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For Monday, November 7, 2011


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Tam sentence was sick joke

"Two days in jail," indeed!

Former Honolulu City Councilman Rod Tam gets two days in jail for stealing more than $15,000 from the taxpayers. What a sick joke — an open invitation to all public servants to rifle the cookie jar without risking significant, appropriate punishment. And further, he must spend time performing community service.

Is that punishment? Thousands of schoolkids do that as part of their basic schedule. Rotarians spend many hours annually doing just that, happily and voluntarily. (Rotary motto — "Service Above Self").

Clinton Basler
Nuuanu

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Speed up end to Afghan war

2012, not 2014!

Our mission in Afghanistan has been accomplished. We were after Osama bin Laden, and he has been eliminated.

With our economy in dire straits, how can we continue to stay in that country? The government of Hamid Karzai is corrupt, the rules of engagement are made more difficult, the drug trade is flourishing and the Afghan people continue to suffer. The time has come for us to leave — not in 2014, but before the end of 2012.

We should build as many schools for the children as we possibly can. Education is the key for the future leaders of Afghanistan. May it happen.

Roy E. Shigemura
Honolulu

Let people vote for ‘None'

Most adults in the U.S. are apathetic when it comes to voting.

In Hawaii, it's generally accepted that most people who are registered to vote don't vote. Historically, roughly 40 percent of registered voters vote, and only about 70 percent of all adults in Hawaii are even registered to vote.

I suggest that this is because people are dissatisfied with the quality of those running for public office, and we truly believe that our votes don't matter.

How can we prove if this thesis is correct? I suggest we place on the ballot, for each race, "None of the Above."

Let's see if this motivates people to register and to go to the polls to cast a ballot.

Chuck Cohen
Hawaii Kai

Traffic light is dangerous

It was tragic what happened at the intersection of Kilauea Avenue and 18th Avenue ("1-car accident kills teen driver, injures 3 riders," Star-Advertiser, Oct. 29).

I would like to know what genius decided to put traffic lights at this intersection?

The rolling decline of Kilauea Avenue, along with the steep grade of the road as you approach 18th Avenue, make it dangerous driving under normal circumstances. Add a wet road and someone attempting to make the green light, speeding down this decline, make it deadly.

When you are traveling Koko Head on Kilauea Avenue, you can't see vehicles traveling makai- bound on 18th Avenue unless you are stopped.

The city should go back to the four-way stop. There are some roads in Honolulu where you just can't put traffic lights.

Of course, the experts might say that the same thing would happen at a four-way stop, but I doubt it.

Larry K. Tamashiro Jr.
Honolulu






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Steve96785 wrote:
Voting for None of the Above is one of thee best ideas I've heard of' It would certainly bring voters out in droves and may help get rid of major deadwood within our State and County offices. Imagine the cost savings being passed on to agencies that really provide essential community services without the ability to vote themselves a 36% pay raise and the best retirement package in the state. We might be the beneficiaries of olitical debate that goes beyond sign waving at intersections which are already dangerous enough.
on November 7,2011 | 04:22AM
palani wrote:
It's only a good idea if a majority vote for "None of the Above" would mean that the elected position would be eliminated. One less politician on the public dole, and perhaps less interference in our daily lives.
on November 7,2011 | 06:26AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Vote for Richard Pryor.
on November 7,2011 | 08:25AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
From the Movie Brewster's Millions (1985) Starring the late Actor Richard Pryor.
on November 8,2011 | 09:29AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Vote for Richard Pryor.
on November 7,2011 | 08:25AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Joking again, LS? Twice.
on November 7,2011 | 08:58AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
SA thought it was funny so they posted it twice. Mrs. Warren Pundilla.
on November 7,2011 | 12:24PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Really?
on November 7,2011 | 12:38PM
Kuniarr wrote:
You posted it twice and you blame SA for that? Really?
on November 7,2011 | 03:14PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You read it twice and you blame Me for that? Really?
on November 7,2011 | 04:42PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You read it twice and you blame Me for that? Really?
on November 7,2011 | 04:42PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
SA posted my reply twice so you can read it twice. Really.
on November 7,2011 | 04:44PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
SA posted my reply twice so you can read it twice. Really.
on November 7,2011 | 04:44PM
Kuniarr wrote:
No brains? Don't know how to stop posting twice? Her;s how, LS. After you hit SUBMIT COMMENT and you do not find your comment showing up, do not hit SUBMIT COMMENT again. Got it? Wait until your screen refreshes. Got it?
on November 7,2011 | 05:22PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
What is there to stop you reading it twice? Still using your HUYA
on November 8,2011 | 08:55AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon
on November 9,2011 | 03:55PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
I blame you. Really?
on November 9,2011 | 11:29PM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
IRT Larry K. Tamashiro Jr. ltr, "Traffic light is dangerous." "Add a wet road and someone attempting to make the green light, speeding down this decline, make it deadly." Exactly! Attempting to make the green light, speeding down this incline was probably the cause of this accident, not the traffic signal. I travel this road almost daily and never had a problem, wet or dry surface. Of course, primarily one must pay attention to driving. There is never a reason to speed, especially on this section of road, and speeding is a no-no. Anything less is asking for an accident.
on November 7,2011 | 04:29AM
Anonymous wrote:
IRT Clinton Basler's ltr, "Tam sentence was sick joke." You got that right, Clinton. One can only wonder what his community service will be. Anyone know how to find this information out?
on November 7,2011 | 04:32AM
tiki886 wrote:
He's going to be featured in 'public service announcements' about the benefits of napping and snacking during the work day and a little bit about balancing your checkbook.
on November 7,2011 | 05:12AM
lee1957 wrote:
Don't forget a PSA spot for proper personal hygiene before boarding "The Bus."
on November 7,2011 | 06:25AM
lee1957 wrote:
Don't forget a PSA spot for proper personal hygiene before boarding "The Bus."
on November 7,2011 | 06:25AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Support your Country Man. Isn't Tam the same age as you?
on November 7,2011 | 08:27AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Joking again, LS?
on November 7,2011 | 08:59AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr, when you intrude into a discussion, have the intelligence to know what the subject being discussed is all about. Mrs. Heckler Pundilla.
on November 7,2011 | 01:23PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Really?
on November 7,2011 | 01:50PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Really?
on November 9,2011 | 11:30PM
Kuniarr wrote:
And what do you call all your attempt at being a jerk and a comedian such as your remark "Isn't Tam the same age as you?" Really?
on November 7,2011 | 03:30PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr, when you intrude into a discussion, have the intelligence to know what the subject being discussed is all about. Mrs. Heckler Pundilla.
on November 7,2011 | 04:46PM
Kuniarr wrote:
You need to be banned, LemonySnickets for posting the comment "Vote for Richard Pryor".
on November 7,2011 | 06:41PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You are the jerk without an attemp.
on November 10,2011 | 12:12AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
(correction) attempt
on November 10,2011 | 12:13AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
(correction) attempt
on November 10,2011 | 12:13AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Then there's your being a jerk and a comedian of a remark "Richard Pryor".
on November 7,2011 | 03:31PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr, when you intrude into a discussion, have the intelligence to know what the subject being discussed is all about. Mrs. Heckler Pundilla.
on November 7,2011 | 04:47PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr, when you intrude into a discussion, have the intelligence to know what the subject being discussed is all about. Mrs. Heckler Pundilla.
on November 7,2011 | 04:47PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
SA post this comment twice so you can read it and understand it. Really?
on November 7,2011 | 04:48PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
SA post this comment twice so you can read it and understand it. Really?
on November 7,2011 | 04:48PM
Kuniarr wrote:
One who posts the comment "Vote for Richard Pryor" needs to be banned.
on November 7,2011 | 06:40PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr
on November 9,2011 | 11:31PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr
on November 9,2011 | 11:31PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You the joke.
on November 10,2011 | 12:11AM
bender wrote:
I sure hope his community service doesn't interfere with him looking for a job. He is on unemployment so he should be out there job hunting.
on November 7,2011 | 05:55AM
kiragirl wrote:
Practically evertime a crime is commited, the alleged perpetrator is noted as having multiple convictions. So why aren't they in prison? Lets be fair. If Tam should have a longer prison sentence, then what about all those harden criminals roaming our streets? Our prisons are over-croweded so only the very dangerous ones are in there. If Tam was sentenced for a longer term, then maybe a dangerous criminal would be set free to make room for him. Answer: We need more prison space!
on November 7,2011 | 08:11AM
shakalopaka wrote:
"Speed up end to Afghan war">….. Everyone I've talked to who has been over there has told me as soon as we leave, the Taliban will take over within two months. We might as well leave now and save some of our solders lives.
on November 7,2011 | 07:00AM
OldDiver wrote:
It's not that simple. There is more than one Taliban. Afghanistan is a country made up of many tribes with different views. The Taliban you are talking about is the one supported by Pakistan. Pakistan is trying to destabilize Afghanistan because of Afghanistan's long history with India. India is now helping Afghanistan to build schools and infrastructure. Afghanistan left on it's own will do just fine. It is the meddling from Pakistan that is the real problem. How to deal with Pakistan is something no American President has yet to figure out.
on November 7,2011 | 09:09AM
wiliki wrote:
I'm also wondering if the Taliban doesn't have something on the Pakistan Intelligence ISI? Could it be that they can prove Pakistan govt's active participation in Taliban terrorism in Kashmir when the Pakistan govt is in denial? The Taliban are not only tight with the ISI because of past collaboration in Afghanistan against the Russians, but the Taliban know where all the skeletons are in the ISI closet. The US will have to succeed in Pakistan despite a lack of cooperation from the Pakistanis.
on November 7,2011 | 03:56PM
HoldEverything wrote:
I suppose Hawaii is similar to most states where the same cast of characters are always running for election to one office or another. Voting for "None of the Above" might be a good way to deny some of these people office, presuming that voters know that that would be the effect of their vote. Maybe we can also vote for "Anyone but Above" to indicate even more extreme dissatisfaction with the choices. The trouble is, if we do vote for "None of the Above," who will serve in office since there will be no winners? Hey, maybe no one. Which might not be such a bad idea.
on November 7,2011 | 07:04AM
luvshawaii wrote:
The history of Hawaii voters guarantees that the same individuals will get voted in again and again, without any thought to consequences. No one does their homework nor takes the time to find out who the candidate was and is. We vote according to the number of sign wavers a candidate has. The bigger the crowd must mean the individual is good right? I mean, didn't the majority vote for Abercrombie and Carlisle?
on November 7,2011 | 07:17AM
OldDiver wrote:
The same applies to the southern red states. Poll after poll in the south shows major support for Social Security and Medicare yet the people are voting for Republicans who want to destroy both.
on November 7,2011 | 09:13AM
Toneyuki wrote:
There you go again with your Dem news (MSNBC) talking points. Stop listening to Mr. Ed. and learn the truth about what Republicans really want.
on November 7,2011 | 12:46PM
Toneyuki wrote:
speaking of SS, did you see the story from the AP? Seems that Obama (last time I checked he was a Democrat) floated an idea that would raise taxes on lower and middle class people and reduce the benefits for seniors. Democrats and Republicans in the super duper committee may support it in their deficit reduction suggestion.
on November 7,2011 | 02:20PM
aiea7 wrote:
voting "none of the above" is an assinine idea. The idea behind voting is to elect someone, why have a vote if it is to not elect anyone. Currently, those who do not vote either consciously or not, are essentially voting "none of the above". Now if the people who don't vote do, not care for the candidates, then they should try to get involved and try to get someone they can trust to run. But to do nothing or to vote "none of the above" is silly. One way to counter the apathy by voters is to have write-in candidates but this procedure has its problems.
on November 7,2011 | 07:19AM
Steve96785 wrote:
I think that you are missing the point. If we could vote for 'None of the Above', and that option won, then nobody would fill that office for the upcoming term. Since most of us, in fact, are really not being represented by the people who manage to get elected, it would not change our current status of not being represented, but would save the taxpayers the expenses related to that office. The option is certainly never going to make it on to our ballots, so it is purely a tongue-in-cheek effort to point out one of the problems with local politics. I agree that it would be better if everyone voted, but only if they were really informed about the issues and if those elected were held to high standards of ethics and communications with the electorate.
on November 7,2011 | 08:42AM
aiea7 wrote:
Really, it would make a mockery of our election process - to have an election where no one is elected. If no one wins, then that district, etc. would not have a representative? Is that not silly? You have to understand that not everyone is happy with a person elected, but that is the democratic system. Sure there are problems with local politics (by the way nationally too) but this idea does not solve it. It may have been a tongue-in-cheek statement but it still is not a way to solve the problem(s). Voting and elections are serious propositions, and serious ideas and effort must be made to improve the system.
on November 7,2011 | 09:01AM
wiliki wrote:
There is also the point that if we give people a chance to screw up on balloting, then they will find a way to do that. I'm reminded of the old story of the student that decided to mark "c" on his multiple choice answer sheet for all test questions-- including the TF questions. Aren't we encouraging voters to take the easy way out and not read the ballot when they don't know anything about any candidate?
on November 7,2011 | 04:01PM
wiliki wrote:
Just testing. Seems my response was deleted. Basically, I agree. A "none of the above" makes it easy for those who are too lazy to make a good choice.
on November 7,2011 | 07:23PM
wiliki wrote:
Odd Trying again. Basically I agree and add that people will use the choice of not to vote to avoid having to make choice of candidate.
on November 7,2011 | 07:25PM
OldDiver wrote:
Steve96785 You are missing the point. The winner will still be the person who gets the most votes. Might come down to who has the biggest family in their district.
on November 7,2011 | 09:16AM
wiliki wrote:
Software bug?..... When in doubt, vote the incumbent out... Perhaps this one will be posted? Machine is funny tonite.
on November 7,2011 | 07:33PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
"Tam sentence was sick joke" Seems the punishment was weak.
on November 7,2011 | 08:24AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Really?
on November 7,2011 | 09:06AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Ahso!
on November 9,2011 | 06:08PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Jerk
on November 10,2011 | 12:14AM
keats50 wrote:
Tam should have gone to prison for 3 years. Then one year probation and nothing cleaned off his record.
on November 7,2011 | 09:46AM
stanislous wrote:
How about counting a "blank" vote as a "no" vote? Oh, sorry, we already do that in Hawaii. LOL LOL LOL
on November 7,2011 | 10:27AM
Kuniarr wrote:
This particular person who calls himself LemonySnickets needs to be banned for posting the comment "Vote for Richard Pryor".
on November 7,2011 | 06:43PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Moderator Off Topic here.
on November 8,2011 | 08:54PM
Kuniarr wrote:
OFF?
on November 9,2011 | 03:56PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
OFF? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 04:58PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
OFF? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 04:58PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
OFF? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 05:00PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
OFF? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 05:01PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
OFF? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 05:01PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
OFF? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 05:29PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
OFF? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 06:10PM
ISCREAM wrote:
National unions have contributed over 186 million dollars during this year to curry political favor. This money is spent without membership knowledge or consent. This far out does wall street contributions. It is time to require unions to pay state and federal taxes!
on November 7,2011 | 07:51PM
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