Letters to the Editor - Editorials

Letters to the Editor - Editorials

There are 49 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Feb 8, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The time has come for Hawaii to prohibit the chaining of dogs 24/7. I used to live next door to a family who chained their dogs.

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Mahalo to Go Airlines

Honolulu, HI

#1 Feb 9, 2009
Hi Timothy,
May I enlighten you to the wonderful generosity of go! Airlines in supporting Hawaii's school children by providing the transportation for our nonprofit organization last year. The other airlines refused and have been refusing for years to help out. But go! stepped up to the plate and supported our local community with open arms and big time aloha spirit for our children. There are always two sides to every issue but the press often denies the good news for go! because they are afraid to show a little compassion towards an unpopular opinion that may be tainted by the media. Isn't it true prior to go! Airlines arriving in Hawaii both Hawaiian Air and Aloha Air been filing for bankruptcy several times through the years?
Appreciate your understanding and aloha spirit in knowning that go! has been very generous in making contributions to our community and to our children and for that they deserve a fair and balanced judgement.

Since: Mar 08

Aiea, HI

#2 Feb 9, 2009
"Who will step up for tourism crash?"

by Milan Moravec
Honokowai, Maui

Tourism is dead in bed. It's not just the head in bed it's the whole body.

Refocus on nature, the environment, health, moon walks and things because tourism is dead in bed.
Keith Haugen

AOL

#3 Feb 9, 2009
Aloha:

I applaud go! airlines for using Hawaiian language. I've not heard the airline's recording, but I hope they took pains to use it correctly, since they are setting an example for other businesses in Hawai`i.

After all, we have two official languages -- Hawaiian and English -- and Hawaiian is the first language of our Island home. While we can't expect everyone to speak Hawaiian, it is always encouraging to see some businesses show support and concern for things Hawaiian -- including the language.

I recall when Mid Pacific Air gave free transportation to Punana Leo founders/educators who were flying out to interview Neighbor Islanders as that program expanded statewide. It was a small thing perhaps, but look at how Punana Leo has blossomed,and how other language programs have developed, thanks in part to a small inter-island carrier that cared.

I hope more local companies follow go!'s example and incorporate Hawaiian language into their daily business dealings.

Every little bit helps.

E ola ka `olelo mua o keia pae`aina.

Me ka pono,

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
Island Boi

Waipahu, HI

#4 Feb 9, 2009
Ben Ramelb's letter hits the problems our little third world state continues to have. Overestimating construction costs by 10s of millions of dollars. Why can Miami build so cheaply and efficiently? They have professional management and do not overpay for construction costs. They do it the old fashioned way. They do it right. Perhaps we need to contract out with more professional mainland companies to ensure tax dollars are used efficiently. Personally I'm not paying taxes so the city can just spend, spend and spend. Funny how Mufi just can't get it. Just another day in the little third world state of Hawaii Nei.
willie

Farmington, MI

#5 Feb 9, 2009
Smoky Guerrero - I guess the news story I read in MSNBC was true, Obama has mobilized his online robots to get his stimulus package shoved down our throats. Your entire "letter" looks like a cut and paste from the Obama blog.

I won't even go into all the partial truths in it, you would not understand anyway.

Let me put it to you this way. The way the package is layed out the majority of the money is going to poor folks...you ever been hired by a poor person? It took us a long time to get where we are (and yes part of that time was on Bush's watch but not all of it) what makes anyone think coming up with this package in weeks is the right solution? In the past few months our Democrat controlled congess has spent (or will be spending) over 2 trillion dollars...I sure hope the next 3 generations remember who is was that decided spending this much on what they are spending it on was the right thing to do.
TypicalTourist

United States

#6 Feb 9, 2009
"Who will step up for tourism crash?"

by Milan Moravec

----
To answer Moravec's question, I, a typical tourist, will step up and take the blame for the tourist crash in Hawaii. You see, economies are faltering all around the world, and I just don't have the cash or credit right now to spend on a trip to Hawaii. It's not your local politicians fault. They want me to visit Hawaii. It's just I don't have the money right now, so therefore your tourism-dependent economy is also faultering.

Just blame the lack of tourist....not your local politicians. When the economic cycle moves back into the upswing, the tourists will be back in Hawaii and then you can resume complaining again about how much you don't like all the tourists.
Kuleana

Wahiawa, HI

#7 Feb 9, 2009
Go! speaks Hawaiian -- yes, and so what?
Go! Airlines advertises a first-ever flying schedule in Hawaiian. Give me a break. What a gimmick! As if this authenticates their place in Hawaii? Less than 1 percent of Hawaii's population is fluent enough to utilize it with certainty and an even more infinitesimal percentage who are fluent and fly.

If Go! wants to appear more local, how about spending that wasted money on Hawaiian-language Web links and advertising lowering our airfares or flying the needy cheaply?

Timothy Fern
Kaneohe

WELL, WHERE da HELL R WE???!! Y NOT??!
Don't the 'other' airlines have the flying instructions in JAPANESE??!!
Disgusted

Kaneohe, HI

#8 Feb 9, 2009
Smoky Guerrero is right. There should be fairness. Both presidents and both parties are to blame and there is plenty to go around. The problem is that neither party or their leadership have demonstrated any problem solving or planning ability, and the media insists on focusing on the wrong issues.
In Iraq, the focus was on the presence of MWD. There was little focus on what was in our best national interest, what our national goals and objectives are, and whether we have the resources to accomplish the mission. GEN Shinseki gave Congress an honest estimate and was banned to the netherlands. We still don't have clearly defined goals and objectives in Iraq or Afghanistan.
The same problems exist with the bailout. Neither party has asked those who would/will receive bail out money to provide a plan on what the money is needed for, how it will be spent to correct the problems, priorities, etc. There were no safeguards attached to the previous bail out or the proposed bail out to recoup money that was/is not spent according to that which is approved.
People go into business to make money and understand, or should, that they may lose their investment if the business fails. Our politicians have yet to satisfactorily explain to us why we should bail out lenders who gave loans to people they knew could not afford to pay it back (they were gambling on the inflation on housing to keep rising), and to borrowers(making the same bet)who could not afford to pay the mortgage on their incomes. Nor have they adequately explained why we should bail out companies that are failing because of poor management practices, particularly by paying obscene salaries, bonuses and perks to incompetent executives who caused their companies to fail.
To add insult to injury, our elected representatives have done nothing to ensure that the bail out money stays in the US. With the free trade agreements, the large corporations have taken their production off-shore to capitalize on the cheap labor, bring it back to the US and sell it without paying any VAT (value added tax) or tariff. Then, they tried to pad the bail out with "pork". Do you still doubt that our elected representatives are bought and paid for by PACs?
Pau

Prescott, AZ

#9 Feb 9, 2009
willie wrote:
Smoky Guerrero - I guess the news story I read in MSNBC was true, Obama has mobilized his online robots to get his stimulus package shoved down our throats. Your entire "letter" looks like a cut and paste from the Obama blog.
I won't even go into all the partial truths in it, you would not understand anyway.
Let me put it to you this way. The way the package is layed out the majority of the money is going to poor folks...you ever been hired by a poor person? It took us a long time to get where we are (and yes part of that time was on Bush's watch but not all of it) what makes anyone think coming up with this package in weeks is the right solution? In the past few months our Democrat controlled congess has spent (or will be spending) over 2 trillion dollars...I sure hope the next 3 generations remember who is was that decided spending this much on what they are spending it on was the right thing to do.
Question? When do WE start paying? Your previous golden boy who only cared about the wealthy has enlightened us to decades of IOU's.

You have to LOVE the criticism Obama is receiving from the fiscally challenged GOP supporters. Keep in mind, other presidents have had lower approval ratings. But President Bush holds the record for the longest, sustained period of public dissatisfaction with his leadership.
TypicalTourist

United States

#10 Feb 9, 2009
Pau wrote:
<quoted text>
Question? When do WE start paying? Your previous golden boy who only cared about the wealthy has enlightened us to decades of IOU's.
You have to LOVE the criticism Obama is receiving from the fiscally challenged GOP supporters. Keep in mind, other presidents have had lower approval ratings. But President Bush holds the record for the longest, sustained period of public dissatisfaction with his leadership.
Pau, for the record, approval rating is not a good indicator of whether a president is doing the best job for his country or not. Lincoln's approval rating was quite low, yet history has proved him to be among our best presidents. I should any elected politician will strive to do what he feels is best for the country rather than just try to do what is popular. The American Revolutionary War at its onset was not a popular endeavor and rode through some very dark hours as it was on the brink of complete failure. Yet, George Washington's leadership and perseverance proved it to be a very worthy endeavor.

I fear more an unchecked, popular president -- especially one that is set on a pedestal by the mainstream media -- than I do an unpopular one where his critics abound.
the economy

AOL

#11 Feb 9, 2009
Could Professor Tyler be right?

In 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.'

'A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.'

'From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.'

'The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years'

'During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;

2. From spiritual faith to great courage;

3. From courage to liberty;

4. From liberty to abundance;

5. From abundance to complacency;

6. From complacency to apathy;

7. From apathy to dependence;

8. From dependence back into bondage'
rope1

Honolulu, HI

#12 Feb 9, 2009
Hey smokey,

If you want to give the other side of the story, get some sponsors, get a tv or radio show, and set the record straight. don't make me the taxpayer pay for it. typical socialist liberal BS. You can't do anything on your own, you got to have the government make stations 'let you talk"!! How come you don't complain about the liberal BS in the newspapers. why don't we get the other side presented there!!! They should have to give the same space for one view as another!!
Pau

Prescott, AZ

#13 Feb 9, 2009
TypicalTourist wrote:
<quoted text>
Pau, for the record, approval rating is not a good indicator of whether a president is doing the best job for his country or not. Lincoln's approval rating was quite low, yet history has proved him to be among our best presidents. I should any elected politician will strive to do what he feels is best for the country rather than just try to do what is popular. The American Revolutionary War at its onset was not a popular endeavor and rode through some very dark hours as it was on the brink of complete failure. Yet, George Washington's leadership and perseverance proved it to be a very worthy endeavor.
I fear more an unchecked, popular president -- especially one that is set on a pedestal by the mainstream media -- than I do an unpopular one where his critics abound.
Bush & Cheney have always remained unrepentant. They have interpreted their dismal standing with the American people as evidence of their willingness to defy public opinion and do what is right, or rather, what they think is right, regardless of evidence to the contrary. The lower their polls go, the more correct they think they are.
TypicalTourist

United States

#14 Feb 9, 2009
Disgusted wrote:
GEN Shinseki gave Congress an honest estimate and was banned to the netherlands.
Disgusted, I quite agree with your posting, but you comment on General Shinseki gives some credence to the popular myth that the General was retired due to his differing opinion with Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz on the number of troops needed for the post-Iraq War. At the time the troop numbers were in public debate, Shinseki had only 4 months before the end of his official term as "Chief of the Army" and simply retired as he was already scheduled to do. Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry was the first to imply that Shinseki was retired because of his testimony before Congress, and the misleading implication has been high-jacked by the Bush haters ever since.
in tourism

AOL

#15 Feb 9, 2009
Keith Haugen wrote:
Aloha:
I applaud go! airlines for using Hawaiian language. I've not heard the airline's recording, but I hope they took pains to use it correctly, since they are setting an example for other businesses in Hawai`i.
After all, we have two official languages -- Hawaiian and English -- and Hawaiian is the first language of our Island home. While we can't expect everyone to speak Hawaiian, it is always encouraging to see some businesses show support and concern for things Hawaiian -- including the language.
I recall when Mid Pacific Air gave free transportation to Punana Leo founders/educators who were flying out to interview Neighbor Islanders as that program expanded statewide. It was a small thing perhaps, but look at how Punana Leo has blossomed,and how other language programs have developed, thanks in part to a small inter-island carrier that cared.
I hope more local companies follow go!'s example and incorporate Hawaiian language into their daily business dealings.
Every little bit helps.
E ola ka `olelo mua o keia pae`aina.
Me ka pono,
Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
I respectfully disagree with you. go speaking
hawaiian is nothing more than a marketing gimmick.
Rightly so, may I add. They need the business and they need to do all that is legally necessary to get it. But being culturally motivated? Give me a break!

We may be naive but not to this extent.
Connie

Waipahu, HI

#16 Feb 9, 2009
Smokey - Freedom of speech most importantly means letting those with whom you disagree have their say. The Obamabots have NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, and practically every fictional character on TV spouting their revisionist garbage, extolling Democrat ideas. Leave the last refuge of the conservative alone.
TypicalTourist

United States

#17 Feb 9, 2009
the economy wrote:
Could Professor Tyler be right?
In 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.'
'A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.'
'From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.'
'The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years'
'During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage'
In the spirit of spreading the truth, look at what SNOPES.COM has to say about what your posting at:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/athenia...

And, to the point, "The Alexander Tyler" quoted at the head of the article is actually Lord Woodhouselee, Alexander Frazer Tytler, a Scottish historian/professor who wrote serveral books in the late 1700s and early 1800s. However, there is no record of a Tytler's having authored the work entitled "The Fall of the Athenian Republic" (or "The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic"), and the quoted material attributed to him above is likely apocryphal."

"apocryphal" meaning "of questionable authorship or authenticity", or "false".
TypicalTourist

United States

#18 Feb 9, 2009
Pau wrote:
<quoted text>
Bush & Cheney have always remained unrepentant. They have interpreted their dismal standing with the American people as evidence of their willingness to defy public opinion and do what is right, or rather, what they think is right, regardless of evidence to the contrary. The lower their polls go, the more correct they think they are.
Pau, not trying to necessarily defend Bush or Cheney, but they have both interviewed a number of times saying they did what they thought was best for the country with the intell information they had at the time. I know you and other Bush haters can't accept that, but that's your prerogative, I suppose. I just don't like when you post things as fact, as if you were in their heads or privvy to all the meetings and/or information they had.

I think if you carefully go back through all the diplomatic efforts that were going on and the various UN resolutions that were passed regarding Iraq for the year or two prior to the start of the Iraq War, you'll see that nearly all the governments at that time believed Iraq had WMD and Saddam was trying to hide them and interfere with the UN weapons inspections. The beliefs were unanimous among the sitting nations on the Security Council that Iraq was in violation of UN Resolutions, but differed on what to do about it.
willie

Farmington, MI

#19 Feb 9, 2009
Pau wrote:
<quoted text>
Question? When do WE start paying? Your previous golden boy who only cared about the wealthy has enlightened us to decades of IOU's.
You have to LOVE the criticism Obama is receiving from the fiscally challenged GOP supporters. Keep in mind, other presidents have had lower approval ratings. But President Bush holds the record for the longest, sustained period of public dissatisfaction with his leadership.
Unfortunatly for us, the congress approval rating is andwas even lower than Bush's.

The DNC has spent (or will spend) 2 trillion...TWO TRILLION in a couple months..pales to what Bush spent. I will say again, you ever get hired by a poor person? Most of this money is going to them, let me know how exactly that stimulates you.
dead as ever

Hauula, HI

#20 Feb 9, 2009
The tourism industry in Hawaii is practically dead and will not recover unless Hawaii is willing to clean up its act. Hawaii is infested with drug addicts, felons with long criminal records plying on tourists and residents as well, auto thieves, teens using foul language and harassing tourists with their bad behavior, merchants ripping off dollars from the tourists, parks and beaches are unsafe, homeless people on the streets should not be part of our scenery,etc. Our judiciary system must work with law enforcement and start doing something before Hawaii will eventually drop off as a tourist destination.

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