Think About It: The Politics of Hope - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News, Weather and Sports

November 3, 2014

Think About It: The Politics of Hope

Tonight's editorial is about hope... on a number of fronts. To all of the winning politicians who have been making promises for the past few months, I hope you deliver. A jaded public awaits real leadership, conviction, and answers on a wide number of issues locally. Whether I voted for you or not, I hope I can look back in two years and see that you've made a difference for the people of Hawaii, and not that you have simply positioned yourself for re-election, again and again. Politics too often seems to be about keeping one's job, rather than doing it well. I hope politicians do the right thing.

I hope the UH men's basketball team has great success this season. The mess that the program is in now occurred because adults made serious mistakes, and perhaps took some students along with them in silly efforts to perhaps help by circumventing rules. When the NCAA comes back to town three times and ponders a program's plight for eight months, something's wrong… big time. When people are relieved of their duties, something's wrong, and as Daniel Moynihan once said, "everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." Legal issues often times preclude detailed facts from being released, but that doesn't mean those facts do not exist. We'll see. I hope the UH round ball players who stick it out see success and that this sorry scene is something they can someday look back upon as a learning experience, albeit a tough one, that inevitably makes them into better people.  I hope that's not just wishful thinking.

And finally, as we enter the holiday season, I hope you find a way to make a difference in someone's life beyond your immediate family and friends. Everyone needs hope to help them move forward, to help them realize a goal, to help them feel more complete, and perhaps you can provide that hope during this giving season. We all have that power. Think about it…

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