to change the county charter  and restore sovereignty to every citizen.

Recent quotes from three of our own county council members on their positions as elected officials are revealing as to how they view their proper roles : 

“it sometimes takes a law to change people's behavior”

 "Sometimes I have to be forced to do things that are right and I don't want to.”

 (I need) “to take charge, to lead our County, to define policy in the best interests of the people of our island. “

Frightening, isn't it !

Our county government lately has taken on 3 roles:

  • Administrative (such as determining how many police to hire, or where a road should go, or how to process garbage). This is an appropriate level of authority and responsibility for them to play.
  • Telling us what things we CAN NOT do i.e.:restricting our rights, more so every year
  • Taking our money: i.e.: taxes and fees

We the people have delegated out elected officials the power to be administrators, but we have NOT delegated them the power to restrict our lives and take our money without our permission.

The Consent of the Governed acts will restore forever this authority and sovereignty to the people of the Big Island.



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5 lunas on council vs. sovereignty for every citizen


published in Hawaii Tribune-Herald 12 March, 2010

Dear Editor:

How timely that we read today, the very day after announcing the Consent of the Governed project, that Councilwoman Naeole wants to pass a law banning smoking in private vehicles if a child under 18 yrs old is present.
Of course, this would be without asking the people to vote on it, as only she and her colleagues are enlightened enough to know what's best.

Now this ban may or may not be a good idea, but it is alarming to continue to allow a mere 5 people alone (a majority of the council) to determine what is good parenting, and make laws and criminal punishments about such, and how every citizen on the island should live their lives, all without asking our permission.

I personally know only too well the perils of smoking, as every patient I see attests to after receiving my lecture.
However, this ban MUST be put before the people in a referendum.

These continued and accelerating edicts by a select few alone must be stopped, and sovereignty restored to all citizens.
Only we should decide the details of how we live our lives, not just an elitist five.
Support the Consent of the Governed Acts to amend the county charter:

Edward Gutteling, M.D.
V.P.,  Conservative Forum for Hawaii

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