Letters to the Editor: Feedback

September, 2010

Not a terrible place to do business

We keep hearing that Hawaii is a terrible place to do business, but that’s an insult to the REIT which just bought Bishop Square for almost $230 million, and to Nordstrom,
Walgreens, Target, Costco, Starbucks and Whole Foods, who are all expanding here. They wouldn’t expand in a state where it’s terrible to do business.

What about the little guys? Every week, dozens of new businesses are launched in Hawaii. Their owners apparently don’t see this as such a terrible place to do business.

I blame this reputation on the Chamber of Commerce and a few others who have
relentlessly pushed that theme in an attempt to stop unions and any new regulations on
businesses. These naysayers should instead push Hawaii as a great place to do business.
I say this with some authority: I have owned and operated four small businesses in
Hawaii and each did just fine.

David Cheever


Both voters and leaders need to change

After living and working in Kailua-Kona for almost 30 years, my wife and I moved to the D.C. area last fall. In your Editor’s Note, “Making Our Children Pay” (July), you said, “Shame on our politicians, but more shame on all of us for re-electing them and making unreasonable demands of them.”

In the same issue, I saw the ad from Sen. Daniel Inouye, which prompted the question, “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” – that is, “Which comes first, change in leadership or change in voters?”

We have to do both simultaneously, but it will be an uphill battle as long as the financial and fundraising “system” here in D.C. supports two things: incumbency and seniority. How can Hawaii keep supporting Inouye when he epitomizes what is wrong in D.C.?

Inouye (and many others like him, who say they are “for the people”) is actually oppressing the poor by creating greater dependency on governmental largesse and not encouraging them to take greater personal responsibility for their lives and livelihoods.

Mark R. Spengler


Best Pastrami

We asked our readers for the best pastrami on the Neighbor Islands. From Kauai, Beth Ann
e-mailed us: “Hands down – Grinds Café in Eleele!”

Good service, aloha are best ways to compete

The best way for locally owned Hawaii stores to combat big-box retailers and other Mainland companies is to provide excellent customer service with a personal touch and value-based prices. One thing that big-box Mainland companies can never do in Hawaii is be local and live aloha. As a local organic food-product small-business owner, I have learned that the best value Hawaii stores offer is the spirit of aloha.

Posted online by LiveWellBrandsHawaii


Open-air airports are welcoming

Please don’t enclose the airports’ open spaces, and make them sterile and cold (“Transforming Hawaii’s Airports,” July). Kona airport’s open space and lack of jetways are treasured features. Nothing says “Welcome to Hawaii” like fresh air! My homecomings always begin with that pleasure.

Posted on Facebook by Jean Bevanmarquez


43% of Hawaii homes are cell-phone-only

An update on our August story, “No Landline? They Still Want Your Opinion”:

Nielsen now reports that 43 percent of Hawaii households are cell-phone-only (CPO) and have no landline, according to SMS, a Hawaii consulting and research company.

“That’s a lot higher than anyone expected,” SMS says. “… Nielsen and Arbitron both noted that states with very high CPO percentages also have either a large university or a military base, were geographically isolated, or had very high landline rates. Hawaii has all of those.”


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