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October 29, 2012

Think About It: A Vote That Counts

People will be glad to see the end of political season for a number of reasons. While politicians often publicly lament the negative tone of campaigns, just about everyone seems to wade into those fetid waters. Yes, they'll claim no ownership over negative ads from the mainland or from third parties, but no one anywhere really seems to put their political foot down to say "no mas!"

The system is really no different than it's been for hundreds of years. It's just that the vehicles for sending out political messages have grown exponentially since the days of fliers being passed out and posters being tacked up at the town square. The vitriolic and the uplifting messages of the political season now being strewn across our airwaves are meant to influence or solidify the minds those who really haven't decided yet who's right for them. But at the end of the day, you need to do what's right for you, for our future. You need to have the conviction to make the best decision as to who will lead us down the right, or left, path. It's your call.

And when you vote early or step into a booth next Tuesday, remember that you should vote where your head and heart take you, and it's actually OK to leave a few pukas in races that you admittedly don't have a clue about. Vote for what you know and who you believe in, but do vote. We don't need to hear yet again about how Hawaii is last in the nation in voting, and I don't just mean last just because it's later here when people vote. Vote early if you don't want to hear national results before you head to the polls. But let's hear from you. Be a decision-maker and an influencer. It's a wonderful right not to be taken lightly. Think about it… 

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