Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 |
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Even though I lost the council race, I thought it was my patriotic duty to
voice my protest against the pay raise for the Kaua’i County Council.
mentioned to the members of the Salary Commission that they often recommend
increases because the council appoints three of them, the mayor appoints three
of them and then they get together to select the seventh member. That is about
as fair as elections in a communist country.
I mentioned how Councilman
Jimmy Tokioka’s video said he was brought up with such high morals that it is
even difficult to talk about his achievements. An extremely moral person would
refuse to vote for a pay raise for the mayor and her aides when his own wife is
one of the mayor’s aides.
Someone mentioned Councilman Ron Kouchi stated he
works full-time because even when he is standing in line at a store, people
talk to him about council issues. Did Kouchi make a joke??
One day while I
was walking miles and miles, I met Councilman Bryan Baptiste and asked him why
everyone on the council except Gary Hooser voted to give Kusaka traveling
money. Baptiste said Hooser didn’t vote to deny Kusaka traveling money. She
takes it from a fund, even though the council doesn’t want her to travel.
called Hooser that evening and he explained how Baptiste doesn’t remember there
was a vote to appoint money for traveling to sister cities.
Here are some
numbers for absentee balloting. Strange how (of the major contenders) Hooser
and John Barretto are the only ones who strongly spoke out against giving the
mayor and her aides pay raises, and they did much worse with absentee ballots.
Hooser had 45 percent of the absentee vote and 55.3 percent on election day.
Barretto captured only 22.3 percent of the absentee vote and 31.5 percent on
Absentee balloting was bad for both Hawaiian girls. Rhoda
Libre had 11.5 percent of the absentee vote and 20.7 percent on election day.
Kauilani Kahalekai had 13.1 percent of the absentee vote and 19.4 percent on
The only candidate who consistently does much better with
absentee voting is Kouchi. He captured 61 percent of the absentee vote and 53.3
percent on election day — almost 8 percent less on election day.
members of the Salary Commission are unhappy the vote for the pay raises is at
election time. I urge all voters to contact their elected councilmen and find
out how they will vote for the proposed humongous salary increase for the mayor
and her aides.
Remind them you will remember two years from now if they put
off the vote for the raises until after the Nov. 7, 2000 election.
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