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May 26, 2015

Think About It: Doi Days

I never met former lieutenant governor Nelson Doi, who passed away recently. But from what I've heard and read, he seemed like the type of difference-maker that are found too rare these days in public office. He apparently ruffled feathers among his own constituents when he felt decisions being suggested were not in the best interest of the people. The Star-Advertiser quoted Doi as once saying, "The party is only an instrument, a tool for doing a good job. It's about serving the people."

Is that concept even possible nowadays? We have candidates running for national office who won't declare their intent so they can scarf up as much money as possible without having to declare sources. And we expect righteousness from these people who are beholden to the rich and seemingly mighty? We have politicians who are so beholden to special interests and their party that they couldn't explain the meaning, let alone recite these vital words: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth".

Doi went on to a career after politics, teaching English in Japan, helping develop Big Island real estate projects, and lobbying for the North Hawaii hospital. Perhaps the Doi days are gone, where people serve, accept the consequences of compromise, if necessary, but get things done. That concept of doing the right thing somehow rings hollow in the hallowed, hurtful, and haughty halls of Washington, D.C., these days. It's time for a renaissance in politics. The politicians may ask- at what price? And therein lies the problem. Think about it…

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