Thursday, April 29, 1999
Senate was arrogant in rejecting BronsterOne could foresee the rejection of Attorney General Margery Bronster. The inmates are running the asylum. As long as the Democrats control the Senate and the House, Hawaii has no way to go but down. And it is!
When a senator, Marshall Ige to be specific, refuses to recuse himself, it just goes to show how questionable his actions have been and, no doubt, will continue to be.
And what about the Senate president? Did Norman Mizuguchi lead? Did he follow the suggestion to disallow Ige his vote? The answer is obvious.
How long must the voters suffer? The next election is too far away! Republicans, unite!
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Several of the senators who voted against Bronster's reconfirmation had obvious conflicts of interest. Was that not Bishop Estate employee Hannie Anderson, wife of Sen. Whitney Anderson, who most eloquently testified for Bishop Estate trustee Lokelani Lindsey in her trial? And we all know about Sen. Marshall Ige's numerous Bishop Estate connections.
Who else will be unearthed in the coming year? I will do everything possible to ensure that the voters will NOT forget this, come next election.
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Now we know who has whom in whose pocket. To hold 14 bodies, it has to be a really big pocket. I hope the Senate has a rule that permits a call for reconsideration of the negative confirmation votes.
Bronster or not, those already targeted by the Attorney General's Office will be in prison garb in the not-too-distant future. Then watch the smiles disappear!
Bronster vote posed serious problemsThis is in response to Jane Pascua's April 23 letter, "Senator brushed off supporter of Bronster."
If when Pascua refers to me as her senator, she means all of the residents of this great state, I agree. However, the Aiea resident does not live in the 19th senatorial district (Waipahu/Pearl City), which I represent.
I want to clarify that I do not have a financial relationship with the Bishop Estate. I am a retired Air Force officer and have no ties to the estate.
Pascua is wrong that "I am going against the will of the voters that elected me, and replacing it with my own political expediency." On this issue, I received about 50 opinions on Bronster this past weekend: 40 percent in favor of the attorney general's reappointment and 60 percent against.
Among other things, my main concern with Bronster's reappointment is the information and service provided by her office to our front-line teachers and principals, and protecting them from personal liability.
Sen. Cal Kawamoto
D, 19th District
Bishop Estate archive
"I don't graduate high school, I don't speak too much English, but from working hard and learning...you (can) be a success in that thing."
On how he went from being a refugee from Vietnam to becoming the owner of four restaurants on Oahu
"You are not selected to run Budget and Finance because you are the Pillsbury Doughboy and you can be huggable."
Democratic state senator from Mililani
Commenting on the past performance of Earl Anzai, state budget director, who may have trouble winning reappointment by the full Senate
Government refuses to act to fix economyElections came and went, promises were made and broken, and politics as usual continues to drain our economic lifeblood.
Like a deer caught in headlights, the administration and Legislature face impending doom head on, yet fail to act accordingly.
Politicians surround the slightest positive economic news with prodigious hoopla, but reject reforming the fundamental problems that strangle much of our economy.
Far too many Hawaii politicians practice government of, by and for political cronies, special interests and public employee unions. As long as these groups are placed first, the economy will continue to wither.
Whatever happened to government of, by and for the people? Is it any wonder Hawaii suffers a lingering, debilitating slump, while the rest of the country reaps the rewards of an unprecedented economic boom? We deserve much better than what we're getting.
Kerry A. Krenzke
Hawaiians deserve UH tuition waiversAttorney William Burgess joins a long list of Caucasian men with his snide and superior attitude, prevalent in his April 17 View Point, "Sovereignty rhetoric is too divisive."
It is a fact that the land and nation were taken from Hawaiians by questionable means. To ask for UH tuition waivers for them is surely reasonable.
Haunani-Kay Trask's rhetoric is no more divisive than Burgess'. How divisive is the trick of another Caucasian man, Freddy Rice, who is going to the extreme by taking his case for non-Hawaiians to vote in OHA elections all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court?
Nancy Bey Little
Majority shouldn't be denied fireworks' funFireworks have been around forever. Yes, they have caused numerous fires, injuries and respiratory problems for many years.
But remember, minors are supposed to be supervised by an adult. Where are their parents when these children get hurt?
Why should everyone be denied celebrating these special occasions with fireworks when only a handful of people oppose it?
I suffer from respiratory problems, but I would never complain.
Gail S. Gali
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Excessive fireworks abuse rights of disabledI am just amazed at the discussion going on over fireworks. Whatever happened to civil rights? Hawaii has a higher number of asthmatics than any other state. It also has the highest number of deaths due to asthma.
The Americans with Disabilities Act states the disabled should have "equal access." When the air is so smoky we cannot even get to our doctors or the nearest hospital, we do not have equal access.
Plain and simple, allowing fireworks is against the law, a federal law already on the books.
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Hawaii Revised Statutes
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