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Mrs. Bush: History will vindicate her husband

It took history at least 40 years (read that 4 decades) before President Harry S. Truman was vindicated. Of course history is written by the victors. And technically, we don't have victory yet in this War on Terror. And Truman did it w/o talking heads, spins, and bloggs posting endless hate and love notes across these virtual spaces. Get over it and move on. President George W. Bush (the son) got elected, in my opinion, because voters felt he was the more likeable guy who they'd like to have beer with, and shoot pool. Chew the fat like. Aloha no, Arvid T. Youngquist The Mestizo Association  (Jan 9, 2010 | post #52943)

Honolulu, HI

Health Care - Honolulu, HI

It is not perfect but the enemy of a good bill is a perfect bill (Sen. Ted Kennedy). If we try to satisfy every objection, we will never see the necessary Reform to provide the safety net for all residents.  (Jan 9, 2010 | post #15)

Hawaiian Airlines

Pilots and Hawaiian Air arrive at pact

Dear Editor and Blogger: It will be very difficult for the Legislature and the Governor to insist on a furlough and a layoff when a private sector union can secure a 5 year, 19% pay increase. In additional, the unemployment rate is down to 7%. With the HSTA, DOE, Governor negotiations for the reopening of the Friday teachers' furlough and the the consequential Friday furlough of HGEA support personnel, other unions will be seeking a better bargaining picture at the table. If the airline pilots for Hawaiian Airlines can negotiate for three years, the public sector unions should be willing to gird their loins and buckle down for the long overhaul. If it were easy, everyone will be doing it. Got to give credit to the Professional Assembly, UPW, and the HSTA. HGEA needs to request a reopening of contract talks. Their members are affected by the public school closures, not just because they are parents, grandparents, but because they are fellow workers with UPW and HSTA. Let's get busy!  (Dec 19, 2009 | post #1)

Honolulu, HI

Infant's remains returned to couple - Hawaii News

Judge not, lest you be judged. I am gratified that a concern for the bereaved family brought some sense into a right thinking person. I have often seen a similar call go out to the public for the restoration of a precious guitar or an ukulele stolen from some one's vehicle. But this is of a more personal nature, and we should not be less grateful for the urn's return.  (Nov 22, 2009 | post #18)


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Hawaii tax collections worsen

I am encouraged that the meeting between Randy Perreira and Gov. Linda Lingle will resume sometime this coming week. The last time Mr. Perreira was summoned to the 5th Floor Office at the Capitol, the meeting lasted 90 minutes and it was inconclusive. That late 2008 meeting between the two leaders resulted in no concrete proposals or offers from the Chief Executive Gov. Lingle. Nothing that was set on paper that could be presented to the various HGEA Unit Negotiating Committees. After that things deteriorated for almost a year, & the traditional collective bargaining process was adamantly ignored by the GOP Governor. This week's short recess of the Binding Arbitration Panel until Oct. 1st, 2009, may be a great cooling off period during which Randy and Linda can both make some headway and approach something resembling a win-win situation. Collective bargaining often involves a little comprimising and works best when its not one sided. I ask them both, as well the Binding Arbitration Panel not merely listen with their ears but hear with their hearts. Talk and get real and realize where each side is coming from. Eventually, hopefully very soon, during this September 2009 for example, negotiators can bring back to their stakeholders a contract language that can be ratified by our rank and file. HGEA, UPW, HSTA, and UH Professional Assembly must refrain from being collectively stampeded like lemmings off a cliff in Diamond Head...the heartbreak hillside cliff where most Honolulu Marathoners hit the Wall...and run out of steam. Hope that doesn't happen to all of us, including the Executive Branch Senior Management Staff of our Gov. Linda Lingle. Nothing is worth losing one's head over. Walk a mile in each others' shoes. May cooler heads prevail. Me Ke Aloha Pumehana, A Unit 3 Steward, OID, Honolulu  (Sep 12, 2009 | post #1)

Honolulu, HI

Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials

Upon reading the actual Letter to the Editor by Lynn Matsusow since published by The Honolulu Advertiser, I feel I should retract some of the comments I made about Lynn's point of view. Her letter is short and to the point. It doesn't try to touch too many bases, but the salient point is that Downtown Neighborhood district should not be a dumping ground for all the ills and the homeless people's problems. It at one time had the Peanut Butter Ministery of Rev. Claude de Teil on Beretania Street across from the Chinese Cultural Center. The place has since be razed, and two facilities of the Institute for Human Services (IHS) are in Iwilei, one across from K-Mart, and the other on Dillingham Boulevard for Women and their Children. The Kalihi-Palama Neighborhood Board of that period, should be very proud for be willing to take the political heat in voting for the IHS on its first agenda upon assumption of duties as newly elected Board members. The NB also placed about 2 Directors on the IHS Board of Directors as well. In coming that year, were future politicians, Sen. Brickwood Galuteria and Sen. Will Espero. Gov. John Waihee, Jr., Congresswoman Patsy Mink, Mayor Frank Fasi, and last but not the least Council Chair Tony Narvaes also deserv e kudos. Again, Lynn, my appologies for not reading your original letter in the Star-Bulletin to which Tracy Ryan was commenting. I take it that it was about the same length and content, provided the editors didn't make it even briefer...then it would get lost in translation, even more. Lynn Matsusow can be very easily misunderstood. After all, she and Chris were the two strongest voices in getting the Smith-Beretania Park built and the existing parking facility placed underground as a Municipal Parking Lot. Very convenient. Must also commend the Downtown Neighborhood Board because the night people influx at the Park has been reduced over the last six months. It makes for a safer, relaxing environment for keiki and kupuna alike. And the homeless seem to be more respecttful of mutual co-existence in the Chinatown district. Now if only more Affordable & Public Transitional Housting could be made available for the Homeless there, even if it means that another Neighborhood will have to step forward to share the burden of the least of us for the Commond Good. Keep those great lettes coming: Tracy Ryan and Lynn Matusow, two of my favorite, true blue liberals and/or libertarians. Human rights means having the ability to put bread on the table at the end of the day. Peace Be Unto You.  (Aug 21, 2009 | post #234)

Honolulu, HI

Abercrombie in good shape despite ruling - Hawaii Editorials

First of all I've been asking my Facebook pals what LOL stands for. Can you enlighten me? Is it what I think it is? Then why not add the missing "O" at the tail end and leave no doubt. As to workers for Mufi, GOP or a 3rd Party candidate working the split on the Campaign Spending Commission's split make up which unfortunately came out against Neil's hopes, have actually inadvertenly given he Liberal/Progresive wing of the Democratic Party a reason yet again to work the grassroots and rely on people power. The labor wing of the Party has already started splittng over things as recently as August 7th on the District 5 C & C of Honolulu elections. Labor money went to at least two candidates and thus split the diamond in the rought to give the former office holder Sen. Ann Kobayashi a comeback opportunity. If it was for me, I'd like to see Sen. Dan K. Inouye become the next governor of the State of Hawaii. I said this 3 years ago, and my opinion has not changed. This is my own lips doing the talking and no one else. So for the same token, that will leave the US Senate open for Mufi to run w/o risk of losing the day job as Mayor. Neil would have more to risk, unless he can bringhimself to run for LT GOV under Sen. Dan K. Inouye. Again, to recapitulate, the decision by the Campaign Spending Commission whether influenced by politics or not (which I highly doubt...tongue in cheek!), has given the Neil Abercrombie's campaign a rallying cry and a focus of purpose. And that purpose is to start the campaign earlier than anticipated, gather the funds, the volunteers, and wake up the Statewide network which he and his people have worked with for the last years of his CD1 term. The little tug boat hasn't been sitting on his hands for all these years. And his candidacy is not that of negativism. It is not about Mufi envy. It is about a positive feeling of Aloha many have felt for Neil and Nancy for so many years since the 1960s. May the best man or woman be our next Hawaii Governor, as long as its a Democrat! Arvid  (Aug 15, 2009 | post #26)

Honolulu, HI

Letters to the Editor - Hawaii Editorials

Dear Editor: I believe that a letter submitted by Tracy Ryan of the Libertarian Party concerning the "alleged " visual blight referred by Lynn Mutsow of the Downtown Neighborhood Board and longtime Community Activist and political insider, is fair in that it gives Lynn credit for most of Mutsow's observations and what merchants and visitors to Chinatown need to put up with. However, I must agree with Ryan in so much that personally at least for the last 25-40 years, the problem of the homeless (poverty, lack of sanitation and hygiene facilities and social service outreach) has become a problem of safety, commercial hardship, and scaring off potential customers, but as Ryan points out in those years at least while Tracy and I have been in town (me from Japan, and Tray from Australia), businesses and residents moved into Downtown and Chinatown knowing the conditions before they did so. Is it the job of HPD and mayors to roust the homeless and street people out of parks, bus stops, business building sheltering eves, and movinng them outside Waikiki or Mauka of Vineyard Boulevard? So let me clear this up in my mind...some people's well being trumps the well being of some other people? Does the tax paying status or voting status determine this disparate status of our citizens. What makes officials think that homeless don't vote. Doesn't Councilman Romy Cachola remember that 500 homeless people in Kalihi-Palama put him in the State House and continued to do so as long as the IHS and the Peanut Butter Sandwich Minitery existed. Or are people afraid that some homeless person will one day rise up and become an electewd official? Will wonder never cease? Let me make it perfectly clear. This is not a ringing endorsement of the Libertarian Party or its purposes. Sometimes over a period of forty years, the spirit of progressivism and liberalism become jaded and practitioners like us lose our edge. It's time that more new blood is permitted to flow in the veins of the new Democratic Party and ask what Change is supposed to really mean. Does it mean more of the same, but practice by a different cast of characters, or does it mean that the paradym has shifted and we are in for some stormy weather? How exciting. Lastly, the Chinatown summit four years ago, decided at least in my workshop that personal sanitation and hygiene wer the top priority for the Downtown homeless population.  (Aug 14, 2009 | post #127)

Honolulu, HI

HGEA Proposal

Hey Bill, what is the News Media trying to pull. This is an old proposal from June 2008 way before the Recession hit the Presidential Campaign Trail. There was little, or no discussion about a pay raise for the next two years. Anyone who had access to our SWIM meetings will tell you that. What a negotiation is supposed to do is to put the highest wish list on the table, and try to meet at the Happy Medium. If there are going to be massive layoffs after the December 2009 Arbitration Panel Bindng Decision, the deepest cuts will come from the ranks of those who entered the Civil Service or the other Statewide workfoce when the Linda Lingle tide came into Honolulu. Some less charitable say that Linda Lingle brought in with her Tide, some of the Wrongheaded Proposals that didn't work in Maui, either. What is she doing? Well, my conjecture at this point from someone looking in from the outside is that she is ltting LT GOV 'Duke" Aiona seize the day and the credit for bring the two parties away from the abysss of a dark edge from which a Vertigo patient will not be able to pull himself away from. Our Governor is like a Bambee caught in the night by a high beam from a pickup truck, and can't decide whether to advance or retreat. I hope cooler heads prevails, I never thought I would say this, but sometimes the second bananas are handy things to have around, unless you happen to be a Republican. Remember Gov. William Quinn his primarly re-election campaign after Statehood. A top supporter and phylantropist who is an Alumni of Stanford quite the GOP after that fiasco. Don't let the GOP ruin the Government and its workers for the sake of Union busting tactics.  (Aug 12, 2009 | post #3)

Honolulu, HI

Ann Kobayashi returns to Honolulu City Council with speci...

I wish Ann Kobayashi well in her her return stint on the City Council of Honolulu. Do us proud and fulfill the promise of "Duke" Bainum. Stay the course, and stay extra healthy and stop travelling so much. Never know what you may catch at airports. A lot of International germs floating around. Well, off to morning Mass at Our Lady of the Mount, and as to you, Ann, sleep in today.  (Aug 8, 2009 | post #1)

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Mestizo Rule!


Tokyo, Japan


Kalihi Valley, Honolulu

Local Favorites:

Nordstrom Marketplace Cafe, Maile's Thai Bistro, & Yusura. They are at Ala Moana Shooping Center, Hawaii Kai Marina, and Chinatown.

I Belong To:

My wife "Angel".

When I'm Not on Topix:

Reading literature, periodicals, newspapers, writing letters to the editor, posting commetns, FB & blogging.

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"14,000+ locals can't be wrong!"

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Tomi Yuro

Read This Book:

"Short Stories" by Guy de Maupassant (translation)

Favorite Things:

Rare bargain DVDs & Friends of the Library Book Sale at McKinley High School on King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii

On My Mind:

Sub-Sandwich Group.

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I believe in the "A Man for All Seasons", The Beatitudes, & The Golden Rule. But how difficult to live them. Practice, practice, more practice. And perseverance.