Editorial | Letters Letters to the Editor By Star-Advertiser staff Dec. 3, 2011 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. Cut spending to boost economy The only way to reduce our $15 trillion federal debt is to cut our spending in Washington. Our country is broke. America is paying interest of about 43 cents on every dollar we borrow. Two of our major lenders are China and Japan. We must cut spending by reducing social-ills programs like welfare, food stamps and Medicaid. We must eliminate waste in the size of our government by getting ride of unproductive agencies and consolidate departments with similar operations. We must reduce our national unemployment rate by lowering corporate and small-business taxes so employers can start hiring workers. We must condense excessive bureaucratic regulations to stimulate growth in our economy. It appears that our politicians in Washington have little concern for the American people and care only for their own personal gain. Now it’s time President Barack Obama and Congress stop their political shenanigans and solve our country’s financial crisis. Robert G. Hatakeyama Salt Lake Move bus stop near HPU The crosswalk by Hawaii Pacific University is in a very dangerous location. How about moving the bus stop closer to Pali Highway and taking away the crosswalk? There is a traffic signal about 100 yards away, where it is much safer to cross with the traffic lights. Possibly the bus stop could be located in the triangular area where the traffic merges from Kamehameha Highway to the Pali. I drive in that area about once a week and I look out for students, but the traffic is very heavy. I, myself, would never cross in that crosswalk. Pam Mori Kaneohe Rail foes waste public money Unlike the Hokulia or other private development, rail is a government-funded project. Similar to past lawsuits filed against public projects, including the H-3 freeway, in the end it is the taxpayer who pays for these legal challenges as well as the delays. The H-3 was delayed for decades, but when it was opened, Windward residents found the freeway beneficial by providing a third access across the Koolaus, particularly when accidents block Pali or Likelike. Like the H-3, all residents will benefit from rail as an alternative transportation mode when H-1 freeway is choked off due to rush hour congestion, accidents or bad weather. I hope the courts rule quickly and dismiss this lawsuit against rail. We have been down this road before, and it’s time we build rail. Lyman McCallum Kaneohe Seal habitat plan restricts growth Former Gov. Linda Lingle is right to bring this issue to the attention of Hawaii residents ("Lingle opposes monk seal habitat proposal," Star-Advertiser, Dec. 2). The critical habitat rule would hurt Hawaii’s economy by adding an additional permitting process to any coastal project that has even a limited federal dimension. These projects could then be held up in court by radical environmental groups whose sole purpose is to prevent any type of development from happening on Hawaii’s shores. The federal government would be better off delegating this authority to the state to allow local regulators to create a flexible, adaptive system that could better balance the needs of wildlife protection and economic development. John Monaghan Heartland Institute, Chicago How to write us The Star-Advertiser welcomes letters that are crisp and to the point (~150 words). The Star-Advertiser reserves the right to edit letters for clarity and length. Please direct comments to the issues; personal attacks will not be published. Letters must be signed and include a daytime telephone number. Letter form: Online form, click here E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (808) 529-4750 Mail: Letters to the Editor, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 7 Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 210, Honolulu, HI 96813 Previous Story Letters to the Editor Next Story How tall is too tall?