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June 18, 2015

Think About It: Fix It

A 30-year old man broke his ankle last week trespassing in the wee hours of the morning while trying to get to- you guessed it, the Haiku Stairs, otherwise known as the Stairway to Heaven. This is no real surprise, actually, it's symptomatic of the bureaucratic slipping-up that's gone on far too long on this issue. It has always been just a matter of time before we hear of a major injury, a tense stand-off with neighbors, or something more serious, but this incident does remind us that many more months have passed since the last episode of "As the World Stands Still" as various state and city branches of government still haven't committed to a definitive plan to either upgrade, reconfigure, or destroy theses storied steps.

And just like you've heard here before, it is often easier to not make a decision, to not risk alienated any people (a/k/a voters and constituents), to not finalize plans and set a definitive timeline for action. It's not just the Stairway to Heaven that gets discussed ad nauseum with no action or plan, it's also the Waikiki World War I Natatorium, it's the issue of ramping up solar while the electric company's revenues go down, it's the constant disrepair at Honolulu Airport and many public parks and their facilities, it's the lack of air and books in local classrooms… the list goes on.

Perhaps it's a lack of leadership, a lack of willingness to take a stand, a lack of conviction due to covering one's political okole, but whatever it is, it's pervasive and it's doing no one a favor here- not our citizens, elected officials, or perception from afar as to how Hawaii works, or doesn't work. Decisions on issues with disparate viewpoints are never simple as some group will always feel slighted, ignored, or betrayed, but decisions have to made at some point, don't they? So who will step forward and fix some of these things? Who will step up on the Haiku steps?  And who will demand that decisions are made if not the people?  Get up, stand up, stand up for your right. Action tie has come, on something. Think about it…

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