By Hugh Clark
So our continuing, confused county council is ignoring the County Charter it swore to uphold last December (see Cook Lauer’s damaging story about the ignored legislative auditor office).
So its focus is on issues usually left to state officials and scientific controls (GMO) left to the feds.
This ambitious group of folks want to direct at D.C. and Honolulu while ignoring its role as the local government policy maker. Pot holes, police functions, park operations and other lower profile needs are this group’s assigned job, not setting national policy.
Is it too much to ask these nine people to honor the charter they pledged.
Left unanswered as well is who, specifically, is going to enforce the GMO act if it should survive certain court challenges? Who is going to determine a 20-year-old smoker is a criminal if he is a visitor from Maui or Kauai, where it is entirely legal. One might think a single, highly isolated sate would keep a uniform policy — as determined by the legislature.
On the same day I was informed of the auditing neglect (intentional negligence?), I became aware of a truck fire that blocked traffic Puna so workers could not reach their job sites and patients could not access the only available hospital.
In my working days (36 years on this island), I recall an on-point Puna councilman suggesting the burning need for an alternative route for Pahoa and other Puna neighborhoods to Hilo in case of eruption, runaway fire or stupid drivers. Nothing has happened.
I submit uninterrupted travel for essential, possibly life saving, services, trumps some hazy notion about controlling science evolution.
I never favored two-year terms for this council, now I am reconsidering that position, based on these last two mostly distracted panels.
(Hugh Clark is a retired Honolulu Advertiser reporter.)