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When libraries are closed, access to information becomes the privilege of the rich.
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dakine7

Nashville, TN

#1 Jul 19, 2009
"Libraries are one of the more important structures in a Democracy..."
How many of these people feeling the crunch support the war in Iraq? And now Afghanistan? Chasing those nasty terrorists in terrain like Kauai? Costing $330. million a DAY. While I still get goosebumps the Iraqi people are "free" to vote, and that brutal dictator Saddam was hung by his thumbs, how many librarys could the USA have kept open if that $1. trillion was spent here at home?
Big John-Hawaii Kai

Kailua Kona, HI

#2 Jul 19, 2009
Ref: Shawn Lathrop's ltr to wit: "Hawaii is supposed to be about aloha and ohana. Nowadays, it seems like it's more about "everyone for himself."

Is this the kettle calling the pot black? You speak of Aloha and Ohana. Methinks you don't know the meaning of either word. The public sector has taken hit after hit in the downward economic spiral, yet the public workers have yet to live Aloha and Ohana. Why? Maybe, just maybe, it's because like you stated "everyone for himself."

How about sharing your Aloha and Ohana. Help out your friends, neighbors, aunties, and uncles who have been hit in the private sector, take the furloughs.
glenn paul

Johnson City, NY

#3 Jul 19, 2009
Big John-Hawaii Kai wrote:
Ref: Shawn Lathrop's ltr to wit: "Hawaii is supposed to be about aloha and ohana. Nowadays, it seems like it's more about "everyone for himself."
Is this the kettle calling the pot black? You speak of Aloha and Ohana. Methinks you don't know the meaning of either word. The public sector has taken hit after hit in the downward economic spiral, yet the public workers have yet to live Aloha and Ohana. Why? Maybe, just maybe, it's because like you stated "everyone for himself."
How about sharing your Aloha and Ohana. Help out your friends, neighbors, aunties, and uncles who have been hit in the private sector, take the furloughs.
Big John Hawaii Kai., thats the truth. I'll mention this in case anyone is thinking about coming to Oahu but not sure if they can afford it. Mentioned before. The Maile Skycourt Hotel on Kuhio has a limited number of rooms for 1 month...$1100 for 30 days including tax. No maid service, bring your own sheets and towels, saw it in Hawaii magazine, called the sales manager, It's true. Just wanted to pass this on.
Orthrop

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jul 19, 2009
Shawn Lanthrop's self-righteous letter seeks to place all blame on a Republican Governor.

In truth, Lingle is NOT a Republican, but rather a Republicarat.

A Democrat disguised as a Republican, and such device is a survival mechanism for sales purposes only to market herself to the union controlled folks who think of themselves to be Democrats.

That being said, Lanthrop lives in an artificial environment, like a giant plastic bubble where the fields are green, while outside lay the desert of reality.

These are hard economic times. ALL must sacrifice. Especially the over-paid, incompetent, inept, good for nothing, state employees bleeding our state budget to the tunr of over 70% of our annual budget.

Little sympathy can be mustered for Lanthrop's point of view and it seems his letter is addressed to placate his fellow union controlled and manipulated, state employees who are now getting what they deserve.

Perreira made hay out of the furlough stuff, fighting over the language about it, and now had dragged his membership into the lay-off stage, which the Governor has undisputed authority to invoke.

Just because Perreira went running to the Principle and received a favorable report from Judge Sakamoto, does not excuse him from having the score settled after school in the parking lot, as your lay-offs are coming because you folks never like settle the matter earlier.
sandy girl

Kailua Kona, HI

#5 Jul 19, 2009
To Orthop- saying that Lingle is really a Democrat is ridiculous. After all she supported McCain/Palin and they were old/ignorant folks who wanted to continue Bush's failed policy of "help the rich, screw the poor". In your world - if Lingle is a Democrat, then Ghengis Khan must have been a pacifist and Mark Sanford is a decent family man..
Local grown

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jul 19, 2009
Well those state workers are aunties, uncles, etc. Shawn. That is true. However, if the State is broke, the State is broke. Face it my dear, this State is over populated with State and C&C workers for the population base we have. Calif. has 2 % of it's population and Hawaii has 5%. If nothing else, let's make this a more lean govt. and make the workers really do something. Private enterprise, you work or loose your job. It's getting into the government that is hard. Once there, you're in for life! Trim the workers, less cost base and then get on with the jobs to be done. Less workers on the payroll mean more money for projects needing doing. Roads, sewers, you name it, all need attention and that all takes MONEY. The State DOES NOT EXIST TO EMPLOY IT'S CITIZENRY.
Paul

Aiea, HI

#7 Jul 19, 2009
Local grown wrote:
However, if the State is broke, the State is broke. Face it my dear, this State is over populated with State and C&C workers for the population base we have. Calif. has 2 % of it's population and Hawaii has 5%. If nothing else, let's make this a more lean govt. The State DOES NOT EXIST TO EMPLOY IT'S CITIZENRY.
This is very true. Being a member of a government employee's union does not entitle you to a job. As the above is says, the state is broke. The state can no longer afford to employee you. Furloughs were offered and and contested in court, so the only other option is layoffs, thus; some people are going to lose their jobs. The answer is not to continue to raise taxes as our taxes are already high. The government employees can not exist off the people like a parasite lives off it's host, that is what happened to California and it cannot happen here. Additionally, the environmentalists limiting our industry to only tourism has only complicated the problem as it limited our taxable resources.
sandy girl

Kailua Kona, HI

#8 Jul 19, 2009
Paul: Don't forget - while you are attacking state employees in general - that seemingly "worthwhile" govt run institutions, like universities and schools, will soon be swirling down the hopper as well...UC system is facing something like a 20% budget cut...you think that is good??? Jarvis and Prop 13 folks put a stranglehold on tax revenues in CAL - declining schools, decreased educational opportunities...what goos can come from this?
Mindful

Honolulu, HI

#9 Jul 19, 2009
sandy girl wrote:
Paul: Don't forget - while you are attacking state employees in general - that seemingly "worthwhile" govt run institutions, like universities and schools, will soon be swirling down the hopper as well...UC system is facing something like a 20% budget cut...you think that is good??? Jarvis and Prop 13 folks put a stranglehold on tax revenues in CAL - declining schools, decreased educational opportunities...what goos can come from this?
You are absolutely right! A long harsh winter is ahead so expect more shut-downs and lay-offs; live frugally and help others in need.

“Live Love Laugh.. and Surf! :)”

Since: Aug 08

Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#10 Jul 19, 2009
sandy girl wrote:
After all she supported McCain/Palin and they were old/ignorant folks who wanted to continue Bush's failed policy of "help the rich, screw the poor"...
Gotta love the gross generalizations about Republicans while conflating "Democrats" to "the party for the poor."

However there are some Republicans like myself who gave away nearly 40% of our gross income last year to various charities and we voted for McCain.

“Live Love Laugh.. and Surf! :)”

Since: Aug 08

Kaimuki,Hilo,Ka'u, Kaupo

#11 Jul 19, 2009
"We must provide access to information to all citizens, not just the wealthy."

--- Rena Rejoice Blumberg

I agree. I grew up poor in Kaimuki and if it wasn't for the Kaimuki Library then I would not have been able to have access to books that gave me a glimpse of the rest of the world.

Therefore I hope that cuts are done to the adminstration and not to the libraries. That would be a travesty for all local people.
miles

Wahiawa, HI

#12 Jul 19, 2009
Shawn Lathrop has it all wrong. But it doesn't matter, they will lose their jobs anyway. Attitudes like that are why everyone wants them layed-off. They want US to "pay more taxes" so they can keep their jobs!!! LOL!! Are you kidding me? Cut back like the rest of us already did. Or go live somewhere you can afford without taking from other people.
We do not owe you a living.
Paul

Aiea, HI

#13 Jul 19, 2009
sandy girl wrote:
Paul: Don't forget - while you are attacking state employees in general - that seemingly "worthwhile" govt run institutions, like universities and schools, will soon be swirling down the hopper as well...UC system is facing something like a 20% budget cut...you think that is good??? Jarvis and Prop 13 folks put a stranglehold on tax revenues in CAL - declining schools, decreased educational opportunities...what goos can come from this?
First, It was not my intention to come out against the government employees, but their union leaders with the senior man making more than the governor. Second, while budget cuts on schools seem horrible, one must take a look at the level of government subsidy that a school receives. In many cases, the level of support is shocking. It is unfortunate that we find ourselves in such hard times, however; it is my opinion and the opinion of many others that it was government that caused this.
Pearl City Senior

Aiea, HI

#14 Jul 19, 2009
The revenue crisis in Hawai'i has been caused by many factors. Union contracts; limited enterprise due to environmentalists (Malama the aina, remember); unfettered immigration and, primarily, a fiscally irresponsible legislature. There are more elements to the problem, but these are enough. Calif. spends several billions each year on illegal immigrant medical, school, welfare and legal (read prisons) costs. They could resolve their problem by discontinuing this particular spending. Deport the criminals. Make the law abiding ones learn English AND prove they are legal before getting any benefits.
Hawai'i has many illegal immigrants but we don't seem to hear too much about them, maybe because they aren't costing us that much and they stay well within their own ethnic communities. Some, and I emphasize SOME, Chinese, Filipino and Pacific Islanders alike come here, don't learn English and apply for, and get, welfare benefits. From my experience I'm convinced that most try to earn their way without dishonoring their family. Some do not. Union workers think we should feel sorry for them because they are facing a loss of income. This in the face of many of us losing their entire income. Selfish mokes. Environmentalists cost us more jobs through their "Save the Planet" lobbying. Well, who is going to save us? When we all kill each other off because someone has what we want, and we can't afford, because we helped save the earth, what then Sierra Club?
I don't think I need to expound on the Legislature. Those lolos have no idea how to legislate. They just know who to keep getting re-elected. And, that leads me to the incompetent and uninformed voters..... well, maybe later.
True Dat

Haiku, HI

#15 Jul 19, 2009
Who does this shawn lathrop guy think he is to question the governor? If there is anything we should have learned from Bush/Cheney, it's that we should never, never question our political leaders.

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