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October 19, 2015

Think About It: Decisions, Decisions

UH has reached a settlement with former men's basketball coach Gib Arnold, but the issues related to the problems are hardly settled as we await a verdict from the NCAA. The Ethics Commission has opted not to require re-voting on issues related to rail approval after ethical questions were rightfully asked about possible undue influence from outside parties, but the issues remain as a private lawsuit is still in place.

Yes, this is the way things are sometimes done here, actually, far too often. Decisions made behind closed doors that attempt to airbrush and move forward, when messy items really haven't been clearly decided or explained. Who approved the wording of the Gib Arnold contract? The same people who vetted the Stevie Wonder contract? Oh yeh, it was the same people. And how does allegedly receiving gifts from businesses and people with a vested interest in the rail project before voting occurred not potentially create a conflict of interest when voting on rail issues?

I once asked a well-known local attorney how he could argue with me about a personnel matter that had an obvious conflict of interest with his own interests. The reply was, "oh don't worry, I deal with this type of stuff all the time". I guess so. And we still wonder why the non-voting general public is confused, disinterested, apathetic, unconvinced, jaded, skeptical, cynical, and/or tired of the same old same old in far too many areas of decision-making in Hawai`i? Ironic, yeh, how far too many decisions are not made on major topics for far too long, and then when they are made, they are clouded in obfuscation and wordsmithing. Welcome to Paradise. Think about it…

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