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For Wednesday, November 9, 2011


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U.S. needs better economic model

China's investment model has two distinct components: It targets the future, and it's based on government policy and not "free market" presumptions.

Because it works more efficiently, it forces those, who still play by the rules in a free market massaged by "invisible hands," to claim unfair competition.

Should we not be competing with China economically rather than trying to control China's behavior?

President Barack Obama has put forth a jobs creation package that strives to restore jobs and infrastructure. Consequently, it focuses on immediate social needs, and presumes that the future will be a repeat of the past.

Instead, should we not shift our focus to the future — target alternative energy, biotechnology, next-generation information technology, energy conservation and environmental protection, as China has done, and compete for the lead?

Robert Tellander
Ala Wai

Council wimped out on rail issue

Will wonders never cease! Finally, crumbs are thrown to the reading public via the Nov. 3 Kevin Dayton article reporting the rejection by seven shameless rubberstamping City Council people of a reasonable proposal seeking a second vote on the rail ("Council rejects proposal seeking second rail vote," Star-Advertiser).

Mind you, not stop the rail, just another cheaper one perhaps? The more I hear of this rail and how it's so flawed, full of insider privileges, self-serving politicians and their handlers, it makes me sick. Bad enough that taxpayers are force-fed this steel-on-steel monstrosity; we're told there can be no reconsideration of styles that would be cheaper.

Only Council members Tom Berg and Ann Kobayashi showed signs of sanity and took a stand for us.

Others forget that seniors islandwide will be crushed under the huge tax burden coming with this rail.

Oliver Souza
Kapolei

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Names illegible on war memorial

The medals won by the 100th Battalion are mind-blowing. They were about the greatest soldiers in our history.

But the names of their dead comrades, formerly in gold on the World War II memorial at the busy corner of King and Punchbowl streets, have been obliterated by white paint and thus become illegible. We are even fenced away from them.

How shameful. And those names are still obliterated even after the monument was recently repaired.

Jim Beaman
Honolulu

Dying is issue for patients, not state

Dennis Muth states that "dying is never a private matter" ("Choice of living, dying never private," Star-Advertiser, Letters, Nov. 1).

He asserts that empowering dying cancer patients to seek aid in dying from their physicians "reflects absolute selfishness … "

People who want the choice of aid in dying don't want to die. Dying patients have no life to live. They face an imminent, inevitable death.

Majorities of people in Hawaii favor permitting terminally ill patients to make their own choices about their final days. No religion should impose its beliefs on the whole community. The principle of patient self-determination is enshrined in Hawaii law. Dying is a private matter between patients, their families and their physicians.

Patients, not the state, should control their deaths.

Sylvia A. Law
Kailua

Organic farm caters to the rich

It is interesting to learn that first lady Michelle Obama is tacitly endorsing a farming operation that produces premium-priced crops for the 1 percent ("First lady to visit Waianae organic farm," Star-Advertiser, Nov. 5).

I hope she considers calling at nearby farms that grow crops for the 99 percent while she's in the neighborhood.

While she's out that way, I hope the first lady will consider stopping by Aloun Farms and ask the owners how they feel about transforming their 1,500-acre parcel into a multimillion-dollar annual residential property tax crop.

Dennis Egge
Honolulu

Molokai people oppose wind farm

State lawmakers Mike Gabbard, Kalani English and Denny Coffman along with Susan Kodani, district director for Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, spent Nov. 2 on Molokai listening to the community voice concerns on the proposed plan to build a 200-megawatt industrial wind turbine factory to supply the energy needs of Oahu via an undersea cable.

Three separate meetings were held with an accumulation of 200-plus people attending. Not one person spoke or raised a hand in favor of the project.

Numerous surveys, public testimonies, membership from organizations and petitions are pushing the number of Molokai people in opposition close to 3,000. The numbers are growing as more people learn about the negative implications of the proposed project and the wind energy business.

Molokai has never experienced a community issue that has been so overwhelmingly one-sided in opposition. Our hope is the lawmakers will share the truth and convince the governor to respect the wishes of the community.

Kanohowailuku Helm
President, I Aloha Molokai (IAM), Hoolehua

Bicyclists may occupy full lane

While I agree with Allison Ikeda that bicyclists who disobey the law should be cited ("Bicyclists often do not follow traffic laws," Star-Advertiser, Letters, Nov. 6), her statement regarding bicyclists riding in the middle of the road needs to be corrected.

Bicyclists are allowed to take the lane and in some cases, e.g., when the lane is too narrow to share with other motorists, should take the lane for their own safety. It's important to remember that it is the bicyclist who decides when to take the lane, based on the situation at the time.

Natalie Iwasa
Hawaii Kai

Intersection fine without signals

It is tragic that a young woman lost her life traveling at high speed down a very steep stretch of Kilauea Avenue ("1-car accident kills teen driver, injures 3 riders," Star-Advertiser, Oct. 29). The roads were wet and a driver with limited experience lost control.

I live in the area. The intersection at the base of the steep hill used to be a four-way stop. Cars coming down the hill had to come to a complete standstill. Most drivers were very courteous taking their turn at the four-way stop signs.

The traffic signal was installed, and has made the situation more dangerous. Cars coming down that steep incline with a green light are often traveling at high speed.

Experienced drivers know to brake coming down that hill even with a green light in front of you. Some drivers will race to make the green, which sends them through that intersection at high speed.

Keith Sinclair
Honolulu






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FrankGenadio wrote:
RE: Rail. Councilman Berg will hold a meeting at the Mission Memorial Auditorium on 6 December at 6:00 p.m. Two rail opponents have accepted invitations to be panelists and two of us who support rail but favor systems other than steel wheels on steel rails also will be there. City officials have declined invitations to participate. Apparently, their transit experts are not willing to debate we "eager amateurs" on the merits of a better way to serve O'ahu taxpayers and commuters. Aloha and Good Night.
on November 9,2011 | 01:40AM
wiliki wrote:
At this late stage in the project, many issues are now considered settled and officials do not want to go over old issues. Unless you plan to bring up something significant and new, they probably don't feel the need to go. But the press seems to indicate that only old issues will be re-discussed. What's the point? You just should agree to disagree.
on November 9,2011 | 08:22AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Why do you think that there is a provision in an election for a Recount? The referendum of 2008 was based on a long and tedious bureaucratic language that in plain sight hid that it was asking whether the people wanted Rail or not. A new referendum is equivalent to that of asking for a recount in an election.
on November 9,2011 | 12:59PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
What website did you get this story? Again you making jokes.
on November 9,2011 | 01:03PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
What website did you get this story? Again you making jokes.
on November 9,2011 | 01:03PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon.
on November 9,2011 | 01:15PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Manang
on November 9,2011 | 11:34PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
I second the motion again.
on November 9,2011 | 01:16PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Nope. There is no first.
on November 9,2011 | 01:19PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
I thought you said you play chess.
on November 9,2011 | 01:27PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon
on November 9,2011 | 01:37PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr
on November 10,2011 | 12:04AM
wiliki wrote:
A recount is unnecessary. The margin of the win is much greater than the margin of error. That's why recounts are only allow in close races.
on November 9,2011 | 04:42PM
hawaiinui wrote:
Never too late to change the collective minds of officials that are stuck on spending money we don't have. Significant enough is the revelation that there are more rail technologies that costs a lot less and doesn't cripple the lives of over burdened taxpayers. The point is the tail is wagging the dog, all of the City Council, is supposed to do our bidding, not the other way around.
on November 9,2011 | 06:02PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Thank you, Oliver Souza. The errant members of the City Council will pay at the polls in the next election. It is very evident that the majority of voters, taxpayers, residents oppose the silly railroad from Kapolei to Ala Moana Center, in part because we and our grandchildren can't and won't be able to afford it. The small group promoting the rail idea ignore the fact that most people on O`ahu don't live close to the proposed railroad and will never be able to use it. They also ignore the costs and don't seem to realize that negotiating a deal with a foreign firm to build 36-seat rail cars at a cost of $7.7 million per car is a ripoff, and dumb. They don't seem to care about the public at all.
on November 9,2011 | 04:30AM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
Keith, insofar as those Council members facing removal at the next election, I wouldn't count on it. Knowing Hawaii voters, they in all likelihood will be returned again and again to their position. This project, more than any other, has been hammered time and again by the citizens who know, we can't afford it and it will do little if anything to relieve traffic congestion. However, the money has been contributed to the campaigns or pockets of certain individuals and they could care less whether you or I could afford this most tragic project in the history of Hawaii.
on November 9,2011 | 04:59AM
bender wrote:
Sadly, I don't think any of the council members who continue to support rail are in any jeopardy. You've been around long enough to know that once you're elected you have to really mess up before the public will penalize you. Witness Cal Kawamoto, Rod Tam or Rene Mansho (to name only a few). And in the not to far future they will have the added reason "that we have already spent too much to back out now". I know they are all anxiously awaiting that day so they don't ahve to explain their actions.
on November 9,2011 | 09:10AM
Anonymous wrote:
Bye bye, Ikaika Anderson!
on November 9,2011 | 06:45AM
wiliki wrote:
Wrong. Studies and surveys show that rail will have the MOST significant effect on traffic congestion compared to all other alternatives.
on November 9,2011 | 08:24AM
pakeheat wrote:
And the most expensive project ever!
on November 9,2011 | 09:34AM
Toneyuki wrote:
Show me the studies that you are referring too. There are studies and surveys that show that there are many alternatives that would do a better job at managing traffic for a lot less money.
on November 9,2011 | 04:07PM
wiliki wrote:
Do your own research. These studies have been brought up before. And the results were discussed then.
on November 9,2011 | 04:44PM
Toneyuki wrote:
You keep saying they are there, but every one that I have seen that says what you say it says has been promoted by groups that stand to make a boatload of money off of Da Rail.
on November 9,2011 | 05:04PM
hawaiinui wrote:
Does it seem like these studies and surveys just haven't been released to the public because of the concerted deceptional campaign of an expensive, taxpayer paid, mass media blitz of the steel-on-steel push to keep us in the dark? Too many of us have to work for a living and keep the bill collectors at bay to pay attention to politics and sadly we are too trusting. Thank you Councilmembers Berg and Kobayashi for sticking out like a sore thumb and calling our attention to the obvious disregard to detail!
on November 9,2011 | 06:13PM
wondermn1 wrote:
We thank Oliver Souza for his observation and truth, It seems as though the 7 on the council who are pushing this thing down our throats do not want the public to have a say (VOTE) in this matter. The Rail as it is now planned has been wrong from day one, Back room deals, laws written so the public did not have a say, Our own tax money to print full page adds (Lies) in the local newspaper,cushy no-brainer jobs for those on the council who voted for Steel On Steel Rail, cash under the table to the past Mayor, and probably the new one as well. I can go on and on and on. but common sense has to prevail because who in their right mind would want 30 -80 year old technology when superb modern techonology is avaiable. No one except those who are paid off in one way or another would want heavy elevated Cement platforms to run HEAVY STEEL ON STEEL LOUD TRAINS THAT GO FROM A FIELD OF DREAMS TO ALA MOANA CENTER. We need to STOP THE RAIL and THINK. We need to clean up the council and let them know how we feel.
on November 9,2011 | 12:23PM
wiliki wrote:
Change is incremental. The technology has been improved as time goes on. Just because it's an old technology doesn't mean that it's passe.
on November 9,2011 | 04:46PM
hawaiinui wrote:
Right on Mr. Souza. You spoke what most people are thinking. Good job.
on November 9,2011 | 06:04PM
unclebill wrote:
It is a great thing the first lady is traveling to the Waianae coast to see the real Hawaii. After driveing there for the past 40 years I have never seen the roads better maintained and less trash on the road side. It remines me when my mother law comes to vist Lets clean the house and when she leaves it is back to the same O
on November 9,2011 | 04:37AM
wiliki wrote:
It's important that the first lady see the virtues of the program in Waianae for themselves and not colored by the condition of the road and trash. Or perhaps, it might seem better program if the environment appears worse? You can't win either way. :)
on November 9,2011 | 08:27AM
Nevadan wrote:
Aloha Robert Tellander. Yes, our government can help by funding research in future-generation technolgies. The Chinese government is out-competing us. No, keep our government out of picking winners and losers. It is often the loser - at tax-payers' expense. Just ask Steven Chu, the current Secretary of Energy, or President Obama.
on November 9,2011 | 04:51AM
LittleEarl_01 wrote:
IRT Keith Sinclair's ltr, "Intersection fine without signals." "Cars coming down that steep incline with a green light are often traveling at high speed and Some drivers will race to make the green, which sends them through that intersection at high speed." I would think that would be the main reason for installing a traffic device at that location. Let's examine the facts. There is a traffic signal installed, everyone knows it. There is a steep incline which slowly levels out where the traffic signal is located. Common sense would dictate that the possibility of a red light exists and that drivers should be prepared to stop. Isn't that the same as a 4-way stop that one should be prepared to stop in any event. The fact that drivers speed and some try to race to make the green doesn't support the removal of the light. It would rather indicate that HPD needs to pay more attention to those who choose to speed in this residential neighborhood.
on November 9,2011 | 04:54AM
mrluke wrote:
So your solution is to post an officer there 24/7? Common sense is irrelevant when dealing with human nature. Most traffic lights encourage some irresponsible drivers to speed though on a changing signal. It's a fatality waiting to happen in a neighborhood like that. As has been pointed out, the 4 way stop worked perfectly well for decades.
on November 9,2011 | 08:16AM
bender wrote:
No need for an officer 24/7. Humans, like dogs can be conditioned. Once some of them get tickets, word gets out that a police officer is lurking in the area, people will do what they were supposed to do in the first place.
on November 9,2011 | 09:03AM
mrluke wrote:
You're right, and I agree, up to a point. Word does get around, usually to the locals in the neighborhood. But still there are those reckless enough to ignore common sense. That particular downhill stretch is especially dangerous when a speeding car passes through the intersection. Installing the traffic lights was just a matter of fixing something that wasn't broke.
on November 9,2011 | 10:12AM
Kuniarr wrote:
The solution could be what was done at the downhill stretch of Kunia Road which intersects with Kupuna Loop - (1) install those strips of stones that causes car wheels to rattle alerting or waking up drivers several yards before the traffic signal (2) adjust the traffic signal light to give cars trying to beat the red light time to go thru the intersection. A car traveling downhill on Kunia Road from the intersection of Kunia Road and Anonui can accelerate going downhill without even stepping on the gas pedal from 35 mph to 45 mph.
on November 9,2011 | 09:34AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Do you have proof? Otherwise you make jokes.
on November 9,2011 | 10:43AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Irrelevant
on November 9,2011 | 12:08PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You afraid that a direct question on whether you have proof or not, Kuniarr? Irrelevant, Really?
on November 9,2011 | 12:58PM
Kuniarr wrote:
LemonySnickets,your question is irrelevant because you are asking for proof of the existence of Kunia Road and Kupuna Loop which is much the same as asking for proof of the existence of Honolulu or the island of Oahu. All you want to do is harass all my posts with irrelevant and obnoxious comment.
on November 9,2011 | 01:03PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You cannot answer cause you have no facts or a website to back you up. Really? All you want to do is harass all my posts with irrelevant and obnoxious comment. You play Chess, this is a game.
on November 9,2011 | 01:06PM
Kuniarr wrote:
LemonySnickets, your comments are irrelevant and have no substance. Were you asking for proof of what? That Kunia Road and Kupuna Loop exists? Proof of what, LemonySnickets? That there is a traffic signal light at the corner of Kunia Road and Kupuna Loop? Proof that Honolulu exists? That Waipahu exists. You are abusing your privilege to post a comment in this website, LemonySnickets.
on November 9,2011 | 01:12PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr
on November 9,2011 | 11:51PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
This website, Kuniarr is not the place for making jokes. Nor for making fun of those who post comments. You seem to enjoy joking and making fun of comments made in this website.
on November 10,2011 | 08:12AM
Kuniarr wrote:
You may be violating the Terms of Service that allows you to post your comment in this website. You are abusing your privilege, LemonySnickets which is a ground for your being banned from this website. You need to be careful with your comments because once a complaint against you is lodged for violation of the provisions of the Terms of Service, it will be bye bye for Lemony
on November 9,2011 | 01:07PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Wrong.
on November 9,2011 | 01:10PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Wrong, LS? Nope.
on November 9,2011 | 01:14PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
"Kuniarr wrote: Wrong, LS? Nope. on November 9,2011 | 01:14PM" You talking to yourself? Really?
on November 10,2011 | 08:24AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
"Kuniarr wrote: Wrong, LS? Nope. on November 9,2011 | 01:14PM" You talking to yourself? Really?
on November 10,2011 | 08:24AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Agend
on November 9,2011 | 11:40PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You don't know the website so it is Irrelevant. Really?
on November 9,2011 | 11:47PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You don't know the website so it is Irrelevant. Really?
on November 9,2011 | 11:47PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Really?
on November 9,2011 | 11:53PM
Toneyuki wrote:
...and environmental protection, as China has done,..ARE YOU KIDDING? http://www.chinahush.com/2009/10/21/amazing-pictures-pollution-in-china/
on November 9,2011 | 05:18AM
palani wrote:
No, Toneyuki, Mr. Tellander is (probably) not kidding, but he's (certainly) delusional! Authoritarian regimes, left and right, do operate "more effiiciently" because they trample the rights of the individual under the guise of a greater good defined by a special elite. The most democratic, generous, beneficent, prosperous, AND powerful country (yes, the USA) in the history of civilization achieved its status by following the "invisible hand" of free market principles.
on November 9,2011 | 06:32AM
OldDiver wrote:
Gotta agree with you here Toneyuki. China is an environmental mess. China's economy is thriving because it is built on an authoritarian capitalistic model. Regulations concerning safe working conditions, child labor laws or labor laws in general, pollution standards, food safety standards, toy safety standards, building codes etc are ignored in the name of making a dollar. The rich in China are getting richer and the poor are still poor. This is not the America I want my kids to grow up in.,
on November 9,2011 | 08:33AM
Toneyuki wrote:
Thanks OD, but I wouldn't call it authoritarian capitalistic. I would call it quasi slavery. First off, China has a horrible human rights record. Second, they have a horrible environmental record. Third they have very limited property rights. It's not in the name of making a dollar, It's in the name of power.
on November 9,2011 | 04:22PM
serious wrote:
When we produce three times more attorneys per year than doctors something's wrong. What do lawyers add to the mix? Look at China on their priorities!!!
on November 9,2011 | 05:40AM
OldDiver wrote:
We produce more attorneys than doctors because the AMA restricts the number of applicants medical schools can admit. This is done to keep salaries high. Less Doctors higher wages. Pointing at lawsuits as the reason for a shortage of doctors is not understanding how the AMA is manipulating the system.
on November 9,2011 | 08:38AM
Kuniarr wrote:
OD, there are many who want to be doctors but only few pass aptitude tests. Those who do not pass tests to enter medical school can take nursing and become Nurse Practitioners. These are nurses who can now write prescriptions and give medical orders like Doctors. Being an attorney requires an aptitude separate and distinct from the aptitude to be a doctor or Nurse Practitioner.
on November 9,2011 | 09:15AM
OldDiver wrote:
I guess you didn't understand my post. The AMA restricts the number of applicants to medical school to reduce the supply of doctors. This has nothing to do with and admittance test.
on November 9,2011 | 09:39AM
Kuniarr wrote:
You are correct, OD and I am mistaken concerning tests for admittance. Nevertheless, you are mistaken in giving the reason for having more attorneys than doctors based upon the restriction of the number of applicants to medical school. Do you have statistics that says that the same number of applicants for medical schools are the same as in law schools? For all you know there are really less applicants for a medical school than for a law school. For many may not have not only the financing needed to be doctors but also he aptitude to be doctors than lawyers. Then there is a matter of academic requirements for applicants to enter medical school as against that for applicants for law school. The fact that the talent and the money needed to become an attorney is greatly different than the talent and the money to become a doctor is the reason why there are more attorneys than doctors
on November 9,2011 | 10:27AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Rather than ask all those questions, google the questions and get the answers. You just want to prove your aptitude is high but you are not smarter than a 5th grader. Really?
on November 9,2011 | 11:12AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Irrelevant.
on November 9,2011 | 12:21PM
Toneyuki wrote:
OD, you need to brush up on your talking points. The AMA does NOT RESTRICT applicants. Your anti private healthcare talking point goes back over 15 years. As of now the real culprit has to do with MEDICARE. A rule that was created in 1997 (yep, Republicans and Democrats) limiting the number of residencies that medicare will pay for every year. A doctor cannot practice medicine unless they have finished their residency. I am no fan of the AMA, but it is false to claim that they are lobbying to limit the number of doctors (especially just so Dr. can make more money). when in fact the opposite is true, they are lobbying for more doctors. If you really want to know read this :http://seattlepostglobe.org/2011/03/07/warnings-of-doctor-shortage-go-unheeded/
on November 9,2011 | 04:42PM
Toneyuki wrote:
Also see HERE: http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/4561/does-the-ama-limit-the-number-of-doctors-to-increase-current-doctors-salaries This is also relevant: http://www.ama-assn.org/resources/doc/mss/lobby-day-gme.pdf Also there is a surge of new schools being built http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/15/education/15medschools.html
on November 9,2011 | 04:45PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You are not a Doctor or Lawyer. Your aptitude is that of a 5th grader. You get paid to comment by SA. You are a paid heckler.
on November 9,2011 | 11:43PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Do you play chess, OD? Not many have the aptitude to know how to play chess. Much less are those who have the aptitude to be an expert chess player.
on November 9,2011 | 09:18AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Do you? Chess is not the same as telling bad jokes.
on November 9,2011 | 10:52AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Yes. Do you?
on November 9,2011 | 12:07PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Irrelevant.
on November 9,2011 | 12:59PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Irrelevant.
on November 9,2011 | 12:59PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Nope
on November 9,2011 | 01:13PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
I second the motion.
on November 9,2011 | 01:13PM
Kuniarr wrote:
What is the first?
on November 9,2011 | 01:15PM
Peacenik wrote:
Wow, how's does LemonySnickets gets his posts posted twice and half of the time I can't even get mine posted. What's the secret?
on November 9,2011 | 01:17PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Pawn moves forward.
on November 9,2011 | 01:19PM
Kuniarr wrote:
The agend have twitchy fingers so that twitching can cause the mouse to hit the submit button twice.
on November 9,2011 | 01:27PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Do you? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 11:39PM
aiea7 wrote:
OD, are you sure that the AMA restriction is to limit competition or to maintain quality - I would think it is the latter. A physicain is a very serious and important career; in many cases, it is dealing with someones, heatlh and life. To be an effective pysician, one has to have not only have the ability to learn and retain medical knowledge but the demeanor, etc. as well to make such important and far reaching decisions of one's health. Emotions cannot play a part in the decision, it must be based purely on medical knowledge, hence, a physician must be decisive, objective and correct. Meanwhile attorneys are not subject to such enormous and important decisions. Being trained as an attorney is a good thing even if the person does not practice as an attorney.
on November 9,2011 | 11:41AM
Toneyuki wrote:
Actually that premise is completely false. The AMA and most other medical groups are trying to increase the number of doctors. 17 years ago when they had projected too many doctors by the year 2000, they lobbied to restrict applicants (successfully) but they reversed that stance in 2005. Now they are lobbying for more doctors, schools, and residencies.
on November 9,2011 | 05:14PM
kauakea wrote:
IRT "Dying is issue for patients" I would like to know what religion is imposing its beliefs on the whole community. I don't see priests, rabbis, ministers etc. testifying about this at the legislature. Just because someone comes from a religious construct does not equal the religion imposing of beliefs on others. ... unless you're an atheist and then anything seems to go because they impose their beliefs on everyone on just about everything. No self determination there!
on November 9,2011 | 06:07AM
surfandthink wrote:
It seems that we are in agreement: These are deeply personal decisions between the dying individuals, their families, and their doctors. The rest of us should stay out. Aid in dying is about patient self-determination and privacy.
on November 9,2011 | 09:43AM
mitt_grund wrote:
The issue of the traffic accident at Kilauea and 18th Avenues does concern the Kaimuki community. There are varying viewpoints and suggested solutions that have been made in years past and recently in response to the tragic accident. Hopefully, Keith Sinclair and LittleEarl01 will be attending the November 16 meeting of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board at the Kaimuki Christian Church Fellowship Hall , 7 - 9 pm, where the item will be on the agenda. The issue will also come up on the agenda at the January meeting. The Dept. of Transportation Services has indicated that it will provide its insight into the matter at that time.
on November 9,2011 | 07:19AM
tiredofthesameolebs wrote:
Natalie Iwasa makes a good point concerning the rules of the road for bicyclists, but ultimately the automobile will win in any confrontation. Choosing to be right vs an automobile is not an intelligent decision and its one that you see daily on our congested roadways. Safety first right or not.
on November 9,2011 | 07:56AM
wiliki wrote:
Oliver Souza is wrong. The council is making good decisions wrt rail. Berg and Kobayashi are grandstanding.
on November 9,2011 | 08:17AM
OldDiver wrote:
Kobayashi grandstanding? :)
on November 9,2011 | 08:43AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Never! She wouldn't do THAT, would she? Oh... never mind...
on November 9,2011 | 01:56PM
wiliki wrote:
Off course not. It just seems like she does that all the time. A Republican to changed parties. A Japanese Linda Lingle.
on November 9,2011 | 04:49PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
What does her heritage have to do with it wiliki? Bang on her for her policies or her hypocrisy or lack of knowledge, but bringing up her race is just ridiculous. It has nothing to do with her ability.
on November 9,2011 | 05:18PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Why the racist comment, wiliki?
on November 9,2011 | 05:37PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Making a joke? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 05:44PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Making a joke? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 05:44PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You must be Japanese who lives in Kunia. Really? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 05:52PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon
on November 9,2011 | 06:48PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr
on November 9,2011 | 11:46PM
Kuniarr wrote:
You afraid that a direct question on whether one wants rail or not in a referendum will show more people against rail than for, wiliki?
on November 9,2011 | 09:04AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr, your question is irrelevant because you are asking for proof of the existence of facts or not in a referendum which is much the same as asking for proof of the existence of making up a story or making a bad joke All you want to do is harass all my posts with irrelevant and obnoxious comment. Really? Wrong?
on November 9,2011 | 04:31PM
Kuniarr wrote:
??? Retread.
on November 9,2011 | 05:39PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
??? Retread.
on November 9,2011 | 05:42PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon
on November 9,2011 | 08:07PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Banana Kuniarr. Yellow outside and white inside.
on November 9,2011 | 11:15PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr lingo from Waipahu
on November 9,2011 | 11:37PM
FrankGenadio wrote:
The City Council has never made a decision that O'ahu should have a steel wheel on steel rail (SWSR) system. The original "Gang of Four" (Apo, Garcia, Okino, and Tam) never persuaded a fifth member to vote with them for SWSR. Their ranks have diminished to one, so this council may still find its "backbone" and revisit the project. You, wiliki, have consistently supported SWSR anonymously; don't you think it is time to identify yourself so that readers will be able to decide for themselves as to whether or not you are actually a concerned citizen or are functioning in some official or unofficial role (consultant, member of "Go Rail Go")? Aloha.
on November 9,2011 | 11:01AM
FrankGenadio wrote:
I don't know how this post wound up as "Anonymous." It clearly gives my name, Frank Genadio, above the box as I comment. The system is "clunky" today.
on November 9,2011 | 11:04AM
wiliki wrote:
This has happened to me also in the past. I think that this problem is at least a week old. Hope that they fix it.
on November 9,2011 | 04:51PM
hawaiinui wrote:
Says who? Seemingly, lies and in-your-face deception is the general fare for the City Council regarding the "iron horse". Never mind the "modern" evolution of steel-on-steel...the issue is COST. Grandstanding? How do you figure that when the rest of the Council sits back and grins like the fox in charge of the hen house. Shame on those others. Wiliki, you're wrong and let's agree to disagree and move on. I'd imagine more Oliver Souza types are out there that believe like he does that saving the taxpayer money should be something all of the Council should be discussing; not dismissing as if it wasn't worth the trouble and making it seemed that it's because it's "too late".
on November 9,2011 | 05:57PM
Pacej001 wrote:
So boring, these letters. This is sort of interesting, "President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees." ------ Meanwhile, somewhere deep inside the Justice Department a group of leftwing political appointees are working hard to figure out how to expunge the word "Christmas" from public usage. How will this conflict end? Guess: Trees to be renamed "holiday trees", non-tax doubled to "market" new-named agricultural product. Liberal friends: This is the mentality you have put in charge of our nation.
on November 9,2011 | 08:19AM
Pacej001 wrote:
PS: Agriculture Dept angrily states that this "surcharge" isn't a tax since no revenue is generated for the federal gov't to spend. You see, the money goes to an appointed board which spends it ALL on marketing , ahem, Holiday Trees. In the fine print: Additional cost to be passed to consumer. See, no problem.
on November 9,2011 | 08:42AM
OldDiver wrote:
The 15 cents charge was something sought by the christmas tree industry to be used to promote christmas trees. Republican TV (Fox News) reported that the lie that the 15 cents was a tax by the federal government. Shame on Fox News for lying. Never mind Republican TV has no shame.
on November 9,2011 | 12:50PM
Pacej001 wrote:
During your hysterics about Fox News, you missed the point: Big Christmas tree (sort of like Big Oil) has made a deal with your Hero to take taxpayer money (indirectly since you can bet the tax will be passed on to consumers) to have the government get behind a favored industry to the disadvantage of one with less political influence, in this case, the sellers of artificial trees. No justice, no peace man. Get government out of commerce, oil, Christmas trees, whatever.
on November 9,2011 | 03:47PM
Toneyuki wrote:
ABC, NBC, CBS, and many newspapers all referred to it as a tax also. Stop spreading the Democrat TV (MSNBC) lies OD!
on November 9,2011 | 04:53PM
Toneyuki wrote:
More crony capitalism. Lobby congress to impose a fee to be used to promote your product. Smart fellers, get the fed to impose a tax (sorry, a fee) that uses the money to advertise, then the industry can save money because uncle sam is doing their promoting!
on November 9,2011 | 04:56PM
OldDiver wrote:
You believe in flying saucers?
on November 9,2011 | 08:45AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Keith Sinclair - Kunia Road has a long downhill stretch towards the intersection with Kupuna Loop. About 100 yards before the downhill Kupuna Loop intersection on Kunia Road, the state installed several sets of "stones" on the road. The car wheels hitting those stone causes the car to rattle, alerting or waking up the driver. The same things installed on that steep stretch of Kilauea Avenue will wake up or alert all drivers down that stretch of the avenue. Another thing is that the timing on the traffic signal may need to be adjusted. A car over-speeding at 45-50 mph down a steep road will need a lot more space to be able to conveniently come to a stop. It is not wise for the timing on the traffic signal to compel an over-speeding driver to hit the brakes for an emergency stop. For if there are several cars behind, an emergency stop could cause a pile up of crashing cars.
on November 9,2011 | 08:20AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Do you have proof or are you just making jokes?
on November 9,2011 | 10:47AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Irrelevant
on November 9,2011 | 12:08PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You afraid that a direct question on whether one has proof or not in a referendum, Kuniarr?
on November 9,2011 | 02:30PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Kunia Road, LS. Kunia Road.
on November 9,2011 | 02:37PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Wrong.
on November 9,2011 | 03:40PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon
on November 9,2011 | 03:45PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Pie
on November 9,2011 | 05:46PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon
on November 9,2011 | 06:48PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr Really?
on November 9,2011 | 11:55PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
What website did you get this story? This is not the place to make jokes.
on November 9,2011 | 10:49AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Your comment is proof that you are an illegal alien
on November 9,2011 | 12:10PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Really?
on November 9,2011 | 12:57PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Yes, Illegal alien.
on November 9,2011 | 01:18PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You must believe in UFOs.
on November 9,2011 | 01:56PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Retread?
on November 9,2011 | 02:39PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Retread? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 03:29PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Really? Yes.
on November 9,2011 | 03:47PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You from PI? Really?
on November 9,2011 | 11:50PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
What website did you get this story? This is not the place to make jokes.
on November 9,2011 | 10:49AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Illegal alien.
on November 9,2011 | 12:11PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You afraid that a direct question on whether you have proof or not in a referendum to a website, Kuniarr?
on November 9,2011 | 01:03PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon
on November 9,2011 | 01:16PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Manang
on November 9,2011 | 05:32PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon
on November 9,2011 | 05:45PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Pundilla
on November 9,2011 | 05:49PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon
on November 9,2011 | 06:47PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
You from PI?
on November 9,2011 | 11:56PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Robert Tellander's editorial is a joke. First of all China is one of the world's largest polluters. It has an abysmal record on conservation. It's utilizes virtually no solar or wind technology to generate electricity instead relying on hydroelectric, coal and petroleum. It's economy relies upon tens of millions of poor laborers to produce cheap products. It has virtually no research and development and instead pirates trademarked business real and intellectual properties to mass produce. China's government has recognizes virtually no personal rights and concentrates power in an elite few.
on November 9,2011 | 08:29AM
OldDiver wrote:
The Republican party has recognized the success of the Chinese economic model and want to emulate it in America.
on November 9,2011 | 08:41AM
bender wrote:
Good observation.
on November 9,2011 | 09:11AM
bender wrote:
Good observation.
on November 9,2011 | 09:11AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Nixon President Nixon who was a republican did well in dealing with China.
on November 9,2011 | 10:58AM
Kuniarr wrote:
Nope
on November 9,2011 | 12:25PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Really? Check Mate.
on November 9,2011 | 01:08PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon.
on November 9,2011 | 01:16PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Ade
on November 9,2011 | 05:36PM
Kuniarr wrote:
Lemon
on November 9,2011 | 06:49PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Kuniarr
on November 10,2011 | 12:09AM
Maui wrote:
You got it.
on November 9,2011 | 11:10AM
wiliki wrote:
I agree. We've certainly offshored a lot of our economy to China. :)
on November 9,2011 | 04:53PM
Toneyuki wrote:
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
on November 9,2011 | 05:15PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Be careful, you're going to hurt yourself. ;)
on November 9,2011 | 09:59PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
The laugh of a mad man.
on November 10,2011 | 08:27AM
ISCREAM wrote:
CNBC did a great job with the Republican presidential hopeful debates. Highlighted was the difference between the Republican position on China's theft of trademarked property and the Democrats virtual gifting of said property to China.
on November 9,2011 | 04:40PM
tiki886 wrote:
IRT K. Helm. Molokai is the "Greece" of Hawaii. They want the $$$ but they don't want to earn it. They just want to spend it and be left alone. I say let them grow their own food, make their own cars, make their own gasoline, build their own grass shacks, then cut them adrift and let them float away to grumble in seclusion.
on November 9,2011 | 11:32PM
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