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Hawaii deserves political alternatives

By Patricia (Pat) Saiki

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2014

~~<p>In remembrance of July Fourth and in what it means to be an American, it is important to understand and appreciate how fortunate we are to live in Hawaii as part of the United States of America. At the same time, it is also important for us to recognize our responsibilities to retain the spirit of our forefathers as they fought for us to be independent and free from oppressive government control.</p>
<p>Such control can be avoided with active participation at the ballot box in determining who makes the decisions affecting our economy and our future. In this area, Hawaii voters have shown little interest -- where we find less than 40 percent of registered voters who bothered to go to the polls in 2012. This decline in voter participation has been occurring for a number of years, and we must turn this around or those in power will assume an arrogance, which may be debilitating. As I see it, this is already slowly occurring and must be halted.</p>
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In remembrance of July Fourth and in what it means to be an American, it is important to understand and appreciate how fortunate we are to live in Hawaii as part of the United States of America. At the same time, it is also important for us to recognize our responsibilities to retain the spirit of our forefathers as they fought for us to be independent and free from oppressive government control.

Such control can be avoided with active participation at the ballot box in determining who makes the decisions affecting our economy and our future. In this area, Hawaii voters have shown little interest -- where we find less than 40 percent of registered voters who bothered to go to the polls in 2012. This decline in voter participation has been occurring for a number of years, and we must turn this around or those in power will assume an arrogance, which may be debilitating. As I see it, this is already slowly occurring and must be halted. Login for more...



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