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Put a muffler on that thing already, willya?

Hey you, with the loud exhaust pipe ... the rest of us think you are just being rude.

We all know your car/ truck/motorcycle came with a perfectly good exhaust system and you went and squandered money to attract attention. That was silly.

What we want to know is, what are you compensating for? Are you cool now? Why do you feel you have the right to impact the community like this?

Excessive noise detracts from everybody's quality of life. Grow up, please.

Dan Weyant

Bus riders could use a little more aloha

The phrase "'Aloha' TheBus" has greeted me at many bus stops throughout Honolulu. However, I have noticed recently that there is little aloha among bus riders. Many passengers on full buses will not move to accommodate other riders. People sitting in aisle seats hardly budge to let someone get into or out of the window seat next to them. When a lot of people are standing and a seat opens up near the rear, those people will often not take the seat and make room for others. On some of the most crowded routes where the new "low floor" buses are used, standing passengers will seldom move up the steps by the back door, making the front overcrowded while the rear has plenty of room. On a recent trip the driver turned away people wishing to board at three stops due to overcrowding while three seats and the entire aisle behind the back remained empty!

We all know that every mode of transportation on Oahu suffers from crowding, but it is terrible on a full bus. The public must be better educated about etiquette on board. If everyone cooperated and made themselves friendly neighbors, our bus journeys would be more pleasant for all.

Improving transit on our island will start with TheBus. A more comfortable ride will mean more riders; more riders will mean smoother traffic flow. Drivers share the road by "driving with aloha"; bus riders must begin to make the trip better by "riding with aloha."

Jeffrey Tillson

Molokai left stranded without airline service

The discontinuation of Hawaiian Airlines' service to Molokai will have a devastating impact on our community, economy and tourism industry.

Members of our community who suffer from health problems and need special assistance and seating depend on Hawaiian Airlines to travel. Hawaiian is the only commercial airline on Molokai that carries and supplies oxygen. The only alternative for these individuals is the Maui Air Ambulance service, which costs about $800 one way.

The other major airline here has experienced lengthy delays and flight cancellations. This has become a significant problem for business people who fly in only for the day, and for others who have connecting flights to the mainland.

HAL and transit security employees will lose jobs. Our farmers, who depend on HAL to send their produce to market on neighboring islands, the mainland and out of the country, now must seek a much more expensive means of transport.

Our island certainly depends upon the tourism industry. Two of the major events are the Na Wahine O Ke Kai and Molokai Hoe canoe races. Could these events be cancelled due to the unavailability of aircraft and cargo space to transport the paddlers and their equipment here? This would further hurt our already dwindling economy. Fewer tourists means less money spent in our stores and businesses. What of the beauty of our people and uniqueness of our island? These need to be shared with the rest of the world.

Marla K. Spencer
Hoolehua, Molokai

Ala Wai beautification is long overdue

I want to express my support of the Ala Wai beautification project. I have waited many years for this to happen. My wife and I have been residents of the Waikiki area for some 30 years.

We are looking forward to taking our first bike ride down the Ala Wai. I will have a big smile on my face! Thank you!

Brad White

Are residents willing to save Waikiki theater?

Let's not all stand by idly as a another true Hawaii landmark is destroyed. Let's "Save the Waikiki Theater" and bring her back to her original glory. Just think how great having a performing arts center in the middle of Waikiki could be for our residents and visitors alike. All venues, music, theater, lectures and so on could be offered.

We would have a built-in paying audience from the multitude of people who pass by its front door.

This landmark should be purchased and preserved for all, maybe by the city or a group of concerned citizens in committee form. Let's get started.

Ron Baumgartner

Stop carping and get out of that car!

It is growing tiresome listening to all these citizen groups whining about the lack of parking and the traffic jams. What is it with people and their cars? We have the best bus system in the country -- the service is frequent, comfortable, and it saves precious fuel. The bus runs anyway so there is no incremental fuel usage when you ride. We have the best climate in the world for bicycling, yet we don't have enough bike paths. The City Council routinely kills budget allocations every year for adding/improving bike paths despite rapidly growing tax revenues.

We don't need more parking spaces. We need more bike lanes that interconnect, better sidewalks and more trees to shade the walkways and bikeways. This is a high-density urban environment. There will never be enough parking spaces or traffic lanes. Time to break off that love affair with your car and try something different. Unless you need your car as part of your job function, there is no reason to drive a car to work. Plus there are ancillary benefits: The Bus pass will save you a bundle over the cost of owning a vehicle. Bicycling and walking will help improve your physical and psychological health. Try it.

Bert Benevento




Hawaii's police officers are forced to endure the tropical heat and humidity in dark blue uniforms. It must get pretty uncomfortable, especially for the solo-bike officers. So this month's question is: If you could design a new uniform for our hard-working public safety officers, what would it look like? (Be nice!) Think about material, color, footwear and the different departments (patrol, detectives, solo bike, bicycle ...). We'd love to hear from members of our police force for this one, too.

Send your ideas -- include your name, address and phone number -- by Aug. 20 to:

Or by mail:
c/o Nancy Christenson
500 Ala Moana
7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Or by fax:
c/o Nancy Christenson



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