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Municipal governing lack thwarts true democracy

The recent effort to expand planning advisory committees countywide is a good-hearted try at rectifying a glaring flaw I have pointed out for years — that Hawaii is the only state with no municipal governments, the basic building blocks of democracy. These committees will not only be limited in scope, but they will also be appointed, not elected.

The better, quicker way is to empower the community associations through elections and their rightful share of tax revenue to establish true small towns with a council and mayor. They can handle all the issues a small town would in partnership with the county and state. Oahu has neighborhood boards that function like small towns and the mainland’s governing basis is small townships. This requires a charter change (coming up). I encourage all to examine this true power to the people! Go Kihei!

Joe Bertram III

Kihei