The Maui News (Oct. 11) presented the debate between Kaniela Ing and George Fontaine as a battle between youth and experience, but let's take a closer look.
Ing has worked in government for six years, as a legislative researcher for the County Council, a legislative aide for the state House, a student-body president at the University of Hawaii, a public policy advocate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Washington, D.C., and as an at-large neighborhood board member. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and political science and a master's of public administration. Ing understands the process; he has studied it and been in it.
On the other hand, when Fontaine first took office, he had no policy experience, and now holds two years of experience. His education stops after high school. None of the laws that Fontaine introduced for South Maui have passed.
Youth? Yes. Ing is full of youth, energy and the vision of a new generation. Experience? Yes. Ing is by far the most experienced and knowledgeable as well. It's a no-brainer that we must elect Ing on Nov. 6 to join in a fresh vision for Maui's future.