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For Friday, November 2, 2012


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Fight negativity in campaigns

There is an old proposition in politics: When you can't win on the issue, attack the individual.

Political action committees have a legitimate role to play in politics. That role can take a negative turn, even to the point of attacking the personal integrity of a candidate. This election season in Hawaii is but the latest example of this trend.

But now the Democratic Party is being drawn into the election picture. As Democrats, we do not need nor have any association with these attack tactics. We have not sought anyone's assistance and no other group speaks for us. We reject these actions as an insult to Democrats and Republicans alike.

The issue isn't one of defending any candidate. It is the future of political discourse in Hawaii that is at stake. These negative attacks are not meant to motivate voters to learn about the issues or make informed decisions on candidates. These tactics are not part of a political process worthy of democracy in Hawaii.

As Democrats we encourage voters to fight back against negative campaigning by focusing on the issues; on the leadership potential of the candidates and by making your voice heard with your vote.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie
Democratic Party of Hawaii

Lingle offers balanced views

Former Gov. Linda Lingle offers a fresh new approach to attacking problems that Hawaii now faces. Hawaii has been a Democratic state far too long. It is truly time for a change toward a better balanced representation. In order to get Hawaii back on track, we need leaders that the public can relate to, who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in no matter what the consequences.

The trend nationwide appears to be leaning toward voting for the candidates and not party preference. I am happy to be part of this trend. I am a registered Democrat and always voted party preference. I did my homework on the candidates, and watched all of the debates. I am truly happy and proud to have cast my vote for Linda Lingle for U.S. Senate to represent Hawaii. Lingle is the best qualified candidate. I urge everyone to vote for her!

Gayle Nakama
Alewa Heights

GOP would control Lingle

Linda Lingle, in her ad says, "I'll be your independent voice," "You know me. I'm not a party person, I'm a Hawaii person." Yes, we know you. You put personal ambition and party loyalty over country when you so fulsomely endorsed the vice-presidential candidacy of Sarah Palin at the 2008 Republican National Convention. It should not have astounded us that you had no qualms in enthusiastically supporting a candidate who you, as a highly educated person, must have known was abysmally and dangerously unprepared for the office.

Independents and Democrats who voted for you for governor believing you were a moderate felt betrayed. Never again.

Alberta Joy Freidus-Flagg
Honolulu

Private schools update curricula

The article about the decline in private school enrollment did a good job describing the situation, but the "rest of the story" is even more compelling ("Enrollment is down 8% since 2007," Star-Advertiser, Oct. 14). And that is: How this enrollment challenge has helped propel independent schools into being even better value-added schools.

At the Academy of the Pacific, now in our 51st year, our mission of being a small school with a big impact is essential, but we have revised our curriculum to incorporate 21st-century teaching and learning concepts.

Using even more student inquiry, hands-on and collaborative learning coupled with our 1:1 iPad program allow us to make learning more real and relevant.

We are tackling world challenges like sustainability and ethical usage of technology in unique ways. While remaining responsive, small and nurturing, we are a much more dynamic program.

Lou Young
Head of school, Academy of the Pacific

Don't allow Waikiki condo

I urge the zoning authority, the Waikiki Neighborhood Board, the City Council and the mayor to use their influence to defeat any change of zoning at 2121 Kuhio Ave. at the corner of Kalaimoku Street and Kuhio Avenue.

Constructing a high-rise condominium in the area currently zoned commercial would conflict with the low-rise symmetry and tradition of the area. I recall Mayor Jeremy Harris' comment when the low-rise commercial plaza at 2100 Kalakaua, home of Tiffany and Chanel, was dedicated. He said the complex has "a Hawaiian sense of place." I consider it a travesty that developers now seek permission to construct a high-rise in the small parcel of green remaining after completion of the Kalakaua complex.

The project makes a shibai of the Waikiki planning process.

Elizabeth Rodenbeck
Honolulu

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peanutgallery wrote:
Nobody in Hawaii has heard a word from Mazie Hirono until the election. If she is re-elected, she will return and not be heard from again. Drawing her pay and benefits Mazie sits in the dark and does nothing. Nothing for Hawaii. She supports Obama, who's policies have completely failed. Our country stands on shaky ground. The folks who get the free stuff are mad at the folks who pay for their own stuff and the free stuff. The folks who get the free stuff have grown in numbers by this President. He caters to them and foments anger toward the people who work hard to pay for it all. Obama has been a tragic mistake.
on November 2,2012 | 03:18AM
false wrote:
Years of Republican insanity of Bush era could not be fixed in the wave of the Obama "wand" or any other magic man. Besides admit it, the Republicans and other `ohana didn't really want this Hawai`i boy to make it. Like Hawai`i there are some of us of color albeit a different color who are not highly regarded. We can be undone here in the cloistered workplace just like Obama was undone in Washington at every turn. The ugly truth is out.
on November 2,2012 | 05:04AM
Malani wrote:
Yep, the ugly truth is out. Hawaii voted him in and will make the same mistake again? If history in Hawaii repeats itself they'll vote him in again. Between Wow, picture a contest of the mouths between Abercromibe and Obama. And the winner is...................... .
on November 2,2012 | 06:16AM
starripoff wrote:
malani - totally right. I LOVE hawaii dearly but its so sad that most seem to be sheep that just follow anything with a "d'" on their back. doesn't anyone find it ironic that both gabbard the dad and gabbard the daughter and now "the rising dem star" are now dems??? do you really thing they both did a 180 in their thinking? hardly! but they are smart enough to know that if wanted to further their political careers in the 808, that's what they had to do. romney is accused of flip flopping but nobody (including the media) says jack when someone like gabbard totally changes their views.
on November 2,2012 | 10:02AM
LanaAloha wrote:
Tulsi Gabbard has been a lifelong Democrat; people voted for her because they like her and trust her - Mufi was more of an establishment choice. She's a grassroots leader who will be a true voice of the people.
on November 2,2012 | 11:06AM
starripoff wrote:
Tulsi is totally inexperienced but probably won't matter because nobody in congress takes any of our congressional delegation seriously incluidng inouye mostly because they can't understand him - he mumbles. they just want heads up on oceanfront hotels or vacation rentals and "can i get a rez at ala wongs?"

good ole dad mike was a REPUBLICAN until he CHANGED mid-stream one day. if you were around when hawaii voted on same sex unions, mike was the VOICE against it; daughter was right there beside him
on November 3,2012 | 08:11PM
sumoroach wrote:
unions help
on November 2,2012 | 10:46PM
starripoff wrote:
do what? most of our family members belong to a uni n - by FORCE NOT CHOICE; they don't do a darn thing except take $, take $, take $...from the check; pretty much nothing left once it hits the bank account
on November 3,2012 | 08:18PM
goinglobal wrote:
Well you call it anyway you want but as Commander in Chief he is a complete failure.... What happened to no man left behind? Oh wait I know he was too busy going to a fundraiser in Vegas rather than help the people in the American Consulate in Bengazi... Remember when Obama called on the Seals they killed OBL for him but when the Seals called Obama for help they were told to "Stand Down..... What a tragic disgrace!!
on November 2,2012 | 07:05AM
likewise wrote:
Bengazi makes Watergate look like j-walking, or it should. The Woodward and Bernsteins of today not only would ignore the scandal, they would actively help bury it. The media is complicit in not looking into that fiasco.
on November 2,2012 | 07:40AM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
The only people talking about libya is fox news. Every day all day to try and discredit Obama. It is so obvious. Fox news( if you can call it that) is absurd. The only people that believe them are the one's easily led by B. S.
on November 2,2012 | 03:17PM
goinglobal wrote:
So I guess the actual cables from Ambasador Stevens pleading with Secratary of State Clinton for more security and telling her they can not defend against an attack are all false too..... Keep drinking the cool aid
on November 2,2012 | 03:50PM
Pacej001 wrote:
There are just too many unanswered questions on Libya for it to be a dead story. So rather than indicting Fox News, you're indicting the major media outlets which are happy to shove this story under the rug to assist Obama's reelection.
on November 2,2012 | 06:59PM
pcman wrote:
President Obama was anti-military as a Senator. Now that he is President, he has become pro-military/pro-Defense, except he still wants to cut back on military funding to pay for the welfare people.
on November 2,2012 | 08:13AM
starripoff wrote:
sorry - my comment crediting malani was meant for "goingglobal". wrong link.
on November 2,2012 | 10:03AM
soundofreason wrote:
And WHO had control of the house AND senate when O'bama was elected? And WHAT got done? WHO was going to close Gitmo on "Day one"? Couldn't even do THAT! Short memory?
on November 2,2012 | 07:05AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Pretty soon you'll tell me if we spend near a trillion bucks on shovel ready stimulus projects we'll keep unemployment under 6%.
on November 2,2012 | 08:40AM
thos wrote:
My puppy makes shovel ready projects.
on November 2,2012 | 02:19PM
typroctor wrote:
So does my cat.
on November 2,2012 | 02:41PM
pcman wrote:
How would one more dolt from Hawaii help? It's not in the color but in the brain.
on November 2,2012 | 07:50AM
tiki886 wrote:
It wasn't the color of his 'skin,' it was the color his brain. It's commie red.
on November 2,2012 | 09:22AM
pcman wrote:
And Maxie wants to follow Obama's lead in whatever he wants. What's wrong with her brain?
on November 2,2012 | 11:41AM
thos wrote:
It WAS the color of his skin. No one would have even considered voting for such an empty suit with zero experfience and zero accomplishment had this fellow been white.
on November 2,2012 | 02:21PM
Maui wrote:
tiki886. What's the color of your blood? It's commie red! Planning on getting a transfusion sometime soon? Bet you don't.
on November 2,2012 | 02:44PM
goinglobal wrote:
If I remember correctly he had a democrat House and Senate when he took office. He did nothing about immigration reform.... Did not close Guantanamo Bey... Gas prices were $1.86 and the country had a AAA credit rating. He violated the war powers act in Libya and then let the people in the embassy there die without any help... Lied to the american people about what happened there had his vice president say they did not know the embassy wanted more security yet there were previous attacks on the embassy and he reduced the amount of security even while at the same time the embassy was pleading for additional security he reduced it further..... He should call himself Fraud in Chief...
on November 2,2012 | 09:37AM
starripoff wrote:
obama wasn't "undone" by washington; he was undone by himself. he blames EVERYONE ELSE (but usually the GOP) but takes credit for anything positive. obama is the "I" president, not the "we" president which makes a poor leader, and now he is the president that doesn't give a dam* that four lives were lost while he flew to vegas to campaign. the truth will come out AFTER the election which was the plan all along with the "it's the video stupid" plan. I'm ashamed that he is identified with hawail.
on November 2,2012 | 09:56AM
thos wrote:
"Years of Republican insanity of Bush era "? Horsefeathers! Bush pledged we will not falter or fail in our efforts to prevent another attack on our homeland...and for the next 88 months he kept that promise. Contrast that with what has happened under the "leadership" of the CURRENT occupant of the White House: Little Rock Fort Hood Detroit Times Square NY Federal Reserve None of these attacks on our homeland will be described as "terrorist" by the current occupant, but many have tipped wise to the fact that the current occupant can' t hack it no matter how fast his teleprompter moves. Bush not only confronted the Clinton recession but also the financial blow done to us on 9/11. His record of achievement in our economic rebound (unemployment at or below 5% for most of his 8 years) is difficult for the lunatic left to account for, but it is a matter of fact. Despite all his whiney, sniveling cry baby boom detractors, History will proclaim Bush 43 as one of our great presidents. Compared to the current occupant Bush is a colossus standing next to a cockroach.
on November 2,2012 | 02:18PM
tiki886 wrote:
false: Obama was not undone. He was 'found out' to be a SOCIALIST and a commie.

The schools in this country do not teach the evils of socialism. They teach just the opposite. They sing its praises. Little kids in America, especially Hawaii today are taught that it's the only route to fairness and equality and all of that wonderful, good stuff. Big government, command-and-control economy, bureaucratic authority, etc. This is what kids are taught and it is seductive for people that don't like competition.

But people who lived under socialism know. Just ask any Cuban exile or Russian emigre or an emigre from the former Soviet Union. They have lived under this "successful socialism" and so they have a palpable fear when they see it starting to grow here in America.

They lived it. They grew up in it; they were born into it. They escaped it. Now it's caught up with them again. They thought they had outrun socialism, but it's caught up to them. And they're scared because they recognize it and they see it in Obama and his policies.

These emigres don't even need to know that Obama parents, both of them, were commies. His surrogate father, Frank Marshall Davis was a Communist. Rev Jeremiah Wright preaches 'Black Liberation Theology' which is a fancy marxist name for Commie.Growing up, he surrounded himself with Bill Ayres and Bernadine Dorn, Richard Clowen and Frances Piven, all avowed Communists.And now even today, Obama has surrounded himself in the White House with many socialists and commies advising him on a daily basis. Who? David Axelrod is a 'Red Diaper' baby just like Obama, that's who. These emigres that I speak of do not need to know Obama's background as I have outlined. They know a as soon as they open their mouths.


on November 2,2012 | 02:18PM
Maui wrote:
tiki886. Off on the same old rant again. Spare us.
on November 2,2012 | 02:40PM
tiki886 wrote:
Why don't you refute me with facts instead of lame and obtuse responses.
on November 2,2012 | 02:48PM
Maui wrote:
tiki886. Lame and obtuse posts deserve lame and obtuse responses. That's the only way.
on November 2,2012 | 03:51PM
cajaybird wrote:
tiki886: I find your comment about "People who lived under socialsim..." to be 100% accurate. I have found that every single person who grew-up in a socialist country to be the most adamant about the direction were headed. People need to educate themselves and listen to people who have lived it.
on November 2,2012 | 02:48PM
pcman wrote:
Where is the Federal Impact Aid for Education that should repay the state of Hawaii for teaching the 10,000 children of Federal and military employees? That would amount to over $120Million a year to the state, if she did her job to help all students in Hawaii public schools. Lingle and Djou can do it if she couldn't for the last 6 years.
on November 2,2012 | 07:47AM
goinglobal wrote:
So you think that none of the military own a house here in Hawaii? What about all the locals that work for the federal government that pay all state taxes and the federal government does subsidise all schools for all military and dod children even the local hires....
on November 2,2012 | 09:22AM
pcman wrote:
The Federal government still should pay for all federal employees and military personnel. Regardless of locals and mainland hires. They don't discriminate either way, do they?
on November 2,2012 | 11:45AM
Imagen wrote:
As a voluntary acceptance of the conditions in the military, you are given some perks. And rightly so, with housing subsidy as part of. However, the local hires for the defense are not subsidized. We pay our own way.
on November 2,2012 | 12:26PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
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on November 2,2012 | 09:40AM
pcman wrote:
If we had a bunch of good representatives in Washington, don't you think they would work to gain the equities that the state and our citizens deserve? Maybe we need a change of representation, lock, stock and barrel.
on November 2,2012 | 11:49AM
Imagen wrote:
It certainly would not hurt. Look what we have to work with now?
on November 2,2012 | 12:27PM
MakaniKai wrote:
EXACTLY! But they will fool some people into believing they are there for the working ohana. Well not mine, we are trying to hold on to our fair share, what we go to work 6 yes 6 days a week for. 'Enuff already wake in the Nei. Aloha.
on November 2,2012 | 12:27PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Ask Inouye, Akaka, Hirono, Hanabusa and don't forget Abs! They wheel and deal and fool people and in the meantime we cover the bill. What about reimbersing the state for all the COFA residents???? Aloha.
on November 2,2012 | 12:24PM
Maui wrote:
peanutgallery. Who are the people who are getting free stuff and what are they getting? Are you including the corporate welfare and the millionaires that pay a lower tax rate than the middle class? Throwing more peanuts from the gallery?
on November 2,2012 | 08:46AM
goinglobal wrote:
I dont know how about subsidized housing? How about welfare? how about food stamps? How about subsidized cell phones? how about free medical insurance? Free contraceptives? 50% of all Americans pay no federal income tax and still get a rebate..... Please dont talk about paying the fair share....
on November 2,2012 | 09:28AM
Maui wrote:
goinglobal. What's wrong with paying the fair share? Isn't that what you are all about? What if Romney paid no federal income tax at some time? Maybe that's why he won't release his tax returns. If he can't take the scrutiny of his tax returns, he doesn't qualify to be President.
on November 2,2012 | 02:54PM
goinglobal wrote:
Maui he did release his tax returns where have you been... Obama on the other hand has not released his college records even though he was offered 5 million dollars to any charity of his choice which the east coast surely could use.....
on November 2,2012 | 03:44PM
thos wrote:
To unleash America's economic potential, create a flood of new jobs and end the Obama Depression, terminate all taxes on capital gains and stop taxing corporations altogether. Corporations do not PAY taxes -- they COLLECT taxes from us suckers who believe in all that "tax the rich" hooey because they pass through the taxes as a business expense added to the price tag of their goods and services. Instead of whining about rich people, let's help all our kids BECOME rich people by learning how to take advantage of opportunity America affords that is unequaled anywhere else on our planet.
on November 2,2012 | 02:27PM
starripoff wrote:
hirono is a puppet of the dems pure and simple. she doesn't have a thought of her own. lingle is accused of following in step with the GOP but it's the hawaii dems that fall in line with anything the dems/obama does. totally nauseated when i see hirono.
on November 2,2012 | 09:52AM
Maui wrote:
starripoff. Lingle will follow lock step with the Republicans, Mitch. Go look at the past Senate votes.
on November 2,2012 | 03:46PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Hey, Maui. What's this baloney about "Go look at the past Senate votes" concerning Lingle? Your Hirono did nothing. does nothing, and in the Senate will do nothing.
on November 2,2012 | 10:58PM
typroctor wrote:
Democrats will conrol Hirono.
on November 2,2012 | 02:40PM
Maui wrote:
typroctor. Republicans, Mitch, will control Lingle.
on November 2,2012 | 03:44PM
Paulh808 wrote:
Maui, you went school or what? You get the stupidest posts I've ever seen!
on November 2,2012 | 09:08PM
cajaybird wrote:
Nice summary peanutgallery.
on November 2,2012 | 03:14PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Our Governor speaks but doesn't say anything -- AGAIN. Lacking any mouthpiece because they've all fled the coop he says a lot of words and yet the picture he paints doesn't have a subject. Why not name names instead of being so vague Governor. I suspect your agnst is against the Chamber of Commerce attack on Mazie rather than the slutty actions of John White and PRP. The negativity began during the primaries a couple of months ago but only now you come forth because of the negativity against Mazie just began.
on November 2,2012 | 03:52AM
false wrote:
Abercrombie goes on and on but what a mess he leaves. When will he be gone? Not soon enough. So sick of his diminutive affect which probably matches other parts of his anatomy, like his brain. What a sorry decision that was. LBO will be his legacy. He too is an ongoing tsunami. Next, the best four letter word.
on November 2,2012 | 05:08AM
palani wrote:
I don't know what's worse, false, your ignorance, your racism or your crude ad hominem attacks.
on November 2,2012 | 06:27AM
wiliki wrote:
false doesn't speak the truth. His handle says volumes.
on November 2,2012 | 07:13AM
Malani wrote:
Remember right after Abercrombie was elected governor he opened his mouth so much about all the changes was doing and was going to do. HIS TRUE COLORS CAME OUT ONLY AFTER HE GOT ELECTED. So, my guess is if he plans to run again he learned to keep his mouth shut because like you said loquaciousone, "Our Governor speaks but doesn't say anything." We learned early about him didn't we?
on November 2,2012 | 06:08AM
starripoff wrote:
perhaps it was his earlier drug crazed hippy era that did it. LOL
on November 2,2012 | 10:04AM
false wrote:
Hooray! So Palani does that explain the little man.
on November 2,2012 | 06:25PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I honestly thought he was talking about the PRP's attacks on Ben Cayetano.
on November 2,2012 | 06:58AM
loquaciousone wrote:
He uses the democrat angle too much and Ben is a democrat so it must be the republican slanted Chamber of Commerce attack on Mazie, who for some reason, is the darling of the democratic machine in Hawaii.
on November 2,2012 | 07:06AM
wiliki wrote:
No angle here. The stuff on Ben is true.
on November 2,2012 | 07:14AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Mazie thinks Aerosmith is a company that makes flight simulators.
on November 2,2012 | 08:41AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I though they made underarm deodorants.
on November 2,2012 | 10:00AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Me too Kalaheo1. Aloha
on November 2,2012 | 12:34PM
bender wrote:
I think he might also be referring to the advertisement the Democrat Party of Hawaii took out. Sems they have decided to act like a PAC. it would be interesting to see how it was funded because the party doesn't collect dues and it usually broke.
on November 2,2012 | 07:12AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Brilliant loquacious - Happy Aloha Friday!
on November 2,2012 | 12:32PM
loquaciousone wrote:
You're starting to sound like me.
on November 2,2012 | 02:18PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Brilliant loquacious - Happy Aloha Friday
on November 2,2012 | 12:39PM
loquaciousone wrote:
You're starting to sound like me.
on November 2,2012 | 02:18PM
loquaciousone wrote:
This elections presents several challenges in voting for someone who will do less harm rather than someone who will do more good. I have to choose between two candidates for the State House to represent me who live way on the other side of the island and has no connection to me because I am convinced that the person who drew the districting lines was drunk at the time. One candidate, on her blog, did not even know how to spell my town's name and lives in Kahana Valley while I live on the North Shore. Auwe.
on November 2,2012 | 03:57AM
false wrote:
You said it. The lesser of two evils is all around us as choice?
on November 2,2012 | 05:08AM
bender wrote:
And for us residents of the North Shore our choice for state Senator is just as bad. On the bright side, we don't have Donovan Dela Cruz sniffing around any more, some other part of the island got unlucky.
on November 2,2012 | 07:15AM
Kalli wrote:
Miss Flagg, I guarantee you that Mazie Hirono will be a democrat slave. She will do what ever Dan tells her to do without any independence.
on November 2,2012 | 05:46AM
Bdpapa wrote:
He talks negatively about negativity. What a head case!
on November 2,2012 | 05:52AM
palani wrote:
Ironic, isn't it Bdpapa?

"There is an old proposition in politics: When you can't win on the issue, attack the individual." perfectly sums up Obama's campaign strategy.


on November 2,2012 | 06:31AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yes it is!
on November 2,2012 | 06:55AM
serious wrote:
My thoughts, exactly. He can't run on his record!!!
on November 2,2012 | 06:56AM
false wrote:
Are you people serious? Are you incapable of objective analysis? Attacking the individual sums up Romney, not Obama. And Romney has the duplicity to use blatant lies to do it.
on November 2,2012 | 07:52AM
Larry01 wrote:
Romney's got more filp-flops than The Slipper House!
on November 2,2012 | 08:54AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Laughably wrong. Having no record of success, the Obama campaign has been nothing but viciously negative, 24/7/365. That's all he has. Romney the felon. Romney the tax cheat. Republicans want you to breathe polluted air, drink dirty water (directly from the prez himself). It goes on and on. At least Romney has a vision, a plan to get us out of our economic mess. Obama has nothing.
on November 2,2012 | 08:57AM
Maui wrote:
Pacj001. Romney has a vision? What is it and what are the specifics? Romney only says but not say how.
on November 2,2012 | 02:38PM
tinapa wrote:
It is the Romney campaign that is saturating the airwaves with all types of falsehoods. They are in desperation mode using all negative and dirty tactics unprecedented in American politics. He said he will bring big change and new direction. If you ask him which direction, he is speechless because he does not know what he is talking about. Romney is visionless. On the other hand, Obama has a crystal-clear plan to take this country back to greatness from the destructive policies of the previous administration. You should read it. It is highly inspirational, it might melt your heart to the point that you end up voting for Obama.
on November 2,2012 | 03:11PM
tiki886 wrote:
An inspirational commie?A commie to melt my heart?
on November 2,2012 | 03:41PM
tinapa wrote:
toki-tok...Do you have a heart?
on November 2,2012 | 06:20PM
Bert wrote:
tinapa, I agree with you completely. Romney is an empty suit, and he has run a nasty campaign.
on November 3,2012 | 01:33AM
false wrote:
Romney the ditzy blond guy.
on November 2,2012 | 06:28PM
goinglobal wrote:
Its a little early to be drunk isnt it??? What are you drinking anyway Obama has done nothing but lie and run negative ads against romney the whole time.....
on November 2,2012 | 09:40AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I was talking about our Gov!
on November 2,2012 | 12:43PM
Maui wrote:
palani. It's the Romney campaign strategy.
on November 2,2012 | 03:48PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Thanks to letter writer Alberta Joy Freidus-Flagg for saying what many of us know about how Linda Lingle continues to mislead the voters of Hawai`i. Lingle never mentions that she IS A REPUBLICAN. If she goes to DC, Hawai`i loses a vote in the Congress. She will vote REPUBLICAN, as a dyed in the wool member of the PARTY OF NO. She will forget that she is supposed to "represent" Hawai`i in the Senate and vote to oust Dan Inouye, our champion in Washington, from the key Senate chair, where he has and can do so much for our small state. Linda only cares about Linda, and it shows in all of her ads, pretending to be a "bi-partisan" independent just to get elected. SHE IS A REPUBLICAN, even if she refuses to admit to that, and I can't imagine anyone in Hawai`i who is not a Republican, voting for her. Vote for Hirono, for the good of all Hawai`i.
on November 2,2012 | 06:45AM
steelinhome wrote:
Mazie Hirono is a leading member of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus. Please check their agenda and determine if it is good for the USA. Would you want to make the Republican party illegal? One-party rule? Some other countries seem to prefer that system.
on November 2,2012 | 06:59AM
wiliki wrote:
The Caucus advocates for the little guy. Why shouldn't their agenda be good for the US?
on November 2,2012 | 07:17AM
steelinhome wrote:
A government that provides everything for the "little guy" has total control of the "little guy".
on November 2,2012 | 07:23AM
wiliki wrote:
Baloney.... people do need help. Control is not on the agenda. Republicans are paranoid here.
on November 2,2012 | 09:22PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Uh, here are a few reasons the democrat agenda won't be good for the rest of us: National bankruptcy, Medicare insolvency, continued economic decline, severely curtailed military.
on November 2,2012 | 08:59AM
wiliki wrote:
Nope.... these are commitments we make to keep people from dying on the streets. We are a civilized society.
on November 2,2012 | 09:23PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
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on November 2,2012 | 09:52AM
wiliki wrote:
Nope... most of the people on entitlements are the elderly who have already been paying taxes most of their lives and the very young who are too young to work. You have a Republican pipe dream.
on November 2,2012 | 09:24PM
SandBar wrote:
Because some of these "little guys" want to be just that. It's easier to live off the government than to get educated and find a job that earns a decent wage.
on November 2,2012 | 11:17AM
lee1957 wrote:
Just exactly who is the little guy?
on November 2,2012 | 11:50AM
Maui wrote:
lee1957. The 99%.
on November 2,2012 | 03:57PM
lee1957 wrote:
I don't buy it. I don't need Maize or any other politician "fighting" for me.
on November 2,2012 | 04:28PM
wiliki wrote:
Romney calls these guys the 47% percent and he and you have nothing but contempt for them.
on November 2,2012 | 09:25PM
pcman wrote:
Mazie is anti-military and anti-Defense. If you have a military connection, watch out. Be prepared to move into another career field or move to another location to get a non-Defense job. She has the greatest amouint of non-military supporters in Hawaii.
on November 2,2012 | 08:29AM
goinglobal wrote:
Funny Hirono is trying to take Akakas seat.... Akaka never got any bills passed so I guess Hirono will continue with that legacy... Since afterall she didnt get anything done in congress.....
on November 2,2012 | 07:02AM
tiki886 wrote:
Akaka and Hirono are "back benchers". They make no noise. They just follow the lead of the head Liberal and nod their heads. That's their job, to shut up and be quiet.
on November 2,2012 | 09:46AM
Imagen wrote:
For the pay? I'd shut up and be quiet too! Where can I apply? So I won't be a "little guy" any more...
on November 2,2012 | 01:24PM
bender wrote:
I consider her adviertisements as outright lies when she claims she will work across the isle. It ain't going to happen. I voted for her to be Governor, but only because I knew the legislature could keep her in check. My only disappointment is that Dan Inouye wolldn't keep his hands off the Democratic primary ticket and backed Hirono. Ed Case would have been better for Hawaii, at least he supported repeal of the Jones Act. All our current Congressional Delegation focuses on is passing the Akaka Bill and forgets about everything else.
on November 2,2012 | 07:19AM
Imagen wrote:
Agree, I voted for Case.
on November 2,2012 | 01:25PM
HawaiiMillers wrote:
Alberta Joy Freidus-Flagg uses the terms "abysmally and dangerously unprepared for the office." Does she realize she is referring to Mazie Hirono?
on November 2,2012 | 07:46AM
starripoff wrote:
LOL! good one.
on November 2,2012 | 10:09AM
cajaybird wrote:
that made me laugh.
on November 2,2012 | 03:00PM
false wrote:
Absolutely correct, Keith. Mazie isn't the perfect candidate, that's for sure. But Lingle would be the absolute worst. She's a wolf in sheep's clothing, portraying herself as an "independent," "non-partisan," "not about the party" candidate who will "work across the aisle..." Child, please. Stop. Just stop.
on November 2,2012 | 07:55AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I still can't picture Mazie as our senior Senator.
on November 2,2012 | 12:44PM
Imagen wrote:
It's a sad day when we have to vote for the better of the worse in lieu of those with credentials... >.<
on November 2,2012 | 01:26PM
cajaybird wrote:
Lingle is what Hawaii needs, she's just outnumbered.
on November 2,2012 | 03:01PM
serious wrote:
Exactly, she has experience, says what she thinks and gets things done.
on November 2,2012 | 03:35PM
starripoff wrote:
don't get it do you "Keithhaugen"? you can't run in hi as a GOP and expect to win; if a monkey were on the ticket running as a dem the monkey would win. nobody cares what the monkey thinks or what the monkey's views are as long as there's a big fat D on teir back; see my earlier comments about the gabbards; they were despised before when they presented themselves are GOP; not tulsi is the "next dem risigin star". ha!!!

I actually agree with everything you say except replace it with ANY hawaii dem - that will make it 100% accurate.
on November 2,2012 | 10:08AM
fka wrote:
Agree with you,KeithHaugen,I voted for Hirono.I belong to the middle class,like the majority of you,so it will only be wise to vote democractic. The republicans is for privatizing Social Security and to turn Medicare into a voucher system. Hirono will fight to retain Social Security,by raising the cap,of which it is taxed,thus increasing it's longevity. Obama Care has already increased Medicare's longevity by eight years already by cutting down on Medicare fraud.
on November 2,2012 | 11:26AM
lee1957 wrote:
Medicare evaporates in a decade.
on November 2,2012 | 11:52AM
thos wrote:
Since the current occupant of the White House is determined to drain almost three quarters of a TRILLION dollars from Medicare to pay for his rube goldberg "affordable health care" lash up, Medicare may evaporate a lot sooner than that. Before that happens there will be an exodus from the medical profession as more and more practitioners tire of getting stiffed by govt refusal to pay for Medicare patients. Bottom line: better kiss your kapuna good bye, 'cause they ain't gonna be around once medical care is severely rationed.
on November 2,2012 | 02:36PM
MakaniKai wrote:
http://www.medicarechoices.org/vote-tracker check it out fka.
on November 2,2012 | 12:47PM
lee1957 wrote:
If Lingle is elected she will have absolutely no power to affect Inoyue's position. Committee assignments for each party are decided by the caucus leadership. The party in power gets the chairmanship. Lingle would not be voting on whether to oust or retain Dan. Likewise, if Linge is elected, Hawaii does not lose a vote. I know the canard arguement is she will cancel out Inoyue's vote, but that argument could be made the other direction as well. Either way, it does not hold water. I understand you don't care for LIngle, but your arguements are usually more reasoned and less myopic.
on November 2,2012 | 11:49AM
lee1957 wrote:
I guess the SA didn't like my earlier post. I get it that you don't like Lingle, but you are sooooo out to lunch stating that she would help oust Inouye from his chairmanship and Hawaii would lose a vote.
on November 2,2012 | 04:30PM
livealoha wrote:
Vote Lingle!!!!!!!! If HIrono gets the US Senate seat you will never get any accomplishments from her. We would all lose this coveted and important position to an empty chair.
on November 2,2012 | 06:50AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I can't picture Hirono as Senior Senator!
on November 2,2012 | 06:56AM
livealoha wrote:
Same here, she comes across confused and unclear. Her debate syle is horrible! I can't see her on the US Senate floor.
on November 2,2012 | 07:10AM
Imagen wrote:
Ah ah, but but but, Dan said so. So it must be true........................................
on November 2,2012 | 01:28PM
bender wrote:
Same could be said if Lingle is elected, empty chair for Hawaii.
on November 2,2012 | 07:20AM
lee1957 wrote:
Is Clint Eastwood in the house?
on November 2,2012 | 11:52AM
thos wrote:
You see that thing sticking up over yonder on that hillside? It's either Mazie Hirono or a tree stump. Keep watching it patiently. If it moves it is a tree stump.
on November 2,2012 | 02:38PM
paloloboyz wrote:
I'm guessing the GOV is preparing himself for all the negative attacks he'll get in four years. The Democratic Party better find a new candidate for the next primary. N A is a one term gov.
on November 2,2012 | 06:57AM
loquaciousone wrote:
That's an interesting twist and probably true. Unfortunately for him, his opponents have plenty of ammunition.
on November 2,2012 | 07:04AM
steelinhome wrote:
Neil Abercrombie might not care if he's a one-term governor. He's already padded his "high three" State of Hawaii pension to go along withe his Congressional pension. Pretty good gig.
on November 2,2012 | 07:11AM
bender wrote:
I'm not sure there are any democrats who might challenge him in the primary and at this point I don't see anyone from the GOP making a serious challenge.
on November 2,2012 | 07:22AM
starripoff wrote:
just like his "friend" the "one term prez".
on November 2,2012 | 10:11AM
soundofreason wrote:
"Independents and Democrats who voted for you for governor believing you were a moderate felt betrayed. Never again.">>> And what NEED was there for her to get in, in the first place? Prior betrayal maybe?
on November 2,2012 | 07:07AM
wiliki wrote:
Gayle Nakama gets an F for her homework on Lingle. Lingle is set to destroy Social Security and Medicare.... She's not for the little people.
on November 2,2012 | 07:10AM
tiki886 wrote:
I resent you calling me "little".
on November 2,2012 | 09:49AM
mrluke wrote:
I'm always astounded by the reasoning of people like Alberta Joy Freidus-Flagg. Are they saying that any Democrat candidate would not enthusiastically endorse and support any position or member of THEIR party???
on November 2,2012 | 07:35AM
pcman wrote:
Ms Flagg, I know you love VP Joe Biden's eloquency and see him as the greatest thing that could happen to America. After all, as Joe says, it's all about a three letter word, "JOBS."
on November 2,2012 | 07:41AM
serious wrote:
Amen!!! And, that's with a teleprompter!
on November 2,2012 | 08:18AM
starripoff wrote:
Well Joe "the too much teeth" learned that from his boss who thinks there are 52 states in the US. So after Alaska and Hawaii, who did we add? Someone please enlighten me!
on November 2,2012 | 10:48AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
In other news, the last voter who had not made up his mind was spotted on the North Shore. He was besieged with about 5 million dollars worth of skuzzy ads.
on November 2,2012 | 08:45AM
Ronin006 wrote:
IRT Alberto Joy Freidus-Flagg, two questions: (1). If the GOP will control Lingle, wouldn’t the Democrat Party control Hirono like it has done for the six years she has been in Congress? (2). If Sarah Palin, who was a mayor and a state governor, was “abysmally and dangerously unprepared” for Vice President, what qualified and prepared a community organizer and short-time state senator and short-time US Senator named Barak Obama to be President?
on November 2,2012 | 08:45AM
goinglobal wrote:
It was his smooth way of talking ( BS) that got him in... Maybe college prepared him since it must have been difficult for him as an exchange student from Indonesia.......
on November 2,2012 | 09:18AM
Bert wrote:
Don't be silly.
on November 3,2012 | 02:35AM
tiki886 wrote:
Nothing qualified him to be President. He is an Affirmative Action President - unprepared and undeserving of opportunities never earned. Just like his Nobel Prize.
on November 2,2012 | 09:51AM
serious wrote:
He got elected because he promised "things"----look at his campaign goals---complete dud. He was going to read the 7,000 page budget word for word. He's a fast reader he signed it in ten minutes--that was the one that was ready for him---he has never had a budget in four years and has never had a R or D vote for his "budget".
on November 2,2012 | 03:41PM
Bert wrote:
Re (1) No. The GOP whips (enforcers) make sure members tow the line. There is a reason it is called the party of NO. Moderates like Lugar and Snowe could not survive the toxic atmosphere. The GOP embarked on a policy to defeat Pres. Obama by blocking him at every turn. Re (2) What qualified President Obama? Intelligence and character, to begin with.
on November 3,2012 | 02:34AM
saveparadise wrote:
Sorry everyone for being off topic but I wanted to reply to this thread from yesterday's repeal PLDC article. "nonpolitic wrote: What you say has merit. However, "slowing down progress" may have a negative impact on the cost of living for Hawaii residents. Take for example our housing market. Given our severe shortage of affordable housing due to the state's low housing inventory, how will citizens be able to afford housing unless more housing is built? Every economist I've come in contact with believes that the major contributor to high housing costs is the lack of housing inventory, particularly on the affordable end of the spectrum. The only other alternative if we don't build more affordable housing is to wait until more expensive housing depreciates or falls into disrepair (think Genshiro Kawamoto properties), the result of which necessitates a lower asking price for the residence. Even then, the price may not fall if surrounding property values stay high. Bottom line, a citizen's vigilance deters a politician's dalliance."
on November 2,2012 | 09:19AM
saveparadise wrote:
nonpolitic, The economists you speak of must all live on the mainland or somewhere with excess land availability. Remaining lands on Oahu are being allocated for housing that are for developmental profit. I am not sure what you define as affordable. The term "affordable" is being used as a disguise. The only way housing can be made affordable on Oahu is if the properties are State funded for low income families and individuals. That, would be true affordable housing. For property values to fall the demand must decline. It will not happen because we are in a desirable environment and land is getting less available. Wanting to limit development may seem selfish at face value but you have got to look at the long term future with focus on the fact that we live on a very small island. Yes our vigilance can deter a politician's dalliance hence our requests to repeal PLDC.
on November 2,2012 | 09:38AM
tiki886 wrote:
"Affordable" is a term define by the US Census Bureau according to median income in a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and is used by ALL government agencies such as FHA, VA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Many people including yourself mistake the word "affordable" with "public housing" which it is not. Government agencies cannot directly affect the price of housing, it can only provide financing to help qualified households afford the payment to purchase a home. The only way for any government agency to affect price is to reduce regulations and free up more land to build more homes and in denser configurations.
on November 2,2012 | 10:20AM
tiki886 wrote:
SAVE: If you stop building residential homes, do you think the price of all existing homes will go up or down? Do you think the cost of all rentals will go up or down?
on November 2,2012 | 10:34AM
saveparadise wrote:
Tiki, Do you think the prices will go up or down by developing more and making land even scarcer? I am talking long term as to having more land available like an ace as your hole card. What I want will never happen. I am merely posting my opinion and fishing to see if there are any more voices more influential than me that may be able open some eyes. Different people have different definitions of affordable. What you can afford would be different from what I could afford. Does $450,000.00-$500,000.00 sound affordabel to you? Certainly not to me. Yet land is being allocated with one of the pretenses of "affordable" housing. I would like property values to remain or recede and I stated before it is almost impossible with the demand on such a small island. My next wish would be population zero increase. Another improbability. Yet it is the solution to many woes. If there is balanced demand there would be no increase in prices of anything. Logical? Market value? Manipulated??
on November 2,2012 | 11:33AM
tiki886 wrote:
No you are not logical. You are ignorant of economics and dangerously close to promoting the Fabian Socialism that professes the use of eugenics and euthansia to control population. It is the same policy that Hitler embraced.
on November 2,2012 | 04:29PM
DPK wrote:
Without draconian measures, the cost of housing on this desirable island in the sun will constantly increase. The visible legion of homeless will most likely grow as living costs escalate and job availability remains sketchy. Low paying service sector employment will force more multigenerational families into smaller quarters. I do hope there is a way out of this spiral. I don't see any of the politicians offering real solutions.
on November 2,2012 | 02:03PM
saveparadise wrote:
Hello DPK, The Chinese seem Draconian as you say by implementing a 1 child rule. In my opinion they are in the right direction. How can we reproduce at a rate that would fill the entire world and yet expect the land to sustain all of us with food and water??? The government of good ol USA has created a ponzi retirement scheme that depends on population increase so they are not willing to limit population. Civilizations have come and gone, migrated, and dissappeared due to resources being tapped out. Can we not learn from history and the mistakes of others before an extreme downturn occurs? NO politician has the balls to voice this and probably would not get any support. Who can handle the truth? Insanity continues!
on November 2,2012 | 02:36PM
serious wrote:
If we don't have a population growth of young workers our Social Security is dead!
on November 2,2012 | 03:43PM
tiki886 wrote:
IRT: Elizabeth Rodenbeck. She says, "Constructing a high-rise condominium in the area currently zoned commercial would conflict with the [low-rise] symmetry and tradition of the area."

She must not live in the area or she is blind. Right behind the proposed construction on the same block is a huge massive condo, 2121 Ala Wai which has 41 stories and over 200 units.


on November 2,2012 | 10:07AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I recall Mayor Jeremy Harris' comment when the low-rise commercial plaza at 2100 Kalakaua, home of Tiffany and Chanel, was dedicated. He said the complex has "a Hawaiian sense of place."

The irony burns.


on November 2,2012 | 11:20AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Tiffany and Chanel are good Hawaiian names.
on November 2,2012 | 02:19PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
For the mahu persuasion at least....
on November 2,2012 | 06:51PM
MakaniKai wrote:
ANGRY sums up the tone of Alberta Joy Freidus-Flagg’s letter. I am an independent who voted for LL twice, with no regrets so please don’t lump people together assuming they share your betrayal. Or could this be Abs pen name letter to the editor? Happy Aloha Friday!
on November 2,2012 | 11:47AM
JohnD2 wrote:
"Governor of the Democratic Party"? The way Abercrombie identifies himself speaks volumes.
on November 2,2012 | 02:29PM
cajaybird wrote:
to Alberta Flagg: It should be noted that Sarah Palin has much more business and executive experience than the president. When negative statements are made concerning Palin, I always look to see if the person making those statements is as qualified or more qualified than the person they are criticizing. Please don't buy into the media'snegative portrayal of Gov. Palin; it simply is not justifed. In fact, maybe they are more concerned by her influence over both men and women and her ability to relate to the average voter. As you can see, I'm tired of the criticism of Gov. Palin. She doesn't deserve it.
on November 2,2012 | 02:39PM
sumoroach wrote:
Mazie is against the military and is a SOCIALIST. Stop Mazie she is going to take your money and give it to anyone who votes for her. She doesn't care, if you are federal worker she doesn't care for you. No budget for 3.5 years, MAZIE doesn't work for anyone but herself. LIAR. Call her office for help and none was given, Mazie and her staff don't care.
on November 2,2012 | 10:23PM
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