Letters to the Editor - Letters

Letters to the Editor - Letters

There are 15 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Feb 19, 2009, titled Letters to the Editor - Letters. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

I'm always surprised to see letters from people who are opposed to extending some benefits to same-sex couples.

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Big J-Hawaii Kai

United States

#1 Feb 19, 2009
In ref to Too many older people involved in accidents, the problem with elderly drivers is clear. With age, and I mostly speaking about those over 70, reactions slow, hearing decreases, attention span is shortened. In my neighborhood I'm aware that one gentleman, age 84 at the time, had let his license expire. He had to take the written test, which he failed the first time. Then came the driving test. He failed that also the first time. When he again took the driving portion of the test, he was passed, although the examiner stated that he had failed yet again. The reason the examiner passed him the second time was "he felt sorry for the old man." The elderly gentlemen's son was shocked as he was aware that the father was a danger on the highway, not only to himself, but others. This examiner failed to do his job properly and thus put the motoring public and pedestrains at great risk.
Mr Equality

United States

#3 Feb 19, 2009
Thank you for speaking the truth about equality. In a civil society, citizens should be bound to laws that do not discriminate on the basis of sex. This is a REQUIREMENT of the HI Constitution. The Constitution requires the Legislature to enact laws that ensure equal protection. Civil Unions are not marriage. Why are people so afraid of taking steps toward equality?

Please support civil unions!
willie

Plymouth, MI

#5 Feb 19, 2009
Mr Equality wrote:
Thank you for speaking the truth about equality. In a civil society, citizens should be bound to laws that do not discriminate on the basis of sex. This is a REQUIREMENT of the HI Constitution. The Constitution requires the Legislature to enact laws that ensure equal protection. Civil Unions are not marriage. Why are people so afraid of taking steps toward equality?
Please support civil unions!
I want to marry 8 gays and 5 lesbians but I can't, can we pass a law saying I can? I demand equality and it appears I am in an even smaller minority than most......
Realist

Wahiawa, HI

#6 Feb 19, 2009
There are many accidents every day. Most go unreported in the media, due to their common occurence. The media will comment on the age, when the party or parties involved are very old or very young. The reason for this is the infrequent occurence of these events that make them news worthy.
There are a fair share of unsafe drivers of all ages on the road. To discriminate because of age to cull the "unsafe drivers" is not justified. If there is justification for retesting it should be universally applied.
fedup

Honolulu, HI

#7 Feb 19, 2009
Jason, you are full of baloney that rail will improve the economy, first of all, it will not relieve congestion, only 20% and with that, does it justify the cost of 5 plus billion dollars? You say thousands of jobs, okay list them I dare you, besides the construction industry benefiting from this project what are the other jobs can you list? I'll help you name one, graffiti removal job that will provide about a thousand people, lol.
fedup

Honolulu, HI

#8 Feb 19, 2009
Walter, your just another case of telling others that they aren't doing enough to help the homeless while you probably nothing yourself. Churches are doing a lot to help but you're blind as a bat to not see it. As far as your claim that God made some people to be gay, this is crazy and nuts, who did God create in the beginning, male and female? For a reason? Think about it. Oh by the way, there is already laws for same sex couples to receive the benefits, you just don't get it do you, injustice? Come on! Go back and crawl in your hole.
molo

San Diego, CA

#9 Feb 19, 2009
willie wrote:
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I want to marry 8 gays and 5 lesbians but I can't, can we pass a law saying I can? I demand equality and it appears I am in an even smaller minority than most......
So, what's the logic here?
Does current law allow you to marry 8 or even 5 women simultaneously?
Are you next going to tell us that gay marriage will lead to bestiality marriages also like some idiots have?
We're talking about real people who, if they didn't let it be known, could be the individuals that you work with or pass by every day without knowledge of their sexual preference.
Intolerance sometimes is confused with what some people think is morality.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#10 Feb 19, 2009
molo wrote:
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So, what's the logic here?
Does current law allow you to marry 8 or even 5 women simultaneously?
Are you next going to tell us that gay marriage will lead to **** marriages also like some idiots have?
We're talking about real people who, if they didn't let it be known, could be the individuals that you work with or pass by every day without knowledge of their sexual preference.
Intolerance sometimes is confused with what some people think is morality.
No the current law won't let me, that is the point. You want things changed to benefit you but not others. You either get the government OUT of the marriage business altogether or open the door all the way, no holds barred. Want that or not?
Jkai

Kapaa, HI

#11 Feb 19, 2009
Jason Wong wrote: "Rail would provide our economy with thousands of new jobs for the next decade and beyond, and bring in more than $1 billion in new federal grant money, which does not have to be repaid by the city or local taxpayers."

You left out the 5 BILLION+ that WILL come out of the pocket of working local people and be redistributed into the pockets of land developers, union bosses, and Hannemans' other cronies.

Imagine how much it would help the economy of Honolulu if its citizens as a group had an extra 5 billion dollars in their pockets to spend on their own families.
dargent77

Smithville, TN

#12 Feb 19, 2009
willie wrote:
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No the current law won't let me, that is the point. You want things changed to benefit you but not others. You either get the government OUT of the marriage business altogether or open the door all the way, no holds barred. Want that or not?
No, the pont is you are a military man. As such, you cannot possibly respond to a "human affairs" issue or "matters of the heart". For you, war is the answer, and everything on earth needs to be black or white, no grey. It's always distilled down to "me vs. them", "them vs. us". Your depth of consciousness is limited to you following "orders", given to you by someone in authority. You never can think for yourself, much less, outside the box. You are why the USA has fallen apart.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#13 Feb 19, 2009
dargent77 wrote:
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No, the pont is you are a military man. As such, you cannot possibly respond to a "human affairs" issue or "matters of the heart". For you, war is the answer, and everything on earth needs to be black or white, no grey. It's always distilled down to "me vs. them", "them vs. us". Your depth of consciousness is limited to you following "orders", given to you by someone in authority. You never can think for yourself, much less, outside the box. You are why the USA has fallen apart.
Thanks for the laugh. You just never cease to amaze me at your total lack of intelligence.
jo jo jo

Anchorage, AK

#14 Feb 19, 2009
Mr Equality wrote:
Thank you for speaking the truth about equality. In a civil society, citizens should be bound to laws that do not discriminate on the basis of sex. This is a REQUIREMENT of the HI Constitution. The Constitution requires the Legislature to enact laws that ensure equal protection. Civil Unions are not marriage. Why are people so afraid of taking steps toward equality?
Please support civil unions!
Because when everybody is "equal" no one is a plus sign !!!!
Duke Matzen

Hollister, CA

#15 Feb 19, 2009
The closeline issue reminds me of when Congress passed a law limiting the size of the water tank on toilets in order to conserve water. It looked great on paper but it took three flushes to do the job. The Legislators should do what they do best: give themselves pay raisers and send pork back to their districts.
On elderly traffic accidents, I don't think it's necessarily an age thing. Most drivers don't signal so the poor pedestrian in the crosswalks hasn't any idea what the drivers are doing. If one signals then everybody knows what's happening!!
Duke Matzen
Navy4ever

Honolulu, HI

#16 Feb 19, 2009
dargent77 wrote:
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No, the pont is you are a military man. As such, you cannot possibly respond to a "human affairs" issue or "matters of the heart". For you, war is the answer, and everything on earth needs to be black or white, no grey. It's always distilled down to "me vs. them", "them vs. us". Your depth of consciousness is limited to you following "orders", given to you by someone in authority. You never can think for yourself, much less, outside the box. You are why the USA has fallen apart.
No, no. no.. you are the reason our society is in the shape it is in.. I for one and the United States have nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to apologize for. The concept of tolerance has gotten way out of hand. This concept has even taken over our own country, where people are told to be tolerant of things that go against their moral and religious beliefs. This immorality is now being institutionalized in legislation across the country. Too much tolerance can be a bad thing for the concept of freedom. God bless the USA and its freedoms. Love it or leave it!

Shame on you for insulting the greatest military the world has and one that has saved your butt on more than one occasion.. I would prefer you just say thank you and go on your way or else get YOUR butt on the wall and stand a post!!

molo

San Diego, CA

#17 Feb 21, 2009
willie wrote:
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No the current law won't let me, that is the point. You want things changed to benefit you but not others. You either get the government OUT of the marriage business altogether or open the door all the way, no holds barred. Want that or not?
I feel you might be a little confused here.

In California, where I live, Proposition 8 was passed by our citizenry to deny a portion of our population, who are homosexual, the definition of marriage in legal terminology.That simply means a government civic act. Individual churches can do whatever they choose.Contrary to much public awareness, civil unions, which California recognizes, does not "guarantee" same benefits in the workplace as traditional marriages. How can that be? Well, there fine print "exlusions" in work manuals of many business that are being challenged in the courts as we speak. So in reality, tradional marriage proponents like you aren't just trying to keep and protect your status quo definition of sexuality in society but are actually descriminating against others in a real way. What we as a free people choose for ourselves must not infringe upon the rights of our fellow citizens. And that is regardless of a democratic vote like Prop 8

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