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July 7, 2008

Decisions Not Made

A rail solution for leeward Oahu gets vetted and approved; but then again, maybe not. The turtle bay sale to the state got legislative approval; but maybe it won't happen. Drug testing for public school teachers was voted on and approved; maybe not. It's really hard to tell lately if and when something is really done, accepted, and ready for action.

There is ample room for debate on any number of issues that are important enough to be voted on by somebody official in our state, but you'd like to think that once things have been approved by voting teachers or the city council or the legislature, that it actually means that a decision has been reached, and the action plans and implementation are the next steps. An informed and enlightened citizenry should be able to see what's going on in a relatively transparent system, as the law permits, and then action needs to be taken. Sounds simple enough.

Of late, it seems that too many big decisions have been made without the details being ironed out and, as the saying goes, "the devil is in the details." a joke line tossed around over the years in many mid-western states is that if you don't like the weather now, just wait 15-minutes. Nowadays, it seems that if you don't like the decisions being made at the top levels, just wait 15-days, or months, or years. But that's no joke, is it? Think about it...

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