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Deep in the forested interior of Kauai…

The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness — Hawaii state motto. The signal motif of this column is gratitude. And even with our grey, dumpy weather lately, there is still so much for which to be grateful.

Vote by mail is a win-win

Our democracy will only benefit from increased engagement, civil debate and diverse viewpoints. Shouldn’t we do everything we can to encourage this groundswell of active citizenry, by identifying and removing barriers to participation?

If drones can help marine life, use them

Drones can be annoying. Who wants to see a drone buzzing above your head at a community event or when you’re enjoying a nice day at the beach? But those drones can also help save lives — human and our friends in the ocean.

The direct democracy option

Not sure if others were as surprised as I was to see the 5 to 2 vote in support of moving forward a measure that if passed by voters would allow councilmembers to serve an unlimited amount of terms.