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Don Chapman
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October 13, 2010 - MidWeek
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Top workers

Kudos to Editor Don Chapman for the insightful column, “Which Services Don’t You Want? State Worker All-Stars.” The article raised awareness of the special contributions of the State’s 49 outstanding employees. Realistically, there are many more government employees who regularly work creatively, unselfishly and tirelessly to protect our natural resources and to enrich and improve the quality of life for our kama’aina and malihini. Yes, there are slackers among government employees. If you look for the good, you will find good; if you look for the bad, that’s what you’ll find.

I, too, hope that the column leads to intelligent, rational, civil discussion on the size and scope of government. It’s easy to criticize government; it’s not as easy to surrender the benefits that we derive from outstanding government employees.

Stephanie Araki

Business too big

Don Chapman’s question “At what point exactly does government get ‘too big’?” is applicable also to private big corporations. At what point exactly are they too big to make their own regulations, to violate laws of the country and to cheat the public? Remember the Tobacco Institute that was financed by the tobacco industry? It proclaimed the results of its own study that smoking does not cause cancer, until the “big” government interfered to protect the health of its citizens.

Big corporations are not responsible even to their own investors. Health insurance companies seem especially prone to exploit the ignorance of the insured that they promised to serve.

Michael Klimenko

Mufi scapegoat

Apparently, the unions’ support for Mufi Hannemann in his run for governor was more cosmetic and given grudgingly partly perhaps because of his “my way or the highway” reputation.

Mufi was the victim of his own success and became politically expediently expendable. After all, Mufi did the dirty work of “railroading” rail through and over the opposition - but since Neil Abercrombie is also pro rail, who needs Mufi now? The powers that be needed an expendable scapegoat whom they could toss under the runaway steel rail system because they know the disaster rail is and will be. There will be anger over the jobs lost through the rail taxes and the diversion of already scarce Hawaii resources to building rail, but with Mufi gone, whom can you vote against?

You might say Mufi was the victim of the vast rail wing conspiracy.

Leighton Loo

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