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Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Big Isle man was 1 of 5 fired by Palin

Palin is even more like Bush than is McSame. And just like our national embarrassment Bush, she too can't even properly pronounce noo-cue-lar. Last thing this country needs is another ignorant, self-righteous, bible-thumping zealot in the White House, just like the one we've got now.  (Sep 14, 2008 | post #98)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Who will win McCain/Palin or Obam/Biden?

Palin is Monica Goodling with a dogsled. This country really doesn't need yet another religious zealot in the White House.  (Sep 5, 2008 | post #2)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Vog vexes federal officials

Isn't the main vent on Federal Land? Even if there was a technological solution, it would have to be implemented by The Feds, not the State or County.  (Aug 5, 2008 | post #6)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Quiet Haleakala still considered active

Guess I should call State Farm today and see if my homeowner's policy covers lava damage.  (Jul 15, 2008 | post #5)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Ocean Watch: Superferry trip to Maui

The controversies over the HSF will all be settled by market forces before the courts decide on the environmental problems. The HSF has shown it can't operate reliably in anything other than optimal summer weather, so for 1/3 to 1/2 the year, it will miss trips and suffer the lost revenue and associated compensation to stranded travelers. It already suffered a major structural failure, resulting in a two-month repair fiasco. Two months with zero revenue. It is operating at less than 1/2 the loads it needs to break even...despite its "introductory " fares set at 75% off with no fuel surcharge. Unless HSF is the first manifestation in history of what economists call a "Giffen Good", then it will always lose money. It must double ridership while tripling fares in order to make a profit. Not economically viable. Let's just hope us taxpayers do not get stuck with too many bills when it goes Tango Uniform.  (Jun 27, 2008 | post #12)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Aloha leaves cargo in lurch

One thing is for certain - if there are profits to be earned, some clever company will step into this void very quickly and grab them. That's the "American way". I ship boxed freight between Maui and Kaua'i via FedEx and the rates & service are great. If the profits warrant, a well-financed outfit like FedEx could gear up to take all of Aloha's freight by the end of the week.  (Apr 29, 2008 | post #25)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Fargo to take the helm at Superferry

Admiral Fargo has made a big mistake in his choice of career path. 2,000 riders in 8 trips is 250 per trip, still almost 50% below break-even. The Puke A Ferry is dead, it's just a matter of time until the body is carted away.  (Apr 26, 2008 | post #5)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Union will fight go! pilots' firing

Will be fascinating to see what the NTSB comes up with on these two (apparently) astonishingly incompetent losers. The previous poster "Hmmm" brings up an interesting point. It's hard to believe both pilots fell asleep on a 30-minute flight; perhaps they turned the radio off and were too busy joining the mile-high club to notice they were headed out to sea?  (Apr 24, 2008 | post #17)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Superferry exemption was forced, audit finds

This auditor should be commended and promoted for speaking truth to power. The conclusions of this report fall into the catgeory of "duh, obvious", but it's nice to get official confirmation that Lingle is dirty.  (Apr 17, 2008 | post #10)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Superferry speeds return to service

Stick a fork in the Ferry, it's done. That tin can has already stranded too many people. It will go the way of Aloha and ATA soon.  (Apr 4, 2008 | post #11)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

News | /2008/04/01/

Perhaps if that incompetent nincompoop Lingle had spent some of the $100 million in State money she's spent on the Stupid Ferry instead on Aloha subsidies, Aloha would still be in biz and Hawai'i residents would have a means of transportation that RUNS instead of a bankrupt airline and a tin can sitting at a dock for months.  (Apr 1, 2008 | post #27)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Ferry furor flares

Why bother arguing and suing? The ferry has missed more scheduled trips than it has accomplished, the few trips it has managed to limp through have been at 60% below break-even passenger loads. The cost of fuel has tripled since its initial P/L projections. Then there's the added unforseen costs of massive quantities of barf bags. The ferry was a still-born idea and will fail on its own as a result of market forces alone. That is, if its super lightweight 6mm aluminum hull doesn't suffer a catastrophic failure first and send it to the bottom. Good planning on that hull design, too. We all know Hawai'ian waters are never rough, especially at 40 knots.  (Mar 20, 2008 | post #17)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Haleakala bike tours still on hold

Agree strongly. The DownKill tour drivers use their trailers like offensive weapons. If anybody else used their vehicle to stop traffic whenever they felt like it, they'd be arrested. Shut 'em down for good, Ms Parris.  (Mar 19, 2008 | post #8)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Surfers fight ferry pier

Actually, it is "concerned citizen" who is the idiot. When Maui's North Shore is closed out (fairly common during an average winter), Kahului Harbor is the only place one can surf on the whole North Shore. I am a Maui surfer, but I personally do not surf the harbor because the water is too skeevy from the cruise ships dumping their bilges. Nonetheless, why should the large number of Maui's surfers who DO surf the harbor have their spot taken away for a ferry service which (a) few in Maui want (b) even fewer actually use, and (c) fails to sail for months at a time and is destined to fail in the next year anyway?  (Mar 18, 2008 | post #5)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Lingle aggravated by Senate inquiries

Lingle seems to have learned well the shady techniques of her chum George Bush. Break the law, feather the nests of your buddies, mock the separation of powers, and then stonewall, wriggle, and subvert any attempts at investigative sunshine.  (Mar 8, 2008 | post #2)

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