse and buggy. Think about it, time is money. If you don`t mind paying double or triple for your yards and parks and medial strips to be cleaned then we should go back to the good old days. Besides all that manual labor causes had breathing which contributs large amount of co2. now whats a guy to do.
Why should it cost more to have the work done?
alice

Honolulu, HI

#20 Jul 26, 2008
When the depression hits ,many of you will lose your house so do not worry about electrical blowers.
rob

Seattle, WA

#21 Jul 26, 2008
Pat you must be kidding. How do you think people get payed? By the hour. THe longer it takes more it cost. But thats ok. I`m sure every body won`t mind paying higher cost because it will make Al Gore happy.
Kailuaresident

Kaneohe, HI

#22 Jul 26, 2008
Why do people blabber on about how cars have imporved so much and will continue to do so but assume rail is the same that it was 30+ years ago?
Lost

Atlanta, GA

#23 Jul 26, 2008
Good grief...now were complaining about leaf blowers?! I understand that conservation should be important but some of these environmentalists are taking things too far. As George Carlin would say, "The earth is FINE...were F*ed."
Aiea

Wahiawa, HI

#24 Jul 26, 2008
When you long for the good old days of push mowers and rakes, it's a sign that time has passed you by. It's not your world any more, it belongs to the young, and the efficient.

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