Wednesday, April 28, 1999
Margery Bronster confirmation
Bronster's pursuit of Wong is abuse of powerI have been following with growing anger the A HREF="http://archives.starbulletin.com/specials/bishop.html" target="_top">progress of Margery Bronster's campaign against Richard Wong, his wife Mari (Stone) Wong, and his brother-in-law, Jeffrey Stone. Bronster has been allowed to proceed unchecked with no regard to the destruction of families, meaningful careers, and at last has reached a level of blood-letting overkill.
I had hoped to see restraint and plain human decency, if for no other reason than wong's distinguished and unblemished career and his decades-long contribution to the Legislature. However, Bronster is engaged in a witch hunt, seemingly at your newspaper's encouragement and blessings.
This is a sad chapter in Hawaii's history, when innocent people must be personally savaged and sacrificed for political goals. Any intelligent and aware citizen knows what is going on here, and loses still more faith in his or her elected officials and their appointees.
Bronster, emphatically, should not be reconfirmed, but replaced for abusing her position, and for lacking the simple human qualities necessary for dispensing justice.
Briana V. Poilon
Bronster represents public integrityIn Hawaii, one way to spell "integrity" is Margery Bronster. If the Senate does not confirm her reappointment as attorney general, Hawaii loses one of its most effective public servants and personal vindictiveness prevails in the Senate over the public good.
Richard Y. Will
Margery Bronster is one of Hawaii's very best attorneys general. She is articulate, brave and perhaps the most courageous in Cayetano's cabinet.
She fought so our state will receive $1.4 billion from the tobacco industry. She is moving along the investigation of the skyrocketing price of gas. Her ongoing probe into the fiduciary responsibility of the Bishop Estate trustees is vital to the students, faculty and alumni of Kamehameha Schools, and to the state as well.
Jimmy Dean Encarnacion
You mean that the "do nothing" Legislature wants to get rid of the only cabinet member who is doing something? Bronster's sin may lie in doing too much!
Senate President Norman Mizuguchi should bar Sen. Marshall Ige from voting on the reappointment of Margery Bronster. The fact that the Campaign Spending Commission asked the attorney general's office to investigate both Ige and Milton Holt for the Bishop Estate's alleged illegal payments of their campaign debts places Ige in a conflict of interest .
Sen. Colleen Hanabusa's opposition to Bronster's reappointment is also understandable. She represents the Waianae district, the political stronghold of Bishop Estate trustee Henry Peters, whom Bronster is asking the courts to remove. Hanabusa, a first-year legislator, needs the support of Peters' political machine to gain power.
Some of the accusations against Bronster are not justified. Her office, like other state departments, was not given the necessary financial help from our Legislature due to the bad economy. Thus, the services asked for by others cannot be met by her department.
Wilbert W.W. Wong
Bishop Estate Archive
"The question here is
whether she's going to be punished
for having the temerity to
take on the big boys."
Explaining his view that Attorney General
Margery Bronster's Senate reconfirmation is
in jeopardy because of the state's lawsuits
against Bishop Estate
"It will be much easier
to be creative (in Hawaii)... because
I've rescued everyone in L.A.
from every sort of disaster
and I don't know what
else to write."
Joking about the TV show's impending move
from California to Hawaii's North Shore
Don't export lack of aloha to mainlandBeing born and raised in Hawaii, I was appalled to open my Vermont newspaper this morning. It seems that a group of Hawaii people have been sending out a mass mailing to Vermonters which attacks homosexuality.
I am not going to take a stand for or against homosexuality, but where is your aloha? Do you people realize the tenuous grip that Hawaii has on its economy? This mailing could be very detrimental to the way that Hawaii is viewed by the rest of the world.
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Let voters decide fireworks issueCan't lawmakers see that the fireworks issue is ballooning like the same-sex marriage issue did?
Once again, we have a minority of people who make enough noise to lead lawmakers to believe that the majority share their opinion. Why not put the issue to a true test, and let voters make the decision in the next election?
If the politicians feel they must legislate something, let them raise an additional tax on fireworks. The revenue generated could pay for the services of police and firefighters called upon as a result of fireworks use.
Bradford P. Morriseau
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Raiding retirement fund is unfairThe plan to finance overdue public worker pay raises by reducing the state's mandated contribution to the employees retirement fund has moved capitalism to a new stage -- a stage where now the retired employees pay the current employees.
I had just gotten used to that horrible old system where the employer was responsible for paying his employees. I can hardly wait to retire so that I can start paying my former fellow workers. At this rate of market evolution, can the shackles and neck chains be far behind?
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Unions should be banned for 20 yearsMitch Kahle's cry should be, "I declare these Hawaiian Islands to be a union-free zone!" The saying should be tacked on every legislator's door, not the symbol of the Christian fish.
The unions have destroyed the economy for all of us. Their not-my-job attitude has killed our problem-solving abilities. They have handcuffed management into unproductive and wasteful practices that hurt all residents.
Have the legislators pass a 20-year union abolition and re-evaluate it in 20 years.
Henry Vincent III
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