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Letters

For Saturday, November 23, 2013
HCDA catering to developers • Obamacare good but so is choice • Have U.N. broker Middle East talks • Kudos to hotelier for parks idea • Theft of carts simply a crime
For Sunday, December 23, 2012
Pay package for Jay is way too generous • Food products should have truthful labels • Krugman's analysis defies fiscal reality • U.S. afflicted with too many firearms • Guns, mental illness both issues of concern • Gun-control clamor spurs buying frenzy • Mortgage deduction is two-edged sword

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For Saturday, December 22, 2012
UH tuition needs to be affordable • Kudos to all in farm land deal • Drug war diverts from real crime • Terminally ill need choices
For Friday, December 21, 2012
Climate change report welcome • Case was voice in wilderness • Stop killing kids overseas as well • Tweak gun laws to halt murders • Oshiro wrong to avoid GOP
For Thursday, December 20, 2012
City should rescind tow firm's contract • Atheist government was not intended • NRA could help foster less violence • Israelis know how to stop shootings • Restore funds for Waianae services • HOV lanes are working just fine
In Memoriam: Tribute letters are pouring in, and many more condolences are posted via Facebook on staradvertiser.com. A few of the remembrances:
For Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Solar industry rules are legislative turf • Let's work together to avoid gun deaths • Many massacres in gun-free zones • Tow firm executive seems bad at math • Locals should run Hanauma Bay shop • North Shore on verge of gridlock
For Saturday, November 3, 2012
Show respect for wishes of dying • Rail will cost far too much • Choose Cayetano over rail project • Rail system will work on Oahu • Vote against the Jones Act
For Friday, November 2, 2012
Fight negativity in campaigns • Lingle offers balanced views • GOP would control Lingle • Private schools update curricula • Don't allow Waikiki condo
For Thursday, November 1, 2012
Transit alternatives needed for growth • Tourists won't ride rail transit system • PRP hasn't changed Cayetano's numbers; and more
For Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Democrats field poor candidates • Hirono in touch with citizens • You can test for synthetic drugs • Beaches tested for radiation • Too much spent on UH sports • State should help farming • Why aren't sirens working?
For Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Vote for Johnson and Cayetano • PRP undermines democratic process • Poll shows money can buy election • Enforce rules for using crosswalks • Give local bakeries some support, too • Tsunami evacuation stressful for elderly
For Monday, October 29, 2012
Millions of tourists will use rail transit • City infrastructure already damaged • Healthy lunches at school good start; and more
For Sunday, October 28, 2012
Why we must keep church from state • UH investigation served public well • Provide more parking for state employees; and more
For Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Going green sure is costly • HECO ignores solar's savings • Teachers want to know details • Catholic Church evading liability • ‘Disruption' is the real issue • Legalese masks child abuse • Live with dignity, die with dignity
For Sunday, November 20, 2011
HMSA rate increases discourage businesses • Adults can help kids as worthy role models • Kaiser Permanente ad budget too large • Hawaii not an image to be mass marketed • Business hub vision mostly a pipe dream • Aloha shirts say a lot about island-style life • UH Wahine deserve more media respect • Introducing pest is on firm scientific ground
For Saturday, November 19, 2011
Teen mom's story was inspiring • Teen parents are poor role models • Kudos to Makana for singing truth • GMO lobbyists are in control
For Monday, November 14, 2011
Trees in the city also are very beneficial • Central planning highly overrated • Region's leaders need to stop drifting debris; and more.
For Sunday, November 13, 2011
Trade agreements need to benefit all • APEC conferees overlooked Jones Act • Haseko lived up to its promise about school • Make list of promises that developers make • Kakaako developers given too much leeway • Marines no longer need to use live pigs • Training alternatives lack good evidence • Watershed initiative deserves support
For Saturday, November 12, 2011
Corporations have a good side • APEC has been a losing proposition • Oahu fortunate to host summit • 'Tutu and Me' going national
For Friday, November 11, 2011
Don’t defile isle schools with ads • HART is, indeed, being diligent • UH doesn’t have to hike tuitions • Aquarium fish overharvested • Waianae farm has broad effect
For Thursday, November 10, 2011
Occupy protesters have valid gripes • Virtue of selfishness drives public policy • Turn off some lights to save some money; and more.
For Wednesday, November 9, 2011
U.S. needs better economic model • Council wimped out on rail issue • Names illegible on war memorial; and more.
For Tuesday, November 8, 2011
New land agency a threat to democracy • Tall buildings, rail are not island style • Protesters ignoring needs of 99 percent; and more.
For Monday, November 7, 2011
Tam sentence was sick joke • Speed up end to Afghan war • Let people vote for ‘None'; and more.
For Sunday, November 6, 2011
HawTel workers treated unequally • Occupy movement hurts the 99 percent • Kawaiahao Church acted appropriately • Fund schools better to avoid advertising • HMSA likes rate hikes but not for providers • APEC is all about pampering the elite • APEC will challenge HPD traffic skills • Bicyclists often do not follow traffic laws • All casualties of war deserve to be counted
For Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Solar power is key to island lifestyle • Allow more homes in urban center • Reason is second to power of belief • Hawaiians will lose if treated as Indians • Why is Honolulu so covered in litter? • Teachers better off being in a union
For Monday, August 1, 2011
Homeless camps won't come for free • Do more to catch red-light runners • Can refunds do not reflect their weight • Music studies have long-range benefit • Short-term rentals are a golden goose • Earned income tax credit worth saving
For Sunday, July 31, 2011
Housing projects will provide needed jobs • Obama ignoring his own words on debt • Pay teachers better to keep them around • State not playing fair on issue of teacher pay • Guam can't handle huge military buildup
For Saturday, July 30, 2011
Gov. Christie did more than just balance budget • Social Security did not cause budget deficit • U.S. needs balanced budget amendment • Police officers union not seeking pay hikes • Police union should paddle like rest of us
For Friday, July 29, 2011
We need strong food safety laws • Crack down on red-light runners • At-grade rail not less costly • Rate hikes fund needed upkeep • Labor fight is for our families
For Thursday, July 28, 2011
Where can houses be built on Oahu? • In-flight film could help avert accidents • Special ed tests don't serve the kids • Homeless people deserve respect • Tea party activists are sabotaging GOP • ‘Strategic reform' going on at DOE? • Education board has the right stuff
For Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Infrastructure needs attention • Some turbines not operating • Lottery is clean and productive • Tax loopholes questionable • And more
For Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Utilities seem to be in their own canoe • Boost fines for distracted driving • Debt negotiators need to stick with it • Better teachers deserve better pay • Be sure children ready to go it alone • Tighten laws about alien plants, critters
For Monday, July 25, 2011
Schools should require economics • A lot of water being wasted in Honolulu • Robotics program imparts useful skills • Not all cups of tea qualify as ‘sacred' • Mayor should get off train to disaster • Farm lands must be kept in agriculture
For Sunday, July 24, 2011
Electricity users fund efficiency • Aquaculture is essential industry • Social Security has no money • U.S. default not really an option • Show war deaths to help stop wars • Tasers safer for police officers
For Saturday, July 23, 2011
Animals cruel to animals, too • Corporate jets provide real jobs • Concussions are long-term threat • Mercenaries give U.S. a bad name
For Friday, July 22, 2011
Economics is useful to know • Police should release records • Bicyclists need more protection • Anti-rail folks have alternative • Cellphone ban in cars a ruse
For Thursday, July 21, 2011
Robotics programs help Hawaii students • Record-keeping seems lax at some agencies • Music award deserved more press coverage • Media won't be fooled by hiding of homeless • Scent-tracking dogs will help in police activities
For Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Solar subsidies are a bad deal • Rally to the flag of ‘less is more' • Defaulting could help in long run • Sinclair Library joins 21st century • Stop spending; save U.S. dollar • Social Security not in danger • Chinatown residents besieged by brazen, irresponsible homeless
For Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Arizona Memorial tours jump ticket line • Politics, lawsuits cause unnecessary rail delays • Nothing ‘blighted' about Pearl City • Save taxpayer money by reducing hang-ups • Don't demand more for less from teachers
For Monday, July 18, 2011
New law upholds the aloha spirit • Cable service has some flaws • Help yourselves and then others • Teachers union should cooperate • ‘Hawaii Five-0" drifting away
For Sunday, July 17, 2011
Energy plan key is partnerships • Civil unions act begs questions • Time to limit sewer hookups • Irony abounds in sewer debate • Teachers deserve greater respect • Keep all vehicles off sidewalks
For Saturday, July 16, 2011
‘Temporary' sure lasts a long time • Neighbor islands deprived of seat • U.S. treats Pacific like its own lake • Democrats are wave of the past • Politicians can't fix broken society
For Friday, July 15, 2011
APEC excluding small local firms • Keep towing competitive • Polar ice not hurt by OTEC • Miami pleased with Sumitomo • Let's bring back the Superferrys
For Thursday, July 14, 2011
Why are tents allowed along city sidewalks? • Oahu's sewage woes need to be solved now • Raiding recycling fund is just plain dishonest • State Hospital patients not ‘mental prisoners' • Government towing us all to the poorhouse
For Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Newspapers haven't supported unions • Follow DoD's lead in early education • OTEC contributes to surface warming • Akaka still a strong advocate for Hawaii • ‘Quality of life' won't help business climate • Neighborhood park in Waikiki welcome • HART must be free of anti-rail Council
For Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Working conditions for teachers already bad • Why won't HSTA put contract to members? Abercrombie's past portends his future Are Native Hawaiians now really equal? Shane will do his best to make Hawaii proud
For Monday, July 11, 2011
OTEC preferable to Big Wind • Preserve our agricultural land • Criminal justice priorities skewed • Hawaiian law fails Hawaiians
For Sunday, July 10, 2011
DLNR making rules for Ahu O Laka • Blame government for unemployment • Laws protected citizens on Fourth • State's action shows weakness of HSTA • Suspend union dues • Strengthen school nutrition standards • Put higher priority on pedestrian safety
For Saturday, July 9, 2011
Gay marriage will boost NY over Hawaii • Those outside shelters need to eat, too • HART saved money by not suing Council • Abercrombie needs to support small business • Hawaii must diversify beyond tourism
For Friday, July 8, 2011
Let Tam pay as a free man • Blame Norquist for debt woes • Expand wireless broadband • Sandbar looked like police state • Don't connect bullying, suicide


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