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• Women and KIUC board
• Gated communities
• Draft on the way?
Women and KIUC board
For the past two years, the KIUC Board, which is composed of eight men and one woman, has provided us with a ballot with only men candidates. Why can’t the good old boys find some women candidates to run for election to the KIUC Board? Are they telling us that they cannot find qualified women candidates on this island?
As best as I can figure, somewhere around 4,000 ballots were cast in the last election. However, KIUC retained a company in Omaha, Nebraska to tally the votes. How much was this firm paid? Is the KIUC Board, by this action, implying that no one on Kauai is capable of counting 4,000 votes?
As a frequent visitor to the Garden Island since 1968, as a homeowner in Wailua Homestead, and as a person who calls Kaua‘i my home thank you thank you thank you.
I’ve watched Kauai change before my eyes and not always for the better. I’ve watched unrestrained growth and have felt pain in my heart as the island continues to be paved over.
Your idea of wanting to ban gated communities and the reasons for your decision is exactly right on. One of the most beautiful things about Kaua‘i has always been it’s people and how they interact with one another. To lose that is to lose the “soul” of the island.
As the Mayor of Kaua‘i it is your responsibility to show strong leadership for today and future generations. I strongly feel you have taken a step in the right direction. As our elected official and the increasing pressures that you face on this island with the bottom line being the dollar for many, we need you to continue to make the right decisions and have the courage to even say no.
Draft on the way?
It is clear that the Bush Administration is preparing for a draft. They are desperate for new soldiers to continue the occupation of Iraq and to prepare for new wars against Iran, Syria, and elsewhere.
At the same time that Bush is looking to youth to supply cannon fodder for his wars, he is busy cutting financial aid and slashing social programs. The same young people that Bush wants to use to fight his wars are finding it harder to pay for their education, find jobs that pay a living wage, or obtain basic necessities, like health care or affordable housing.
It is time for young people, who are already under attack from the Bush Administration, to take a stand.
On March 31, the same day that I’ve heard the Selective Service System is reporting that the draft is ready to go, youth all over the country will report that they will refuse to go.
Local No Draft, No Way organizers and other antidraft activists are planning protests, walkouts, and direct action at recruiting centers, selective service offices, and other sites. We call upon students, youth, and antiwar activists to organize local actions on March 31 to say “No Draft, No Way!”
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