The deadline to register to vote is coming up fast (Oct. 8). I registered to vote because I think it's important - not because of Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney, but because my interests aren't being represented here on Maui.
Neither Obama nor Romney would make a motion to remove Honolua's Lipoa Point from preservation, that was Maui's Mike White with Mike Victorino, Gladys Baisa, Joe Pontanilla and Danny Mateo supporting him in this shameful maneuver. I expect a better solution from those who represent me.
What they have done by making this motion is create a lose-lose situation for everyone but Maui Land & Pineapple Co. There is no guarantee whatsoever that this will ensure the pensioners get all of what is owed to them for the rest of their lives, and we the people lose any protection that has been fought for over the past five years.
Does our council remember ML&P lobbying for entitlements at Kapalua Mauka? It got its entitlements and yet it still shut down farming operations and laid everyone off. The same is slated to happen at Honolua.
This is the beginning of real change, organizing, informing, educating and becoming engaged in important issues.
Also, we need to vote on an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee who will represent for water rights and state representatives that will repeal Act 55, which created the Department of Land and Natural Resources' Public Land Development Corp. arm. Developing Hawaii's public lands for private profit? Grand theft aina.
George Kaualani Vierra