Friday, August 13, 2010

Register to Vote - Faithful Citizenship from Mary B

Please take a moment this weekend to register to vote if you haven't already. You must be registered before the 17th of this month in order to vote in the September primary. You can still register after that but will only be eligible for the general election in November. A table will be set up on the lanai after all Masses.

This is an election that you won't want to miss. There are society-changing issues up for grabs. The candidates for governor differ widely on their views on civil unions (same-sex marriage.) With one candidate for sure, we know we are headed for another fight. He says, without a doubt, that he is in favor of same-sex marriage. Without mentioning names, this candidate is back in Hawaii after 20 years of work in Washington. He says we in Hawaii are tired of the "old guard" and are crying for "change." He is that fresh face!

This week we learned that the repairs to the Honouliuli Sewage Treatment Plant will require increases of 3% for each of the next 20-25 years. The rail system is projected to cost 5.3 billion, and they've given up calling it a solution to our traffic problem. It's now a way to kick-start our construction industry. Just by way of personal note, we were recently in downtown Chicago where they have the steel-on-steel el train. If you are having a conversation nearby when the train arrives, you will not hear a thing! I feel sorry for people who live near the rail if the proposed system is built.

But, let us not despair. As Winston Churchill said, "No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

Gotta go boot up my hard drive! Aloha---- Mary B

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