Change. A concept not often cherished here in far too many areas, and a concept not so easily adopted by many. Last week Honolulu saw a definite change in one area, and possible changes forthcoming in another area, and both updates reflect my philosophy that "change is good… as long as it's good change."
A new Honolulu police chief was chosen amid much department turmoil and uncertainty over the past few years. Changing commissioners, recusals, inside morale issues, federal probes, indictments, arrests, concerns about how deep the problems might lie, the list goes on. But now it is time for a new start under Chief Susan Ballard, who will undoubtedly move quickly to pinpoint leftover internal problems and preside over investigations to winnow out anything or anyone else that needs to be addressed. A huge majority of HPD does a good job working within and for our community, and now is the time for healing and restoring faith.