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Eliminate candidates who didn't file in time

Good editorial. It should not matter what party they belong to or who they are. If they filed late, they should not be allowed to be on the ballot -- unless they can prove that they were either being held captive in a space craft, or were in a private meeting with God. If they planned to run, IF someone else filed or didn't file, they should have been prepared. Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 25, 2008 | post #101)

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HPD accused of cover-up in fatal crash

Boisse Correa's refusal to open an investigation to find out if an officer is guilty of wrongdoing is nothing new. It is par for the course. On a similar case of wrongdoing by errant rogue HPD officers, an insider told me that the police union will not allow the Chief to open an investigation, unless the complainant files a suit. Then they are required to open an investigation. That's when the real coverup begins. Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 25, 2008 | post #109)

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We also need to remember that many of those who are being tortured by US military and Bush-Cheney contract civilian interrogaters are not soldiers, and are not even in the military. Many are guilty of no "crime" except that they were available when Bush needed to show that he was "fighting terrorism" in the Middle East. That is why the Bush gang created the term "enemy combatants," so they could torture civilians who were not captured on a battlefield or in a war or combat zone. They are not POWs, so Bush said he need follow the dictates of the Geneva Conventions and other internationally accepted standards. They wanted to appear legal in arresting anyone they pleased, whenever and wherever they pleased, incarcerating them indefinitely without charges, denying them all rights, and torturing them at will. They want you to think that the whole world is a battlefield and that anyone who is not actively engaged on Bush's side is an "enemy." That is also why the Bush administration is so intent on spying on Americans, to put the fear of Bush into us, knowing that we could all be arrested and locked away forever. That is why we now have 1,000,000 Americans on Bush's "terrorist alert" list, one of the many "lists" he has created to scare us. Sadly, those arrested included civilians -- men, women and children -- many of who were sent away to secret overseas U.S.-run prisons where they are being tortured and where they are being also denied human rights, some simply because they don't speak English or were from a particular country or village, including Iraq, which posed no threat to the USA, and which had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack by the Saudis or the Bush attack on Iraq. Some were killed. Some were released after years in our overseas secret prison system, never charged, never found guilty of any crime at all. And we wonder why the world hates Bush and Cheney and why that hatred spills over onto us and our country? Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 25, 2008 | post #24)

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We'll never know (I hope) what we would do if we found ourselves in the same situation as that of John McCain, who served five years as a POW in the Vietnam War. Some of us might have caved and said publicly whatever our captors wanted us to say. Some of us might have felt the same remorse that McCain felt after his public pronouncements. And, yes, some of us might also have attempted suicide after doing so. I don't think I would have, but we never know. And torture can make otherwise strong-willed men and women do strange things. That is why Bush and Cheney and others condone torture. They don't seem to understand that if we torture prisoners -- military and civilian -- the enemy will do the same to us. And who can believe what those who are tortured said to their captors? Some, we know from experience, will say exactly what the torturers want them to say, just to stop the torture. The proponents of torture -- Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Perle, Wolfowitz, Rice, et al -- should pay for authorizing and encouraging torture. It is not a civilized thing to do. It is not what the world used to expect from America. And let's forgive McCain for what he said when he cracked under pressure in Vietnam decades ago. He's had to live with it for all of these years and that is punishment enough. I'm not a McCain supporter, but for very different reasons. Keith Haugen, U.S. Army veteran Nu`uanu  (Jul 25, 2008 | post #20)

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I heard Rush Limbaugh's radio program only once, and I agree that it is well described as "the audacity of mendacity." And I would add "and mediocrity." You have to be a real neocon, a rabid radical rightwing nut, like Rush's idols, Bill O`Reilly & Sean Hannity on Fox cable television, to tune in a second time. It wasn't even entertaining. Limbaugh, O`Reilly and Hannity never let truth stand in the way of a totally biased sophomoric monologue or kool-aid laced column. Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 24, 2008 | post #12)

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Beach wedding permits bring needed controls to industry

Yes, keeping the public off the public beaches will help the wealthy who think the beaches are THEIR private property. And who cares? Only the public suffers. I've participated in many beach weddings and most are small and simple, over very quickly, and except for the 4-5 people involved, most people never know that the weddings even took place. Maybe permits should be required for wedding parties of 50 or more ... or some other magic number. Leave the small, unpretentious weddings alone, instead of trying to complicate things for the bridal couple, the kahu, and the photographer. Or why not ban outdoor weddings in Hawai`i? Or permit them only in neighborhoods where wealthy landowners rent out their homes for weddings, parties, etc. Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 23, 2008 | post #2)

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Lingle heads abroad for insights on energy

It's a Republican thing. Bush is on a year-long vacation trip to create his legacy -- that he will have visited more countries than did Sen. Clinton when she was First Lady. Since Linda says Bush is the "smartest " guy she has ever met, it is no surprise that, as she winds down her career in public office, she will be out of town most of the time. Is she going to the opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? Bush will be there to support communism and to be sure the Chinese don't collapse our economy. Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 23, 2008 | post #4)

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Rail row prompts Kobayashi run

The question is not rubber vs. rail. The question is "Will O`ahu residents get to vote on whether or not to have a new railroad?" Mufi says he is confident that IF an election is held, the voters will vote for a new railroad. But will anyone step forward to make sure the public has the opportunity to VOTE? Why not let the public decide? Guess who will pay for it, and who will pay to keep it operating, year after year, even if no one rides it and it loses millions or billions. LET US VOTE, please. We all agree to live by what the majority wants. Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 23, 2008 | post #40)

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Lanikai residents: No commercial weddings

Aloha: I've particpated in many weddings on beaches in Hawai`i over the years and I fail to see what others construe as a problem. Most are very small, unpretentious affairs, often times with only the couple, the officiant, one or two witnesses, and one or two unamplified musician/singers. They arrive; the marriage is performed; and they leave, often without even being noticed by neighbors or other beach goers. Occasionally, others at the beach stop to watch a ceremony, sharing in the excitement of the newlyweds. I have never seen anyone offended by such an event. I can understand someone objecting if the couple wants to be married on your privately owned front lawn, or the parking lot or rooftop of a building you own. But after all, our beaches are still public. Does this mean a new "don't" will have to be added to the signs that say "no swimming, no surfing, no paddling, no barbequing, no eating or drinking, no running, no playing, no talking, no children, no pets, no music, no singing, no gathering of `opihi or wana, no sitting on the sand, no this and no that?" Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 21, 2008 | post #8)

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Aloha Leilani: Good suggestions. I hope you communicate them to Sen. Obama. Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 21, 2008 | post #41)

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Al Gore doesn't "need" it, but he would make a good vice president. So would quite a few whose names have been mentioned, including Hillary Clinton, Bill Richardson, Wesley Clark, Colin Powell, to name a few. Barack Obama is lucky to have those and so many other well-qualified men and women from whom to choose. And it will be interesting to see whom among them becomes the next vice president and who will end up in key cabinet or other roles. After eight dismal years under Bush and Cheney, anything will be an improvement. But Obama and whomever he chooses will not be able to undo in just eight years, all the damage that has been done in the past two terms. He needs to pick someone who can succeed him as it will take 12 or 16 years, or maybe even a generation or two to reconstruct our country and regain our position in the world order. Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 20, 2008 | post #8)

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If the Mayor does not oppose letting the public vote in the time-honored democratic way, why is it not happening? Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 19, 2008 | post #3)

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To Jim Delmonte: Bush on an American coin? No way. Folks in San Francisco have a better idea. They have approved putting a measure on the November ballot which may result in naming a sewage treatment plant after George W. Bush. The George W. Bush Sewage Treatment Facility. It has a nice ring to it. Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 18, 2008 | post #7)

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Starbucks to close 5 stores in Hawaii

A day earlier, the local spokesman was on television assuring viewers that no Starbucks in Hawai`i would be closing. There's always someone who is the last to be told. Maybe it comes from serving coffee that smells and tastes burned, or at least "over-roasted ." I recall a coffee tasting story out of Seattle that put Starbucks fourth out of four, according to the expert judges. I seem to recall that McDonalds came in first. That should tell everyone something. Keith Haugen Nu`uanu  (Jul 18, 2008 | post #2)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Transit Matters: A ride on mag lev

Let the public vote first on whether or not we should have a new railroad of any kind... then let's look at the various options available. Let's vote.  (Jul 17, 2008 | post #24)

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