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Lawmakers still cool to session on schools - Hawaii News

There are 31 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Nov 6, 2009, titled Lawmakers still cool to session on schools - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

House leaders again resisted calls for a special legislative session to deal with public schools, asking instead for a reopening of the state teachers' contract to restore classroom time being lost to furloughs.

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huh

Aiea, HI

#1 Nov 6, 2009
of course hanabusa doesn't want the special session. he would have to give back her pay raise.
satch7

Aiea, HI

#2 Nov 6, 2009
Rep. Lee should just SHADDUP as he and his cohorts had their chances before the teacher's contract was negotiated. He is just another no-name Democrat idiot who is trying to make a name for himself taking advantage of the public needs and wants by playing on their emotions. Why don't you talk about returning your 36% pay raise or calling a special session to return the pay raise because none of you deserve it and don't come up with that silly argument that you folks are overworked or hadn't had a pay raise in several years etcc. and all that b.s. Each of you democratic idiots are a walking B.S.
agapito

Pearl City, HI

#3 Nov 6, 2009
satch7 wrote:
Rep. Lee should just SHADDUP as he and his cohorts had their chances before the teacher's contract was negotiated. He is just another no-name Democrat idiot who is trying to make a name for himself taking advantage of the public needs and wants by playing on their emotions. Why don't you talk about returning your 36% pay raise or calling a special session to return the pay raise because none of you deserve it and don't come up with that silly argument that you folks are overworked or hadn't had a pay raise in several years etcc. and all that b.s. Each of you democratic idiots are a walking B.S.
You mean the governor, her cabinet and the Republican politicians are willing to give up their raises? News to me.
Kokua Espero

Honolulu, HI

#4 Nov 6, 2009
That Will Espero, I like that guy. He get GUTS and he is doing all he can, and for what is the RIGHT thing.

The pencil pushing bureaucrats, like Say, Hanabusa, Lingle, HSTA, DOE, BOE that ALL are short-changing by inaction, and CHEATING our future leaders out of their basic education, are ALL UNREAL, chicken kukae.

If you can, kokua Will Espero, small kine cash for his campaign, or whatever. I don't know nor ever met this Espero, but he get gots, and sometimes that's enough.

MAHALO ESPERO, for taking the lead to bust through the b.s., to make things happen.

It is simply OUTRAGEOUS for all you folks to look the otherway while this is going on right in front of you.

I hope that when you in trouble, your car break down, or your house is burning down, nobody come and help you.
When you getting robbed, everybody keep walking and no do nothing.

This should be corrected NOW.

Say, Hanabusa: Get out of the Way.

Espero: YOU run for Governor.
reasonable

Honolulu, HI

#5 Nov 6, 2009
agapito wrote:
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You mean the governor, her cabinet and the Republican politicians are willing to give up their raises? News to me.
they didn't get the 36% raise and they also took a 13% paycut.
looking4results

Kailua Kona, HI

#6 Nov 6, 2009
a special session won't change anything because there's no money
Slimeballs

Washington, DC

#7 Nov 6, 2009
Waaaaat? Make me come in on my months off? You mean you want me to REALLY work, do my job, and earn my salary? Nevah gonna happen. I'm too useded to sitting on my fat okole, getting my money, doing nutting, and blaming everyone else for our pilikia. Oh, btw, thank you for the 36% salary increase. Now I get even more for doing even less! Leave me alone...I asleep...as usual. See you at da beeg legislature opening day party. Don't forget to bring plenny kaukau so I can sponge off you more!
Concernedabouted ucated

Honolulu, HI

#8 Nov 6, 2009
Well it looks like our elected officials are committed to NOT HELPING TO GET OUR KIDS IN SCHOOL. What does that tell me? Vote all these so called politicians out of office.

Watch out Say and Hanabusa I will try to kick you all out of your jobs.

Good luck trying to convince woters that you care about education.
taxpayer

Honolulu, HI

#9 Nov 6, 2009
agapito wrote:
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You mean the governor, her cabinet and the Republican politicians are willing to give up their raises? News to me.
What a tool...
rds

Kailua, HI

#10 Nov 6, 2009
shame ...lawmakers or self serving politicians?
KIDS ...... ever hear of them? Oh ... they don't vote ....
WAKE UP! You all need to be kicked to the curb! Realize what's at stake. Kids and education - a natural. Keep em down ...??????
Xie Xie

Honolulu, HI

#11 Nov 6, 2009
If I remember correctly the three choices offered to teachers were:
a) 17 % cut in pay but teach the
same number of days (188).
b) Layoff and large number of
low tenured teachers.
c) Furloughs.

Choice (c) was a no brainer.

The problem is not with the teachers..it's somewhere else.
Pualani

Honolulu, HI

#12 Nov 6, 2009
Concernedabouteducated wrote:
Well it looks like our elected officials are committed to NOT HELPING TO GET OUR KIDS IN SCHOOL. What does that tell me? Vote all these so called politicians out of office.
Watch out Say and Hanabusa I will try to kick you all out of your jobs.
Good luck trying to convince woters that you care about education.
The Legislature is NOT part of the bargaining process! The Governor is the one who floated the furlough idea and I don't recall the public grumbling about furloughs being offered while the negotiations were going on. Also, taking $ from special funds is not going to cure anything. There has to be serious efforst by the DOE to find out where their $ is and setting up viable accounting system.
Wordsmith

Kaneohe, HI

#13 Nov 6, 2009
Our so-called Lawmakers have no Balls.
Wankine

AOL

#14 Nov 6, 2009
The Legislators won't step up to the plate because they are too chicken to make really hard choices. If they call a special session, they have only a few choices because there is no money. None of those choices are easy or attractive, so why should they risk re-election, or worse yet have to work hard on something?

They could raise taxes, which is unpopular in a good economy and might get them lynched in this bad one. They could curtail the power of the unions and risk all the campaign money and endorsements that they fear they can't get elected without. They could raid special funds, which is a short-term bandaid and something that even those lolos know could leave us vulnerable in a disaster.

Fixing this calls for creative thinking, sacrifice, hard work, confronting entrenched interests and making intelligent choices. How many of you think the Hawaii Legislature is capable of behaving that way?
homegrown

Honolulu, HI

#15 Nov 6, 2009
Wankine wrote:
The Legislators won't step up to the plate because they are too chicken to make really hard choices. If they call a special session, they have only a few choices because there is no money. None of those choices are easy or attractive, so why should they risk re-election, or worse yet have to work **** something?
They could raise taxes, which is unpopular in a good economy and might get them lynched in this bad one. They could curtail the power of the unions and risk all the campaign money and endorsements that they fear they can't get elected without. They could raid special funds, which is a short-term bandaid and something that even those lolos know could leave us vulnerable in a disaster.
Fixing this calls for creative thinking, sacrifice, hard work, confronting entrenched interests and making intelligent choices. How many of you think the Hawaii Legislature is capable of behaving that way?
The LEG cannot change the binding contract. All of you teacher bashers really think that after hearing all this crap from the public, they would even consider going back to the bargaining table? I wouldn't!
Repeal Tax Cuts

Kilauea, HI

#16 Nov 6, 2009
Ten years ago, Ben Cayetano and Hawaii's legislature (controlled by Democrats) instituted tax cuts for the wealthy. The state lost hundreds of millions in taxes. As one of the beneficiaries of those cuts, I would be willing to have the cuts repealed in order to fund public education.
jusmereadin

Kaneohe, HI

#17 Nov 6, 2009
reasonable wrote:
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they didn't get the 36% raise and they also took a 13% paycut.
yea! at least someone knows what's going on. tell hanabusa, say and the whole legislature for that matter to give up the 36% & take a paycut of 13% so they can share in the "pain". All this shibai is beginning to make me think of voting libertarian next time...
jusmereadin

Kaneohe, HI

#18 Nov 6, 2009
Wankine wrote:
The Legislators won't step up to the plate because they are too chicken to make really hard choices. If they call a special session, they have only a few choices because there is no money. None of those choices are easy or attractive, so why should they risk re-election, or worse yet have to work **** something?
They could raise taxes, which is unpopular in a good economy and might get them lynched in this bad one. They could curtail the power of the unions and risk all the campaign money and endorsements that they fear they can't get elected without. They could raid special funds, which is a short-term bandaid and something that even those lolos know could leave us vulnerable in a disaster.
Fixing this calls for creative thinking, sacrifice, hard work, confronting entrenched interests and making intelligent choices. How many of you think the Hawaii Legislature is capable of behaving that way?
NONE!
jusmereadin

Kaneohe, HI

#19 Nov 6, 2009
Wordsmith wrote:
Our so-called Lawmakers have no Balls.
that's hanabusa and mercado-kim [senate ways and means chair] LOL
alice

United States

#20 Nov 6, 2009
unions own the legislature hon. Don't look for them to oppose unions

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