Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023 |
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• Hooser the servant
• Strange bedfellows
Last week I received a slick, misleading and negative political advertisement in the mail from a candidate who lives here on Kaua‘i. We don’t need this here in our community. Just because candidates on a national level are using these tactics, doesn’t mean that we have to stoop to these measures. Shame on you!
Hooser the servant
The recent flap about Hooser not filing and not paying his GET several years ago, a “non-story”, he stated, yet it was front page in TGI on Oct. 12, continues to bother me. Granted, he did pay the taxes but was for given the $17,421 in interest and penalties (a year’s wage by someone earning $8.35 an hour) by the Cayetano administration.
This reminds me of the parable (Matt. 18:23-25) of the king who demanded his servants pay their debts. One servant cried a hard luck story and the king forgave the debt. The servant then demanded payment from a fellow servant who owed him much less. When that servant couldn’t pay, the first servant had him thrown in prison. The king learned of this and had his servant tortured until he paid.
There is a correlation here. Hooser was forgiven a large debt and he, in turn, voted forty some times to raise OUR taxes and fees, including a 0.5% jump in the GET. Hooser didn’t learn forgiveness, understanding and compassion when he was forgiven.
I’m not suggesting Hooser be handed over to the torturers. He should be replaced by his opponent who promises “Results with aloha” and pledged not to raise our taxes.
The axiom “politics makes for strange bedfellows” has nowhere been as verified as it is with the current debate over the Ohana Kaua‘i charter amendment.
We now have unions (SHOPO & HGEA) business (Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce), farmers (Kaua‘i Farm Bureau), a Republican Mayor, a former Democratic Mayor, a bond marketer, and three confused Californians all opposing this rather simple and clear cut amendment.
The council people and administration don’t want to lose one iota of control. This surprising array of disparate opposition would lead one to believe that they as “special interest groups” would have their interests better served instead of letting the electorate decide.
You be the judge.
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