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Don Chapman
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June 25, 2008 - MidWeek
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Easier warrants

I am writing to correct two statements that appeared in Larry Price’s column “Keeping Track of Our Criminals.”

Contrary to what Mr. Price wrote, the courts did not rule “that the courts had not used due diligence in serving warrants on alleged criminals” because “courts” do not serve warrants. The police and sheriffs serve warrants.

The Judiciary’s new computer system allows for traffic warrants issued after November 2005 (and not 2006 as provided in thecolumn) to appear in the eWarrant system as electronic images. The electronic image of an outstanding warrant may be viewed online 24/7 and printed as a certified document ready for service at the convenience of law enforcement officers. The eWarrant system will also contain data on all traffic warrants outstanding from 1995 to November 2005.

Although time-consuming, it is possible to have online images of these outstanding warrants, which currently exist only in paper form, available for downloading by law enforcement by having court staff manually scan the paper warrants into the system.

Marsha Kitagawa
Public Affairs Officer,
Hawai`i State Judiciary

Military presidents

As Bob Jones points out, military service is no guarantee of producing a great president. As a former military man, I can assure you that not all generals are created equal. Frankly, I don’t trust John McCain’s judgment. And maybe if he’d been less of a so-called “maverick,” he’d have made admiral like his father and grandfather.

Ted Randall

What an example

Regarding military service as a requisite for running for president: Just look what it did for George W. Bush.

Sandra Watanabe

Look for crooks

Reading the headline for Larry Price’s column last week, “Keeping Track Of Our Criminals,” I had to laugh: Keeping track of our criminals? That’s easy, they’re all working at the Legislature and the City Council!

Even funnier, it was on a page next to Jerry Coffee’s ode to “Good Citizens Who Run For Office.” Maybe good people do run for office, but apparently the office - and the people they work around - change them.

Ralph Yee

Jones is right

Thank you to Bob Jones for writing a well thought-out update on the anti-rail movement in the June 11 issue of MidWeek.

Mr. Jones provides much-needed counterpoint to the anti-rail dribble such as MidWeek columnist Jerry Coffee offers up.

For those who really want to know what this means to the people of West Oahu, go to http://www.apta.com and click on “Calculate Your Savings by Riding Public Transportation.”

Whether you live in that area or not, the numbers will surprise you and make you think long and hard about signing the anti-rail petition.

Alan Chase
Hawaii Kai

Jones is wrong

Bob Jones’June 11 column on anti-rail is misleading and should be corrected. The major reason for mass transit is to provide traffic relief on H-1, which rail will never provide before, during and after Rail is completed.

The traffic choke points are between Pearl City-Pearl Harbor and Middle Street-Downtown Honolulu. The Express Busway (managed lanes) will remove the two choke points by building a separate, elevated busway from Pearl City to downtown Honolulu.

The Express Busway allows the commuter use the morning express buses from all major existing and new community Bus Transit Centers at Waianae-Makaha, Kapolei/Kalaeloa, Makakilo, Mililani, etc. and travel to his/her destination at Pearl Harbor/Hickam, Airport, Kalihi, Downtown Honolulu and beyond to U.H. Manoa or Ala Moana or Waikiki without transferring even once.

The Express Buses would travel on a separate three-lane elevated highway over the Kamehameha Hwy. median to Pearl Harbor, alongside (mauka) the Airport Viaduct and then over the Nimitz Hwy. median to downtown Honolulu with a bus fly-over to Hotel Street Mall and, for non-buses, via an underpass from Nimitz to Alakea and the four-lane one-way King Street.

The Express Busway will cost about $800 million. (Tampa built a similar 10 mile Express Busway for $320 million). The Rail will cost $9 billion due to inflation over the 15 years it will take to build rail.

Ben Ramelb

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