Sunday, May 30, 2010

May 30, 2010 Tomorrow we will remember those men and women who have given their lives so we can live free. However, as the bumper sticker goes: “Freedom is NOT free.” Do we do our part? Do we participate in our society by being involved in our governance? What do we do with the freedom they have earned for us? One way we can do our share is to help create a society that will honor their service. And, not to sound like a broken record, but one bill sitting on Governor Lingle’s desk waiting for veto or approval is such an example. This week I received another notice from the Hawaii Family Forum reminding us that HB 444 is still alive. They provided specific ways to stop the bill: 1) Pray; 2) Call the governor’s office (586-0034); 3) Save that number in your cell phone. When you run into like-minded people, dial the number for them & and hand them your phone so they, too, can leave their name/address & veto message; 4) Write a personal letter to the governor in opposition to HB 444 and include a picture of your family; Fax that letter to 586-0006; E-mail that letter and attached picture to: ; or send a hard copy to: Office of the Governor, Hawaii State Capitol, Executive Chambers, Honolulu, HI 96813; 5) Encourage your family and friends to do the same. Several points to include in your letters or discussions with friends and family are: 1) The Hawaii Legislature is disenfranchising thousands of Hawaii’s voters who have consistently lobbied the Legislature in large numbers against HB 444 for the past two years; 2) HB 444 is not the result of sincere legislative debate and honest constituent representation. Rather, it is the product of political maneuvering; 3) Children’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs are best met with both a mother and a father are in the home. Gotta go boot up my hard drive! Aloha-- Mary B

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