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September 28, 2015

Think About It: Resolutions in Short Supply

Resolution. It's a concept seen far too infrequently here when it comes to definitive, official edicts and major decisions. And this time I'm not talking about the Ko`olau Stairway to Heaven, overheated schools, or the Waikiki Natatorium. After all, those items have only been discussed and avoided for over two decades.

Recently, questions have come up about Honolulu City Council members voting on rail issues where there might have been some influence peddling due to favors or gifts generated by people who benefited from certain favorable votes. Ethics questions by the Ethics Commission and a private citizen lawsuit might help to get this one resolved, and this decision has big implications- especially if favorable rail votes are ruled to be invalid. But we need resolution and decisions. It‘s what the voters and taxpayers deserve, so can we show some sense of urgency, please, rather than hope the questions will simply blow away in the trade winds? Actually, we don't seem to have enough trade winds this summer… but that's another issue.

And then there's the issue about educational field trips and teachers getting a free ride for helping to set up the trips with certain vendors. Well, someone's got to coordinate things. No one questions whether or not the teachers actually work on these trips. They do. But how vendors are chosen does bring up a question that needs an answer and needs it now, so that these worthwhile trips can go on, students can be appropriately chaperoned, and teachers know the rules. Let's get resolution. Avoidance, more committees, pontifications in public- it all just jades an already dubious public when leadership is called for. Resolution. Final answers. Now. Think about it…

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