In approximately two weeks, the first round of absentee ballots will be mailed out for the general election.
I recently had the pleasure of co-hosting a KKCR “Out Of The Box” radio show that featured a discussion among four candidates for Kauai County Council. I was genuinely impressed by each and every one of these individuals and found myself at the end of the show, hoping that each will be elected on Nov. 6.
While the adults who are not in the room play “whack the mole” and “starve the beast’, those adults who are in the room (teachers) and the young people whose future is at stake (students), pay the price.
Since that fateful day of Sept. 11, 1992 when Hurricane Iniki blew across our island, the historic and venerable Coco Palms Hotel has sat derelict as a constant reminder. We are reminded daily of that powerful storm, of the numerous broken promises made by various developers and owners since then, and of the impotence of our local government to do anything about it.
What does it mean to be a “progressive” anyway? What’s the difference between a liberal and a progressive?
The absentee ballots have been mailed, walk in voting is happening now, and on Aug. 11, it will all be over. On Sunday morning there will be only two mayoral candidates still standing, and the list of council hopefuls will be cut in half.
I often find myself wondering how I can get the attention of the non-voter. Should I yell, or beg or attempt to shame them? Should I tell them their vote really does matter even though nothing ever seems to change? Should I tell them that all politicians are not crooked and many do truly care about the future of our community?