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Many of you will recall the famous line from the classic movie “Marathon Man.” Dustin Hoffman starred, with Laurence Olivier featured as the dentist/torturer who drills into Dustin’s front tooth in a futile attempt to get him to reveal secrets that he doesn’t know. It makes your teeth ache just to watch.

Well, that same line can be used once again, but with an entirely different meaning. After being “tortured” for 40 years by some (not all) Democrats, it is now ”’safe”’ to be a Republican, and even mention it in public!

For business owners, what is even better is that it is also “safe” to join Small Business Hawaii. No longer will members fear that their support of SBH will result in discrimination against them by those in government with the power to award contracts, delay processing of permits and regulatory paperwork, or refer customers.

We have our best opportunity in 40 years to see some pro-business activity in the Legislature, due to the leadership of Gov. Linda Lingle. One of the best ways to get your ideas to the governor is to support SBH.

The torture has stopped, and our teeth aren’t being drilled any more.

Join Small Business Hawaii ”’Now”’ — it is ”’safe.”’

See the SBH Web site at: http://www.smallbusinesshawaii.com

”’Bud Weisbrod is a resident of Honolulu and a member of Small Business Hawaii. He can be reached via email at:”’ mailto:weisbrod@myexcel.com

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Grassroot Perspective – Jan. 9, 2003-Topics: Health Plan Issues; Water Troubles; the Honolulu Bus Rapid Transit System

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“Dick Rowland Image”

”Shoots (News, Views and Quotes)”

– Money-Saving Flexible Spending Accounts To Be Offered By Federal
Government Source: Office of Personnel Management, 09/17/02

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced that several
consumer-driven health plans will be available to federal workers
starting next year. The American Postal Workers Union will offer a new option nationwide to those enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Enrollees will receive a health-spending account worth $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for families to cover eligible out-of-pocket costs. Individuals would then pay the next $600 of health costs and families, $1,200, before traditional insurance triggers in (with the plan paying 85 percent of medical costs). Flexible spending accounts also will be offered to federal employees beginning in July 2003. Employees will be able to set aside up to $3,000 in a tax-free account to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses and up to $5,000 for child care or elder care. FEHBP costs, rising an average of 11.1 percent, were lower than industry averages: “Having a choice of plans promotes healthy competition among carriers for subscribers and helps contain costs,” said OPM director Kay Coles James.

Full text: http://www.opm.gov/pressrel/2002/MO-FEHB.asp

Quoted from Galen Institute www.galen.org 9/20/02

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii comment: A good deal for federal workers. Too bad that Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act precludes such innovative customer focused alternatives here.

– Water Troubles

Water is a scarce resource. However, unlike most resources it is a
necessary component of life. A recent report finds that a worldwide
water crisis is brewing.

Global water demand tripled between 1950 and 1990, and is expected to double again by 2025. Fresh water supplies are being tapped out. Many, including the World Bank, argue that water providers should be a public-private partnership, not simply public entities. In developing countries, the World Bank found that:

*One third of public water utilities cannot account for 40 percent of their water due to illegal connections or leaks.

*Public utilities overstaff, inflate costs, irregularly collect fees from users, and service coverage is not complete.

Those in favor of public-private partnerships argue that only private
investment can afford to cover the cost of fixing the water infrastructure. The American Water Works Association estimates that in the United States alone, restoring drinking-water infrastructure will require about $325 billion over the next two decades. Moreover, they also argue that the only way to encourage conservation is to charge for water.

However, the opponents argue that water is more than just a commodity, but a necessity for life. To the opponents, depending on corporations with no public interest to provide a necessity is a risky venture. Additionally, privatization of water has led to severe public disturbances in several places including Bolivia, Peru, India, Poland and South Africa. After years of subsidized water supplies, people are accustomed to getting water for free, researchers say.

Source: Melissa Master, “Just Another Commodity,” Across the Board,
July/August 2002.

Quoted from www.ncpa.org Daily Policy Digest 10/9/02
http://www.conference-board.org/publications/atb/articles/masterJul02_01.cfm

”Roots (Food for Thought)”

– Honolulu BRT

Recently we have been asked several times why we’re so adamant in our opposition to the Honolulu City/County proposed BRT system. One of the best ways to put a frame around our view is to quote some knowledgeable federal transportation experts:

“Today’s surface transportation sector faces a need for radical
overhaul to bring it into the post-industrial 21st century. In current metropolitan systems, there is no managed relationship between supply and demand-it is a “dumb” system with few of the system owners (state and local governments) taking responsibility seriously. … The curious thing is that most of us as consumers accept this situation as the best our transportation agencies can do. Imagine living with hand-cranked, wall-mounted, operator-manned telecommunications today, as we still live with 1950s highway technology. What we accept in transportation, we don’t accept in other services.”

– Stephen Lockwood, former Associate Administrator for
Policy, FHWA

“Congestion is a problem of demand outpacing capacity. We need to break the anti-highway cycle that has plagued us. Sometimes transportation is really about asphalt, concrete and steel.”

– FHWA Administrator Mary Peters

“We wil indeed have to build our way out of some of the congestion.”

– Christine Johnson, Program Manager, FHWA

On need for accountability to customers: “Accountability means that
someone or some group expects a certain level of performance, has an ability to judge whether it is delivered, (and) is able to pinpoint
responsibility if it isn’t delivered, often with very specific
consequences.” She added, “with no institutionalized ownership of the
problem, accountability can be diffused among dozens of organizations.”

– Christine Johnson, Program Manager, FHWA

To summarize:

*The lack of genuine accountability (no specific person suffers if it fails) surrounding the BRT promotion and the profusion of organizations and individuals involved almost guarantees failure.

*The wants and needs of customers are ignored or papered over. Busy people want to drive cars, make multiple stops, solve various problems beside go to work and back.

*”Roads in a Market Economy” by Gabriel Roth (Ashgate Publishing co 1996) points out that among the fundamental differences between the telecommunications system and the highway system (both of them network utilities) is the lack of real owners of the latter. A highway corporation that derives its revenues directly from its customers — and only gets paid if it delivers what they want and need — would be a whole new ball game. As if by an invisible hand, it would embrace an “operation vision,” responding to congestion (or the need to accommodate heavier trucks) by adding new capacity if, and to the extent that, customers were willing to pay what it cost to build and operate that capacity.”

– GRIH comment: Please note that the City/County Director of
Transportation, the lead BRT proponent, is focused not on solving your transportation problems or mine. Instead, she is focusing on solving the mythical problems of assumed new BRT riders and “doing something” by getting federal money to feed consultants and (eventually) contractors. Yes, indeed, we are opposed, and until assured that advocates will somehow be held accountable, that attitude is unlikely to change. After all, would you shop at a store that knew it would never have to stand behind the products sold?

”Evergreen (Today’s Quote)”

– The Remarkable Market Economy: “Perhaps the single most magnificent fact about life in a market economy is that each of us benefits from the creativity, knowledge, and efforts of the millions upon millions of our fellows. And to receive these benefits, all that we must do in our capacity as citizens is to respect the property rights and peaceful choices of others. It’s really quite simple.”

– Donald J. Boudreaux, Ideas on Liberty, October 2001

– A better solution: “Instead of adopting soak-the-rich approach, we
should move quickly on those matters on which there should be common ground. The whole array of regulations that reduce the efficiency of markets and produce undeserved winners — unjust beneficiaries of government favors — should be repealed. This liberalization would not only vindicate the approach of classical-liberal theories, but also reduce the unfairness in wealth distribution that leads to misguided calls for higher and more progressive taxes.”

– University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein, in a National
Review book review (7/1/02)

Above articles from Ethan Allen Institute Newsletter 11/02
http://www.ethanallen.org

”’See Web site”’ http://www.grassrootinstitute.org ”’for further information. Join its efforts at “Nurturing the rights and responsibilities of the individual in a civil society. …” or email or call Grassroot of Hawaii Institute President Richard O. Rowland at mailto:grassroot@hawaii.rr.com or (808) 487-4959.”’

Is it Safe Yet?

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Many of you will recall the famous line from the classic movie “Marathon Man.” Dustin Hoffman starred, with Laurence Olivier featured as the dentist/torturer who drills into Dustin’s front tooth in a futile attempt to get him to reveal secrets that he doesn’t know. It makes your teeth ache just to watch. Well, that same line can be used once again, but with an entirely different meaning. After being “tortured” for 40 years by some (not all) Democrats, it is now ”safe” to be a Republican, and even mention it in public! For business owners, what is even better is that it is also “safe” to join Small Business Hawaii. No longer will members fear that their support of SBH will result in discrimination against them by those in government with the power to award contracts, delay processing of permits and regulatory paperwork, or refer customers. We have our best opportunity in 40 years to see some pro-business activity in the Legislature, due to the leadership of Gov. Linda Lingle. One of the best ways to get your ideas to the governor is to support SBH. The torture has stopped, and our teeth aren’t being drilled any more. Join Small Business Hawaii ”Now” — it is ”safe.” See the SBH Web site at: http://www.smallbusinesshawaii.com ”Bud Weisbrod is a resident of Honolulu and a member of Small Business Hawaii. He can be reached via email at:” mailto:weisbrod@myexcel.com

Grassroot Perspective – Jan. 9, 2003-Topics: Health Plan Issues; Water Troubles; the Honolulu Bus Rapid Transit System

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Dick Rowland Image ‘Shoots (News, Views and Quotes)’ – Money-Saving Flexible Spending Accounts To Be Offered By Federal Government Source: Office of Personnel Management, 09/17/02 The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced that several consumer-driven health plans will be available to federal workers starting next year. The American Postal Workers Union will offer a new option nationwide to those enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Enrollees will receive a health-spending account worth $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for families to cover eligible out-of-pocket costs. Individuals would then pay the next $600 of health costs and families, $1,200, before traditional insurance triggers in (with the plan paying 85 percent of medical costs). Flexible spending accounts also will be offered to federal employees beginning in July 2003. Employees will be able to set aside up to $3,000 in a tax-free account to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses and up to $5,000 for child care or elder care. FEHBP costs, rising an average of 11.1 percent, were lower than industry averages: “Having a choice of plans promotes healthy competition among carriers for subscribers and helps contain costs,” said OPM director Kay Coles James. Full text: http://www.opm.gov/pressrel/2002/MO-FEHB.asp Quoted from Galen Institute www.galen.org 9/20/02 Grassroot Institute of Hawaii comment: A good deal for federal workers. Too bad that Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act precludes such innovative customer focused alternatives here. – Water Troubles Water is a scarce resource. However, unlike most resources it is a necessary component of life. A recent report finds that a worldwide water crisis is brewing. Global water demand tripled between 1950 and 1990, and is expected to double again by 2025. Fresh water supplies are being tapped out. Many, including the World Bank, argue that water providers should be a public-private partnership, not simply public entities. In developing countries, the World Bank found that: *One third of public water utilities cannot account for 40 percent of their water due to illegal connections or leaks. *Public utilities overstaff, inflate costs, irregularly collect fees from users, and service coverage is not complete. Those in favor of public-private partnerships argue that only private investment can afford to cover the cost of fixing the water infrastructure. The American Water Works Association estimates that in the United States alone, restoring drinking-water infrastructure will require about $325 billion over the next two decades. Moreover, they also argue that the only way to encourage conservation is to charge for water. However, the opponents argue that water is more than just a commodity, but a necessity for life. To the opponents, depending on corporations with no public interest to provide a necessity is a risky venture. Additionally, privatization of water has led to severe public disturbances in several places including Bolivia, Peru, India, Poland and South Africa. After years of subsidized water supplies, people are accustomed to getting water for free, researchers say. Source: Melissa Master, “Just Another Commodity,” Across the Board, July/August 2002. Quoted from www.ncpa.org Daily Policy Digest 10/9/02 http://www.conference-board.org/publications/atb/articles/masterJul02_01.cfm ‘Roots (Food for Thought)’ – Honolulu BRT Recently we have been asked several times why we’re so adamant in our opposition to the Honolulu City/County proposed BRT system. One of the best ways to put a frame around our view is to quote some knowledgeable federal transportation experts: “Today’s surface transportation sector faces a need for radical overhaul to bring it into the post-industrial 21st century. In current metropolitan systems, there is no managed relationship between supply and demand-it is a “dumb” system with few of the system owners (state and local governments) taking responsibility seriously. … The curious thing is that most of us as consumers accept this situation as the best our transportation agencies can do. Imagine living with hand-cranked, wall-mounted, operator-manned telecommunications today, as we still live with 1950s highway technology. What we accept in transportation, we don’t accept in other services.” – Stephen Lockwood, former Associate Administrator for Policy, FHWA “Congestion is a problem of demand outpacing capacity. We need to break the anti-highway cycle that has plagued us. Sometimes transportation is really about asphalt, concrete and steel.” – FHWA Administrator Mary Peters “We wil indeed have to build our way out of some of the congestion.” – Christine Johnson, Program Manager, FHWA On need for accountability to customers: “Accountability means that someone or some group expects a certain level of performance, has an ability to judge whether it is delivered, (and) is able to pinpoint responsibility if it isn’t delivered, often with very specific consequences.” She added, “with no institutionalized ownership of the problem, accountability can be diffused among dozens of organizations.” – Christine Johnson, Program Manager, FHWA To summarize: *The lack of genuine accountability (no specific person suffers if it fails) surrounding the BRT promotion and the profusion of organizations and individuals involved almost guarantees failure. *The wants and needs of customers are ignored or papered over. Busy people want to drive cars, make multiple stops, solve various problems beside go to work and back. *”Roads in a Market Economy” by Gabriel Roth (Ashgate Publishing co 1996) points out that among the fundamental differences between the telecommunications system and the highway system (both of them network utilities) is the lack of real owners of the latter. A highway corporation that derives its revenues directly from its customers — and only gets paid if it delivers what they want and need — would be a whole new ball game. As if by an invisible hand, it would embrace an “operation vision,” responding to congestion (or the need to accommodate heavier trucks) by adding new capacity if, and to the extent that, customers were willing to pay what it cost to build and operate that capacity.” – GRIH comment: Please note that the City/County Director of Transportation, the lead BRT proponent, is focused not on solving your transportation problems or mine. Instead, she is focusing on solving the mythical problems of assumed new BRT riders and “doing something” by getting federal money to feed consultants and (eventually) contractors. Yes, indeed, we are opposed, and until assured that advocates will somehow be held accountable, that attitude is unlikely to change. After all, would you shop at a store that knew it would never have to stand behind the products sold? ‘Evergreen (Today’s Quote)’ – The Remarkable Market Economy: “Perhaps the single most magnificent fact about life in a market economy is that each of us benefits from the creativity, knowledge, and efforts of the millions upon millions of our fellows. And to receive these benefits, all that we must do in our capacity as citizens is to respect the property rights and peaceful choices of others. It’s really quite simple.” – Donald J. Boudreaux, Ideas on Liberty, October 2001 – A better solution: “Instead of adopting soak-the-rich approach, we should move quickly on those matters on which there should be common ground. The whole array of regulations that reduce the efficiency of markets and produce undeserved winners — unjust beneficiaries of government favors — should be repealed. This liberalization would not only vindicate the approach of classical-liberal theories, but also reduce the unfairness in wealth distribution that leads to misguided calls for higher and more progressive taxes.” – University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein, in a National Review book review (7/1/02) Above articles from Ethan Allen Institute Newsletter 11/02 http://www.ethanallen.org ”See Web site” http://www.grassrootinstitute.org ”for further information. Join its efforts at “Nurturing the rights and responsibilities of the individual in a civil society. …” or email or call Grassroot of Hawaii Institute President Richard O. Rowland at mailto:grassroot@hawaii.rr.com or (808) 487-4959.”

Intimacy Issues

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“Suzanne Gelb Image”

”Sexual Pleasure — How do I Enhance Mine?”

Q: Dear Dr. Gelb:

I’ve been married four years and I have been faking orgasm with my husband. I only tell you this because I know my name is anonymous. Answers please.

A: Dr. Gelb says . . .

Dear Answers:

Your question makes reference to a secretive and unestablished communication when it comes to intimacy and sexuality. Many couples who have found themselves in the type of situation your describe have sought out a competent sex therapist to assist with learning how to be intimate together, and how to offer each other pleasure. Others who have faced the experience you describe have taken it upon themselves to learn about their own body and why it is not responding to touch — theirs or their mate’s. This type of exploration can offer a person many new, unexplored areas of sensation and pleasure.

”Marital Intimacy — How do I Cope with Impotency?”

Q: Dear Dr. Gelb:

My husband and I have been married for three years. We have been intimate about three times since our wedding. He now tells me that he is impotent. Whose fault is this?

Fault

A: Dr. Gelb says . . .

Dear Fault:

The situation you describe appears to be crying out for the guidance and direction of a well-trained sex therapist. By this I mean a professional who is appropriately licensed or certified and experienced in the field of sexuality. While there are those instances where one or both persons in a relationship are afflicted with a serious physical problem that can inhibit their mutual pleasure, it is so sad when a couple misses out on one of the most pleasurable experiences that the body has to offer.

”’Suzanne J. Gelb, Ph.D., J.D. authors this daily column, Dr. Gelb Says, which answers questions about daily living and behavior issues. Dr. Gelb is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Honolulu. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Human Services. Dr. Gelb is also a published author of a book on Overcoming Addictions and a book on Relationships.”’

”’This column is intended for entertainment use only and is not intended for the purpose of psychological diagnosis, treatment or personalized advice. For more about the column’s purpose, see”’ “An Online Intro to Dr. Gelb Says”

”’Email your questions to mailto:DrGelbSays@hawaiireporter.com More information on Dr. Gelb’s services and related resources available at”’ http://www.DrGelbSays.com

Legislative Hearing Notices – Jan. 10, 2003

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The following hearing notices, which are subject to change, were sorted and taken from the Hawaii State Capitol Web site.
Please check that site for updates and/or changes to the schedule at
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/docs/hearing/hearing2.asp?press1=docs&button1=current Go there and click on the Hearing Date to view the Hearing Notice.

Hearings notices for both House and Senate measures in all committees:

Hearing

”Date Time Bill Number Measure Title Committee”

1/10/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing HSH

1/13/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing CPH/CPC

1/13/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing EDB-TAC-TRN

1/13/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/13/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/13/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing WAM FIN

1/13/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing ECD SAT

1/13/03 2:00 PM None Informational Briefing INT

1/14/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing EEP

1/14/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing WAM

1/14/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/14/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing FIN

1/14/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/14/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing SAT-ECD

1/14/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing TSM

1/16/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/16/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/16/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM/FIN

1/16/03 2:00 PM None Informational Briefing EDN

1/17/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/17/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/17/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM/FIN

1/17/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing EEP

1/17/03 3:00 PM None Informational Briefing EDU-HED

1/20/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/21/03 1:15 PM None Informational Briefing TSM

1/21/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/21/03 3:00 PM None Informational Briefing WAM

1/21/03 3:00 PM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/22/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/22/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/22/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing WAM/TMG

1/23/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM

1/23/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/23/03 1:00 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/23/03 1:15 PM None Informational Briefing TSM

1/24/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM

1/24/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/24/03 1:00 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/27/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/27/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM/EDU

1/27/03 1:00 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/28/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM

1/28/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/28/03 1:00 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN

1/28/03 1:15 PM None Informational Briefing TSM

1/29/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM

1/29/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

1/30/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM

1/30/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

Intimacy Issues

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Suzanne Gelb Image ‘Sexual Pleasure — How do I Enhance Mine?’ Q: Dear Dr. Gelb: I’ve been married four years and I have been faking orgasm with my husband. I only tell you this because I know my name is anonymous. Answers please. A: Dr. Gelb says . . . Dear Answers: Your question makes reference to a secretive and unestablished communication when it comes to intimacy and sexuality. Many couples who have found themselves in the type of situation your describe have sought out a competent sex therapist to assist with learning how to be intimate together, and how to offer each other pleasure. Others who have faced the experience you describe have taken it upon themselves to learn about their own body and why it is not responding to touch — theirs or their mate’s. This type of exploration can offer a person many new, unexplored areas of sensation and pleasure. ‘Marital Intimacy — How do I Cope with Impotency?’ Q: Dear Dr. Gelb: My husband and I have been married for three years. We have been intimate about three times since our wedding. He now tells me that he is impotent. Whose fault is this? Fault A: Dr. Gelb says . . . Dear Fault: The situation you describe appears to be crying out for the guidance and direction of a well-trained sex therapist. By this I mean a professional who is appropriately licensed or certified and experienced in the field of sexuality. While there are those instances where one or both persons in a relationship are afflicted with a serious physical problem that can inhibit their mutual pleasure, it is so sad when a couple misses out on one of the most pleasurable experiences that the body has to offer. ”Suzanne J. Gelb, Ph.D., J.D. authors this daily column, Dr. Gelb Says, which answers questions about daily living and behavior issues. Dr. Gelb is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Honolulu. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Human Services. Dr. Gelb is also a published author of a book on Overcoming Addictions and a book on Relationships.” ”This column is intended for entertainment use only and is not intended for the purpose of psychological diagnosis, treatment or personalized advice. For more about the column’s purpose, see” “An Online Intro to Dr. Gelb Says” ”Email your questions to mailto:DrGelbSays@hawaiireporter.com More information on Dr. Gelb’s services and related resources available at” http://www.DrGelbSays.com

Legislative Hearing Notices – Jan. 10, 2003

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The following hearing notices, which are subject to change, were sorted and taken from the Hawaii State Capitol Web site. Please check that site for updates and/or changes to the schedule at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/site1/docs/hearing/hearing2.asp?press1=docs&button1=current Go there and click on the Hearing Date to view the Hearing Notice. Hearings notices for both House and Senate measures in all committees: Hearing ‘Date Time Bill Number Measure Title Committee’ 1/10/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing HSH 1/13/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing CPH/CPC 1/13/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing EDB-TAC-TRN 1/13/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/13/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/13/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing WAM FIN 1/13/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing ECD SAT 1/13/03 2:00 PM None Informational Briefing INT 1/14/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing EEP 1/14/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing WAM 1/14/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/14/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing FIN 1/14/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/14/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing SAT-ECD 1/14/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing TSM 1/16/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/16/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/16/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM/FIN 1/16/03 2:00 PM None Informational Briefing EDN 1/17/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/17/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/17/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM/FIN 1/17/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing EEP 1/17/03 3:00 PM None Informational Briefing EDU-HED 1/20/03 9:00 AM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/21/03 1:15 PM None Informational Briefing TSM 1/21/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/21/03 3:00 PM None Informational Briefing WAM 1/21/03 3:00 PM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/22/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/22/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/22/03 1:30 PM None Informational Briefing WAM/TMG 1/23/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM 1/23/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/23/03 1:00 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/23/03 1:15 PM None Informational Briefing TSM 1/24/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM 1/24/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/24/03 1:00 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/27/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/27/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM/EDU 1/27/03 1:00 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/28/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM 1/28/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/28/03 1:00 PM None Informational Briefing Summary FIN 1/28/03 1:15 PM None Informational Briefing TSM 1/29/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM 1/29/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM 1/30/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing WAM 1/30/03 8:30 AM None Informational Briefing Summary WAM

Political Tittle-tattle: News and Entertainment from Hawaii's Political Arena

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”Small Businesses Rally for Prosperity”

An enthusiastic crowd of small business owners and politicians poured into the 27th Annual Small Business Hawaii conference yesterday at the Ala Moana Hotel, hoping to hear from the many political and business speakers that Hawaii’s business climate will soon change for the better.

”’To see Melvin Ah Ching’s photo albums depicting the conference, click on:”’ http://www.smallbusinesshawaii.com/2003/Conference2003.html

President of the small business advocacy organization, Sam Slom, opened the meeting at 8 a.m. with a rally for small business owners, many who cheered when he mentioned the newly elected Republican Gov. Linda Lingle promised to vastly improve Hawaii’s notoriously hostile business climate.

Under prior administrations run by a long line of Democrat governors, Hawaii’s business climate has sunk to the bottom in most, if not all, business ratings. Those include recent rankings by Forbes Magazine, the Small Business Survival Index 2002 and Entrepreneurial Hot Spots: The Best Places in America to Start and Grow a Company, 2001.

Many business owners are hoping 2003, a new administration and a change in attitude by leading politicians will bring a new beginning for Hawaii’s businesses and economy that will allow them to prosper, not just struggle to survive.

Slom told business owners they have no excuse –

Political Tittle-tattle: News and Entertainment from Hawaii’s Political Arena

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”Small Businesses Rally for Prosperity”

An enthusiastic crowd of small business owners and politicians poured into the 27th Annual Small Business Hawaii conference yesterday at the Ala Moana Hotel, hoping to hear from the many political and business speakers that Hawaii’s business climate will soon change for the better.

”’To see Melvin Ah Ching’s photo albums depicting the conference, click on:”’ http://www.smallbusinesshawaii.com/2003/Conference2003.html

President of the small business advocacy organization, Sam Slom, opened the meeting at 8 a.m. with a rally for small business owners, many who cheered when he mentioned the newly elected Republican Gov. Linda Lingle promised to vastly improve Hawaii’s notoriously hostile business climate.

Under prior administrations run by a long line of Democrat governors, Hawaii’s business climate has sunk to the bottom in most, if not all, business ratings. Those include recent rankings by Forbes Magazine, the Small Business Survival Index 2002 and Entrepreneurial Hot Spots: The Best Places in America to Start and Grow a Company, 2001.

Many business owners are hoping 2003, a new administration and a change in attitude by leading politicians will bring a new beginning for Hawaii’s businesses and economy that will allow them to prosper, not just struggle to survive.

Slom told business owners they have no excuse –