Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editor...

Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials

There are 12 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 17, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Several years ago, I returned to Maui after living on the mainland for 17 years.

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willie

Farmington, MI

#1 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.

Since: Nov 09

Keauhou, HI

#2 Dec 17, 2009
I'd like to echo Eileen Carvalho's sentiments. I live in Haleiwa and miss the green fields of Waialua Sugar that used to surround our community. Now we have mostly weeds (and annual brush fires) growing on land banked property that is waiting for development. Sure we have some ag activity but they are on short term leases that will end before the ink is dry on development approvals. We used to have a community supported by stores and shops that supplied our needs. Now we have tourist shops and we have to travel to Wahiawa or further for the simplest of household needs.
The people of Maui won't know what they are losing until it's gone.
Kimo

Sioux City, IA

#3 Dec 17, 2009
willie wrote:
"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.
Absolutely right. The Governor's job is to operate the government with the resources provided by the legislature. Her choices were limited. She could have layed off teachers and increased class size or furlough. Legislature wants more funds to give the Gov, then you got it, raise taxes or cut other programs. The Gov made a good choice.
Joe The Vice President

Honolulu, HI

#4 Dec 17, 2009
Dear Roxanna Rapozo, Let me explain.

We in government don't really look at you a paying customers even though you are.

You don't really have any choice in the matter and we know it.

We constantly dig up the road in Nanakuli because we are incredibly inefficient and we could give a rip about you wasting your time and fuel.

We know you westsiders will always check the box next to democrat, because you always have.

So quit complaning and move along....move along.

Hope, Fear, Change, Wait,....xoxo Joe "Pluggsy" O'
Biden.
coachrandy

Honolulu, HI

#5 Dec 17, 2009
willie,

lingle did have other choices, besides firing or raising taxes. early on, she had an opportunity to use state stimulus money from the feds for schools. she chose to use it for other projects. this was money intended to help states with their school systems. she also had a choice to cut/reduce other programs and budgets, but she chose to make an across the board cut of all departments, even after all departments had cut their budgets and froze all new hires. she didn't evaluate which programs or departments could handle a cut or look at where cuts could be made without affecting servicing. instead, she took the easy way out and said the education dept. would have to come up with $130 M cut. with no other option the DOE and BOE came up with the furlough plan, which is what she advocated from way back in april. SHE GOT WHAT SHE WANTED! now, she's looking to blame whoever else except herself.
waiwai

Ewa Beach, HI

#6 Dec 17, 2009
Flexo wrote:
I'd like to echo Eileen Carvalho's sentiments. I live in Haleiwa and miss the green fields of Waialua Sugar that used to surround our community. Now we have mostly weeds (and annual brush fires) growing on land banked property that is waiting for development. Sure we have some ag activity but they are on short term leases that will end before the ink is dry on development approvals. We used to have a community supported by stores and shops that supplied our needs. Now we have tourist shops and we have to travel to Wahiawa or further for the simplest of household needs.
The people of Maui won't know what they are losing until it's gone.
those "landbanked fields" still belong to the company and it is the company that is planning the development. be more aware. those "fallow" fields have crept in for how many years? wouldn't that indicate to you that HC&S has been planning to go into other business for a long time? here is the truth. the companies still take as much or more water as they took back when the ditches were installed more than 100 years ago, yet, they are growing less and less sugar acreage. so, exactly how does giving them less than the 100% of the water they are taking now impact that? not at all. they have been "water banking" for decades. it is time to give some of that water back to the streams and taro farmers - people committed to putting real food on our tables. back in the 1970s they said sugar was addictive - they weren't kidding.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#7 Dec 17, 2009
coachrandy wrote:
willie,
lingle did have other choices, besides firing or raising taxes. early on, she had an opportunity to use state stimulus money from the feds for schools. she chose to use it for other projects. this was money intended to help states with their school systems. she also had a choice to cut/reduce other programs and budgets, but she chose to make an across the board cut of all departments, even after all departments had cut their budgets and froze all new hires. she didn't evaluate which programs or departments could handle a cut or look at where cuts could be made without affecting servicing. instead, she took the easy way out and said the education dept. would have to come up with $130 M cut. with no other option the DOE and BOE came up with the furlough plan, which is what she advocated from way back in april. SHE GOT WHAT SHE WANTED! now, she's looking to blame whoever else except herself.
Yes she did. She told the unions from 2008 that the best deals could be had if they negotiated early. No one came to the table. No one said a thing. When the tax revenue numbers started to flow in, that's when the unions started to get excited because they realized just getting what they already had wouldn't even be on the table. And each time they stalled and the COR came back with worse numbers, they wanted to go back to an earlier proposal, which by then Lingle took off the table.

The unions got what they deserved. Too bad the membership has to suffer for their idiocy.
alice

Hanalei, HI

#8 Dec 17, 2009
Lingle has been a horrible governor but she is right to belatedly question the bad Akakaka Bill
willie

Farmington, MI

#9 Dec 17, 2009
coachrandy wrote:
willie,
lingle did have other choices, besides firing or raising taxes. early on, she had an opportunity to use state stimulus money from the feds for schools.
Great, then what does she use NEXT year when there is no more stimulus? Or the year after or the the after.

Look the entire system is broke and to keep funding it or spending even more is insane.

Are you OK with being 47th in the nation in education and spending over 2 billion to get that? Most people are not. Throwing money at the issue is not going to fix it..ever.

Give me a call when we move up past 40th worst...
Old Times

United States

#10 Dec 17, 2009
I remember when I first got here in the 1970s. I camped out the the Haleiwa Beach Park for a bit, and a group of us would walk to the old Haleiwa Theater at night to watch surf flicks. We'd walk by cane fields and could listen to the wind rustle through the cane. What's there now? No mo cane. No mo Haleiwa Theater. But we got a drive thru McDonalds. Yeah!
Flexo wrote:
I'd like to echo Eileen Carvalho's sentiments. I live in Haleiwa and miss the green fields of Waialua Sugar that used to surround our community. Now we have mostly weeds (and annual brush fires) growing on land banked property that is waiting for development. Sure we have some ag activity but they are on short term leases that will end before the ink is dry on development approvals. We used to have a community supported by stores and shops that supplied our needs. Now we have tourist shops and we have to travel to Wahiawa or further for the simplest of household needs.
The people of Maui won't know what they are losing until it's gone.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#11 Dec 17, 2009
Old Times wrote:
I remember when I first got here in the 1970s. I camped out the the Haleiwa Beach Park for a bit, and a group of us would walk to the old Haleiwa Theater at night to watch surf flicks. We'd walk by cane fields and could listen to the wind rustle through the cane. What's there now? No mo cane. No mo Haleiwa Theater. But we got a drive thru McDonalds. Yeah!
<quoted text>
lol! That's my definition of "civilization"... having a McDonalds. I remember driving through Kamuela in the '70's. There were only 1 or 2 places to eat and the Parker Ranch Mall was a single building with no grocery stores. Not anymore.
nahele

Honolulu, HI

#12 Dec 20, 2009
Re: Isles' love for Obama seems unrequited

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On Dec 16th, City Council members Djou, Kobayashi, Dela Cruz and Okina voted against permitting B&B vacation rentals and effectively killed the industry.

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