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not homeless

Honolulu, HI

#1 Dec 13, 2009
Gee that's nice- give me free food, medical care & social help too. I guess you think that is free while shelters cost money?
kamaaina exaptriate

Austin, TX

#2 Dec 13, 2009
Hey, 'not homeless'.... just count your blessings, if it were you living on the streets you might be thinking differently. Just because you don't care about the lives of other human beings doesn't mean that those of us who do care are wrong to care.
willie

Brighton, MI

#3 Dec 13, 2009
"GOP did nothing to fix health care"

I have news for you Marla, the DNC is going to spend over a trillion and we will STILL have folks not covered.
taxpayer

Shreveport, LA

#4 Dec 13, 2009
Dear Mr. Henshaw.

I want to better my life. So I am opening a strip club and a 24 hrs fast food business. These will be located on each side of your of your residence. I will try to keep the noise down and be a good neighbor, so that we can both enjoy Paradi$e.
Big John-Hawaii Kai

Kailua Kona, HI

#5 Dec 13, 2009
kamaaina exaptriate wrote:
Hey,'not homeless'.... just count your blessings, if it were you living on the streets you might be thinking differently. Just because you don't care about the lives of other human beings doesn't mean that those of us who do care are wrong to care.
The problem as I see it is that the taxpayers have already expended over $40+ MILLION dollars on homeless shelters, which at this time have vacancies. If we were to take State land and provide restrooms, mobile medical facilities, etc. what would lead you to believe that they would utilize such an area? Even if an encampment were setup, there would obviously have to be rules and regulations. That's why they don't want to stay in the shelters, RULES.
Kainalu

Honolulu, HI

#6 Dec 13, 2009
Something tell Mr. Henshaw is into renting out part of his home. Kailua is a wonderful place to live and I have been a resident there since 1956. He slapped my face by suggesting if I wanted a rural place I should sell and move to the big Island. What kind of suggestion is that Mr. Henshaw? So you can profit from the B&B market the hell with your neighbors atitude is exactly why I am against this bill, Why should I move because I don't like strangers and cars blocking my access to my home. These new rules that go along with this bill look good on paper. It is illegal now and I don't see any agencies cracking down on present laws. What makes you think if it passes the new law will be enforced?
Fisherman

Lanai City, HI

#7 Dec 13, 2009
David- "Some cities are setting aside public lands for tent cities, with restrooms, showers, trash pickup, security, community kitchens, mobile medical vans and social help."
Do that, and people will flock to Hawaii from the mainland and other countries such as Canada, Mexico and the Philippines- and other island nations.
A letter writer yesterday suggested the best approach to the homeless problem. The different groups need to be identified, and each one helped in their own way.(except, he left out one group that I know for a fact is real- the ones that choose that life style-oh, and he left out the Hawaiians, they should be helped first)
wacos101

Honolulu, HI

#8 Dec 13, 2009
Regarding "Use public lands to help homeless," we need to provide cable tv and high speed internet too.
AlarmClock

Kailua, HI

#9 Dec 13, 2009
Mr. Henshaw, wake up! This is not Libertarian LALA LAND. Here on Oahu we are living on a congested island that requires appropriate zoning, and enforcement of necessary rules and regulations. Vacation rentals (B&Bs or otherwise) do not belong in residential neighborhoods next to me, or you. They belong in commercially zoned, and/or resort zoned areas.
bumpercrop

Ewa Beach, HI

#10 Dec 13, 2009
"Use public lands to help homeless"... We already do, they are called Kapiolani Park, Ala Moana Park, Aala Park, all other parks, and beaches and bus stops, and sidewalks, and doorways.
Shelter space is going unused.
Canard

Port Angeles, WA

#11 Dec 13, 2009
willie wrote:
"GOP did nothing to fix health care"
I have news for you Marla, the DNC is going to spend over a trillion and we will STILL have folks not covered.
willie, the Republicans(and many Democrats) in congress ONLY want to please their pimps in the insurance companies. That is why there has never been anything done about healthcare and the obstructionists(a.k.a. Republicans) are seeing that the reforms go down the toilet. If you believe otherwise you are one of the biggest fools that ever lived. Republican = obstruction
Fisherman

Lanai City, HI

#12 Dec 13, 2009
Why even have "residential" zoning at all. Make everywhere "commercial" in Hawaii (except, of course gated communities for rich people).
These vacation rental visitors across the street from us are often noisy and are always staring. I remember a guy building a boat in the middle of Lahaina put up a sign that said,'pictures $5.00, stupid questions answered $10.00' or something like that. Maybe I should do that.(except, now with inflation, stupid questions answered-$20.00)

Since: Nov 08

Anchorage, AK

#13 Dec 13, 2009
Marla, There are homeless people in hawaii and the democrats that have controlled isle politics since statehood have done nothing about it. Please give 1/2 of your house away so that homeless people have somewhere to go.
alice

Hanalei, HI

#14 Dec 13, 2009
bumpercrop wrote:
"Use public lands to help homeless"... We already do, they are called Kapiolani Park, Ala Moana Park, Aala Park, all other parks, and beaches and bus stops, and sidewalks, and doorways.
Shelter space is going unused.
IHS has empty beds!
itsumo

Las Vegas, NV

#15 Dec 13, 2009
Homeless Villiages
A few years ago, Hawaii set up what was called Weinberg Villiages. They were sponsored by the Weinberg Foundation. I remember the villiage set up in Haliewa. The cabins set up were about 20 foot by 20 foot. Families could move in but had to pay a small rent and follow certain rules, like no booze.
The police had to go there all the time because rules were broken. Catholic Charaties took over and managed it but people didn't pay their rent. In the end, it was closed down because the time expired but overall it was a failure. The same will occur if the state or the CC attempt this again.
Pat

Honolulu, HI

#16 Dec 13, 2009
Thank you, MS Hunter, for your comments on health care. It is most embarrassing to watch the people in Congress speaking on Health Care. One has to wonder at the ignorance of those who elected them. Medicare for all is the only way to insure that all citizens are covered.Stop the insurance companies from dictating the quality of health care in America.
alice

Hanalei, HI

#17 Dec 13, 2009
Universal single payer insurance is best for us.
Fisherman

Lanai City, HI

#18 Dec 13, 2009
itsumo wrote:
Homeless Villiages
A few years ago, Hawaii set up what was called Weinberg Villiages. They were sponsored by the Weinberg Foundation. I remember the villiage set up in Haliewa. The cabins set up were about 20 foot by 20 foot. Families could move in but had to pay a small rent and follow certain rules, like no booze.
The police had to go there all the time because rules were broken. Catholic Charaties took over and managed it but people didn't pay their rent. In the end, it was closed down because the time expired but overall it was a failure. The same will occur if the state or the CC attempt this again.
It would be very unlikely the camps would work, they would need a lot of rules. I used to walk through the camp at the end of the breakwater in Hilo in the early 90's. It did not feel safe and I think they had to end the camping there. A safe generalization would be that most homeless don't like rules.
Not

Kailua, HI

#19 Dec 13, 2009
Fisherman wrote:
These vacation rental visitors across the street from us are often noisy and are always staring.
Staring at YOU??

Oh, what a surprise.

!
alice

Hanalei, HI

#20 Dec 13, 2009
alice wrote:
Universal single payer insurance is best for us.
very true

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