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• Ohana Kauai
• A higher standard
I am so upset with my high school teachers for teaching me that my country is a republic. Obviously not Kauai. I was taught that a republic is a political system in which the supreme power lies with the body of citizens.
I supported the right of the mayor, council, et al, to oppose the Ohana Kauai Amendment. It was absolutely their right in a free society. Now “we the people” have overwhelmingly spoken.
“Helloooo council members” How arrogant are you?
Arrogant: Having a sense of overbearing self-importance, marked by a feeling of one’s superiority toward others.
I would be careful, there are other legal means to remove you from office. Keep defying the overwhelming majority. It all comes around. Take that as a threat. Stupid is as stupid does!
All but one of the current council members was re elected. Therein lies the problem. We re-elected them. We the people, are the problem.
I’ve been registered independent since the mid-fifties and always vote for the person I feel best suited for the job regardless of ideological affiliation.
The voters of Hawai‘i always amaze me with their plantation mentality. Fifty years of Democratic rule has left us with one of the lowest rated school systems in the country and a recent study places us at the bottom, nationwide, for positive small business climate, etc, etc. But we keep reelecting them. Like this current county council. Masochism comes to mind.
Reminds me of all the political sign wavers and political sign pollution all over the county. Is someone really going to vote because someone waves at them? Or they see a sign with a candidates name on it?
How stupid are we?
A higher standard
The Mayor tries to remove an appointed commissioner on grounds that our elected and appointed officials are measured on a higher standard.
Since I do not know where the lower standard ends and the higher begins, I would like to raise the question: Is the Mayor in a position to ask for a higher standard for someone else and does not apply the same higher standard for himself? e.g., this year’s line item budget has two coordinator positions for the Ka Leo O Kauai Program. According to the county Web site, there are three coordinators. Where is the funding for the third position coming from?
There was no money appropriation bill at the County Council. The other day I have heard in the Council Chamber that six positions were transferred away from the Police Department to somewhere else, and the funding is still left in the Police Department. Is this the same administration who claimed if the voters approve the charter amendment we have to cut back on public safety?
When the former Mayor was connected to the Red Chrysler Affair, the automobile was returned. Today we have a Red Chrysler Gate, and we talk about higher standards. Higher standards of what or whom? Where are the ethics anyway?
Richard O. Stauber
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