I received a phone call from Governor Abercrombie’s West Hawaii liaison
after my last letter to the editor was published in January.The meeting
with Ms. Barbara Dalton was a very uncomfortable experience. She asked
me why I wrote that letter, which criticized Governor Abercrombie’s
administration for not being transparent with the public regarding
highway projects. In addition, she told me not write anymore letters
criticizing the governor and go through her if I have any more concerns
in the future.
I wrote several e-mails to Governor Abercrombie’s Honolulu staff
regarding the meeting I had with Ms. Dalton. Someone from Governor’s
Honolulu office called me a few days later. He apparently told Ms.
Dalton that it was inappropriate to tell me not to write letters
criticizing the governor. This individual, who I didn’t get his name,
also promised to get an update on the stalled right of way acquisition
for the final east side Daniel K. Inouye Highway phase.
Its been over a month and I’m still waiting for this person to call me
back. I’ve sent several e-mails to various individuals in the governor’s
Honolulu office with no response. They don’t care about my concerns it
seems like, which is deeply frustrating. I will remember this when I
vote for governor in November.