Letter for Friday, August 3, 2018

Your vote matters, so make it count

Well, election day is right around the corner, and I would like to say something to all the people who are not planning on voting. If you think your vote doesn’t count, or all candidates are the same or any of the other arguments I hear, why do you think there are so many people and organizations trying to suppress your vote? They are making it harder for you to vote and disappearing your name off the voter rolls.

You have power in that vote and I urge you to take advantage of your right to vote before we see a time when it is taken away from all of us. I am not going to try and tell you how to vote. I just really want you to make your voice heard.

We are not all going to agree on all things, but if we are honest with ourselves we already know who is running for our island and our aina and who is running for themselves.

We know who is running to protect our brand and who is running to exploit it. I think it is appropriate to again quote the late Samuel Gompers when he said, “We need to create more opportunities to cultivate our better selves”. The best way to do that is in the voting booth.

Please exercise your right to vote on Aug. 11, and again on Nov. 6. Your vote is the power you have to create a better world.

Allan B. White, Hanapepe

6 Comments
  1. I saw a Vampire once August 3, 2018 1:19 am Reply

    Do you eat out or BBQ outside sometimes? This is the politics you guys are playing. Do you want to pay your mayor money? Lieutenant governor. Of course not.


  2. Shawn Sungwook Lee August 3, 2018 9:55 am Reply

    Thank you, Allen. I agree that “we have power in the vote”. It’s more powerful than the monies provided by investors and resort developers. We won’t let them exploit our island. We will show our power in this election.


  3. I saw a Vampire once August 3, 2018 11:46 am Reply

    If your mayor wins the lieutenant governor’s seat, I’ll conclude Kauai is a Hezbollah experience. Relies on State, 90% funding.


    1. lumahai tim August 4, 2018 7:36 am Reply

      you know your comments make no sense right?


  4. Charlie Chimknee August 4, 2018 6:48 am Reply

    Voting is some places, including Hawaii, is a cultural event.

    From the outcome of elections over many years it is clear that one culture enjoys and respects Election Day more than the other cultures.

    The result is one culture that is not in the majority, can by consistent culturally full member voting, stack their candidates into the final roster of elected officials in the county council seats, state senators and representatives, and governor.

    For them, it’s a no brainer, whether one of their members just made 18, or on their very senior relaxing days, all they have to do is vote, now made easier by Vote By Mail.

    And look how many say they Do Not want to get involved…! When if you live here you ARE involved, and if you do not vote, others of a different mind set will run your life according to their standards and they receive the benefits and privileges and economic gains; leaving you behind, if not homeless and uneducated.

    Who controls where the tax dollars are spent, who benefits from tax dollars, who benefits from zoning changes and new ordinances. Well clearly it is the people who vote their own culture into office, who then get to appoint the non elected authorities, and election after election, and decade after generation, the same culture holds top power and priority and gains the most benefits while the non voters continue to whine that they are not being treated fair.

    Not Voting is Foolish, and it also does not allow the majority to direct the current, ongoing, and future of the island.

    Hawaii has no majority culture, but any culture can elect their culture to be the majority by simply VOTING, especially voting as a block to ensure their culture wins the majority of an election and keep their people and concerns in the majority.

    A fair election is when all people vote.

    Be Fair to yourself and all of us and Vote. Otherwise you let others tell you what to do; and you actually Lose your Freedom when others tell you what to do.

    VOTE: It’s a Rate Event every few years.

    Mahalo,

    Charles


  5. John Zwiebel August 4, 2018 5:29 pm Reply

    I appreciate the sentiment Allan and I agree that both parties are not the “same”. One party is full of crooks and liars and the other full of liars and crooks.

    Consider that the Democratic Party of Hawaii has elected a paid lobbyist to be its chair. A lobbyist for corporations that pollute our air and our water with the sole interest of making its very, very rich owners even richer. Then too, consider that the ILWU was instrumental in electing that lobbyist.

    One party hates LGBTQ, the other party promotes their acceptance. Me? I just want everyone to “just get along.” But when the head of the LGBTQ caucus also supports electing a lobbyist to the position of DPH chair, am I suppose to just “fogetaboutit?”

    I’m not voting for a corporatist so when the the only choice is corporatist A or corporatist B, who am I suppose to vote for? The “lesser of two evils”? Look where that’s gotten us!


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