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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.) 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)

Bold leadership can increase affordable housing, curb poverty

Hawaii is locked in an economic crisis of immense proportions, yet those in positions of leadership do little. Like crickets in the night we hear them chirping, bemoaning the visual blight of the unwashed, pointing fingers at each other in … Continue reading

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Adding more lanes to relieve traffic congestion = a zero sum game

The best thing we can do to solve our traffic problem is to do nothing. Seriously, while “doing nothing” is clearly not an option, studies have shown that adding more and more lanes simply adds more and more capacity and … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing – it’s complicated…but not really.

“It’s complicated” is often the response given as to why government is not doing more to deal with the lack of truly affordable housing. Actually, it’s not. It takes a government willing to think long-term, challenge the large landowners and … Continue reading

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Why Corporations Love The Centrist

The obligation to meet opposing viewpoints “halfway” and “listen to the other side” are core arguments of those whose primary interest is preservation of the status quo.  On issues pertaining to the advancement of justice, those advocating for a position … Continue reading

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Time To Get Serious About: Carrying Capacity, Affordable Housing & Water  

On October 4th at the Kauai Convention Hall starting at 8:30am, Kauai residents will be testifying on what is potentially the most important agenda item the County Council will be dealing with in the coming decade.  I am hopeful that residents … Continue reading

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Purple Mohawks Need Not Apply

What makes someone a good candidate for public office? I hear this question a lot, and the answer is: It’s complicated. Most voters initially look at the candidate’s character and “world view.” Is the candidate someone of integrity who, if … Continue reading

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Rail, Faux Democracy and Leadership

The debate and actions over Rail has exposed to its ugly core the current status of political leadership in Hawaii. In short, there is none. Yes, the leadership in the Senate and House came together with a funding solution for … Continue reading

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