Letters to the Editor - Letters

Letters to the Editor - Letters

There are 24 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 19, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Let's get real. The state needs to cut costs, and its employees are going to take a hit no matter what.

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“Hawai'i loa kulike 'oukou.”

Since: Feb 09

London, Na mokupuni Beretannia

#1 Jun 19, 2009
Germany Calling, Germany Calling:.... Indeed we should collectively doff our papale to Jefferey Mironov of Haleiwa for directing our attention to the destructive confusion of the furlough society. As you depart this morning for hana to support your 'ohana you don't for a moment truly believe the gluttonous Gov. Lingle of the fake "state" [see; HawaiiFakeState.Com ] has any sincere compassion for your effort do you? Her elegantly manicured fingernails point in the direction of complete development and despoilment of the pristine North Shore of O'ahu. What are the fruits of this profiteering? You the worker are victims of increasing material expectation, your human connectedness has been devalued, your self reliance obliterated. You are alienated from the human emotional reactions of others. The fake "state" sells you false hope, the alternative you may ask? Make time this Sunday at 8.00 p.m. for a free viewing to see "Hawaii-A voice for Sovereignty" Screening at the Maui Film Festival. Or click here for a preview: www.catherinebauknight.com/ Do not be victim to the moguls of profit, it is time you were free, it is time for a free Hawai'i. His Lordship extends warm wishes to you all today in the fulfillment of your dreams and the attainment of your desires. Aloha.

“Don't believe what you hear.”

Since: Sep 08

Wahiawa

#2 Jun 19, 2009
Healthcare is not a "right."
Our healthcare is expensive due to malpractice insurance costs and costs to treat those with no coverage.
Your taxes go to pay for those that have government funded healthcare that do not have jobs or have low paying jobs. The increase in the cost of the visits and care also reflect the cost of serving those that do not pay.
In Oregon (I don't know about Hawaii's dental laws,) each dentist office must perform a certain percentage of "free care" for those that cannot afford coverage. This free service is paid for by the other users of that dentist's services by increased costs to those that can afford to pay.
In other words, the grasshopper is getting a free ride and can play play play while the ants slave away to support them as well as their own families.
It is time for the ants to say enough is enough.
Keith Haugen

AOL

#3 Jun 19, 2009
Aloha:

Governor Lingle's plan to save money by cutting a little from everyone's pay -- including her own -- is a much better choice than laying off people.

But, in the long run, we need to look seriously at how many employees we have in government -- at all levels, city & county, state, federal. We still see too much duplication, with directors directing directors, managers managing managers, supervisors supervising supervisors.

We've all seen government employees at work with several supervisors standing around talking to several managers who dropped by to see if the worker was doing his job.

I remember when Paul Finazzo took over as President of Hawaiian Airlines and took a red pencil to an organizational chart and saved that airline (it's still flying) by cutting management positions. Where there was a director and a deputy director, suddenly there was only one. Where there was a manager and an assistant manager, etc.

It can be done; and it must be done. But it should start at the top where our bureaucrats' concept of management seem to be terribly top heavy.

We could also save a lot of money by allowing such perks as free State cars for everyone and his brother, just in case they might be called for an emergency during their off-duty time. Most of those seen driving their children to school and their spouses to the shopping center in State-owned cars are never called in on emergencies. They are not in jobs where it happens. Look at who has been called in during the middle of the night and if they have not been forced to find a way to work at night during the past year, take away the free car.

And that's just one of many areas where the State could save a lot of money.

In the private sector, when you get a job, you have to find your own way to and from work. I ride TheBus. It's part of life, part of being responsible.

Me ka pono,

Keith Haugen
Nu`uanu
Paul

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jun 19, 2009
Kalamity Flats wrote:
Healthcare is not a "right."
Our healthcare is expensive due to malpractice insurance costs and costs to treat those with no coverage.
Your taxes go to pay for those that have government funded healthcare that do not have jobs or have low paying jobs. The increase in the cost of the visits and care also reflect the cost of serving those that do not pay.
I agree very much with this post. We already pay taxes to provide medicare/medicaid to those who are less fortunate, however, those programs are poorly managed by the government that wants to expand healthcare. I say that governemnt must first prove it is capable of managing these programs prior to being allowed to expand its programs. Additionally, the massive debt that we have accumulated in the last few months must be paid down before we can direct expenditures into a new program that will cost trillions of dollars. People must have some responsibility for their own health. Just take a look around you and see that there are a significant amount of us that do not take care of ourselves. There must be behavorial modification imposed on our society before we enter into a multi-trillion dollar venture. Finally, this has been tested in other states as well as here in Hawaii for just children. Whether it is Romney Care in Mass. or Calicare, these programs are either failing or have failed. There is no rite to individual health care in our constitution and people must provide this for themselves if healthcare is going to be effective.
alice

Kahului, HI

#5 Jun 19, 2009
provate for-profit insurance is not the answer and, in fact, social security and medicare work quite well
bornin1962

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jun 19, 2009
Here's a novel, perhaps overly simplied idea for saving money in the schools.

Maybe they could turn off the air conditioners, open the windows, minimize computer use, teachers write the lessons on the chalk board instead of the overhead, have the students copy it on paper, making sure that recycling is emphasized, and even make it mandatory for every class (student) to help clean up around the campus grounds and parking lots (raking, sweeping, picking up and throwing away rubbish), including athletes maintaining their practise and playing fields and facilities.

Simply put, return to the way we were taught and had to learn.
djs

Honolulu, HI

#7 Jun 19, 2009
The excuse of loud pipes on a motorcycle for safety reasons is seriously lame.

There is a better and significantly cheaper safety feature. It's called a horn. You'll be amazed at how well it works and you only use it when it's needed instead of annoying your neighbors with unjustified noise every time you get on your bike.
bornin1962

Honolulu, HI

#8 Jun 19, 2009
I totally agree with Keith Haugen. Government is too top heavy and needs to be trimmed. The examples he cites are similar to what we see at construction sites;(this is just an example of what I've seen on numerous occasions-not knocking construction "workers" at all just the top heavy people doing not too much of nothing) 2 or 3 guys in aloha shirts pointing at who knows what, another couple of guys looked at what the aloha shirt wearing guys are pointing to and one or 2 others actually doing the work.

I don't agree with the way the governor and the union leadership has approached this entire budget thing.

It seems that no one has negotiated anything and refused to budge at all. Perhaps the governor and the unions need to take a serious look at negotiating small pay cuts across the board (perhaps 2-5 percent) while, at the same time, keeping benefits in place might make for a better outcome and keep services running with full staffing levels. If working a shorter schedule, for those departments that are capabale of doing so, is fiscally more prudent and responsible, then do it too.

These types of sacrifices, while difficult, are equitable and fair since everyone will be sharing in the responsibility, not just a few taking the brunt of the hit, and a huge chunk financially.

Since: Aug 08

Makawao, HI

#9 Jun 19, 2009
The war is over. It ended on Jan. 20, 2009....

President Obama said if we voted for him he would end the war and bring the troops home.

There are no new anti-war movies comming out of Hollywood. No movie stars are not calling for our troops to come home. There are no anti-war demonstrations going on any more. No one is talking about military spending.

Where have you been? The war is over.
Think about it......
LOL LOL LOL
Taxed

Plainfield, IL

#10 Jun 19, 2009
Wrong. Georgey boy said mission accomplished long ago.
AHHH

Ewa Beach, HI

#11 Jun 19, 2009
You must have never been riding on a motorcyle here. Loud pipes do save lives, using a horn on a motorcyle is not the quickest way to get attention, with both hands the handle bars it is easier to give the gas a quick rev to bring notice to yourself. I had the nice quiet pipes on my bike, after almost being hit MANY times, I changed my pipes. It does make a difference. WHen I am in my car, I might no see the bike, but I can hear them. Louder pipes do help, but if DRIVERS would pay more attention, we would not need them. So if you haven't been on a bike in traffic on Oahu, you have no say (the antibiker people in their big SUVs)
djs wrote:
The excuse of loud pipes on a motorcycle for safety reasons is seriously lame.
There is a better and significantly cheaper safety feature. It's called a horn. You'll be amazed at how well it works and you only use it when it's needed instead of annoying your neighbors with unjustified noise every time you get on your bike.
Ted Nugent Nation

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jun 19, 2009
Gail, you risk your life by riding on a small 2 wheel bike among larger vehicles. If they didn't see you, it's because YOU ARE TOO SMALL. Don't blame drivers for your risky choices.
Kalawow

United States

#13 Jun 19, 2009
Lord HawHaw wrote:
Germany Calling, Germany Calling:.... His Lordship extends warm wishes to you all today in the fulfillment of your dreams and the attainment of your desires. Aloha.
I didn't know that mental hospitals gave patients access to the internet!:>) The nom de plume was a give-away...Lord Haw Haw was a broadcaster for the Nazis during WWII, like Tokyo Rose.

His comments surely were a spoof.
infiniti

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#14 Jun 19, 2009
"Young people, those just starting families, and those who are at the bottom of the wage ladder are going to be sacrificed for the older, wealthier and usually those without young kids"

so, alexis friedman, what gives "young people with families" more privileges over their older counterparts? so what if they don't have young kids ... doesn't mean that older individuals don't need their incomes.

i made the concious choice not to have kids. does that mean my life is inferior to those who do? i still need my paycheck, too.
infiniti

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#15 Jun 19, 2009
djs wrote:
The excuse of loud pipes on a motorcycle for safety reasons is seriously lame.
There is a better and significantly cheaper safety feature. It's called a horn. You'll be amazed at how well it works and you only use it when it's needed instead of annoying your neighbors with unjustified noise every time you get on your bike.
i was at a shopping center recently where 3 guys were sitting on their bikes and 'gunning' their engines. and they were only doing it to set off everyone's car alarms, because they'd laugh when it happened.

“Hawai'i loa kulike 'oukou.”

Since: Feb 09

London, Na mokupuni Beretannia

#16 Jun 19, 2009
Kalawow wrote:
<quoted text>
I didn't know that mental hospitals gave patients access to the internet!:>) The nom de plume was a give-away...Lord Haw Haw was a broadcaster for the Nazis during WWII, like Tokyo Rose.
His comments surely were a spoof.
-Re Joyce![Haw-Haw].
Mike

United States

#17 Jun 19, 2009
I agrre with Mike in Kailua. I want to move next to Gail Salter-Simao and rev my hogs engine next to her bedroom at two in the morning.
Mike

United States

#18 Jun 19, 2009
Sorry. Agrre should be agree. Too much KFC on da fingers!
Molo

Las Vegas, NV

#19 Jun 19, 2009
LOUD PIPES DON'T SAVE LIVES, smart riding does. Don't ride in blind spots and Don't speed. Loud pipes are for guys with small brains and stuff.
no_need

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#20 Jun 19, 2009
Molo wrote:
LOUD PIPES DON'T SAVE LIVES, smart riding does. Don't ride in blind spots and Don't speed. Loud pipes are for guys with small brains and stuff.
kinda like guys who install loud exhaust systems on their cars, trucks and suvs, yeah ....

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