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