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July 2, 2012

Think About It: Rail/Health

The health care law decision by the Supreme Court last week took precedence over all other issues in this country. Certainly, it was a huge decision that will have implications for many in the decades ahead. But it is certainly not the only big issue out there as we head into election season. Economic uncertainty in Europe has become like a game of global Whack-A-Mole- as soon as one country seems to have an answer, another one pops up in dire fiscal straits. The Middle East remains unsettled and a veritable tinderbox in many countries, and our national economy is still struggling in many areas as it inches forward.

There is an analogy locally to the dominating news of the health care decision, as all we seem to hear about locally these days is rail. Bombarded by ads by pro and con, you would think that rail is the only thing of note in the upcoming mayoral election. Rest assured, rail is a major issue, but it's certainly not the only issue, and as a voter and a citizen of the Honolulu district, many of you will be asked to make a voting decision in August (and perhaps again in November if no candidate gets 50% plus one votes) that will have implications far beyond just whether or not the rail should fail, or chug ahead.

So take the time to dig deeper, beneath that supposed lead issue here, and see how the candidates plan to handle inevitable budget shortfalls and the price we pay, road and infrastructure disrepair, sewer and water issues, and where to put a landfill when every community proudly plays the NIMBY card- not in my backyard. Health care costs and fixed rail are big issues for voters this year nationally and locally, but they certainly aren't the only items for you to consider. Think about it…


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