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The governor displays a lack of knowledge on the process of government. She announces a solution to furloughs without acknowledging that the Hawaii State Teachers Association must look at it and give back further rights that they had bargained for.
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Kalli

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Sandy Afterburn is wrong wrong wrong. Unlicensed B&Bs are illegal and should be reported. If they are legal then nothing happens except a visit from an inspector. What are you afraid of, that your illegal B&B will be closed? Imagine that, a law that works.
Common Sense

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Rentals and B and B's are the scourge of our islands. I for one did not buy a house to live in an area where everyone rents out every nook and cranny to generate income. In places like Kailua, Kahala, Lani Kai, Black Point etc even hi priced real estate is impacted by these greedy home owners who impact the quality of life of the rest of us. To put it bluntly its domestic terrorism and ONLY happnes at this crazy rate here on Oahu. You certainly do not go to a upscale area on the East Coast and see property owners renting out garages, spare rooms, and storage area's as rentals. It all started with this idiotic "Ohana" concept. Their are so many illegal rentals and B and B's in many areas on Oahu that you can barely drive down the street due to the many renters cars parked everywhere. Lets change the city council and get some new blood to enforce the law and put some new laws on the books to stop this crazyness. A home is a home - not here in Hawaii, many turn into 3rd world tenements! ITS ALL ABOUT GREED!
Southern Hospitality

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The pro B&B liberals only remain "liberal" as long as they are (1) the operators of these illegal operations, or (2) financially benefiting from the illegal operation or (3) NOT living next door to one of these mini hotels.
Take away any or all of these "liberal markers" and the liberal suddenly becomes an arch "CONSERVATIVE" no longer willing to tolerate these neighborhood disrupting commercial operations.
We have a legitimate vacation rental hotel industry hungry for the business taken away from them by illegal vacation rental operators!
Mongo

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Hey Whitney, rail transit = 10,000 jobs.
sickofit

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She neglects the fact that there is a contract that provides these rights in effect

Just like the teachers neglected the fact that thier last contract included drug testing?
Vera

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Sandy Arterburn diatribe makes no sense. If individuals are breaking the law, why wouldn’t we want residents to report it to authorities? It’s apparent Sandy Arterburn has some type of connection to illegal B&B hotels and vacation rentals. She probably operates one herself. Hotels belong in resort zoning, not residential neighborhoods.
Big John-Hawaii Kai

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sickofit wrote:
She neglects the fact that there is a contract that provides these rights in effect
Just like the teachers neglected the fact that thier last contract included drug testing?
Wait now! It was mainly the unions and the DOE/BOE that backtracked on the drug testing, although possibly many of our drug using teachers also were against it.

Since: Aug 08

Kaneohe, HI

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"rail transit = 10,00 jobs" ???

1. When, how many years from now?
2. How, more taxes?
3. Who created the jobs... us tax payers? We're paying for it. Sorry, I can't afford creating/supporting any more employees.
4. The good news.... the jobs will cease to exist after the construction is done. What 20 - 30 years?
LOL LOL LOL
Big John-Hawaii Kai

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Mongo wrote:
Hey Whitney, rail transit = 10,000 jobs.
But of course once it's completed it's 10,000 back on unemployment and a $10 MILLION dollar price tag for the taxpayers to operate it. Hum, makes sense!
Dman

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Governor Lingle knows full well whats going on. Negotiations started with all Union in January 2009. The Governor notified everyone of the dire financial situation the State faced. She did it early, however, the Public Sector Unions and the Legislation wanted to play a game of financial chicken. Well who ended up losing? There are two choices left,continue to downsize the cost of government or raise taxes. Anyone want to bet which one our legilsature will choose in an election year?
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I hear it's all the cars that bother residents, not the tourists themselves. Why not require that B&B's have ample on-property parking, and not line the streets with cars? I have a small home, but I designed it and allowed room so that I can easily fit seven or eight cars on a concrete driveway. B&B owners, use your heads and stop being so cheap.
Pat

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Mongo wrote:
Hey Whitney, rail transit = 10,000 jobs.
Sounds more like another scam on the taxpayers!
Joe The Vice President

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Mongo wrote:
Hey Whitney, rail transit = 10,000 jobs.
Mongo, you understand Obamanomics!

Suck capital out of the private sector via taxes or borrowing, then spend on a business that will require continuous tax payer (private sector) bailouts every year.

The great part is that no one will every see the jobs that would have being created if the money were left in the hands of the private sector and they will see the completed rail system and think "gee I'm glad the government is here to build these wonderful things".

I propose we call this the B & O railroad (Barack Obama) because with out his money, progress would never happen.

Hopey, Changey, Spendy......xoxo Joe "Pluggsy" O'Biden.
stay in a resort area

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Stumpy wrote:
I hear it's all the cars that bother residents, not the tourists themselves. Why not require that B&B's have ample on-property parking, and not line the streets with cars? I have a small home, but I designed it and allowed room so that I can easily fit seven or eight cars on a concrete driveway. B&B owners, use your heads and stop being so cheap.
7 OR 8 CARS!!! You just don't get it do you??? THIS IS OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, NOT A RESORT. You are running a mini hotel in an area ZONED residential!! You need to STOP. If you don't, we will hassle your tourist guests and let them know they are not welcome unless they stay in a resort. listen up tourists.....STAY IN A VISITOR DESTINATION AREA,OR YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE.
Common Sense

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stay in a resort area wrote:
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7 OR 8 CARS!!! You just don't get it do you??? THIS IS OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, NOT A RESORT. You are running a mini hotel in an area ZONED residential!! You need to STOP. If you don't, we will hassle your tourist guests and let them know they are not welcome unless they stay in a resort. listen up tourists.....STAY IN A VISITOR DESTINATION AREA,OR YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE.
Thank you for your spot on statement - I couldnt agree more. Make the renters and visitors feel unwelcome although it is rather and extreme measure but it might stop this domestic terrorism imposed on the rest of us by the GREEDY landowners!
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I agree totally with "stay in a resort".
Visitors, if you are reading this please understand. We are not against you, we are against our greedy neighbors (and many, many off island owners) who are illegally turning their homes (and consequently our neighborhoods!) into mini resorts. This is just not right or legal. You can help us by not renting in local areas. You can either be the problem or you can be the solution. Since the owner is too greedy to care, the only way to help us local people is for YOU, the visitor to our island, to care. Please help us and we will thank you with our aloha.
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The jobs the rail will create will not benefit everyone in Hawaii. It will be a have or have not situation. You will either have a job associated with the rail or have nothing to do with the rail, but still have to put up with the increase taxes and the jobless enviroment that will linger on. We need a project that will benefit everyone on a equal basis so that everyone can gain from it.
Alan Urie

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Egan Kawamoto
Ewa Beach
hahahaha I have to laugh spinning the furloughs blame on Lingle is laughable.
She cut a percentage from the doe so she could obey the law and turn in a budget. The powers that be decided to do the worst possible they could think of to try to make the govenor look bad with careless disreguard for our Keiki.
This backfired big time. Because most people dem or repub or independ seethis farce for what it is and theres just no spinning it. You are welcome to try but most people know the democratic majority has total control as they have overide power on the govenor.
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Also, I can't help but notice that people that rent in our neighborhoods are referred to as "Rude Tourists", but people that stay in resorts are referred to as "guests or visitors". I think this says it all
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moke wrote:
Also, I can't help but notice that people that rent in our neighborhoods are referred to as "Rude Tourists", but people that stay in resorts are referred to as "guests or visitors". I think this says it all
I think you may have hit on something.
Why would anyone want to come here to our beautiful island and not want to be gracious to the people who live here? Maybe they don't realize the impact renting from these places has on our families. Let's get the word out. Everyone who is against mini-resorts in our neighborhood must spread the word to all our visitors, in stores, in restaurants, on the blogs, every time you meet someone.....ask where they are staying and tell them it is an illegal rental and to please stay in a resort area. This may be the only way to get results since the owners will not stop. I will now tell all the tourists that stay next door to me, also.
Something tells me this is the only way left to solve this hideous problem. The owners don't care, our elected officials don't care, the enforcement officials don't care. Maybe our visitors WILL CARE!

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