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Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Furlough talks hit a wall - Hawaii News

It could go either way. Look at the voter turnout in all the elections. Pathetic. Yet a lot of those that complain have never set foot in a polling place.  (Jun 27, 2009 | post #143)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Motion to block furloughs to be heard in court July 2 - H...

No such thing as a "lowly clerk" in any profession, whether it's in the state or private sector. Unfortunately, you are one of many that care about your position and your clients, and will be put to the test soon. Lingle knows that there are workers like you in the state that put in extra time and ask for nothing in return, and she will take advantage of it. The private sector will not care if you are working on your furlough days for no pay. They want to see you either furloughed, or fired. Your clients will have to understand that they will be part of the collateral damage. Your office is open on the rest of the days of the week, and will have to work around the furlough schedule. This is what Lingle and the private sector wants. Maybe they have friends or family that are in need of your services. They will find out soon enough. Oh, and on those furlough days? Take the kids to the beach along with your co workers and their families for a picnic or go see a movie. When the complaints start flying, forward them all to the news media and Lingle. Good luck!  (Jun 27, 2009 | post #90)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

BOE votes to allow drug-sniffing dogs - Hawaii News

There ARE drug problems in the schools. Problem is that these incidents will revealed to the the public. When a student is caught with drugs, they end up in the principal's or vp's office and their parents or guardians are called in. A lot of times, the campus officer is involved. When the parents arrive, then the trouble starts. They take offense that their child is being accused. They will threaten to sue, or will sue. The DOE/school will settle out of court. Most likely for a large sum of money (our money). The accused student will most likely be suspended for a short time against the parents wishes, of course, then will return to school. The drugs will disappear. Now... how many incidents like this do you all think happen in one school year? And, do you think that the DOE wants you to know? What do you think are the reasons for the dogs now? A lot of incidents such as this are the reason to bring in the dogs. Parents and the public will still protest, but the end result is that it will help take drugs off the campuses.  (Jun 20, 2009 | post #64)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Safeway and Target stores in Hilo on DHHL land will creat...

I personally don't see anything wrong with minimum wage jobs, since it's still a job. Some people think that they would never work for minimum wage, that is until the unemployment runs out, or the food storage shelves at home starts emptying out. Hawaiians have been awarded lands, but they still have to meet qualifications to build to live on it. Now a minimum pay job may not get them there, but there are a lot of people that work more than one full time job just to make ends meet. They just have to go out there and try.  (Jun 20, 2009 | post #10)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Safeway and Target stores in Hilo on DHHL land will creat...

Agreed, and the work that would be created from construction all the way to retail should be most beneficial to the Hawaiians. It is located only a block from the DHHL Panaewa Homestead. IF they wanted to take advantage of it and work since they don't even need a car to get there.  (Jun 20, 2009 | post #6)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Schools consider slicing 13 days from class schedule - Ha...

At what point do the the parents take responsibility for their child's competence and literacy? The kids spend only so many hours a day, and so many days in school. What about the rest of the hours and days? Everyone wants the school to be responsible for their kids to learn, fine. Don't the parents have to follow up? Or is it all the DOE's and BOE's problem to make sure the kids learn something.  (Jun 19, 2009 | post #30)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

BOE votes to allow drug-sniffing dogs - Hawaii News

What difference does it make where the money is coming from, or if rights to privacy are being invaded. This is a public school. The money comes from people who pay taxes. You want privacy? Stay at home, lock the doors, close the blinds, and stop whining. Think about those parents, teachers, and students that want a drug free school.  (Jun 19, 2009 | post #55)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Tight furlough times call for creativity - Hawaii Editorials

Actually if you check the facts, the state does contract a lot of work out. The contractors that do a lot of lead and asbestos removal in state facilities including schools. Major renovation projects that require more manpower and time than state workers are capable of handling on a budget. New construction for facilities that are needed in the public schools. And it doesn't end there. Now, by cutting back on budget expenses and putting workers on furlough, there will be considerable damage to our already sinking economy. Contractors will be out of work. State workers will not be making as much money, so there'll be minimal spending. Vendors that supply the state, DOE, etc., such as book stores, office supply stores, parts warehouses, will see a considerable drop in the demand for their services and/or products. They will have to adjust by cutting back. And that will most likely be by laying off their personnel. You should have been careful what you wished for. Because it looks like it will come true. The damage will be widespread.  (Jun 16, 2009 | post #33)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Isle foreclosures set record - Hawaii Business

Oops, sorry I got a bit off topic there for awhile. What I was going to post was, a friend just refinanced his mortgage to save from going into foreclosure in the future. He is saving a bit of money to where they can afford the payments, problem is he will be long dead by the time it gets paid off. I guess either way you lose.  (Jun 13, 2009 | post #82)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Isle foreclosures set record - Hawaii Business

One thing I would change in your statement, George. It's not just on Oahu, it's the entire state. But you are right. Think of all those that could care less what happens to those that lost their jobs, or about to be furloughed. All that matters is that they collect on the state every month. If you should so happen to be outside of the welfare office in your area, take note of those that drive up in fancy sport utilities or trucks. They get out but make sure to remove all their jewelry and hide all the hundreds of dollars of tattoos. Kids just out of high school applying for assistance because their parents who are already in the system taught them how to do it. The are 3 generations of recipients living on my street, about 12 of them in one house, and no one works. They got flat screen tvs, nintendo games for the kids, steak bbqs almost every weekend and so on. Then there are the hookers that for obvious reasons cannot report their income, so they apply for assistance. Those that are sent from out of state to live here on our taxes. Some people deserve to have assistance, but not the ones that have been on it for most of their lives because it's the only way to live without having to work. I know this because I know a lot of those that work in offices that serve the publice welfare. These are my observations, not opinions. We taxpayers are paying for all this and we really cannot afford it.  (Jun 13, 2009 | post #81)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

BOE nears 76% lunch boost - Hawaii News

Well, now these kids can have free meals for awhile during the summer. http://www.hawaiit ribune-herald.com/ articles/2009/06/1 1/local_news/local 01.txt Maybe free meal weekends will be coming soon. Parents stop complaining about the price of the meals. You are now off the hook for a while.  (Jun 11, 2009 | post #67)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

BOE nears 76% lunch boost - Hawaii News

The schools buy the food in bulk. They are delivered by refrigerated and regular delivery trucks. The cost of delivery will always continue to rise even though the schools buy the same products that have costs that continue to rise also, I would think that this is no fault of the school that they have to cover costs somehow. Some may think otherwise. These schools are not selling these lunches to make a profit. They need to cover expenses which they barely do and at times they don't. No school menu will satisfy the kids all of the time whether by quality or quantity, yet it is expected by parents because they say they are paying for it. Parents, do you always cook meals that your kids like for every meal all of the time? Just my observations , and I don't even work for the DOE.  (Jun 10, 2009 | post #64)

Honolulu Star-Bulletin

State furloughs preferable to layoffs - Hawaii Editorials

Furloughs are better than layoffs. But do the government workers have to take the fall for the problems with the state's finances? There are a lot of other problems that contributed. What about the great number of people that work for "cash under the table". Or those in the tipping category that do not report ALL of their tips. Or those that never file income taxes. The list goes on and on. Money that should have gone to the state as taxes never did. Some money that was spent shouldn't have been spent. And we have now come to this. A lot of people complaining that they don't want any new taxes, when a lot of people never paid their old taxes. Maybe a thank you should go to those that will have to sacrifice their earnings so others can keep theirs.  (Jun 10, 2009 | post #90)