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Hopefuls' words drown out actions as races drag on

By David Shapiro

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Political wars extended from the courtroom to the TV screen as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

» Ben Cayetano sued Pacific Resource Partnership for misleading attack ads in his mayoral campaign, and his lawyer wondered if our future will be controlled by "big money for big lies." Only if the money and lies win the election.

» Cayetano's opponent, Kirk Caldwell, scoffed at the lawsuit and said Cayetano needs thicker skin. Like when Cayetano called him a "potted plant" earlier in the campaign, Caldwell just shrugged it off and grew a thicker canopy of leaves.

» Mazie Hirono said Hawaii's U.S. Senate race is about the direction of the country and "is bigger than just me and Linda Lingle." Remember that one; if Hirono becomes a senator, you'll never again hear her admit anything is bigger than her.

» Lingle backed off an earlier denial and admitted she once "misspoke" and called George W. Bush our "greatest president ever." As Bush himself once said, "I don't particularly like it when people put words in my mouth … unless I say it."

» Hawaii voters see twice as many ads as news stories about political races on local TV news, a study says. It's a sad day when we have to get most election information through our sense of smell.

» Oahu voters appear tired of holding their noses and are getting the balloting over with early by casting absentee votes in record numbers. If only mailing the ballot could turn off the TV commercials.

» The state and Hawaii County knew before the island's primary election disaster that most paid county election workers planned to call in sick with a "blue flu." Only in Hawaii can election workers deliberately foul up an election — the sole purpose of their jobs — with no fear of losing their paychecks.

» The Abercrombie administration wants to invest $13 million on a strategy for growing more food locally. How about a moratorium on paving over more prime farm lands while it figures that out?

» The Department of Education says it would take 1,000 yearsat current fundingto make all repairs needed at our aging public schools. Maybe they could get Stevie Wonder to do a concert.

» Hawaii residents paid state and local taxes equal to 10.1 percent of income in 2010, among the highest rates in the nation. But we gladly pay because of the wonderful roads, schools and political leadership we get for our money.

And a double quote of the week heard at the latest mayoral debate:

From Kirk Caldwell: "Actions speak louder than words."

From Ben Cayetano: "Actions speak louder than words."

The only thing they agree on is that they should shut up already — and they don't.

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Reach David Shapiro at volcanicash@gmail.com or blog.volcanicash.net.






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HaoleGuy wrote:
This was lame. Poor job by Shapiro this week.
on October 28,2012 | 03:16AM
allie wrote:
I agree..he had a bad week.
on October 28,2012 | 08:48AM
KamaiianaGuy wrote:
He's been phoning it in for years now. He and Borreca have become just a couple of cranky old men, raging at "these kids today."
on October 28,2012 | 07:30AM
TMJ wrote:
Yet, we all keep tuning in...
on October 28,2012 | 07:36AM
HaoleGuy wrote:
I know! Same on us! LOL.
on October 28,2012 | 08:03AM
HaoleGuy wrote:
I meant shame..at least Shapiro knows how to spell.
on October 28,2012 | 08:04AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
David Shapiro is the major reason why I bought a subscription to te SA.
on October 28,2012 | 08:11AM
turbolink wrote:
Yes. Wish he'd restart his personal Volcanic Ash blog. I don't always agree, but I do respect his opinion and wit.
on October 28,2012 | 09:13AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Ben was gracious when he let Kirk's daughter BongBong off the hook. In retrospect, he probably should have gone all PRP over the incident instead of being gracious. Mufi-Lite has certainly not responded in kind.
on October 28,2012 | 09:14AM
inverse wrote:
star adv ertiser did not even report the LEGITMATE news story. I agree Cayetabo should have prosecuted the daughter who performed a CRIMINAL act. I also want Cayetano to deemphasize elevated BRT and instead focus on improving current road and highway infrastructure and develop City Express! routes tailored made and leveraging the upcoming bidrectional h1 zipper lane/ Nimitz contraclow lane that can be extended to Ala Moana bld, for the school commuting crowd BOTH college and private schools that are almost ALL in the Makiki/Manoa area (St louis is somewhat close by UH). He can use GPS derived drive times to validate to the public and contradict Caldwell and HART on why the rail project will fail before it is even built and how it is the school commuting crowd that tip Oahu weekday traffic from bearable gridlock. I want Cayetano to say he will work with the State on addressing known chokepoints and deemphaisze Panos doubledecking solution. i want Cayetano to say he will work on improvements that will make a positive impact on traffic , is affordable. will truly provide work for Hawaii construction workers jobs, unlike the bogus rail project that will hire only a couple hundred local workers AND will benefit ALL Oahu commuters.
on October 29,2012 | 04:17AM
inverse wrote:
PS At least with Cayetano there is a chance for the right solution. With Kirk the Mufi clone, who would probably HIRE Mufi to work for the City, so both can continue to push the Oahu rail project that is nothing more than a mechanism for special interest grab of BILLIONS of taxpayer monies. if the public, including Union rank and file get influenced by a biased news media and PRP attack ads to affect their vote, then they will get what they deserve; and that is more oppessive taxes. decreased services, stagnant wages so that BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars will be sent out of Hawaii to the mainland and Italy. This is George Orwell's Animal Farm, Hawaiian style. Going back to the daughter, a life of privilege, is on an advisory board to tell 'less fortunate' school kids to just 'say no' to drugs yet takes bong hits from a customized bong that cost about $400 and then performs criminal acts directly related against her fathers political opponent, She did not even apologize and was allowed to sneak away to college on the East coast. Sad....
on October 29,2012 | 04:35AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
SA did not report it because they're endorsing Caldwell.
on October 29,2012 | 07:24AM
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