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July 16, 2018

Think About It: Positioning and Posturing

The debates and forums are well under way in many local political races- so now the question is: do you know where the candidates stand? Well, as people begin to receive their mail-in ballots or choose to do the walk-up voting thing soon, now is a really good time to familiarize yourself with specific positions held by specific people on specific topics. After all, that's why you should be choosing someone to represent you when you vote, because you either agree with most of their positions on matter of importance to you, or you don't.

 

And then there are those candidates who seem to talk around every issue, who simply aren't very clear or detail-oriented on their plans on items of real importance. There are those who avoid answering laser beam questions about their past performances or positions. There are those who promise us a brighter future, leaders who say they'll lead, those who promise better schools, more accountability and transparency, more attention paid to our non-renewable resources, and every other touchstone that will surely resonate somehow with some voters.

 

But I urge you to look deeper. Search for facts, look at the historical trends and alignments of seasoned candidates. Are they independent or are they controlled by parties, donors and big money? Does their July, 2018, rhetoric match their performance on issues of note over the past five years, 10 years, or 30 years? Do the fresh faces have true plans with details and substance, or are they simply wordsmithing with empty platitudes, hoping you'll just give them a shot. The time has come- there are real answers coming out daily to help you make the right choice for Hawaii this primary season. Take the time, seek answers, and think about it… 

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