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Surely you jest! (Sep 30, 2009 | post #19)
And then there's the Hurricane Relief Fund they keep talking about draining. It's not "if" but "when" we will ever have a serious hurricane and insurance will dry up again. Between a hapless governor and this ignorant self-serving legislature, we're doomed. (Sep 20, 2009 | post #9)
Sad to see that one of the most highly-regarded schools internationally at UH, Travel Industry Management (TIM) is being gutted. There is surely more to this latest UH debacle than we now know. As far as some grads "not being able to get a job", given the international economy this cannot be a surprise and I'm certain this is true -- but not only at TIM. No, given the historical and highly-political decision making "process " at UH, one might be suspect of this current situation. (Sep 10, 2009 | post #4)
Until the Hawaiians demonstrate that they accept the responsibility for managing all of that property and money to actually benefit their deserving Hawaiian friends and neighbors instead of that nasty bunch of self serving insiders at OHA, I cannot accept the idea of giving them any more self governance power. (Aug 31, 2009 | post #24)
Humm? A lot of sour graps and sore losers here! Was it not Matt Matsunaga who said only last year, "Ann Kobayashi is a veteran politician with terrific people skills. She can bring together opposing factions to achieve a consensus, which is an absolute necessity in today's political word of opposite views," "One person whose word you can always trust is Ann Kobayashi's. She's always kept her word; that's what I remember about her." But my favorite description of Ms. Kobayashi comes from kupuna Al Harrington who recently wrote, "She's proven, independent and anyone who knows Ann Kobayashi personally will tell you that she is also a righteous, gracious lady." That should be enough to convince anyone. But rave on naysayers. It's a free country. (Aug 9, 2009 | post #62)
Oh goodie! Two more lawyers. (Jul 20, 2009 | post #3)
HGEA runs the great risk of alienating even the most staunch private sector supporters if they insist on maintaining the status quo. Everyone I know has been hit in the pocketbook by this international fiscal crisis with no end in sight. It' probably more complicated than this, but it would seem to me that the unions should be working to see proportional wage cuts for all state employees in order to keep all of their members working with their benefits intact, health insurance being one of the most important. What happened to all for "one and one for all"? Or was that the Three Musketeers? as it is, they appear to be pulling a power play with the rest of us left to pay the freight. HGEA's current position may cost their members dearly in the long run. (Jun 28, 2009 | post #1)
These scurrilous attacks on the ethics and character of one of Hawaii's few honest and ethical elected officials is sad to see but entirely expected. It does cause one to wonder why such hateful things are being written in "the land of Aloha"? To anyone paying the least attention. Ms. Kobayashi's record of strong opposition to political corruption and insider business dealings is well known and documented and her many brave actions in the face of adversity has obviously not played well with some -- including the current Mayor and his lockstep City Council or with and many of the beneficiaries of lucrative County contracts including da train. Many are vested in da train and their opposition to anyone who gets near their rice bowls is logical but nonetheless sad to see. "Sic 'em" Ann! (Jun 24, 2009 | post #27)
Matthew Highbright's letter comparing the cost of the Mayor's antiquated train with the "incredibly costly" H3 makes no sense. H3 is a federal highway, built and maintained by the federal government. "Experts " bought and paid for by the Mayor tell us that Vancouver's train can cruise at 80 mph! Exactly where on the proposed short Oahu route can a train accelerate and cruse at such a speed and then decelerate to stop? (Jun 20, 2009 | post #10)
The missing element in all of this is leadership. The people are crying for strong leadership but receive only political platitudes. While problematic, at least Lingle took a position. Now the entrenched Dems will have a field day complaining and shooting down her ideas but will not offer any real solutions. Nothing new here. As long as all of these critical decisions are made solely on a political basis, we're doomed. While I'm a Democrat, I'm not an insider or a union member so they treat me like S#@& too. The day of reckoning is at hand boyz & gyrls and the election-year sideshow has barely begun. (Jun 3, 2009 | post #13)
Well, that's one view of what passing the Civil Unions bill in 2010 would do: "Democrats pass it and it gives Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona a huge opening for his campaign for governor; Democrats don't pass it and the newly energized advocates feel betrayed." Here's another: if the Legislature in their great wisdom passes it right off the bat and overrides the Governor's certain veto, then Deacon Aiona would not have an issue to ride into the 2010 election. Too simple to comprehend perhaps? (May 24, 2009 | post #1)
This is all well and good if one can afford to "...trade in their gas guzzlers for more fuel-efficient cars..." as you suggest. In a perfect world, I'd be driving and new Volt when they come out but I can afford that about as much as I can afford a house in Hawai`i. Not! REALITY CHECK: While some may be able to afford many "nice to have" things, the rest of us cannot. (May 21, 2009 | post #1)
One might agree with this idea, but the public workers do have a guaranteed check every two weeks and excellent benefits and retirement -- and few these daze have such guarantees. Everyone I know is suffering and the state and county workers need to help and if that means paying a little more for their healthcare, then so be it. At least that have health care! (May 17, 2009 | post #2)
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