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July 6, 2015

Think About It: Homeless-Zzzz

So much to talk about and so little time. How about the Honolulu Ethics Commission, which acted unethically by putting a muzzle on its executive director and staff? If the Commission has issues with information being disseminated, then deal with it internally and respond, don't tell the public, which deserves to hear the opinions of those in charge of keeping an eye on our elected officials, that we will no longer be served, that every utterance will be vetted, and that an official's public disagreement or statement is tantamount to treason. There's a fine lesson in civics, kids. Ask no questions, because we'll give you no answers.

On another note, the repetitious "whack-a-mole" mentality of forcing the homeless to relocate from time to time is a losing battle. It causes frustration on all sides, and points out the immediate need to find intermediate housing options on Sand Island and elsewhere. This is not a new problem locally, it's just growing, and some estimates are that the number of homeless people statewide is larger than official figures currently indicate. From A'ala Park in the 1990s to Oahu's leeward beaches 15-years ago, homeless residents have found a way to survive wherever they've been moved from.  From the shores of the Kapalama Canal to the side streets around the Children's Discovery Center in Kaka'ako, from the sit-lie restricted areas to the constant sight of three HPD cars pulled over as officers address a lone vagrant, we all see the tarps and tents and problems- every day.

Government forces at the city and state level need to work better together regularly to offer solutions- not theories, not social statements, and not empty promises. We know where these people cannot be. We need an answer as to where they can and should be, at least on an interim basis with a goal of mainstreaming them and getting them help as needed. These people are homeless, not hopeless. As solutions do finally arise from the slow processes in place, at least we'll get to question officials, something we'll apparently no longer get to do with duct-taped ethics gurus. Think about it…

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