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Forum: Mixed Plate February 16th, 2009, 03:39 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

You're a fireman? Maybe you know, or know of, my nephew, Tony Valenti? He is a fireman in Honolulu too.
Forum: Mixed Plate January 27th, 2009, 06:51 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Yes, it will be interesting to see if a bill is introduced, to see if it is a serious bill, and to see if it has a realistic chance of passage. Depending upon what they try to do in the way of...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 26th, 2009, 03:52 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Amati

I too am surprised that the discussion has gone on so long - in the end, I think the people are divided. One can argue the point either way - as we have - and still wind up without...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 24th, 2009, 10:11 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Amati

I admire your persistence. I would only say that judging by the level of participation in the use of fireworks, you’re position seems hard to sustain. If there were as much opposition to...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 23rd, 2009, 06:19 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Despite Amati's unusual interpretation of the thread - which appears to be pretty evenly split between thpose for and those against, I would be Mr. Li is right - Personally, I wouldn't vote for...
Forum: Islanders Away January 18th, 2009, 01:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,350
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: And so it begins

You got that part right too - I taught at the UW for years and tutored the UW Football Team and I can tell you first hand how many local kids come to the mainland for school and never go home - or at...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 17th, 2009, 12:29 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Aloha Everyone

After much freezing here in moldland - I have returned to bring comforty and joy to you all:

Amati – I am so sorry you missed me so much – I will try not to let it happen again....
Forum: Islanders Away January 16th, 2009, 05:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,350
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: And so it begins

Just a thought - despite what I said about old Hawaii people, I was only talking about a general feeling - many of us who grew up in Hawaii got pretty frustrated when nearly everyone from the...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 03:34 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Hey guys - this has been fun, but I have to get back to work - maybe we can do this again in the future. Ciao
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

The majority of the community? How do you know that? I'll bet that if you polled all the folks in the back of the valleys, as well as the folks on the windward side and the North Shore you would find...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Very good point - and that was really all I was saying - a fair law of the sort that recognizes the needs, and (selfish) desires of one group does not necessarily have to exclude or ignore the needs...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 03:23 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Thanks for that - and you're particular concerns aren't selfish because they are NOT all about you?

Folks like you really crack me up! The question was do I agree with banning fireworks or not -...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 03:13 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

I don't think the cops are the answer to begin with - pot and chicken fighting are illegal but that hasn't seemed to slow anyone down. The answer is some kind of policy that has the support of most...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 02:55 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Ok - So many things to say:

Number one - AS I SAID - I have no problem with some sort of compromise that DOES NOT impose a blanket ban on everyone everywhere. I have plenty of sympathy for people...
Forum: Islanders Away January 15th, 2009, 02:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,350
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: And so it begins

Sorry to hear about that - I just had to leave again myself - but, old Hawaii people know better than to make friends with someone until they have lived in Hawaii at least three years or more - and...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 02:05 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Hey - no worries - I liked the discussion, it's just that I think this partiuclar horse is dead - and anyway, all we can do is say what we think and then go with whatever develops. Thanks for the...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 01:32 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

I am getting tired of this conversation - and, no, I don't see any problem with eating dogs either, or with Filipino style chicken fighting for that matter. What I am tired of though is the idea...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 12:07 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

I think the chief's time would be better spent on other things - I seriously doubt that he has the manpower to effectively enforce a ban anyway. I suspect that the chief has political aspirations -...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 10:39 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Thanks integlspwr -

As I said, what matters to me is that we don't just ban everything - local folks with keiki's who combine the festivities and fireworks with neighborhood parties bring the...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 01:45 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

OK - you have a point - part of my argument stems from a visceral reaction to people trying to change the place where I grew up and make it more like the mainland - I hate living on the mainland - I...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 15th, 2009, 01:13 AM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Lika Nui

Sorry, but you don't have my sympathy - you remind me of the folks who bought condo's in the tower next to Iolani back in the sixties knowing full well that the school played football...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 14th, 2009, 11:08 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

Ok twice - and, yes they do start early - but, so what! There are still over 350 days a year when it doesn't happen and it has been a part of Hawaii's tradition for over half a century. But, most...
Forum: Mixed Plate January 14th, 2009, 10:02 PM
Replies: 243
Views: 81,956
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: Ban New Years fireworks?

I just got back from Honolulu and my first New Years Eve there in a few years - I oppose a ban for several reasons:
1 It won't work
2 It criminalizes behavior that has been taking place for over 50...
Forum: Melting Pot November 15th, 2008, 11:26 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,982
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: I Not Haole...I Portuguese!

Lei –

I try not to let my Portagee get away from me these days (also, I type all day at work, so I get tired of “talking” when I am on my home computer) but, I am widely, if not affectionately...
Forum: Melting Pot November 15th, 2008, 05:43 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,982
Posted By Paul Valenti
Re: I Not Haole...I Portuguese!

Hey Lei -

You got that one right - it is really hard to tell - especially over here on the mainland. I work with older folks looking for work and one of the women I have gotten to know is mostly...
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