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• Judicial selections
• Ka Leo program
In the next 10 days the Republicans will try to use the “nuclear option” to seize absolute power to appoint judges who will roll back decades of progress in protecting worker rights, the environment, and privacy. The “nuclear option” is a parliamentary trick to eliminate the filibuster – the right to extend debate on controversial judicial nominations.
One of the first judges the “nuclear option” would force through is Janice Rodgers Brown of California, who is nominated for the Washington D.C. Court of Appeals, a common stepping stone to the Supreme Court. Judge Brown follows an extremist judicial philosophy that calls for the courts to block Congress from guaranteeing such things as the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to live in a dictatorship, which is what the Bush Administration is trying to develop. It is time to put a stop to this before it is too late. Contact our senators and congressmen now!
Ka Leo program
Maybe someone out there can help me with a very simple question. If the Mayor’s crown jewel, his Ka Leo program, is such a huge success as he has professed, why has he cut the program to once every two months from once a month and cut his moderators from three people to two? When a project is successful isn’t it usually expanded, not cut back?
I have no problem with anyone on our Island having social get-togethers but I don’t want my tax dollars spent on moderators and promotions to further a program that, in my opinion, has not produced any substantive results – i.e. traffic problem solved, recreation-al areas cleaned and beautified, roads repaired, homeless people being helped, low income housing, drugs, and on and on. Cleaning up graffiti and starting another sunshine market are not problems on the same radar screen as the above issues.
So if Ms. Sterker and her friends feel satisfied that their gatherings are doing the good she professes, then by all means continue – just don’t use my tax dollars!
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