Sunday, April 30, 2017   Search
Hawaii Daily News Read

Current Articles | Archives | Search

Friday, February 17, 2017
Letters to the Editor February, 2017
By Letters to the Editor @ 12:23 AM :: 2283 Views :: Hawaii History, Ethics, Education K-12, Labor

Will HSTA Report Expenses for 6,000 Lobbyists?

Dear Editor:            February 16, 2017

I'm wondering whether the HSTA will report its 6,000 paid lobbyists at the Capitol on Teacher Institute Day as an 'in-kind' expense. It can't be a salary expense as the HSTA didn't pay the lobbyists: the taxpayers' DOE, under contract with the HSTA, did. I estimate, at average $45K salary, 180 working days, 7 hours/day, labor burden of 1.3 X earnings that the 6,000 paid lobbyists that day cost us about $1,900,000.00.

Looking up the history of Teacher Institute day Joan Husted says it has become a day of professional development with speakers and workshops. In the early days it often included the teachers "hearing about lobbying, political activities, and negotiations." Has it now become 'rent-a-crowd' or 'hire a mass of lobbyists' for actual political action on the taxpayers' dime?

DOE by telephone inquiry says TID is 'in the contract.' The contract names it, but it is completely undefined. History posting says courts defined it as a work day when a teacher once got hurt on TID.

Boyd Ready

Haleiwa, Oahu

  *   *   *   *   *

Falls of Clyde: Ige Ignores Call from British Parliament

Dear Editor,       February 13, 2017

The silence from the Governor’s office in response to a British politicians request for a stay of execution for this U.S. Historic Landmark is deafening.

The politician Alison Thewlis M.P. has now been prompted to raise the matter in the British House of Parliament in the form of a question to the Foreign Secretary Mr. Boris Johnson.

Why is the state of Hawaii prepared to spend an estimated $1.5m of taxpayers money to dispose of the ship, when if he just spoke to the M.P. he would learn of the interest in Scotland in saving this unique ship.

We are all awaiting a response from Governor Ige’s office.

Matson Shipping have been approached for their support as previous owners responsible for bringing the Falls of Clyde to Hawaii in the past, they are considering how even they can assist us in this mission.

Here in Scotland we are working to find a dry dock, new home which we believe will become a major tourist attraction.

Part of our plan is that once she is restored and can be put back to sea that she becomes a Sail Training and Campus Afloat community college offering opportunities to all.

Many thanks for reading this appeal.

David O'Neill

Save Falls of Clyde

Related: Scottish Nationalists Demand Ige Return Falls of Clyde


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

ARCHIVES: Daily News Read

ARCHIVES: HawaiiFreePress


RSS FEED Latest 25 articles

TWITTER HawaiiFreePress

FaceBook: HawaiiFreePress

Register to Vote


808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940


ACA Signups Hawaii


Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Conservative Alliance

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii



Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A'ole Eradication

A Place for Women in Waipio

Atomic Monkey

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

Choice is an Illusion

Christian Home Educators of Maui

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

Conservative Forum for Hawaii

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

December 7 Battlefields at risk

DVids Hawaii

Education Institute of Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Friends of Lanai

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America


Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii-Israel Alignment

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Knights of Columbus

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii Open Budget

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Senate Informer

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Votes

Hepsy's Kuleana

Heritage Foundation


HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu TEA Party

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus

House Republican Caucus YouTube


Hump Day Report

Hunting, Farming and Fishing Assoc.

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kahua Group

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes


Kona TEA Party

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Maui Pregnancy Center

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii


National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

No Hawaii Beverage Tax

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

OHA Lies

Ohana Policy Group

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Perry and Price Show

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii


Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Salvage The Rail

Save the Plastic Bag

School Choice in Hawaii

Senate Minority FB

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Stop SB2424

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

TEA Party Maui

TFB Micronesia

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

The Verifiable Truth

The Voice of Kapolei

Time Out Honolulu

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

United Veterans Hawaii

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Vote No 113


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

YAL UH Hilo 


Maui TEA Party
Maui TEA Party