Letters to the Editor - Letters

Full story: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Several years ago, I returned to Maui after living on the mainland for 17 years.
Comments
1 - 20 of 123 Comments Last updated Dec 18, 2009
First Prev
of 7
Next Last
enufalready

Kihei, HI

#1 Dec 17, 2009
Obama may have spent years living here in Hawaii but now seems clearly to have moved on. It is likely that Chicago offered him more in that its larger African-American communities provided home, church, and social opportunities that Hawaii with its local biases does not. The routine anti-haole and not exactly black-friendly attitudes of many who live here may well have affected the young Obama. If people here feel that he is not as Hawaii focused as they might wish, perhaps it would be a good idea to examine how he was treated here when he was an unknown kid.
Honolulu Resident

AOL

#2 Dec 17, 2009
"In Copenhagen seeking the 2016 Olympics, he told the world he "was born in Hawaii ... lived in Indonesia" and they should "choose Chicago ... the city I still call home ..."

Obama said "choose Chicago" because that was the city being considered. He would have sounded pretty stupid if he had said "Choose Honolulu," which was not in the running. Duh. And calling the city where you live "home" is a pretty normal thing to do, even if you were born somewhere else. Think of all the folks in Hawai`i who were born elsewhere but now call this place "home." It doesn't mean they love their birthplace any less. The anti-Obama group is grasping at straws. They're desperate, I guess.
Pau

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Dec 17, 2009
Honolulu Resident wrote:
"In Copenhagen seeking the 2016 Olympics, he told the world he "was born in Hawaii ... lived in Indonesia" and they should "choose Chicago ... the city I still call home ..."
Obama said "choose Chicago" because that was the city being considered. He would have sounded pretty stupid if he had said "Choose Honolulu," which was not in the running. Duh. And calling the city where you live "home" is a pretty normal thing to do, even if you were born somewhere else. Think of all the folks in Hawai`i who were born elsewhere but now call this place "home." It doesn't mean they love their birthplace any less. The anti-Obama group is grasping at straws. They're desperate, I guess.
Agreed that it is "grasping at straws." But I see it as they have re-discovered their freedom of thought.

It's something that escaped them for the better part of 8 years.

Since: Jan 09

Honolulu

#4 Dec 17, 2009
Mr. Berish that was music to my ears.
local

Ashburn, VA

#5 Dec 17, 2009
the cops that work at construction site cud care less about safety.. they are just taking the gravey money on overtime...
bumpercrop

Ewa Beach, HI

#6 Dec 17, 2009
Don't worry George L. Berish, in a couple of years you won't find anyone who will admit to voting for BO let alone wanting anything named after him.
willie

Farmington, MI

#7 Dec 17, 2009
"Gov. Lingle to blame for lost class time"

Let me see, given that they are UNION employees with a contract and a fast track to liberal judges her options were what....fire them or raise taxes...take your pick.
kamaaina expatriate

Austin, TX

#8 Dec 17, 2009
I'm sure that if the current President of The United States were to find a cure for cancer that somehow the lunatic right would find a way to blame him for the massive loss of revenue to hospitals and health insurance giants! There is simply no reasoning with these ridiculous unreasonable people. After all, these are the same people who brought us Bush/Cheney and whom believe that torture is o.k., spying on Americans is o.k., indefinite imprisonment without trial or charges is o.k., preemptive war is o.k., etc. etc. etc. Then they still refuse to even acknowledge that Bush/Cheney drove this country into the ground, but instead try to blame it on Obama or Clinton?. They even had the gall to harp the "Love it or Leave it" mantra at even the slightest hint of criticism of Bush/Cheney. Well,now the shoe is on the other foot. So, tea-baggers, Love it or Leave it!,
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#9 Dec 17, 2009
Robert Cowie:

Too bad the only option you chose to offer is complaining. But I guess it's the best you can do.
Fisherman

Lanai City, HI

#11 Dec 17, 2009
Eileen, you've been back 'several years'. Have you driven through Kihei/Wailea or the west side lately?
It is sad, but..." the Maui I grew up in and love would disappear forever."... has already happened.
(you can just imagine how things would look with the Superferry bringing thousands more cars, people, dogs, crime and drugs over)

Since: Nov 08

Eagle River, AK

#12 Dec 17, 2009
kamaaina expatriate wrote:
I'm sure that if the current President of The United States were to find a cure for cancer that somehow the lunatic right would find a way to blame him for the massive loss of revenue to hospitals and health insurance giants! There is simply no reasoning with these ridiculous unreasonable people. After all, these are the same people who brought us Bush/Cheney and whom believe that torture is o.k., spying on Americans is o.k., indefinite imprisonment without trial or charges is o.k., preemptive war is o.k., etc. etc. etc. Then they still refuse to even acknowledge that Bush/Cheney drove this country into the ground, but instead try to blame it on Obama or Clinton?. They even had the gall to harp the "Love it or Leave it" mantra at even the slightest hint of criticism of Bush/Cheney. Well,now the shoe is on the other foot. So, tea-baggers, Love it or Leave it!,
Actually I think it was a lunatic liberal or two that labeled anyone that doesn't think like them as "right wing, bible toting, gun loving, potential terrorist extremists". And the problem iith that is that the nut kjbs that think this way, and summarily dismiss the majority of Americans, is that they are currently in office.
Dman

AOL

#13 Dec 17, 2009
Forloughs was a way to save jobs. After the incredible job loss in the private sector Governor Lingle choose to save jobs and income to Governemnt Employees. The teachers are fortunate, here in California weekly meetings are held to decide which schools are going to be closed permanently! Hawaii's teachers are fortunate. In the end the contract agreed to by the HSTA and DOE did what the Governor encourage them to do, SAVE JOBS! Not a word was said when the Teachers strike involved 21 days of missed instruction. Yep, use the political spin, but the fact is the desire to save jobs was behind the fourlough position. I am not about to criticize that goal, not in this economy. Time for teachers to step up to the plate and take less for the same amount of work, at least for now. That is the noble part of the profession that is sadly missing in Hawaii. AUWE!
Keanu

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

#14 Dec 17, 2009
Eileen, the one constant in life is change. Change will occur regardless of what you do. A ticket at the movies was 25 cents and a soda was 10 cents. Today things cost more but you make more and the circle continues. Your trip elsewhere taught you the value of the lifestyle Maui offered in those days gone by. Either stand in the wings, as an observer and carry protest signs or bring your wisdom to the table of change and help direct that change for the betterment of the working class group you feel is being left behind. IMUA!!
IXTLAN

Honolulu, HI

#15 Dec 17, 2009
I was watching Sen. John McCain yesterday on the floor of the Senate making his contribution to the ongoing healthcare debate.
He was angry, sarcastic and had no coherent argument on the subject.
The choice in 2008 was clear and the American people decided.
President Obama is not a Messiah and Sen. McCain is not a President.
boondoggs

Honolulu, HI

#16 Dec 17, 2009
"I fear that with the demise of HC&S, the Maui I grew up in and love would disappear forever."

Ya think the hawaiians may have bemoaned that the CREATION of HC&S would cause the demise of the Maui they knew?-- because it certainly did.
Observer

Honolulu, HI

#17 Dec 17, 2009
Good point kamaaina expatriate. To listen to the GOP
right wing nut jobs, you might think Obama caused these problems that he is trying to fix. Do they not realize that no one will be able to fix the problems caused by the Cheney/Bush fascists. Bush, Cheney and the rest of the fascist neocons have effectively ruined this country for generations. It seems failure and fascism was the goal of the GOP all along. No administration could have failed so miserably without trying. From stealing the election to allowing the 911 attacks to occur after they were discovered by our intelligence services( hence all the finger pointing at FBI and CIA after the fact), the Bush/Cheney clowns created the Phony War on Terror
to implement their Fascist plan for bringing down America. We must punish the fascist war criminals
of Bush/Cheney admin. for lying and misleading the country into this mess. We must punish and confiscate the wealth of the most culpable banksters who ruined our economy.( is this not a National Security issue!) Most important , we must restore the Constitution to its preeminence
for we are America of the Founding Fathers, not America of the Fascist GOP Nazis!
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#18 Dec 17, 2009
Dman wrote:
Forloughs was a way to save jobs. After the incredible job loss in the private sector Governor Lingle choose to save jobs and income to Governemnt Employees. The teachers are fortunate, here in California weekly meetings are held to decide which schools are going to be closed permanently! Hawaii's teachers are fortunate. In the end the contract agreed to by the HSTA and DOE did what the Governor encourage them to do, SAVE JOBS! Not a word was said when the Teachers strike involved 21 days of missed instruction. Yep, use the political spin, but the fact is the desire to save jobs was behind the fourlough position. I am not about to criticize that goal, not in this economy. Time for teachers to step up to the plate and take less for the same amount of work, at least for now. That is the noble part of the profession that is sadly missing in Hawaii. AUWE!
That's a pretty good point about how teacher strikes usually result in many days of lost school instruction and the unions don't seem to have a problem sacrificing the kids' education in those situations. Very good point, indeed.
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#19 Dec 17, 2009
IXTLAN wrote:
I was watching Sen. John McCain yesterday on the floor of the Senate making his contribution to the ongoing healthcare debate.
He was angry, sarcastic and had no coherent argument on the subject.
The choice in 2008 was clear and the American people decided.
President Obama is not a Messiah and Sen. McCain is not a President.
IXTLAN, of course Obama never goes incoherent while he's talking...that is until his teleprompter goes on the fritz.

You're right, though, and have stated the obvious well: Obama is not a Messiah (glad you now see the proverbial light) and McCain is not a president (he wasn't elected).
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#20 Dec 17, 2009
Hawaiian Republican wrote:
<quoted text>
IXTLAN, of course Obama never goes incoherent while he's talking...that is until his teleprompter goes on the fritz.
You're right, though, and have stated the obvious well: Obama is not a Messiah (glad you now see the proverbial light) and McCain is not a president (he wasn't elected).
lol. What I've always thought funny about the teleprompter remark is that it requires forethought and planning ahead.

And that says a lot about those who can't or won't use one.
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#21 Dec 17, 2009
Observer wrote:
Good point kamaaina expatriate. To listen to the GOP
right wing nut jobs, you might think Obama caused these problems that he is trying to fix. Do they not realize that no one will be able to fix the problems caused by the Cheney/Bush fascists. Bush, Cheney and the rest of the fascist neocons have effectively ruined this country for generations. It seems failure and fascism was the goal of the GOP all along. No administration could have failed so miserably without trying. From stealing the election to allowing the 911 attacks to occur after they were discovered by our intelligence services( hence all the finger pointing at FBI and CIA after the fact), the Bush/Cheney clowns created the Phony War on Terror
to implement their Fascist plan for bringing down America. We must punish the fascist war criminals
of Bush/Cheney admin. for lying and misleading the country into this mess. We must punish and confiscate the wealth of the most culpable banksters who ruined our economy.( is this not a National Security issue!) Most important , we must restore the Constitution to its preeminence
for we are America of the Founding Fathers, not America of the Fascist GOP Nazis!
...and after that tirade, you have the AUDCITY to call the others "nut jobs!" Borrowing from the sagacity of the playground: Takes one to know one!

Obama is not responsible for the country's current woes beyond his voting record in the Senate, but he is responsible for the "cure". If his "medicine" works out well for the country both in the short-term and long-term, he will get the credit; but if his medicine puts the country in a worse situation, he will not be able to blame the previous Administrations.

Tell me when this thread is updated: (Registration is not required)

Add to my Tracker Send me an email

First Prev
of 7
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Paia Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Pukalani Music Selection (Sep '12) Aug 17 Musikologist 9
Review: Aloha Gold Buyers LLC Aug 14 Marcus Leighman 1
Hawaii governor seeks to prime budget pump (Dec '07) Aug 11 Yellow Cab Driver 13
How we saved a bundle on a car in Maui by renti... Jun '14 elmar winkler 1
Review: Vishnevska, Nina MD - Nina Vishnevska MD (Mar '10) Jun '14 cat 5
Rudeness May '14 Ron Brinkhurst 2
Lisa Otsuka alias Katie Huang.... (Dec '12) May '14 Hurt by Katherine... 3
•••
•••
•••

Paia Jobs

•••
Enter and win $5000
•••
•••

Paia People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

•••

Paia News, Events & Info

Click for news, events and info in Paia
•••

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]
•••