Constitutional Convention

We have an uninformed electorate

Had I’d been asked, I would have said that with an informed and thoughtful citizenry I’d be in favor of a constitutional convention.  (“Civil Beat Poll: Voters Like The Idea Of A ConCon, They’re Just Not Going To Vote For It,” Oct. 17)

 However, people seem determined to stay uninformed and refuse to think.

If they pay any attention at all, they get their information from one of the corporate TV news stations (now combined into one) and thus will get maybe two minutes of who’s winning, who’s losing and nothing on the issues.

Then they will be blasted with eight minutes of commercials, some of which will be paid for by corporate entities like the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii promoting changes to the constitution that will favor business over workers and taking away civil rights.

With the media controlled by corporatists only concerned with short-term maximization of their own wealth, the process runs too great a risk of doing damage to what we already have.

— Jake Jacobs, Kailua-Kona

After 40 years, don’t we need change?

So once more powerful unions and other members of the oligarchy urge a “no” vote because it may “weaken” what we already have.

What it may weaken of course is their hold on power. It is much more likely to strengthen participation by the people through such overdue remedies available to most Americans such as initiative and referendum. No wonder we have the lowest voter turnout in the U.S. — the people have had no voice and no power for decades.

Lord Acton famously wrote: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And one wag shot back: “Power corrupts and absolute power is absolutely delightful.”

After 40 years can Hawaii honestly say there’s no room for improvement in our governance? I intend to vote an emphatic “yes” for a ConCon and hope a majority will also.

— Mark Dillen Stitham, Kailua

Aina Haina

No longer safe from development

Mahalo for the article on Aina Haina ridge. It’s a place near and dear to my heart (“City Mistakenly OK’d Permit For Site With Native Hawaiian Remains,” Oct. 16)

I live in the subdivision right below that development, and I think it’s more in the Wailupe ahupuaa. Aina Haina means Hind’s land — after the dude that created the dairy that was there. Of course, he has to name a subdivision after himself, which is such a territorial thing to do of a conquer-the-land mentality.

There’s a window in my house that if you look out of it, it frames that area. When i saw what they were doing, it broke my heart and tears just tumbled. My mom who is 92 couldn’t believe it either.

We always thought our aina was safe from development. We have the same neighbors from over 60 years now and we consider ourselves planted there for life. Just like our neighbors.

See my YouTube video that I took of all the erosion that took place while they were developing that land.

— Lisa Chang, Honolulu

Hawaii’s Democrats

Yep, they usually toe the party line

Your Community Voice on the Democratic Party in this state is right on the money (“Hawaii Democrats Have Strayed Too Far To The Left,” Oct. 17).

Our U.S. senators vote 95 percent along the party line, and not their own decision.

Our representatives are a little different. Colleen Hanabusa votes the party line, but Tulsi Gabbard does her own thinking, most of the time.

— Bob Dukat, Pahoa

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