From the Governor: Symbolism over sav...

From the Governor: Symbolism over savings

There are 51 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jun 24, 2008, titled From the Governor: Symbolism over savings. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

After nearly 30 years of living in the public eye -- as a Maui County Council member, mayor of Maui County, chairwoman of the Hawaii Republican Party and governor -- I have become used to having my words and ...

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makaala

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jun 24, 2008
aunty linda, defending yourself about the price of a car. amazing. you should be focused on releasing the g.i.a.'s and appropriations. the demo's must be touching a nerve! 2010 cant come fast enough so you and your token hawaiian lg finally gets kicked out from the fifth floor! the republi"cant's" will never again rise in hawaii's political future, i will make sure of that! next...get ready for the beginning of your end as even in an election year the legislature will come back to override you vetoes. before the majority is done with you, your political future will be a lame duck that turns into a sitting duck! in your rush to payout all your contributors your administration is showing a pattern of making careless mistakes.( superferry,ted liu and the hydrogen contract,bob awana getting caught with his pants down,etc....)you think the people when forget? all this hewa will be arriving soon to bite you in the as.....be forwarned, get out now...
Jeff Moss

Union, ME

#2 Jun 24, 2008
Thanks, Governor for the detailed explanation. I get it, as should everyone else. I also looked at a hybrid recently, but decided to lease another vehicle until I learned more and the price matched my budget. I am confident we'll see you in one soon, as you said, when it's right for the entire state fleet. Keep up the good work!
JMM

Honolulu, HI

#3 Jun 24, 2008
I was faced with the same decision in 2006. I opted for the hybrid. I'm disappointed at the reasons behind her decision. There are so many other factors she could her considered.
Golly

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jun 24, 2008
Gotta agree with makaala.

Here is the Great Governor of our humble State of Hawaii going into nuclear-fine detail regarding a comparably minuscule matter of purchase of a vehicle for her use. Compared to all the other stuff that should be addressed we have to give her credit for micromanaging, I mean paying attention to this item.

Yes, despite the travails of superb leadership our Governor has prevailed in the acquisition of a car for her use. Potential adverse opinion has not detracted from her crusade, I mean rally (leave the crusade biz to the dukster), and she has regaled us with her wit and wisdom.

So there, Democrats and others! The exacting business of government by a journalist major or spin expert rules; let some one else run the State.
Bibidibabidibo

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jun 24, 2008
The decision to go with the non-hybrid shows the problem with becoming less dependent on oil and its technologies. Since the cost of the gas hog doesn't factor in its true costs in terms of emissions, higher use of resources, maintenence, tax subsidies, etc.(true life cycle costs), it will often look like on the surface the "cheaper" option. The Governor should know better. How can the government lead by example if it doesn't bother to figure in anything else but sticker price and gas mileage? The public needs to start thinking about efficiency in broader terms. The Governor needs to, too.

Since: Mar 08

Aiea, HI

#6 Jun 24, 2008
One thing that I notice on these forums is that people don't like anything. I suppose they are having problems at home or something and now is a good chance to blast everyone and everything anonymously.

I personally feel our Governor made the right decision and anyway she is our Governor and can have whatever vehicle she likes. How would the image of Hawaii appear if she drove a tiny three wheeled tricycle down the street?
The whole world is watching Hawaii and we should project the best image possible for Hawaii.

I really think this is in fact a non-issue. People are hurting in these hard times and by commenting on cars and little things like this it's a way of releasing steam so I hope our governor sees this for what it is an not take it personally.
YeahWright

Ewa Beach, HI

#7 Jun 24, 2008
makaala, your ignorance and "party-line" prejudices are truly disappointing. Public School dropout, maybe? I feel sorry for you.

This is a purely financial decision. If you stayed in school long enough to learn how to do the math, you'd learn that the cost/benefit ratio didn't work out.

Let's see YOU try to "go green". Try installing $25,000-$30,000 "Solar Electric" system mounted on your home's roof and let us know when that investment finally pays for itself.

Lingle simply made a responsible choice to save the State some money.
harry

Kailua Kona, HI

#8 Jun 24, 2008
Keep in mind that in a lot of states, the governor has no taxpayer-funded car. Or 24-hour security, for that matter.
manini

Honolulu, HI

#9 Jun 24, 2008
Hey Gov, I could have found a more economical car for you yet it would still have been fitting for your office. And I could have done it at a fraction of the cost. Just about anyone who reads the newspaper could have done the same thing. If fact most of us do exactly that in our daily lives.
When this subject first came up, the excuse given was that you needed a vehicle that accomodate your security detail. That was quickly dismissed because the vehicle is a 2 door vehicle. That hardly accomodates both you and your security detail. Someone will be delayed existing/entering the vehicle. From then on it has been one or another lame excuse.
If it deserves as much attention as you seem to have given it, then all bids should have been rejected and a new set of specs should have been prepared so the bidders would have a more clear understanding.
JimmyK

Honolulu, HI

#10 Jun 24, 2008
Explanation smacks of desperation to claw her way out of a PR nightmare.

Bottom line is she may not have had to get the hybrid - I understand the cost factor. However, she could have gotten a lot of other vehicles of similar size that were more fuel efficient and cheaper.
Localyokel

Honolulu, HI

#11 Jun 24, 2008
Her comments are typical of this administration which is filled with PR types on staff. The bottom line as far as her vehicle is: why does she need an expensive SUV? She could have gotten a cheaper vehicle.
Ryan

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jun 24, 2008
Makaala, I invite you to come to the State Capitol, 5th floor, and voice you opinion on this non-issue in person, rather than taking the easy way out and voicing it online. You must be so unhappy with your own life that you have to take it out on others and blame the Governor and politicians in general on you short-comings. Maybe you should have paid more attention in school and you could have earned that high school education that you seem to be lacking.
huh

Waimanalo, HI

#13 Jun 24, 2008
you go girl!!!!
Bibidibabidibo

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jun 24, 2008
The decision to go with the non-hybrid shows the problem with becoming less dependent on oil and its technologies. Since the cost of the gas hog doesn't factor in its true costs in terms of emissions, higher use of resources, maintenence, tax subsidies, etc.(true life cycle costs), it will often look like on the surface the "cheaper" option. The Governor should know better. How can the government lead by example if it doesn't bother to figure in anything else but sticker price and gas mileage? The public needs to start thinking about efficiency in broader terms. The Governor needs to, too.
Big J

Kailua, HI

#15 Jun 24, 2008
harry wrote:
Keep in mind that in a lot of states, the governor has no taxpayer-funded car. Or 24-hour security, for that matter.
Really? Are you just pulling this thought out of your arse? Like most people who comment on these issues and like most liberals, you spout off an accusation or fact, and expect people to accept it as law. Exhibit #1 - Al Gore and his "Global Warming" dogma. What will you tree huggers do about Pele and Kilauea? Fools.

Since: Jun 08

Honolulu, HI

#16 Jun 24, 2008
Linda, Linda, Linda.....

What a COMPLETE load of BS.

If you truly care for Hawaii so much then do us all a favor.

Quit/leave.

Since: Jun 08

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jun 24, 2008
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
So Angel if a democrat made the same decision as Lingle did what would your response be. After it's only 50/50 question? Please answer if you dare?
What a silly question - my answer would be the same.

Those of you who seem to think people HAVE to be either Dem or Rep (because there's nothing else, right????)- well, there's just something wrong with you.
WestKauai

Honolulu, HI

#20 Jun 24, 2008
To Bibadibabidibo:

You forgot to factor in the cost, monetary and environmentally, of battery disposal from the hybrid vehicle.

Since: Jun 08

Honolulu, HI

#22 Jun 24, 2008
lol wrote:
<quoted text>So your answer of get rid of whoever. You have no solutions I think something is wrong with you. As for me there are many who complain about Lingle without substance your answer is proof (get rid of her because of her choice of car.)
Actually, the solution (to the car issue) was already mentioned previously by someone else (choose another car - there's not just one brand out there, HELLO!). Anyone with a pulse could have figured that one out (did I REALLY need to mention it again?). To my knowledge, that solution fails to appear in her "Symbolism over savings" BS letter.

My opinion that she should quit is based on my observations of the state of Hawaii and her past performance as gov. Her BS letter, especially the part where she says she cares about Hawaii, is just the cherry on top of tons of reasons why she should leave.

Since: Mar 08

Aiea, HI

#23 Jun 24, 2008
Ryan wrote:
Makaala, I invite you to come to the State Capitol, 5th floor, and voice you opinion on this non-issue in person, rather than taking the easy way out and voicing it online. You must be so unhappy with your own life that you have to take it out on others and blame the Governor and politicians in general on you short-comings. Maybe you should have paid more attention in school and you could have earned that high school education that you seem to be lacking.
Ryan

There are a few people that just don't have anything better to do than complain, complain, complain.

One thing about Linda is that she is always open.

You said:
“I invite you to come to the State Capitol, 5th floor, and voice your opinion”

That's it my friend.

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