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Let’s start the new year right by burying the hatchet, smoothing any feathers I’ve ruffled and inspiring our leaders to great things in 2011 with motivational thoughts from some of our finest minds:

» For President Barack Obama: "In America, any boy may become president, and I suppose it’s just one of the risks he takes." — Adlai Stevenson

» For Gov. Neil Abercrombie: "’Here I come to save the day!’ That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!" — Mighty Mouse

» For Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz: "A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." — Herm Albright

» For former Gov. Linda Lingle: "We’re all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made." — Dan Quayle

» For former Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona: "Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo." — H.G. Wells

» For U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye: "When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it." — Bernard Bailey

» For U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka: "Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes." — Oscar Wilde

» For U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono: "We didn’t send you to Washington to make intelligent decisions. We sent you to represent us." — Kent York

» For U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa: "The mystery of government is not how Washington works, but how to make it stop." — P.J. O’Rourke

» For former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou: "Accept that some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue." — Scott Adams

» For Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle: "Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks." — Doug Larson

» For former Mayor Mufi Hannemann: "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" — Bob Dylan

» For Honolulu City Council Chairman Nestor Garcia: "The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made." — Jean Giraudoux

» For former Honolulu Councilman Rod Tam: "If he had gunpowder for brains, he couldn’t blow his cap off." — Bill Shankly

» For state House Speaker Calvin Say: "The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided." — Casey Stengel

» For state Senate President Shan Tsutsui: "For the record, I do respect Sen. (Donna Mercado) Kim and agree with her on many issues … plus I don’t want her to gouge my eyes out." — Fred Hemmings

» For Republican state Sen. Sam Slom: "One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do." — Three Dog Night

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