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About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve now as a volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org I am also currently the Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In a past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator and Majority Leader and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my web site AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - http://www.garyhooser.com/#four “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)

If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and walks like a duck – it’s probably a duck.

January 14: Civil Beat reports on a scathing audit of the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC). Auditor: State Agriculture Agency Is Failing To Fulfill Mission Read actual audit here httpsauditor’s.hawaii.gov/auditor/Reports/2021/21-01.pdf January 20: House Speaker Scott Saiki launches probe of the auditor’s … Continue reading

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Nothing to fear except the rabbit hole.

Wednesday January 20, 2021 was a big day in policy and politics. Actually, they don’t get much bigger than this. The President of the United States was sworn into office, and it was opening day of the Hawaii Legislature. Rocked … Continue reading

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After the insurrection, accountability and reconciliation – Honolulu Star/Advertiser by Gary Hooser

President Donald Trump lied, and people died. This is the unvarnished truth. He and his enablers and those who participated in acts of violence, must be held accountable. The unsettling and dangerous situation that occurred inside our nation’s Capitol on … Continue reading

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My granddaughter Isabella is crossing her fingers and hoping House Speaker Scott Saiki will do the right thing, and that you will offer him some encouragement!

If you believe as I do, that anyone who works 40 hours a week deserves a wage sufficient to provide a dry safe place to live and 3 meals a day, please Click Here to send Speaker Saiki an email, asking him to … Continue reading

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Bigotry and Violence Have No Place Here

The images of recent violence and the storming of the Capitol in Washington D.C. are everywhere and impossible to avoid. Unfortunately and very sadly, threats of future and imminent violence have also arrived even here in Hawaii. My hope is … Continue reading

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2020 – A ride like no other

It’s been a roller-coaster of a year, and from small kid time until today – I have never liked roller-coasters. Whether it be at the E.K. Fernandez Show’s weekend carnival or at Disneyland, roller-coasters were never my cup of tea. Thank goodness … Continue reading

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Hawaii legislators should act boldly in the upcoming session – as published in Civil Beat

Please take a moment to click through and read my piece published in Civil Beat today! I would normally publish it also in its entirety here on my blog, but Civil Beat is requiring “exclusivity” and is asking that I … Continue reading

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E Pluribus Unum by Glenn Shockley – gh note – a good and thoughtful read. I encourage all to take the time to do so.

This was sent to me recently by an acquaintance who encouraged me to read it and kept encouraging me to read it until I did. And when I did, I was glad that I did. Please take some quiet time … Continue reading

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2021 strategy for change, request for help

After many conversations with advocates and friends across the archipelago and across the entire “issue spectrum,” the Pono Hawaii Initiative (PHI), will be embarking on a new more aggressive “strategy for change” in 2021. In short, we will be proactively … Continue reading

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The devil’s been down to Georgia, and now it’s time for the angels!

We are only two U.S. Senate seats away from breaking the gridlock “do nothing” status quo in Washington. January 5, 2021 is the magic day. It’s possible, that if we all push very hard over the next few weeks, we … Continue reading

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