Author Archives: garyhooser

About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person. I presently serve now as a volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org 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. “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)

Self-Serving Charter Amendments And The Direct Democracy Option  

Not sure if others were as surprised as I was to see the 5 to 2 vote in support of moving forward a measure that if passed by voters would allow council-members to serve an unlimited amount of terms. Perhaps I … Continue reading

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The Realities of Council Service

People are often curious about the reality of serving as a member of the Kauai County Council. How much time does it take to do the work?  How much does it pay?  Do you really have to give up your … Continue reading

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Comments Received From My Recent Email Outreach

Below is a sampling of comments that have come in since I sent out an email asking: Please tell me which new progressive candidate you would like most to see elected in 2018, and why. 2)  Please tell me what … Continue reading

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Humongous 2018 Election Opportunity

The 2018 election season is here. Across the state, many strong, values based, credible and highly electable new progressive candidates have already began their campaigns,pounding the streets knocking on doors, putting up signs and speaking with voters. As you know, … Continue reading

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On Compromise, Meeting In The Middle and Litmus Tests

Much has been said about the need to compromise, about the need to “meet in the middle” and that there should not be “litmus test issues”. I beg to differ. Yes, it would indeed be nice if we lived in … Continue reading

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Current status and my testimony on SB3095 – Pesticide Disclosure and Buffer Zones

Note: On Monday February 12th the Hawaii State Senate Committees on Agriculture and Health and Consumer Protection held a hearing on SB3095 that proposes to regulate the use of Restricted Use Pesticides by requiring the largest users to disclose that … Continue reading

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A letter to my granddaughter Isabella.

Dear Isabella, On this, your very first birthday, I sit here in Hawaii typing you this note while you are in Japan thousands of miles away.   Your grandmother and I miss you very much today, and every day. But … Continue reading

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