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willie

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"Why are special interest groups and the vocal minority trying to put the sugar cane industry out of business on Maui?"

Why did they stop the Super Ferry?

Why are they surging ahead with rail?

The squeaky wheel gets the grease and if you don't get involved in matters that are important then waiting for "them" to do what you consider the right thing will never happen.
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willie wrote:
"Why are special interest groups and the vocal minority trying to put the sugar cane industry out of business on Maui?"
Why did they stop the Super Ferry?
Why are they surging ahead with rail?
The squeaky wheel gets the grease and if you don't get involved in matters that are important then waiting for "them" to do what you consider the right thing will never happen.
willie, LOL., I thought I sent my letter about the exact same things you say to Governor Lingle. Must have sent it to you by mistake. However, thanks for expressings my thoughts. Aloha from Sayre, PA.

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Disagree with Stephanie Darrow. How many days do you really need to plan a lesson presentation that you have repeated many times in the past.
My view is that the majority of the teachers are using the planning time as personal time off. If anyone doubts this, they should station themself near the faculty parking lots of their neighborhood school and watch how many teachers leave early on Wednesdays.
The Silver State

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Twenty-seven years ago only seven states had lotteries, and only Nevada allowed casinos. Now 37 states have lotteries, and 28 have casinos (including Indian gaming). Why have policy makers and the public allowed gambling to flourish? One reason is the notion that it creates jobs and commerce.

But research suggests the downside far outweighs the benefits. "The economy as a whole would be much better off had we not allowed [casino gaming] to expand," says Earl Grinols, a University of Illinois economics professor. Figuring in a broad range of factors crime, lost productivity, bankruptcy, social services and regulatory costs Grinols determined that each pathological and problem gambler costs the public $13,600 per year; the total works out to $180 per citizen. That more than negates the industry's economic benefit, which Grinols estimates at $50 to $70 per citizen.

Much of the income generated by casinos simply gets diverted from other local businesses, critics say. Atlantic City's a good example. Within four years of the casinos' arrival, a third of the city's retail businesses had closed. Meanwhile, crime soared.

What about lotteries? That money surely is a windfall for causes like public education, right? Not always. A study by St. Mary's College professors Patrick Pierce and Donald Miller found that while lotteries provide an initial boost to education budgets, the increases quickly taper off. In fact, the professors say, states with lotteries eventually provide less support for public education per capita than do states without them.
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If Hawaii allows gambling they will have to let people use their EBT cards to buy tickets. Cause the way things are going we are all going to be on EBT and nothing else.
yeah wrong

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Flexo wrote:
Disagree with Stephanie Darrow. How many days do you really need to plan a lesson presentation that you have repeated many times in the past.
My view is that the majority of the teachers are using the planning time as personal time off. If anyone doubts this, they should station themself near the faculty parking lots of their neighborhood school and watch how many teachers leave early on Wednesdays.
here's a thought - why don't you try teaching a week's worth of lessons in just ONE new course w/o any planning?

some teachers have split lines, meaning they do not teach the same course (or even subject, if they are highly qualified in multiple content areas) all year. some don't know what they will teach the following year until the end of the current school year when the master schedule comes out from the registrar.

any teacher worth his or her salt that cares about putting out quality education for the students will prepare for each course and familiarize themselves with the content, find materials, etc... this is often done on their own time, as these so-called "planning days" the media likes to refer to as "free time" are often taken up with staff or department meetings, moving from room to room, etc..., things that need to get done in order to start the year off running.

and yes, some teachers do take advantage of these days, but they are the minority. they have always done so, will always do so, and unfortunately, unless they suffer consequences, will continue to do so and give the entire profession a black eye - but they don't care.
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yeah wrong wrote:
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and yes, some teachers do take advantage of these days, but they are the minority. they have always done so, will always do so, and unfortunately, unless they suffer consequences, will continue to do so and give the entire profession a black eye - but they don't care.
Noting that you recognize that some are abusing the system, why are the teachers that are doing the right thing not complaining to their union rep to get rid of the bad actors. If the teacher is abusing the system in respect, the teacher is likely a poor performer in many other areas also.
It seems to the general public that the union will protect these bad performers at the expense of the reputation of all teachers.
Think your so smart - not

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Flexo wrote:
Disagree with Stephanie Darrow. How many days do you really need to plan a lesson presentation that you have repeated many times in the past.
My view is that the majority of the teachers are using the planning time as personal time off. If anyone doubts this, they should station themself near the faculty parking lots of their neighborhood school and watch how many teachers leave early on Wednesdays.
I guess you've never been a teacher. If you think it's so easy then you should become a teacher. I'll enjoy seeing you cry on your first day when you can't handle it.
Think your so smart - not

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willie wrote:
"Why are special interest groups and the vocal minority trying to put the sugar cane industry out of business on Maui?"
Why did they stop the Super Ferry?
Why are they surging ahead with rail?
The squeaky wheel gets the grease and if you don't get involved in matters that are important then waiting for "them" to do what you consider the right thing will never happen.
WAA - willie likes Super Ferry. willie doesn't like rail. whine williw, whine some more

rail wasw voted on and won. lick your wounds somewhere else
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Realist wrote:
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Noting that you recognize that some are abusing the system, why are the teachers that are doing the right thing not complaining to their union rep to get rid of the bad actors. If the teacher is abusing the system in respect, the teacher is likely a poor performer in many other areas also.
It seems to the general public that the union will protect these bad performers at the expense of the reputation of all teachers.
the union rep is not the one that complaints of this nature should be directed to, as it is the job of the union rep to (in a nutshell) protect ALL teachers, the good and the bad.

the teachers can complain to their administrator, since the offending teachers are techincally not fulfilling their contractual obligations (leaving early on a day they are supposed to be working a full day).

however - at this point, it becomes the responsibility of the Principal to confer with this teacher, remind them of their contractual obligations, etc... and begin the documentation process (if deemed necessary).

the bad teachers, are, unfortunately, those who are most familiar with their rights, and can bring their union rep to any meetings (as is their right). the union rep will do his or her best to protect the teacher, and mitigate or minimize any disciplinary actions that the Principal may wish to take.

the process of disciplining a teacher is so lengthy and involves so much paperwork, documentation, meetings, etc... at which point the offending teacher can turn around and file a grievance against the Principal (more paperwork, meetings, etc...) that it is simply not worth it to pursue disciplinary action and the matter is buried.

the good teachers that have complained about the abuses of the system quickly learn that there is no point in complaining, and just get on with doing their jobs.

and yes, these "leave early, take advantage" teachers are quite frequently the ones that are also poor teachers in the classroom.

fortunately, while it seems that bad apples get all the press and give the rest of teachers a black eye in the media, the majority of the teachers just continue to do their jobs, put in the hours of unpaid overtime to get the job done, and actually want to be in the classrooms teaching, regardless of negative press and public teacher-bashing.
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Think your so smart - not wrote:
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I guess you've never been a teacher. If you think it's so easy then you should become a teacher. I'll enjoy seeing you cry on your first day when you can't handle it.
he'll never do it. those who criticize the most are the first to quiet down and slink away with countless excuses and misdirections when called on to step up and give it a shot.

much easier to bash away behind the anonymity of a keyboard than to actually get out there and prove their stupidity.
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Never was the teachers, its the greedy union, best thing that could ever happen in Hawaii, get rid of the unions, smarten up people
American Capitalist

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The Silver State wrote:
Twenty-seven years ago only seven states had lotteries, and only Nevada allowed casinos. Now 37 states have lotteries, and 28 have casinos (including Indian gaming). Why have policy makers and the public allowed gambling to flourish? One reason is the notion that it creates jobs and commerce.
But research suggests the downside far outweighs the benefits. "The economy as a whole would be much better off had we not allowed [casino gaming] to expand," says Earl Grinols, a University of Illinois economics professor. Figuring in a broad range of factors crime, lost productivity, bankruptcy, social services and regulatory costs Grinols determined that each pathological and problem gambler costs the public $13,600 per year; the total works out to $180 per citizen. That more than negates the industry's economic benefit, which Grinols estimates at $50 to $70 per citizen.
Much of the income generated by casinos simply gets diverted from other local businesses, critics say. Atlantic City's a good example. Within four years of the casinos' arrival, a third of the city's retail businesses had closed. Meanwhile, crime soared.
What about lotteries? That money surely is a windfall for causes like public education, right? Not always. A study by St. Mary's College professors Patrick Pierce and Donald Miller found that while lotteries provide an initial boost to education budgets, the increases quickly taper off. In fact, the professors say, states with lotteries eventually provide less support for public education per capita than do states without them.
When I was younger, I was all for the right to choose to gamble or not. But, now that I am older and wiser, I know that not having legalized gambling is no big deal. Casinos and lotteries are a sucker's bet for all players, the games played have odds that always favor the house. I'm all for the right to choose, and I know a lot of people find losing money in a casino entertaining, but I wonder if they understand that their finances will be the loser. Well, one person can get lucky only bcs everyone else lost.
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Our teachers here walked off the job slamming the door on the keiki...peoiple wuill never like or trsut these moronic "teachers" again.
ESW

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Flexo wrote:
Disagree with Stephanie Darrow. How many days do you really need to plan a lesson presentation that you have repeated many times in the past.
My view is that the majority of the teachers are using the planning time as personal time off. If anyone doubts this, they should station themself near the faculty parking lots of their neighborhood school and watch how many teachers leave early on Wednesdays.
Do private schools have immigrants from 5-6 countries who can't speak a word of english? 10% special education students who all need to be integrated into the classroom? It is like you have Brian Clay and a quadriplegic in the same training session. Would you have to modify your training sessions for both? Takes more planning.

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I'm not saying "legalize gambling".... I could care less.
What I am saying is "put it to a vote by the people".
If we can "gamble" on the rail vote, surley we can "gamble" on a gambling vote.
LOL LOL LOL
G Takashima

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stanislous wrote:
I'm not saying "legalize gambling".... I could care less.
What I am saying is "put it to a vote by the people".
If we can "gamble" on the rail vote, surley we can "gamble" on a gambling vote.
LOL LOL LOL
How about health care ?
Kuleana

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"We can appreciate that they may prefer to see a stream flow freely to the ocean rather than see us hard at work earning a living for ourselves and our families. But we wish they could also appreciate the vast green fields of sugar cane and the contributions of jobs and community support that Alexander & Baldwin and HC&S have provided to Maui and the state.

Bruce Devenow
Makawao"

It's all about the JOBS eh Bruce!
Neva mind that the water in those very same streams were ALWAYS used in the cultivation of our staple crop, KALO and then ALLOWED to flow back into the streams to FEED the ocean and replenish the 'aina, the wai, the kai whilst the RUN-OFF did JUST THE OPPOSITE...Kill everything in its past and lives of our Tutu and their descendants, eh Bruce?!
You should read the article in this pepa about SamChoy and how rice, KALO'S REPLACEMENT was KILLING HIM!
http://www.starbulletin.com/news/20091228_the...

RESTORE THE STREAMS FOR A MORE BETTA FUTURE FOR ALL, Bruce!
Joe The Vice President

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Dear Betty Goodwin,

Barney Frank said that investing in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac "looked good going forward" and he was right.

"Twinkle Toes" Frank forgot to tell Big Joe that he meant short selling!

Big Joe lost a lot of money.

Not much left in the "Elect Biden in 2008" fund now.

Just a little lesson for the kids; If you must gamble, use other people's money.

Hope, Peace, Change, Gamble......xoxo.......Pluggsy .
alice

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alice wrote:
Our teachers here walked off the job slamming the door on the keiki...peoiple wuill never like or trsut these moronic "teachers" again.
At least the "teachers" cannot do any more damage to our children

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