It is very sad that our once upon a time Democratic Senators are now voting with the Republicans (“Party People: what it means to be a Democrat in Hawai’i,” Nov. 17, 2005). Both Senators [Daniel] Inouye and [Daniel] Akaka voted yes to cut Medicare, Medicaid, student loans and other programs to help the poor. Later in the day both Inouye and Akaka voted with the Republicans to end a filibuster so the Senate could then vote to drill in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. Fortunately, enough Republicans voted with the Democrats to continue the filibuster. But no thanks to Inouye and Akaka.
What’s happened to our two Senators that they are now voting with the Republicans? They should explain their votes! One theory is that they want the Akaka Bill to be favorably voted on so badly, that they are now willing to kowtow to the Republicans to gain favor. To cut Medicare and Medicaid for Hawai’i’s elderly people and to destroy the Arctic Refuge in hopes that someday the Akaka Bill will be passed is unforgivable! This could go on for years.
As long as the Republicans know they can always count on Inouye and Akaka to vote with them until the Akaka Bill is finally voted on, why should the Republicans ever allow the Akaka Bill to be voted on? Every Hawaiian whose Medicare and Medicaid is being cut should write a letter to Inouye and Akaka demanding an explanation!
What’s next? Will they vote with the Republicans to cut taxes for the rich while the national debt is going through the roof?
-Bob Babson, Kihei
Maui Time Weekly
Debra Lordan [actually editor of the Maui Weekly],
I am simpatico with your editorial views on “The Homeless in Maui” and Toni Polancy’s “Help for the Homeless.” I have a “sense” you would be interested in my plans to utilize my specific knowledge of Cosmic Forces (“Identified by Numbers”) to help pinpoint the real causes of the current teen suicide epidemic in America, a ridiculous tragedy.
I was contacted—prior to coming to Hawai’i—to help due to the vital information I uncovered (discovered?) and documented over twenty years ago on the “Mysterious forces that trigger events” in peoples lives. But more important, I now have the logical alternative to “ignorance of the cause and timing” which lends to medical subjugation and—too many times lately—teen suicide.
I will share this knowledge at the press party along with my specific plans and unique donation to help the National Public Radio and TV stations in Hawai’i raise sorely needed operating funds cut off by the present administration.
-Jack Tafoya, “recent Maui resident”
It should have been noted in the Dec. 29, 2005 article “My Meeting” that the proposed Wailea 670 project received zoning approval in 1992 and Maui County Planning Commission approval in 2001. Also, project spokesman Charlie Jencks should have been identified as a member and past president of the Maui Contractors Association.