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For Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Democrats field poor candidates

We found it very amusing that some are so concerned about the alphabetical order of candidates listed on the ballot here in Hawaii. It seems that the vast majority of voters in our state just look for the (D) and pull the lever. Rest easy Hawaii, if President Barack Obama's name was printed upside down and on the back of the ballot, he'd still win in a landslide.

What really concerns us is the sheer madness of continually voting for a particular party with feckless candidates like U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono. We, as a country, are spinning out of financial control and our representatives keep voting for more and more reckless spending.

That this newspaper supports this irresponsibility is wrong-headed and totally lacking in the oversight so sorely needed from the fourth estate ("Hirono would serve well in U.S. Senate," Star-Advertiser, Our View, Oct. 28).

Hirono never met a spending bill she didn't like. That's just great for those with their snout in the public trough. The rest of us foot the bill.

Richard Rees

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Hirono in touch with citizens

The person who wrote, "When was the last time you heard from Mazie, on anything?" is speaking from pure ignorance (Star-Advertiser, From the Forum, Oct. 28). He needs to contact her. I do, and get as many as five e-mails a day in response.

I have never seen a politician as responsive as U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono. Even now, when she's here campaigning, I get e-mails from her office that I know she's had input into.

My experience in petitioning her often, on a wide variety of issues, is that she is 100 percent of the time on the right side of the issue, and on 90 percent of the bills, she is already a co-sponsor.

I suggest the writer grow up, read up and make an effort to take part as a citizen.

Tom Tizard

You can test for synthetic drugs

The article, "Danger in Disguise" by Rosemarie Bernardo, correctly identified the dangers associated with synthetic drugs sold under names such as K2, Spice and Bath Salts (Star-Advertiser, Oct. 21). At this time, labs are not allowed to test for synthetic drugs in workplace drug testing, but tests are available for both Bath Salts and Spice at local labs.

Currently both federal and state laws do not allow workforce testing of all Schedule 1 or 2 drugs, which include common pain killers such as Oxycontin and Hawaii's recently added synthetic cannabinoids. A recent federal ruling shows some movement, however. Employers can ask for testing for any Schedule 1 or 2 drug, case-by-case, based on reasonable suspicion, post accident or safety issues.

Carl Linden
Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc.

Beaches tested for radiation

We commend any organization that works to remove trash from our island beaches. They need not cancel their efforts in fear of radioactive marine debris. The Department of Health has been testing beaches on each island for over a year and never found unusual radiation.

We have tested debris known to be from the Japan tsunami event and no radioactivity can be found above natural levels.

Our test results are the same as those from other coastal states. There is no reason to suspect that material swept out to sea before the nuclear release in Japan would be radioactive when it reaches our shores.

To provide added confirmation to beach cleanup volunteers, DOH has trained individuals from the Surfrider Foundation to use radiation meters and screen marine debris during that organization's regular debris removal efforts.

Mahalo to Surfrider and other non profits who continue to remove debris from our shores.

Gary Gill
Deputy director, Environmental Health Administration, Department of Health

Too much spent on UH sports

Someone once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. We've experienced this so many times before with the University of Hawaii's football program, with precious few exceptions.

Step 1: Confidence of spring training.

Step 2: Media hype at the beginning of the fall practice.

Step 3: "We can't wait" as the season opener nears.

Steps 4 through 10: UH loses and loses. Then we go back to Step 1, sometimes with a new coach.

How long do we endure the same things over and over, expecting a different result?

The expense/benefit ratio for UH sports is a real consideration, especially with regard to travel expenses. These funds alone, to say nothing of the finances to fund all these programs, would be better used in boosting UH academics. That would make UH a magnet for those seeking a top-ranked education.

Dave Verret

State should help farming

Multimillion-dollar corporations petition city and state governments for tax exemptions to build stores, factories, hotels and other businesses, stating that the people who work in these businesses will pay taxes, and the goods and services provided by them will add to the local economy.

The farmers of Hawaii want to grow and sell food. The state should consider giving the farming industry tax exemptions so that they can also contribute to the local economy.

I would very much like to buy locally grown foods. But it is difficult to find the markets because they are not open every day and some of them are not always easy to find.

So another way the city and state can help the farmers is to allow them to use city and state property, free of charge, where they can set up booths to sell their wares.

If the farmers markets were allowed to operate five or six days a week in easily accessible locations, I am sure it will have a huge impact on the local economy.

Wim Blees

Why aren't sirens working?

What seems to be the problem with our civil defense sirens? It seems every time we have a potential disaster, many of them fail to function. Is maintaining these sirens the same as rocket science? I don't think so! Further, they are tested each month so problems should be detected then.

Now state Civil Defense wants the Honolulu Police Department to initiate the sirens, as their function is not a 24/7 manned activity. It's as though HPD doesn't have enough to do during emergencies.

State Civil Defense is a full-time function and it's Civil Defense's responsibility to keep the sirens maintained and functioning.

What if Saturday night had been a real disaster and we had loss of life? Who would then be responsible?

Roy M. Chee
Moanalua Gardens

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autumnrose wrote:
Wim Blees: Nice idea except... Monsanto & Syngenta are farmers too, multi-million-dollar corporate farmers... do you want to help them too?
on October 31,2012 | 02:47AM
tiki886 wrote:
If Monsanto & Syngenta were smarter and added a little solar manufacturing to their product line, Obama would not hesitate to give them a few billion dollars to squander.
on October 31,2012 | 06:02AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Farmers don't get help? What kind of taxes do farmers pay on their farmed land?
on October 31,2012 | 06:48AM
Malani wrote:
Farmers pay big time taxes. Because there is nothing they can do about it you don't hear them talking about it.
on October 31,2012 | 08:16AM
wiliki wrote:
It's a land ownership problem. Farmer's can't get low long term leases unless land owners will dedicate their land to agriculture. There has to be adequate incentive for that dedication.
on October 31,2012 | 08:36AM
bender wrote:
Doesn't Wim Bleese know that the city already provides numerous locationis for farmers markets? There are also farmers markets on private property that are open and free to the public. Much ado about a non-problem.
on October 31,2012 | 07:07AM
peanutgallery wrote:
It's time to show Obama the door. The guy has been in campaign mode since we elected him four years ago. Unemployment has skyrocketed. Our debt has as well. He has been the most divisive President to get into the White House in our history. Not surprising as he had absolutely no experience. He has been dodging the media since facts have started to come out about Benghazi, and it looks like he's either completely incompetent or a liar.
on October 31,2012 | 04:44AM
dedicatedteacher7 wrote:
And you think Romney who is clueless about foreign policy and insults world leaders and women would be any better?
on October 31,2012 | 06:43AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Don't know, but... If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've alway gotten.
on October 31,2012 | 06:50AM
bender wrote:
So if we go with Romney then we should expect even more jobs to go overseas. That's the extent of his foreign policy experience.
on October 31,2012 | 07:08AM
tiki886 wrote:
Obama is the one who sold Chrysler to the Italians who now want tot build cars in China! There's your communisty organizer for you!
on October 31,2012 | 07:14AM
wiliki wrote:
Chrysler sells the cars manufactured in China to the Chinese. What's wrong with that?
on October 31,2012 | 08:37AM
AmbienDaze wrote:
so the italians who are slated to build our rail cars will be subcontracting them to china?
on October 31,2012 | 09:19AM
tiki886 wrote:
What's wrong? The jobs to manufacture the cars belong in AMERICA! Not China!
on October 31,2012 | 03:52PM
wiliki wrote:
Chrysler manufactures cars in this country for Americans and not the Chinese... We should get that straight. They probably can't sell the Chinege made cars to Americans.... when they are not designed for Americans.
on October 31,2012 | 10:43PM
Jonas wrote:
The auto maker has come out and said this is false. Don't believe Romney's ads.
on October 31,2012 | 10:24AM
Anonymous wrote:
That is a blatantly false lie, and you know it! What is worse is that you are parroting the lie by Romney's supporters, when in fact the CEO of Chrysler stated that it was a false rumor, tiki886! Obama has had nothing to do with any American Car manufacturer being sold to anyone, such lies are unbecoming, but fools like you continue to spread them needlessly!
on October 31,2012 | 01:12PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
As opposed to lining up in the unlimited unemployment line?
on October 31,2012 | 07:14AM
pcman wrote:
Obama has sent more jobs overseas than Romney has. 75% of GM cars are made in China. All the jobs lost in the US over the past 4 years under Obama have gone overseas. You don't see a shortage of goods and services in America, do you? That's because they are being done overseas, while at home, there are fewer jobs now than when Obama took charge. .
on October 31,2012 | 07:47AM
Malani wrote:
Yep, we dont see shortages of goods and services in America. What we do see are the cheaply made goods that is coming out from china. Yet America thinks we are getting a good deal. Even Japan make better quality goods. And Obama said he wants to increase jobs here in American while giving the jobs else where other than America? No wonder China is lauging at us Americans. And here is the sad part. Obama uses inticing words and the people believe him and therefore vote him right back in Office. We're living in the last days and it will not get better no matter what anyone tries to tells us there is no way any man or woman on this earth can fix the problems that plague us. Now is the time for mankind to turn their eyes toward heaven and call upon the name of the Lord Thy God for help.
on October 31,2012 | 08:28AM
Jonas wrote:
Give me a break
on October 31,2012 | 10:26AM
Nevadan wrote:
Aloha Malani. Academic question: Where is heaven? In our Milky Way? In Andromeda? If not, how many light years from earth?
on October 31,2012 | 11:55AM
peanutgallery wrote:
give up the Kool-Aid. you've got a serious problem.
on October 31,2012 | 06:58AM
pcman wrote:
As a businessman who delas with international and transnational organizations, he knows more about foreign countries than most average Americans. For a person who has lived in foreign countries at least twice in his life, he knows what it is like to live in an out of America, like most military service personnel. He is more personable than President Obama is when it comes to meeting and dealing with foreign leaders. He knew more about how the State and Defense Departments should operate than President Obama regarding the Benghazi incident. He will fix the broken policies that have been broken under President Obama, which President Obama doesn't even know about. Romney is not as clueless as Obama is.
on October 31,2012 | 07:42AM
wiliki wrote:
Obama knows more about foreign cultures than does Romney. He spent part of his childhood in Indonesia. His father was an African. His mother spent much of her life overseas as well. Obama has restored respect and admiration for America overseas. People overseas would rather have Obama win than Romney. That shows you who would be better for international relations. Obama is a success story for the UH East-West Center.
on October 31,2012 | 08:43AM
serious wrote:
wiliki, talk to any European on the beach. They laugh when Obama said Greece should get their house in order---stop spending more than they make. His speech when he was a senator---deficits show poor leadership. I won't argue with that!!!!
on October 31,2012 | 09:24AM
Jonas wrote:
I'm not sure if someone on the beach is the best place to get your information. Even the EU put austerity measures in place for Greece.
on October 31,2012 | 10:28AM
serious wrote:
They should have put it in place for USA! I guess I am a little less than happy. Just came back from the Ala Maoan shopping center --the Royal Hawaiin Band was playing--national anthem--guess who was the only one to stand--ME!!! Democrats!!!
on October 31,2012 | 12:05PM
wiliki wrote:
The Greek recession is caused by excessive govt spending for the olympics. They figured that the Euro was a good way to get the financing that they needed. Europe needs to figure out ways to control this kind of spending.
on October 31,2012 | 10:40PM
lee1957 wrote:
My dad can beat up your dad!
on October 31,2012 | 11:59AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Yea but my mom can beat up your dad.
on October 31,2012 | 02:49PM
jekat2003 wrote:
I spent some nights in a Holiday Inn...that doesn't mean I know jack about running a hotel
on October 31,2012 | 12:04PM
Imagen wrote:
Unfortunately, voting for Romney and Paul is a vote of confidence for the while anglo saxon male mentality. Again, here we have a case where we will be voting for the better of the worse. Obama has my vote simply because he annoys me less than Romney. How about Jamaica; sound good? Isn't that where Stella got her grove back?
on October 31,2012 | 11:18AM
localgirl2 wrote:
in reply to decicated teacher 7. Yes, he can do better. He's NOT AGAINST WOMEN Madame.Obama isn't clueless about foreign policy?? Certainly he's run companies before turning around failing ones. If you don't think the USA has a REAL PROBLEM, then my typing this is in vain.
on October 31,2012 | 07:49AM
Jonas wrote:
The USA may have a problem, but Romney is not the solution. Romney's whole religion relegates women to a subserviant role. He does not support equal pay rights for women. He is not pro-choice.
on October 31,2012 | 10:30AM
Pacej001 wrote:
on October 31,2012 | 08:13AM
typroctor wrote:
Yes teacher, I believe Mitt would be better than a community organizer.
on October 31,2012 | 10:30AM
BluesBreaker wrote:
Employment is a lagging indicator. The cause was the financial crash that took place under Bush and Greenspan, when deregulation and proliferation of instruments like CDOs credit default swaps, mortgage-backed securities created by U.S. investment banks blew up here, in Asia and in Europe, leading to a global recession. The effect was massive unemployment.

How naive to think that the unemployment spike that began under Bush and was caused by his policies would simply end when Obama took office. The unemployment trend tracks with the recession, which follows a well-know cycle. This recession was the worst since the 1930s and didn't begin bottoming out here or anywhere until last year. Unemployment has been falling as the economy has recovered.

But the origins of this problem can be laid at the feet of Bill Clinton and Congress. Congress passed and Clinton signed several pieces of legislation that made possible all of the fraud and reckless behavior by insurance companies (e.g., AIG) and investment banks (Lehman Bros. GS, et al.) that led to the recession. These were the repeal of the Glass-Steagal Act and replacing it with the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (also euphemistically known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999), along with the passage of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, which kept derivatives transactions, including those involving credit default swaps, free of government regulation.

Clinton and Congress also passed NAFTA, which opened the door to U.S. Corporations sending jobs to other countries.NAFTA lies at the heart of today's structural unemployment and erosion of the middle class.

on November 1,2012 | 07:02AM
thos wrote:
It's time to quit blaming the current occupant of the White House. He is what he always was, an empty suit who cannot be called a has been because he never was. Masquerading aa a down trodden minority, he has in fact been served up on a silver platter a life of elitist ease, affluence and comfort -- a "life" in which he never had to find, much less hold down a job -- a "life" filled with one unearned promotion after another with the prospect of ZERO accountability. Why do you think he was able to get away with voting "present" so often or able to get away with spending his entire time in the U.S. Senate campaigning for president? Nope. If we are looking to fix blame, we need travel no further than the nearest mirror. HIS presidency is OUR failing. Fortunately we will soon have an opportunity to remedy our error by sending the current occupant packing and putting in his place a REAL president, one who does NOT spend so much time trying to escape his laborious duties by playing endless rounds of golf, shooting hoops, attending fund raisers, endlessly campaigning and taking expensive vacations on our dime. We flunked our national intelligence test four years ago. Let us resolve not to repeat that ghastly mistake next Tuesday.
on October 31,2012 | 06:54AM
bender wrote:
Exactly right. Let's get back to blaming the guy who really created our problem, that being George Bush. The GOP talking heads seem to have forgotten that, but then they never admitted it in the first place.
on October 31,2012 | 07:09AM
tiki886 wrote:
Even Oliver Stone is blaming Obama now for making the problem worse!!!
on October 31,2012 | 07:17AM
soundofreason wrote:
Ya ever notice how Regan never blamed Carter while he fixed Carter's mess ?
on October 31,2012 | 07:39AM
tiki886 wrote:
And Reagan started out with a 21.50% prime rate and 18.50% mortgage interest rates! It's going to be easy fixing Obama's mess. You just reverse every decision Obama has ever made! And poof! The world is a better place!
on October 31,2012 | 08:36AM
typroctor wrote:
Yes we are a much meaner nation now.
on October 31,2012 | 10:32AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
"never"? Really? Of course he did: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/01/29/831730/-Reagan-Blamed-Carter
on October 31,2012 | 04:55PM
soundofreason wrote:
The WRITER claims he blamed carter. READ the article - he blamed DECADES of tax and spend. Carter's name never came up.
on October 31,2012 | 07:57PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
The quotes were all Reagan. Nice try. If he wasn't talking about the Carter Administration, tell us who he was.
on October 31,2012 | 10:00PM
Malani wrote:
Yep, Obama said it all when he was campaigning. He would fix what George Bush got us into. Not only did Obama not fix anything he made is worse. thos, you hit the nail right on its head when you use the word "Masuerading.' This fits Obama's agenda easily. A great post you posted.
on October 31,2012 | 08:37AM
glory_glory_man_utd wrote:
No Bender, they haven't forgotten that...that is why George Bush is NOWHERE to be seen during this campaign. Same with Dick Cheney. Trust me, the Republicans want these guys' faces nowhere near this campaign.
on October 31,2012 | 08:59AM
serious wrote:
In all due respect, Chris Dodd and Barney Fink also have not shown their faces--they were the root of the recession---read ANY book on the subject.
on October 31,2012 | 09:39AM
localgirl2 wrote:
Amen thos! Then again, many in Hawaii as mentioned by another, just pull the D lever. No change for Hawaii. If it weren't my long, long, time family and home, (and I didn't enjoy the weather etc.) I'd probably leave. Hawaii IS my home.
on October 31,2012 | 07:53AM
Jonas wrote:
Sounds like a description of Romney there. "an empty suit Masquerading aa a down trodden minority, he has in fact been served up on a silver platter a life of elitist ease, affluence and comfort -- a "life" in which he never had to find, much less hold down a job"
on October 31,2012 | 10:40AM
Jonas wrote:
except for the minority part of course.
on October 31,2012 | 11:34AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Life of elitist ease= Punahou, Columbia, Harvard. If ever there was a hot house product, Obama is it.
on October 31,2012 | 04:05PM
Malani wrote:
And since it has always been a habit of Obama to shirt around to answer the questions he make those who asked forget that they asked and Obama skips merrily away again and again. These amnesia reporters need to be on top of Obama.
on October 31,2012 | 08:51AM
Jonas wrote:
Again, an apt description of Romney.
on October 31,2012 | 10:57AM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
Dave Verret is exactly right. College is supposed to be for higher education. Often times athletes are using a completely free college education in the hopes of becoming a proffessional athelete. I say any college athlete that drops out of college early to turn pro should have to reimburse every penny back to the school.
on October 31,2012 | 04:52AM
lee1957 wrote:
Don't see folks lining up to buy season tickets to watch the biology exam, do you?
on October 31,2012 | 12:02PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
You must have been in sports.
on October 31,2012 | 12:12PM
serious wrote:
You are correct--I enjoy watching college football. Much better than the million dollar pros. But just like the politicians---when Obama said he would get the unemployment rate down to 5%---should he give up his salary??? Or his wife's vacations at taxpayer expence?? Just watch, if he is not reelected the trips the First family will take ----just like Bill Clinton--to line up his $250,000 speeches.
on October 31,2012 | 12:11PM
Wahiawamauka wrote:
So you are saying U of H actually makes money off of sports? Check the budget. It's a BIG NEGATIVE pal.
on October 31,2012 | 12:14PM
Bdpapa wrote:
To me, UH sports give me a sense of pride. It is one thing all of us can really call our own. That is why it is called "The HomeTeam!"
on October 31,2012 | 02:14PM
false wrote:
When Tom Tizard demonstrates that Hirono is pono, it is so. His credibility comes from a long history of working for and with Hawaiians. The source of ethics counts. My mother would have had a high regard for his contributions here and support of Mazie Hirono. Mahalo no e Tom.
on October 31,2012 | 05:57AM
hawaiikone wrote:
The debates clearly showed who the better candidate is. That's why we have them. Do as you wish, but do it for the right reasons.
on October 31,2012 | 07:12AM
bender wrote:
I disagree with Tom. I've contacted Mazie a couple of times. In both instances her responses only vaugely touched on my concern. Instead her staff seems to rely on reciting the history of a law and then thanking you for contacting her. I know it's hard for her to find good help but she should at least try. But when you consider John White is a former staffer, then you understand the qualify of work that comes from her office.
on October 31,2012 | 07:12AM
pcman wrote:
It will be interesting to find out who and how many partners and donors of PRP eventually get jobs from Caldwell if he is elected Mayor. Caldwell is against 'pay for play' so he should not be giving contracts to PRP partners or donors for rail or any other city construction project. Don't you think? I'm sure Mr Cayetano will follow the money if he loses to Caldwell.
on October 31,2012 | 08:07AM
Imagen wrote:
Caldwell is against pay to play? Surely you jest pcman? Buddy, hate to tell you this but any one who thinks this is impaired; seriously!!!
on October 31,2012 | 11:26AM
SomebodyElse wrote:
With you there, never got a response from Mazie, but also never got a response from Lingle, Abercrombie either. But you know who does respond? Brian Schatz, Marcus Oshiro, Senator Dan Inouye, and Will Okabe. Say what you will about their politics, but they respond to questions from their constituents. i think that speaks volumes. And, for the record, if Hirono is of sound mind and body, she did not represent that during the last debate. She seems confused and lacking perspective and understanding. I will miss Senator Akaka's presence in the Senate, no Hawaiians, no aloha...
on October 31,2012 | 10:22PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
There once was a guy named Tom Tizard

Had a sister who looked like a lizard

And when no longer young

She could still use her tongue

And keep the guys warm in a blizzard.

on October 31,2012 | 08:59AM
false wrote:
on October 31,2012 | 05:14PM
TMJ wrote:
My kids receive letters from Santa that they know are real (just like the ones from Mazie). He also comes around once a year (or once every election cycle; just like Mazie) . I'm convinced that Mazie is the real Santa!
on October 31,2012 | 06:40AM
quint34 wrote:
Ho Ho Ho
on October 31,2012 | 07:05AM
Malani wrote:
And the stocking are still empty. ho ho ho lol
on October 31,2012 | 08:39AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
They wear the same size pants.
on October 31,2012 | 09:00AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Of course Santa is real. Every year I leave out a cooler full of beer and poke in my front yard for him and the next morning the beer and poke are all gone.
on October 31,2012 | 09:15AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
UPW, not Santa.
on October 31,2012 | 09:42AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I once met a man who claimed to be Saint Nick; I ask for ID but stead he flicked out his bic; Started this tale of women and beer; Not once did he look up at his reindeer; Offered me a Bud and fell off the roof; His reindeer came over and kicked him with his hoof.
on October 31,2012 | 12:57PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Thanks neighbor!
on October 31,2012 | 02:16PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Your welcome. By the way the poke was from left over sashimi from last year's party. It might smell funny but it's the right color -- black.
on October 31,2012 | 02:51PM
Bdpapa wrote:
No problem just fry it up and add some shoyu!
on October 31,2012 | 04:03PM
kainalu wrote:
Are there urine and blood tests for being ignorant, Carl Linden? Be sure to avoid taking that one. Way to advocate for more government intrusions into our personal lives. Iran is looking for a few good gestapo agents like you.
on October 31,2012 | 07:09AM
tiki886 wrote:
Whether you like it or not, employers both in the public sector and private sector have the right to demand drug testing of their employees for the benefit of the health and safety of the public.
on October 31,2012 | 07:24AM
Malani wrote:
Hey, I know some friends who are in the recovery drug program right now.But before that if you didn't know they were on drugs, you would have thought they were great politicians. Boy they had the mouth that could convice you they were always right. I wonder where they learned that from? But I agee that employers have the right to demand drug testing.
on October 31,2012 | 08:44AM
Imagen wrote:
AND, for the betterment and benefit of their staff and fellow workers.
on October 31,2012 | 11:27AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Richard Rees, The reason there is much ado about the alphabetical order is that, the illiterate people who are told who to vote for, won't know how many rows to count down to blacken the box.
on October 31,2012 | 07:19AM
stef wrote:
IRT Tizard: seems funny that he did not cite ONE single example of what Hirono has done.
on October 31,2012 | 07:20AM
soundofreason wrote:
They're always emotion based comments. Facts cause them problems.
on October 31,2012 | 07:40AM
localgirl2 wrote:
Again this Tsunami, sirens sounded very weak. I had TV on as well as fan. I thought that the fan was making a noise. I muted the TV to hear. Nothing really attention getting. TV back to normal volume. Repeat 2 times. Nothing on TV station I was watching. Finally a call from neighbor asking if I knew. We both complained about the lack of audible, high pitched siren as we used to have. I call to 911 to find out and so many calls that were intercepted at initial phase. I was told it was a Tsunami, 2 hrs. and it was on TV, change channels. We are in flood zone so important to get the warning! If this were an IMMINENT happening, it would be too late! Auwe
on October 31,2012 | 07:46AM
glory_glory_man_utd wrote:
Thank the homeless for stealing the copper wiring from the siren units, thus rendering them useless....
on October 31,2012 | 09:05AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
"Too much spent on UH sports". Dave, I agree with you 100%. If we truly want to make UH a top tier academic institution, we need to deprioritize sports in favor of directing monies to the academic side of the ledger. Drop sports to DII level which requires less money to operate. Until we do that, sports will always be a problem and academics will be a side issue.
on October 31,2012 | 07:55AM
Mediocrates wrote:
Dave Verret is 100% correct. Why is the public paying millions of dollars to support a football program? It is outrageous - wether or not they win. And that says nothing about how utterly inappropriate it is to have this waste affiliated with a UNIVERSITY. A university that doesn't even have enough money to keep its library open for students - it is a shameful shameful commentary on our pathetic priorities.
on October 31,2012 | 07:56AM
lee1957 wrote:
The football program is self-sufficient, the athletic department is not. So to answer your question, the public is not paying millions of dollars to support a football program, unless you are talking about admission, pay per view, merchandising, etc.
on October 31,2012 | 12:09PM
wiliki wrote:
Wim Blees has hope for more farmers. But few want to enther that field of work because it has few opportunities to grow anything of value that can compete against produce grown in the mainland. Farmer's markets will help but the real venue is private and perhaps he should visit Waipahu for that. Govt property is difficult to use because of legal issues. No one seems to have satisfactorily solved that problem.
on October 31,2012 | 08:33AM
world wrote:
Mazie Hirono is not in touch with the citizens. I have been to Washington DC and tried to meet with her and she won't take the time out of your day to meet with me and other physicians. This has happened multiple times. My mother was a Democratic State Senator for 25 years in another state so I have strong democratic ties. If you care about having access to health care, please vote for Linda Lingle. She understands to overwhelming paperwork and audits that are not about patient care but making praticing medicine more difficult. She supports lowering the cost of medicine with medical liability reform. We do not have enough physicians in Hawaii (we are 655 physicians short) and the problem is becoming worse, especially on the neighbor islands. We having been trying to replace a partner who left for months with no succes. Our State was in the bottom 3 out of the 50 states as being a good place for physicians to practice.
on October 31,2012 | 08:59AM
serious wrote:
Hawaii is at the bottom of most charts as are most Democratic states. Union leadership--negotiate on both sides of the table. When one thinks about it, Hawaii should attract the best of the best--best University, best tech companies, best oceanic engineering, etc. But we have a political temperment that over regulates, over taxes any business that wants to get a foothold. Look at the housing, multiple families in a one family home. An aging polulation and hospitals going broke!! We need CHANGE!!!! Golly that sounds like a good chant!!!
on October 31,2012 | 09:36AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Mazie says she has always been a strong supporter of education. But for years and years our kids rank just above rural Alabama in test scores. So I guess she is well, ineffective as a supporter of education.
on October 31,2012 | 04:44PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
As opposed to the Republican candidate who was Governor for 8 years? (cue up the excuses...GO!)
on October 31,2012 | 06:59PM
wiliki wrote:
Democrats hope to implement a common medical database so that billing will be easier. Other reforms will make the doctors work easier..... Mazie should continue to support the ACA Act and Obama Care.
on October 31,2012 | 10:37PM
SomebodyElse wrote:
Education is on the rise, watch and see.
on October 31,2012 | 10:23PM
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