Changes prompt deaf residents to sound off - Hawaii News

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Deaf residents spoke out with signs such as "DHS Needs to Hear the Deaf" and "Deaf Yes, Silent No Way." About 50 members of the deaf community rallied and appeared at a legislative informational hearing yesterday at the state Capitol to express anger and dismay over changes in the Deaf Services Section of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Services ...

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Hula Girl

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Why are essential services and employees being cut? Now's the perfect opportunity to cut the dead wood, the jerks who aren't performing on the job; but that doesn't seem to be what's happening. No logic to who's being laid off and what's being cut.
Evil Lingle

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Lingle cut funds for the handicapped and elderly, and let the Micronesians die, and now let the deaf suffer. Now people know Lingle's evil true character. To let needy people die or be thrown out into the streets is pure evil. Especially when she wasted $Billions by mismanagement. LIngle, Bush, and the republican party are pure evil. Hawaii's people must do much more then just pray to fight this evil.
Fooled

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Lingle fooled the people and thought she could pick on handicapped people, especially the deaf because they cannot hear but they are smart and protested anyway and now the people of Hawaii know the truth.
Lingle and Duke Aiona call the people of Hawaii fools, but on election day we will show them we are not fools and we will not forget.
Stop the Whining

Honolulu, HI

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Important services, yes -- but the state has no money because tax revenues have plummeted due to the global economic downturn.
Prudent Decisions

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Governor Lingle is making tough decisions -- she is showing true leadership in the face of a global crisis no other governor has ever had to deal with. And she's pretty much doing it on her own because the Legislature is useless and has no viable solutions.

No one wants to cut services, but let me ask all of those who criticize and demand certain services and programs continue -- how do YOU propose paying for them? Until you have a practical answer, stop your whining.
CWD

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These are services which can be gotten from the private sector. I know because my college roommate has worked as a social worker for a private non-profit specifically dealing with both children and adults with speech and hearing challenges. We used to practice sign language together way-y-y back in the day. From time to time, I still use it especially when I get ticked off at someone and want to "tell" them what I think of them.

The issue is money - who is to pay for the service? The recipient & private insurance OR the taxpayers.

This is a fundamental question we must answer before we go any further.
keala

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The deaf are always insisting they are not disabled. But here they are stating the opposite when they are wanting services.

What is it people are you disabled or not. I can't figure it out.
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DHS appears to be one of the few government departments that is making a legitimate effort to trim costs while maintaining a reasonable amount of public service. Seems like whoever's pet program is being cut is crying the blues. The state film office, the deaf recipients of government services, DOE which seems to measure every penny lost by the amount of "keiki who will be hurt". Bottom line here is the revenues are not there to continue to fund an overstaffed and bloated bureaucracy and cuts have to be made. Suck it up.
hau Y N

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Sep 12, 2009
 
Cut em all off! No one is sacred. Go figure out an alternate solution. It's not impossible. No one's throwing you over a cliff. Stop whining!
Tors Nyquist

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Sep 12, 2009
 
There is appalling meanness in some of the remarks made here. You have several government sponsored offices with budgets of millions to promote tourism. Why not take from them, or disband one of them, to keep services intact? Why are they "sacred"?
No Aloha in Hawaii

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Sep 12, 2009
 
Lots of cold hearted people here! When you need help one day, you may not get it.
Reality

Hilo, HI

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Sep 13, 2009
 
Prudent Decisions wrote:
Governor Lingle is making tough decisions -- she is showing true leadership in the face of a global crisis no other governor has ever had to deal with. And she's pretty much doing it on her own because the Legislature is useless and has no viable solutions.
No one wants to cut services, but let me ask all of those who criticize and demand certain services and programs continue -- how do YOU propose paying for them? Until you have a practical answer, stop your whining.
What is wrong with you? Apparently you have never met someone with disability issues. You are a horrible human - stop your wining - you should not live anymore (since I could not use the word d...i...e)!
Reality

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Sep 13, 2009
 
No Aloha in Hawaii wrote:
Lots of cold hearted people here! When you need help one day, you may not get it.
Thank you - these people should live one day with a disability. These are horrible people and should be the ones who live with strife. would love to wish your family grief (and secretly do) but you already are miserable people.
MHashisaka

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Sep 13, 2009
 
There is also a lot of anxiety among State workers. We are part of the community, too!
Mike

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Sep 13, 2009
 
The party is over! Everyone must chip-in to use the state's resources. No more free lunch. Don't forget to BRING your wallet or your purse and PAY your fair share! This financial crisis is the best thing that is happening to America for financial responsiblity.
Mike

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Sep 13, 2009
 
I love your comment, hau Y N!!!
Mike

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Sep 13, 2009
 
Hawaii will become even a much colder place than "NO Aloha In Hawaii",#11,thinks if we do not cut the wastful spending NOW! Go ahead, cry yourself to sleep. Lingle will take care of everything the correct way, she is the best. She is worthy of her front page news!

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