HOOSER: Lawmaking 101 — tools of the trade

Rules and regulations, mandates, outright bans, plus financial incentives and disincentives. These are the primary tools used by lawmakers and administrators to accomplish public policy goals needed to preserve and protect “the commons” — our health, natural environment, social justice, and balanced economic interests.

HOOSER: Yes, in my backyard!

Yes, in my backyard! Putting affordable housing in my backyard is totally fine, and if government just gives me a little help — I’ll build it myself.

HOOSER: What can we do to stop the madness?

Innocent civilians: men, women, children, the very old, the very young, are being slaughtered daily. Whether it’s death by bullet, bomb or bayonet, people are being targeted and killed in their homes, sleeping in their beds, shopping in the market, or running through the fields. Their deaths are senseless, criminal, and unjustifiable — regardless of the flag that flies overhead. ​​

HOOSER: 3 steps toward 6 important priorities

Please don’t tell me it’s a waste of time, nobody listens anyway, or that you’re busy. You can be part of the solution or part of the problem. I ask that you please, please, please — today be part of the solution.

HOOSER: Talking trash: two easy and important things you can do

Our one and only Kekaha landfill is approaching maximum capacity. Micro-plastics are being found in the guts of fish and other living things. The trash on the beach, at the side of the road, and floating in huge garbages patches in our oceans — has a direct and negative impact on the health of people and the planet.

HOOSER: Crooked politicians — a pox on them all

The stereotype that all politicians are crooks seems more true today than ever. We know this first-hand here in Hawai’i where several of our elected officials are now sitting in jail after being caught taking bribes and violating the public trust.

HOOSER: Green’s housing proclamation needs a reset

The recent bullying of a state employee at a public meeting and threats against her family on social media is totally unacceptable. Given the passion, the spread of misinformation, and the tragedy unfolding in West Maui, the frustration and anger may be understandable, but the threats are 100 percent not OK.

HOOSER: Why have political parties?

There are four political parties active in Hawai‘i — Democratic, Republican, Green, and Aloha ‘Aina. What purpose do they serve? What could they accomplish if they decided to organize and mobilize?

HOOSER: Looking ahead to 2026 elections

The year 2024 will be big in national politics, but locally it may be a bit “ho hum.” There’s no governor’s race, no mayor’s race, our four state legislative seats seem locked up, and movement on the Kaua‘i County Council will likely be minimal.

HOOSER: Koloa Day at the planning commission

It was Tuesday July 11, 2023, and the room was packed. The issue at hand was a luxury residential development proposed for Kaua‘i’s southside. The majority were in opposition, their attendance driven by deep concerns for Kaua‘i’s future. Most of those in support were, directly or indirectly, paid to be there.

HOOSER: The rough and tumble of policy and politics

Pay attention to “self care” is the message I hear over and over from other “good troublemakers” in the community. The political environment can be toxic, and the work is never-ending. For a great majority of people on the planet, and for the planet itself, these are desperate times, and the needs are great.