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Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials

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Dr Berney is Right

Honolulu, HI

#1 Nov 30, 2009
Pedestrians always have the right of way.

But, courtesy works two ways.

In the Waikiki area, for example, many scofflaws ignore the No Walk flashing signal.

Others, not in the side walk, and seeing you approaching, knowing it will disrupt the flow of traffic arrogantly step into the side walk when it could have just been easier for them to wait for you to pass.

These latter ones I do not appreciate and will keep going.
Other pedestrians stand right on the curb, endangering their lives and damage to our vehicles too!

But this is all small potatoes compared to many rude drivers on Honolulu's roads that outweigh the few courteous drivers that restore my faith in humanity on a daily basis.
Bottom line is a sidewalk will not protect you from being run over.
glenn paul

Johnson City, NY

#2 Nov 30, 2009
Dr Berney is Right wrote:
Pedestrians always have the right of way.
But, courtesy works two ways.
In the Waikiki area, for example, many scofflaws ignore the No Walk flashing signal.
Others, not in the side walk, and seeing you approaching, knowing it will disrupt the flow of traffic arrogantly step into the side walk when it could have just been easier for them to wait for you to pass.
These latter ones I do not appreciate and will keep going.
Other pedestrians stand right on the curb, endangering their lives and damage to our vehicles too!
But this is all small potatoes compared to many rude drivers on Honolulu's roads that outweigh the few courteous drivers that restore my faith in humanity on a daily basis.
Bottom line is a sidewalk will not protect you from being run over.
Dr Berney. Have to disagree with you on some points. In Waikiki drivers have to be especially careful as tourist wanting to go somewhere engore lights. Pedestrians DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. They have to make sure it is safe to cross the street before steping onto the road. They may think when they step onto the road, all vehicles must stop immediately. Dr., thats not how it is. WOULD YOU STEP ONTO THE ROAD IF VEHICLES WERE COMING 25, 30 or 35 MILES PER HOUR. I DON'T THINK SO. Before you step on the road, you have to be sure you can cross safely. Vehicles can't stop in 5 or 10 feet. Here in Sayre, a school crossing guard would, when children where at the street crossing, just walk out and heldup his sign. I travel that street frequently. Instead of letting the vehicles pass, he just walked out and EXPECTED the vehicles to come to a halt in 10 feet. He got hit. I have talked to him a couple of times about making sure the road is clear prior to stepping out. Now he does.
glenn paul

Johnson City, NY

#3 Nov 30, 2009
Dr Berney is Right wrote:
Pedestrians always have the right of way.
But, courtesy works two ways.
In the Waikiki area, for example, many scofflaws ignore the No Walk flashing signal.
Others, not in the side walk, and seeing you approaching, knowing it will disrupt the flow of traffic arrogantly step into the side walk when it could have just been easier for them to wait for you to pass.
These latter ones I do not appreciate and will keep going.
Other pedestrians stand right on the curb, endangering their lives and damage to our vehicles too!
But this is all small potatoes compared to many rude drivers on Honolulu's roads that outweigh the few courteous drivers that restore my faith in humanity on a daily basis.
Bottom line is a sidewalk will not protect you from being run over.
Dr. Just one more comment. You are forgetting one small thing. Using your common sense.
glenn paul is wrong

Honolulu, HI

#4 Nov 30, 2009
glenn paul wrote:
<quoted text>Dr. Just one more comment. You are forgetting one small thing. Using your common sense.
Mahalo glenn paul for suggesting I use my common sense.

Well, at least I got some of that.

Where's yours?

Do you have any at all?

If you are coming up short, may I suggest you get on down to your public library and find some, or some more.

You can find it in that book "How to Avoid Being an Ignoramus."

Nah, glenn, take it easy, only joking, brah!
willie

Plymouth, MI

#5 Nov 30, 2009
"Illegal fireworks must be cut off"

Good luck on that. Best bet, enjoy the free show because it will never be halted.
Kalli

Mililani, HI

#6 Nov 30, 2009
To Chester Lau: Just be thankful we have a war in Afghanistan and not in America. I guess you must think it a waste to have police officers as we should all just get along with each other. Unfortunately the world is a dangerous place and our military protect us from harm.
taxpayer

Shreveport, LA

#7 Nov 30, 2009
The Surge worked in Iraq? When did we win that war? Last I heard, Americans are still dying there. I guess I just gotta start watching Fox News.
alice

United States

#8 Nov 30, 2009
no more fireworks killing people plerase
ZZzzz

Mililani, HI

#9 Nov 30, 2009
Kefe wants tantrums? Too bad.
Islandboi

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#10 Nov 30, 2009
Glenn Johansen of Kailua-Kona has obviously never been in leadership position that could put people's lives at stake, perfectly explaining their inability to understand why President Obama is taking time to make the right decision for Afghanistan. Yes, armchair quarterbacks mistakenly think they run the world, thinking George W. Bush made the right decisions. What shibai, senior and junior Bush never did have a clue about how the economy works, which is why they left us soooo much national debt. Ahhh, another day in the Nei.
Pau

Pasadena, CA

#11 Nov 30, 2009
Glenn Johanson speculates on the issue of indecisiveness with Obama?

Two things one could look for with his Afghanistan decision making. One. Will Obama force out those advising him if the communications are not in tune with his agenda?

And two. How many years and how many casualties will occur before Republicans hold the President accountable should he not realize it was actually an insurgency? After all, they never questioned a sitting Republican President to those standards.

glenn paul

Johnson City, NY

#12 Nov 30, 2009
glenn paul is wrong wrote:
<quoted text>
Mahalo glenn paul for suggesting I use my common sense.
Well, at least I got some of that.
Where's yours?
Do you have any at all?
If you are coming up short, may I suggest you get on down to your public library and find some, or some more.
You can find it in that book "How to Avoid Being an Ignoramus."
Nah, glenn, take it easy, only joking, brah!
Wow. You can't be a doctor. No doctor I know would re-act with such negativity to someone who disagrees/ NO ALOHA FROM ME.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#13 Nov 30, 2009
Glenn Johansen:

lol! Yes. And because of Bush's "decisiveness", we're in this mess in the first place.

Bush "knew" so much going into battle, but had nothing to show for it when he actually got there. And that's why he can't have a "do over."
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#14 Nov 30, 2009
Dr. Myron Berney:

Wrong. Pedestrians should follow the law. Unfortunately, the way it's been written has placed the onus on the back of drivers, leaving walkers with the mentality of being "protected" no matter where they are on the roads.

Pedestrians also need to get away from "asphalt lock." When crossing streets, they have this inability to take their eyes off the asphalt and look at the cars headed in their direction. It's the adult version of playing "hide and seek" simply by closing their eyes and pretending the cars aren't there.
beenthere6969

Honolulu, HI

#15 Nov 30, 2009
Blame for our Afghanistan situation cannot be placed on any individual, whether President Obama (he inherited this), former Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush, etc. We are there because of decades of poor (unclear) foreign policy, betrayals, and "business decisions." To find blame, follow the money.
Old Timer

Kaneohe, HI

#16 Nov 30, 2009
Kalli wrote:
To Chester Lau: Just be thankful we have a war in Afghanistan and not in America. I guess you must think it a waste to have police officers as we should all just get along with each other. Unfortunately the world is a dangerous place and our military protect us from harm.
Kalli, I used to think the same thing but I came to the not so brilliant conclusion that we are wasting people and resources. I spent 4 tours in Veit Nam thinking we were keeping the Communists from taking over the world. It was all a farce, we lost a lot of good people that for a political war with nothing to gain for the American people. When you come right down to it only 2 wars/conflicts are justifiable after WW-II. Those being Kosovo and the first gulf war. Everything else was plain B/S and a waste of American lives and resources. Bet your ass you have not spent time in the military getting your body and mind blown to shit for a bunch of politicians that did not have the balls to fight. Hell they wont even send their kids to fight for what they supposedly believe in. Only Senator Dan had the guts to join and serve, Neil, Akaka and Dizzy Hirano are all worthless. Bring the troops home, nothing is going to change in either Iraq or Afghanistan. As soon as we leave Iraq or for that matter Afghanistan the killing will start again over some slight that happened thousands of years ago. Dont waste anymore troops lives or American resources.
Waipahu

Honolulu, HI

#17 Nov 30, 2009
willie wrote:
"Illegal fireworks must be cut off"
Good luck on that. Best bet, enjoy the free show because it will never be halted.
I'm afraid you are correct. Here is a sentence that was not in the printed letter due to space limitations, I was told. "After 30 years in the islands, I don’t see that happening anytime soon."
I'm a realist I know it will take a biological attack to even get the lawmakers to consider more restrictions. I do enjoy the show, just as I did when I was a kid and the City, or County I lived in , held the public fireworks displays. It's the smoke, noise, debris left over that I do not enjoy and the reports of fires and injuries that follow. Aloha.
bumpercrop

Kaneohe, HI

#18 Nov 30, 2009
BO is going to do what the globalists want him to do. Be is a bought man. He never wore the uniform and does not know the real sacrifice that is made by those who wear (or have worn) it.
Afghanistan will be another Vietnam. Thanks to Old Timer for serving (I am also a VN vet). Agree with you on the 3 blind Hawaiian mice in COngress.
Fisherman

Honolulu, HI

#19 Nov 30, 2009
glenn paul is wrong wrote:
<quoted text>
Mahalo glenn paul for suggesting I use my common sense.
Well, at least I got some of that.
Where's yours?
Do you have any at all?
If you are coming up short, may I suggest you get on down to your public library and find some, or some more.
You can find it in that book "How to Avoid Being an Ignoramus."
Nah, glenn, take it easy, only joking, brah!
Please stop the personal attacks.
bumpercrop

Kaneohe, HI

#20 Nov 30, 2009
Unfortunately just on the news ,,,, BO is sending 30,000 more troops in harms way. For what? To protect the poppy fields? To chase ghosts of BinL? Sad. Get prepared for more of your sons and daughters to come home in body bags.

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