Letters to the Editor - Letters

There are 7 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Nov 23, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Amid the furor about our education system and how to pay for it, it is important to remember one thing: For a democracy to survive, a well-educated citizenry is essential.

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daKine7

Nashville, TN

#1 Nov 23, 2009
The argument for keeping HC&S around is similar to the one used by tobacco farmers. "Family, values, history". "My daddy farmed tobacco, so did his daddy and his daddy", and so it goes. Sugar is garbage, is directly linked to obesity and Type II diabetes. There are 8 "sweeteners" on grocery shelves that provide the "taste" without the archaic "farming" of sugar in the islands. Pineapple was at least healthful, and that went away.
Dave

AOL

#2 Nov 23, 2009
daKine7 wrote:
The argument for keeping HC&S around is similar to the one used by tobacco farmers. "Family, values, history". "My daddy farmed tobacco, so did his daddy and his daddy", and so it goes. Sugar is garbage, is directly linked to obesity and Type II diabetes. There are 8 "sweeteners" on grocery shelves that provide the "taste" without the archaic "farming" of sugar in the islands. Pineapple was at least healthful, and that went away.
Perhaps you should take some time and read up on the toxicity involved with using fake sugars. Because of the way Splenda, aka sucralose, is made, it is modified by adding chlorine atoms. People all over are finally figuring out what is causing so many of their health problems.
The safest thing on the market right now, seems to be Stevia, which is plant based.
daKine7

Nashville, TN

#3 Nov 23, 2009
Dave wrote:
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Perhaps you should take some time and read up on the toxicity involved with using fake sugars. Because of the way Splenda, aka sucralose, is made, it is modified by adding chlorine atoms. People all over are finally figuring out what is causing so many of their health problems.
The safest thing on the market right now, seems to be Stevia, which is plant based.
I left off the rotting of teeth. Sugar has ZERO health benefits and is 100% pernacious to one's bodily health. Get rid of the crop. Grow coffee for Christ's sake. How hard is that to understand? Coffee may not be a "health food", but it's admired much like wines. The workers wouldn't care what in the hell they're growing as long as they get paid.
Mongo

Ewa Beach, HI

#4 Nov 23, 2009
M. Simpson has a very fuzzy concept of the law involving the 1/2% excise tax surcharge for rail. The Legislature voted to allow the County to levy and collect the tax for a specific reason...rail transit. The state continues to collect (for a 10% fee) the tax for the city. Better read up on the facts before you start pontificating with your anti-rail hysteria.
question

Waipahu, HI

#5 Nov 23, 2009
m. simpson:

just how much money do the neighbor islands contribute to the rail fund?

answer that and you may well educate yourself.
The Real Jobless Figure

Honolulu, HI

#6 Nov 23, 2009
According to the government's broadest measure of unemployment, some 17.5 percent are either without a job entirely or underemployed. The so-called U-6 number is at the highest rate since becoming an official labor statistic in 1994.

The number dwarfs the statistic most people pay attention to—the U-3 rate—which most recently showed unemployment at 10.2 percent for October, the highest it has been since June 1983.

The difference is that what is traditionally referred to as the "unemployment rate" only measures those out of work who are still looking for jobs. Discouraged workers who have quit trying to find a job, as well as those working part-time but looking for full-time work or who are otherwise underemployed, count in the U-6 rate.
UH Senior

Honolulu, HI

#7 Nov 23, 2009
LOL ! Educated voters in Hawaii ?

Products of Hawaii Public schools ? LOL !:)

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