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April 21, 2016

Think About It: Act Now... Or Not

Pay attention. No, not to me, but rather to the final weeks of bills that are working their way through the state House and Senate because you will be impacted. Take 10-minute to go online and look at what pieces of legislation are still in play, and look at what testimony is coming in supporting or denigrating said legislation.

This is not a full-time or even a part-time gig for responsible citizens. It's a leisurely pursuit that you can handle in under an hour and then let your opinion be know. Or follow-up with your legislator or those committee chairs who need to hear from you. Or, forever hold your peace, or go to pieces. But whatever your choice is, by now you should know that these next two weeks are where the rubber meets the road in the local legislative session, or else the legislative car gets parked for another year, or forever.

Water rights, school air conditioning plans, the bailout of Wahiawa General Hospital, a blank geothermal bill (a joke, but real) to be discussed, changes in the transient accommodations tax, floating bonds, etc., etc. The list goes on and on, as do the debates and discussions. But we all are ultimately the ones affected by and paying for all of the bargaining and wordsmithing. So do you care to simply go online, see what's up, and respond? Do you want to have your voice heard or leave it to elected officials to make community decisions affecting your life and possibly your kid's future? It's your call- at least for another week or so… Think about it…

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