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Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials

There are 110 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Nov 9, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

What happened to the spirits of aloha and ohana? As an isolated island the unique quality of a caring attitude seems to be fading in our representatives.

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BuildRailNow

Paris, France

#1 Nov 9, 2009
In response to Isaiah Lee Chong -- yes, let's have residents contact their City Council member in direct proportion to public sentiment in each district, which is decidedly pro-rail.

A strong majority of residents in each Council district believes rail is a good investment for Oahu; the lowest percentage among the districts is 60. That's a landslide of pro-rail opinion in our community.

With respect to Mr. Chong's views, if TheBus and TheCab were meeting residents' needs, there'd be no traffic congestion on the H-1, right? Nobody would be driving in that mess if taking the bus or a taxi were all that's required.

Maybe Mr. Chong is fine with 90-minute or two-hour commutes, morning and night, but the people already have spoken. They want to Build Rail Now!
willie

Farmington, MI

#2 Nov 9, 2009
"But what hit me the most is that if we delay this project, it would only increase the cost, or worse, jeopardize over a billion dollars of federal money that could help us out of this recession."

Hello...that is not FREE money, it was TAKEN from the taxpaers on the United States. Of course the city does not HAVE it yet but yeah go ahead and start the project without it, Washington is afloat in cash at the moment.

You did hit the nail on the head with "create" jobs, we call that "make work" and guess what, they GET those jobs because they are picking the pockets of taxpayers to fund them. Leave the 5 or 6 billion in THEIR hands if you want to help the economy.

"The longer we delay, the more we're going to have to pay and the money could go away." Hey Mufi, how can it go away, you have NOT GOT IT YET......
satch7

Honolulu, HI

#3 Nov 9, 2009
In response to Mr. Chong, where would Oahu be without H-1,2,3, or the Wilson or Pali tunnels but with the increased in traffic congestion in West Oahu, the need for alternative transportation is a necessary evil and it definitely needs to be built. Mr. Chong should drive from Leeward Oahu during morning or afternoon rush hour traffic for one year, then make a generalization whether or not rail is needed just like the other anti-rail idiots making inane comments. Don't be a DINOSAUR who refused to change and disappeared into obscurity!!!!
Glen

AOL

#4 Nov 9, 2009
satch7 wrote:
In response to Mr. Chong, where would Oahu be without H-1,2,3, or the Wilson or Pali tunnels but with the increased in traffic congestion in West Oahu, the need for alternative transportation is a necessary evil and it definitely needs to be built. Mr. Chong should drive from Leeward Oahu during morning or afternoon rush hour traffic for one year, then make a generalization whether or not rail is needed just like the other anti-rail idiots making inane comments. Don't be a DINOSAUR who refused to change and disappeared into obscurity!!!!
Just becuase someone disagrees with you, you do not have to resort to name calling.
There are arguments for both sides.
Right now, this island can barely substain itself, the people are broke, they are in pain, the people that will gain from this, is the Unions, which doesn't serve ALL the people on the island. There will be people from off island working and running the rail.
Our priorities right now, should be our schools, sewers, replacing termite ridden light poles, highways that look like they have been through the war just yesterday, and all kinds of solar, wind and alternative energies. When we get all of these things under control and paid for, then we should think of a rail.
Right now, there are enough brilliant minds on this island to come up with other solutions. A road from the leeward side up the canyon and meeting H2 would be a good start. Closing some of the roads downtown to traffic, parkings garages at certain exits with trams to take the people into town. There was a solution a few years ago by a couple of UH students for traffic flow that had a great idel, Mufi shut them down.
There are many other cheaper things that coult be done.
Stupider

Honolulu, HI

#5 Nov 9, 2009
Locascio is right on point.

Outrageous. Simply outrageous. Hawaii and its elected officials here demonstrate to the world how inept, incompetent, ineffective, self-serving, egotistical and SELFISH they are, but only reflecting the folks that put them into office------

cheating the future leaders of Hawaii out of their basic education.

I hope all the private schools and their spoiled little brats enjoy their snobbery, when they get hit hard on the highway of robbery.
Hawaiian Republican

United States

#7 Nov 9, 2009
Re: "Transit project a bottomless pit," Isaiah Lee Chong, Ewa Beach.

"The rail will cost approximately $4 billion to $7 billion. Those dollars could end the Furlough Fridays and give Hawaii's students the education they deserve."

In my opinion, Hawaii public education is a "bottomless pit," and throwing more money into that pit isn't going to improve students' education until we fix the system -- first by dumping the Board of Education.

This State is already giving a very large portion of its State budget to education, but has seen very little bang for the bucks. A top-down, comprehensive and intrusive review needs to be done with in- and out-of-state experts.
BuildRailNow

Paris, France

#8 Nov 9, 2009
The comments of the anti-rail faction here for the most part are despicable. If all you can do is rant and vent your hatred -- well, that's better than beating your wife and kids or kicking the cat, so go ahead and vent. We can handle it.

But you really have nothing of substance to say on the subject. The vast majority of Oahu's population supports construction of the rail system. We pro-rail commentators are here to bear witness to that fact and not cede this venue to the likes of you.

Build Rail Now !!
BuildRailNow

Paris, France

#9 Nov 9, 2009
Glen wrote:
<quoted text>
Just becuase someone disagrees with you, you do not have to resort to name calling.
There are arguments for both sides.
Right now, this island can barely substain itself, the people are broke, they are in pain, the people that will gain from this, is the Unions, which doesn't serve ALL the people on the island. There will be people from off island working and running the rail.
Our priorities right now, should be our schools, sewers, replacing termite ridden light poles, highways that look like they have been through the war just yesterday, and all kinds of solar, wind and alternative energies. When we get all of these things under control and paid for, then we should think of a rail.

Right now, there are enough brilliant minds on this island to come up with other solutions. A road from the leeward side up the canyon and meeting H2 would be a good start. Closing some of the roads downtown to traffic, parkings garages at certain exits with trams to take the people into town. There was a solution a few years ago by a couple of UH students for traffic flow that had a great idel, Mufi shut them down.
There are many other cheaper things that coult be done.
Glen, your comments are appropriate and respectful, so we're not including you in our previous post about despicable anti-rail posts. But really -- building more roads is not the answer. It's unsustainable to continue the reliance on the car and therefore gasoline and therefore oil to get around our island. Improvements with the road system are happening all the time, and the overall transportation plan for Oahu includes literally billions of dollars of improvements to make driving better. But driving isn't enough; an ALTERNATIVE to driving is needed -- a way to completely avoid all traffic congestion. And that's what rail will be -- an alternative that THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO TAKE IT can use. Not everyone will, of course, but those who do will have a new way to travel rapidly, frequently and reliably -- something driving your car can't deliver.
Kalli

Honolulu, HI

#10 Nov 9, 2009
Rail was not supposed to be a job creation project but when Mufi decided he wanted to run for Governor or US Senator it turned into a rent sign waivers project. He has given millions to his campaign supporters and will give billions to his sign waivers while the rest of us pay $7 Billion we don't have for a rail system we won't use. We are a small island family can we afford a cadillac in our carport instead of kids in kollege?
Myth

Silver Spring, MD

#11 Nov 9, 2009
Re: Leaders should be accountable

Our leaders, or so called leaders, on both sides of the aisle and at all levels starting with the Governor and on down to Agency Directors, Union Representatives, etc. are only into looking good, taking care of their friends and keeping their jobs (part of taking care of their friends) that NONE of them are actually doing their jobs. All of them want to dance and posture and act concerned and important. This is just a game to them.

Everybody on all sides of this issue owes somebody and can't afford to ignore those voices except........the keiki. They really have no one to be their advocate and no voice that the "leaders" will hear.

Shameful.
BuildRailNow

Paris, France

#12 Nov 9, 2009
Kalli wrote:
Rail was not supposed to be a job creation project but when Mufi decided he wanted to run for Governor or US Senator it turned into a rent sign waivers project. He has given millions to his campaign supporters and will give billions to his sign waivers while the rest of us pay $7 Billion we don't have for a rail system we won't use. We are a small island family can we afford a cadillac in our carport instead of kids in kollege?
Kalli, it's not a "job creation" project; it's a transportation project that will create jobs in the course of being built. Rail will be transporting Oahu residents for decades after the last worker leaves the site.
Nearly 70% of the respondents in a recent scientifically condcted poll said they think rail is a good economic investment for Oahu. A solid majority favors rail, so let's get on with it and Build Rail Now !!
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#13 Nov 9, 2009
BuildRailNow wrote:
<quoted text>
Kalli, it's not a "job creation" project; it's a transportation project that will create jobs in the course of being built. Rail will be transporting Oahu residents for decades after the last worker leaves the site.
Nearly 70% of the respondents in a recent scientifically condcted poll said they think rail is a good economic investment for Oahu. A solid majority favors rail, so let's get on with it and Build Rail Now !!
lol! Polls are never scientific. And since we don't know what the questions are, no one can say what they were agreeing to.

It's like the vote on rail. The way the question was worded, you can honestly say 100% of respondents voted for rail.
Tired of the talk

Goodyear, AZ

#14 Nov 9, 2009
Hawaiian Republican wrote:
Re: "Transit project a bottomless pit," Isaiah Lee Chong, Ewa Beach.
"The rail will cost approximately $4 billion to $7 billion. Those dollars could end the Furlough Fridays and give Hawaii's students the education they deserve."
In my opinion, Hawaii public education is a "bottomless pit," and throwing more money into that pit isn't going to improve students' education until we fix the system -- first by dumping the Board of Education.
This State is already giving a very large portion of its State budget to education, but has seen very little bang for the bucks. A top-down, comprehensive and intrusive review needs to be done with in- and out-of-state experts.
You can't use transit dollars for education. This is a mistruth that is being circulated. It is like to story of the ant and grasshopper. The ant worked hard to secure his future while the grasshopper didn't hoping that someday would not come. Well it did. Rail Transit project has the funding because it went through the govermental processes to acquire the money needed. Unfortunately our school system kept spending and spending and didn't have a plan for when their budget got tight. The transit GET tax surcharge is an "Oahu Only" dedicated tax to fund the project. Lawmakers voted for it and voters approved it. It sounds good in a blog about taking the money - but you need to be truthful in what you are saying.
Oahu Voted for Rail

Honolulu, HI

#15 Nov 9, 2009
How in the world can Isaiah Lee Chong say we have no say in rail? There have been four years of City Council hearings and an islandwide vote on rail (where we voted for rail, btw).

There have been plenty of opportunities for public input. People like Isaiah Lee Chong just don't like the fact that the majority of people want rail.
Tired of the talk

Goodyear, AZ

#16 Nov 9, 2009
BuildRailNow wrote:
In response to Isaiah Lee Chong -- yes, let's have residents contact their City Council member in direct proportion to public sentiment in each district, which is decidedly pro-rail.
A strong majority of residents in each Council district believes rail is a good investment for Oahu; the lowest percentage among the districts is 60. That's a landslide of pro-rail opinion in our community.
With respect to Mr. Chong's views, if TheBus and TheCab were meeting residents' needs, there'd be no traffic congestion on the H-1, right? Nobody would be driving in that mess if taking the bus or a taxi were all that's required.
Maybe Mr. Chong is fine with 90-minute or two-hour commutes, morning and night, but the people already have spoken. They want to Build Rail Now!
Even a person in France gets it! Mr. Chong needs to get himself educated and informed about what is going to be done to reduce traffic. It is too easy just to say no - but what is the alternatives?

Come on Mr. Chong - don't be one of those say no to everything people.
Poi

United States

#17 Nov 9, 2009
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! Polls are never scientific. And since we don't know what the questions are, no one can say what they were agreeing to.
lol

The girl who knows everything but knows nothing.

lol
Fisherman

Lanai City, HI

#18 Nov 9, 2009
Hawaiian Republican wrote:
Re: "Transit project a bottomless pit," Isaiah Lee Chong, Ewa Beach.
"The rail will cost approximately $4 billion to $7 billion. Those dollars could end the Furlough Fridays and give Hawaii's students the education they deserve."
In my opinion, Hawaii public education is a "bottomless pit," and throwing more money into that pit isn't going to improve students' education until we fix the system -- first by dumping the Board of Education.
This State is already giving a very large portion of its State budget to education, but has seen very little bang for the bucks. A top-down, comprehensive and intrusive review needs to be done with in- and out-of-state experts.
And, break DOE down into small autonomous districts. Then Lawyers won't be able to sue the whole state, they would have to go for one little pocket to pick at a time- it wouldn't be worth it.
satch7

Honolulu, HI

#19 Nov 9, 2009
Glen wrote:
<quoted text>
Just becuase someone disagrees with you, you do not have to resort to name calling.
There are arguments for both sides.
Right now, this island can barely substain itself, the people are broke, they are in pain, the people that will gain from this, is the Unions, which doesn't serve ALL the people on the island. There will be people from off island working and running the rail.
Our priorities right now, should be our schools, sewers, replacing termite ridden light poles, highways that look like they have been through the war just yesterday, and all kinds of solar, wind and alternative energies. When we get all of these things under control and paid for, then we should think of a rail.
Right now, there are enough brilliant minds on this island to come up with other solutions. A road from the leeward side up the canyon and meeting H2 would be a good start. Closing some of the roads downtown to traffic, parkings garages at certain exits with trams to take the people into town. There was a solution a few years ago by a couple of UH students for traffic flow that had a great idel, Mufi shut them down.
There are many other cheaper things that coult be done.
The whole purpose of rail is to decrease the amount of cars on the roads and to expedite the transportation system. Only ostriches with heads in the ground cannot see the real picture. Am I name calling!! So sorry!
BuildRailNow

Paris, France

#20 Nov 9, 2009
Yeah wrote:
<quoted text>lol! Polls are never scientific. And since we don't know what the questions are, no one can say what they were agreeing to.
It's like the vote on rail. The way the question was worded, you can honestly say 100% of respondents voted for rail.
Excuse me? "Polls are never scientific"? "We don't know what the questions are....?" 900 Oahu residents were asked a series of questions about rail; they were selected at random to ensure a proper mix of ages, ethnicity, location, etc. They were ASKED QUESTIONS ... so they obviously knew what the questions were.

So if you want to deny the science of opinion surveys, go right ahead. You're not in tune with the real world, however.

Build Rail Now !!
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#21 Nov 9, 2009
Poi wrote:
<quoted text>
lol
The girl who knows everything but knows nothing.
lol
lol! I know I'm an American mr racist b traitor.

And I know you consciously don't support America.

I wonder what that makes you? Besides un-American?

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