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Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Maui home sales rise as prices become more affordable - H...

With the median household income at approximately $60k/year (that's HOUSEHOLD...read 2 or more workers) the world "affordable " is way LESS THAN $200k, more like $150,000.00...it's a joke to think $477k (down from $570k) is somehow "affordable ". Not for the average worker in Hawaii. "Median prices, however, continue to "bounce along the bottom," he said. Many of the current home listings on Maui include short sales and real estate owned (REO), or bank-owned, sales, according to Tolman, which will need to be absorbed before the marketplace can normalize again and return to rising prices." What? You think a Realtor is going to try sell your house when they need dump all those homes they and the banks inflated like balloons...now they popped and they will dump THEIRS before yours will get seen by a buyer  (Jan 9, 2010 | post #3)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Tentative teachers deal reached - Hawaii News

What part of of the law does everyone including the author of this story ignore? The law specifically prohibiting using THIS money to pay for cost items in any collective bargaining contract...the "rainy day" fund law. So next time we come up short, for anything, let's tap the rainy day fund. That's a plan plan ripe for disaster. Why can't the DOE cut from the 10,000 administrators? There are 14,000 teachers why does it take 1 administrator for every 1.4 teachers? And just one more question...with the state already looking at nearly $1 billion shortfall when is the discussion going to take place of the $3,000,000,000.00 the state lost of the state employees' retirement system, that is required to be paid back(lost in the giant Ponzi scheme of the Wall Street collapse)? Just asking because no one seems to talk of that money...and I understand we have to pay it back.  (Dec 24, 2009 | post #1)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Furlough talks bring optimism for future deal - Hawaii News

"...the Lingle administration is willing to allow the use of $50 million from the state's rainy day fund, enough to provide funding for 12 school days." We have had one mistake in accepting Lingle to do the right thing and she gave us these stupid furloughs. The teachers are stupid if they deal with her again after she blamed them for the furloughs. Besides... It is illegal to use the "rainy day fund" for collective bargaining. What part of the law is Lingle willfully sacrificing that will end up costing us in more litigation? The idea of using the rainy day fund is wrong. We need to find a permanent solution and if the teachers agree to this...well, they deserve to take the blame. A politician once said.. "Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." This plan is a fool errand we need a real solution.  (Dec 16, 2009 | post #19)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Labor agreements to be redrawn - Hawaii News

"The legislators feel the deal is complicated because the state's Rainy Day Fund law specifically says the money cannot be used for collective-bargain ing issues, such as salaries. Also, previous state supreme Court rulings have said that the Legislature cannot be involved in collective bargaining" This is Hawaii. Since when did we worry about laws. We don't need no stinkin' laws. Just do something and pay big bucks for the litigation later...no problem  (Nov 21, 2009 | post #16)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Furlough plan change praised - Hawaii News

Heck ya! They've done a heck of a good job Brownie...er... "no end" Yup, if we didn't have them private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan...well , we'd probably be spending twice as much...I say Out Source, Out Source, heck we could probably get the Chinese to do it at 1/4 the cost. Out Source to no end. Amen  (Nov 17, 2009 | post #48)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Isle housing bottom seen - Hawaii Business

It's a joke. The airport In Kona still has it's 15-25 private jets(BTW parking is only $85/month for a jet but $8/day for cars to park at the airport...go figure) and if you check the market, upper end $1-3 million homes are selling ALL THE TIME...after all, there is only one Hawaii. Lucky we live Hawaii...now get back to your 2nd or 3rd job citizen...there's nothing to see here  (Nov 3, 2009 | post #2)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Submarine skipper is relieved of his post - Hawaii News

"The allegations against Sampson included issues that occurred while the submarine was in the shipyard, he said." Don't ask?  (Nov 3, 2009 | post #5)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Ruling on substitute teachers' underpayment case is uphel...

The state and union leadership lackeys are lucky it conned the workers into accepting furloughs...as you can see by the courts ruling on subs the courts are sympathetic to the compensation of teachers and the other state workers...they probably would have prevailed in an binding arbitration ruling...but that's a Hawaii public education for you.  (Nov 3, 2009 | post #14)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Councilman ruled a resident of Lanai - Hawaii News

"Hawaii Supreme Court decision on Oct. 20 that Kaho'ohalahala was not a resident of the district he represents when he ran for the County Council.".... "Kaho'ohalaha la said the county Charter says that once elected, the council member shall forfeit office if the member is no longer a resident of the area he was elected to represent." If he wasn't a resident when he won therefore... "shall forfeit office if the member is no longer a resident of the area he was elected to represent" He didn't magically become a resident the day after his election so he needs to follow the law and forfeit the job. The law is the same for all...some people just believe they are above it, especially when in the government  (Nov 1, 2009 | post #8)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Furlough case to be heard sooner - Hawaii News

1) Here's a source (GOOGLE is your friend)from Wednesday for those too lazy to search themselves http://economix.bl ogs.nytimes.com/20 09/10/28/bruce-bar tlett-answers-your -questions/?pagemo de=print 2) We are losing the very few allies we had in Afghanistan and Iraq...that should tell you something 3)Terrorism attacks worldwide have increased 200% since 9/11...as the leader of the "war on terror" our failures are quite stunning. 4) We are already in the bottom 10% of states in education. "restructurin g" was to begin at many of Hawaii's schools due to 5 years of failure to meet standards...so what does Hawaii do? Cuts back to the least amount of school days nation wide...go figure  (Oct 30, 2009 | post #8)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Lighthouse set for demolition - Hawaii News

Since this is the last season of "LOST" maybe it or another film crew would demolish it for free and include it in a film or television show. It's time to think outside the box...demolition would cost $10s of thousands and then it would not be memorialized(in film). I'm sorry but if you GOOGLE image "Kauhola lighthouse" you can see for yourself the serious erosion from old pictures to new images. Moving it...well, why? If it was a regular tourist magnate maybe so, but it would cost thousands and thousands to move, then require thousands upon thousand in restoration. Probably not a good investment...let's blow it up and film it, or let it fall and let nature reclaim the land at no charge. Not everything requires saving...this lighthouse is probably one that doesn't require saving.  (Oct 28, 2009 | post #22)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Furlough decree skipped process of public hearings, lawye...

Too often our state waives law that would inform and protect. The hearing, if in fact required, is another example of the state failing to comply with necessary procedure to assure mistakes are not made...again. We've seen this with Felix and we've seen this with the Super Ferry. We have these procedure in place to protect OUR interest. The state should follow rules and regulations established so that, especially in these tough economic times, we don't end up costing ourselves MORE money...like Felix...like Super Ferry  (Oct 27, 2009 | post #11)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

City awards first rail contract - Hawaii News

Had there been any foresight the rail system would have been expanded 60 years ago but it didn't. There is a need to decrease traffic (read: cars) on our roads. A rail system is the best solution. Too bad THIS system isn't THE solution because it uses outdated technology. Spending billions now on this system is a poor but now unavoidable(now anyway) choice. I have said many times, NOW is the time to build a total rail system on the Big Island while land is available. The state could avoid the problems Oahu is now faced with and development without infrastructural improvement can continue unabated (thanks to the Hawaii county council)... but at least the citizens would have an effective transit system in place WITH the no roads to handle increased traffic we have today. Since the Big Island is the new Oahu...best think of the future for a change...oh I forgot where I stay...never mind Move along citizen...nothing to see here  (Oct 22, 2009 | post #53)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

HGEA workers agree to cuts - Hawaii News

Have to wonder about those union members. Even after the governor tells them last Friday, DURING THE VOTING, there WILL be more layoffs EVEN IF the union agrees to these furloughs and pay reduction contracts, they vote for it. Morons.  (Oct 20, 2009 | post #11)

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