Dillingham Plaza and the next door hair salon have closed down [“Defend Dillingham,” Oct. 31]; right across, there is a 7-Eleven and St. Germain (to old-timers, Dee Lite Bakery). Not to mention the Hawaii Blood Bank and the famous Puuahale Market. I will miss the City Square DMV and of course, Zippy’s, Gaspro and Marukai. No more Foremost, only Meadow Gold Dairy exists now. It should be an interesting 2013.

Kevin Oshiro via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

There was (and perhaps still is) an opportunity to truly revitalize this area of Honolulu and restore a sense of neighborhoods with perhaps even some historical charm. Ramming through a heavy rail system 30 feet in the sky is not the way.

“Blind_Mice” via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

Now we’re stuck with this lousy, intentionally-busted bus system in the name of a glorified rail system we can’t even use for another 10 or 20 years. To “beef up” the bus would have cost us millions–the Rail will cost us billions. The Money goes to a few Builders [and friends], the Glory goes to a few Politicians, the Bill goes to us–as usual. Let’s hear it for an election bought-and-sold.

Tom Luna Honolulu, HI