The Good the Bad and the Ugly

There’s nothing that ignites a keyboard better than things that ruffle your feathers, make your hair stand up or just plain make you furious!

The Good…

…started out bad. The State of Hawaii’s Department of Health actually had the audacity to try to push through a Bill that would allow any moron to put tattoos on people without being licensed and without having any sanitary procedures or other requirements in place. What?!? What were they thinking?!?

Somebody decided that it was okay to loosen the rules on the Tattoo industry because we hadn’t had any disease outbreaks from tattooing. Hello?!? No, duh! That’s because those regulations were in place to protect the consumers and the public at large! They can’t be that dumb!

Associated Press Writer, Mark Niesse, has a nice write up about the issue. There is also a quote contained in that piece from Anna Paige. Ms. Paige was a spokesperson for the Artists on a news clip that I saw a few days ago. She gets it, the other artists get it, what’s wrong with everyone else? How did it even get this far? Senator Rosalyn Baker said that the Bill, “needs more work before becoming a law.” I’ll say! Is that ever an understatement!
This is a much bigger issue than people seem to realize. These are needles we’re talking about. Hello?!? Think about it, friends, family members and anyone who comes in contact with those seeking and acquiring tattoos are at risk by this kind of deregulation. I’m sorry, I just cannot believe that the Board of Health would have even considered such a thing! It’s just so damn irresponsible!

Anyway, that stupid Bill was killed by the Senate yesterday after the Tattoo artists themselves made a stink about it on Monday. I heard about it on Friday and I went ballistic! Then I saw a news clip where several tattoo companies had gotten together to share their concerns. So, I waited. Their businesses and their clients both need protection from this kind of legislative nonsense!

I will restate, once again, that the image of the Tattoo industry, one that seems to be held by the general populace, is not necessarily an accurate one. This is a wonderful example — it was the artists themselves who yelled about this crazy idea and I say “hats off” and a huge “Mahalo!” to Honolulu’s Tattoo Artists! Thanks gang, for keeping us safe! You stood up, you came forward and you made a good thing happen!

So, what’s Bad?

The weather. Well, not really… Kilauea is bad. Our friends and families on the Big Island of Hawaii are choking on the sulphuric fumes from the volcano, Volcano National Park has been closed yet again, and the American Red Cross is standing by in case there is a need to evacuate some people.

Meanwhile, Oahu residents are suffering from extreme headaches, nasal problems and throat irritation. We can only venture a guess as to how they are feeling on the Big Island. So, while Kilauea is just being a volcano and doing what they do, we’re just breathing some bad air. It has not become a medical issue, yet.

Ugly!

There was a meeting Monday night (last Monday) about the rail system. Did you know about it? Yeah, I didn’t either. But, there was a notice about it from the City and County of Honolulu’s News and Events email. The notice said that, “Monday’s meeting on rail transit will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Radford High School.” When did I get the email? At 8:51 p.m. Monday evening –twenty or so minutes after the meeting was over. Yes, I confirmed it; it was this past Monday night.

Is the Mayor trying to avoid confrontation? Perhaps. I will talk more about my thoughts on TheRail later, I promise. It has become an even bigger issue than simply transportation.

Was this late notice intentional? Maybe, maybe not. At the very least it was negligent and it sure looked ugly. Even more flagrant is the other part of that notice. The rest of the notice is all about the curbside recycling program. There will be meetings for that all over Oahu. There’s even a schedule for those meetings. But, there’s no schedule for rail meetings. Looks very sneaky. Ugly.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Flo // Apr 9, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Good summary of the week so far 🙂 Don’t even get me started about the rail. Mufi can take the rail and….. you get the idea. Now, they have an excess from collecting the additional 1/2% GET and they are fighting over who gets it, city or state. Hello!!! How about the people who paid it????

  • 2 Evelyn // Apr 9, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Flo! Thanks for dropping by! I’m just amazed at our political make-up these days. I’ve never seen such stubborn people who won’t listen to their citizens! Oh, I forgot about Bushy-brains. I guess it’s a National problem! Sigh.

  • 3 RLB // Apr 10, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Not to get into the whole rail debate, but I have seen notices for the rail meetings in the newspapers and heard them on radio and TV.

  • 4 Evelyn // Apr 10, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Hello RLB. I rarely listen to the radio but I will say that Google has no links to articles (media or otherwise) that reference any upcoming meetings. The only thing that comes up is what has already happened. I hope you’re right, RLB, but it doesn’t look good from here. I’m going to ask the City and County for a schedule and I’ll keep everyone posted with whatever information I’m given.

    Thank you for weighing in and leaving your comment, RLB! I would love to find out I’m wrong but…

  • 5 Tim // Apr 10, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for visiting our communications class at Chaminade University, Evelyn!

  • 6 Evelyn // Apr 11, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Hi Tim! I’ll be talking about that shortly. I’m working on it! I thought it was fun and I thought you were all pretty awesome! Thanks for dropping by! I’ll send you a note when it’s live!

  • 7 HawaiiVacationGifts // Apr 18, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Now that I am back to blogging again I have to do a vog post. We have been fortunate that the vog or sulphur dioxide has not visited our house, but my neighbors several streets away complained that it did. We live between Keaau and Pahoa in the Puna district on the Big Island.

  • 8 Evelyn // Apr 19, 2008 at 7:01 am

    You know, HVG, I was wondering about that. It’s good to hear that you guys escaped the fumes. It was impacting us over here so it must have been intolerable for the people over there who were inundated with the stuff!

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