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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Liberty or anarchy?

Liberty or anarchy?

Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:23 AM HST

I am writing in regard to the article which appeared on the front page of the March 8 edition of the Tribune-Herald titled, "Group aims to protect isle liberties."

First, I would like to point out that the title is quite misleading and actually would have been more appropriately titled, "Group aims to promote anarchy."

What the Conservative Forum appears to be proposing is that the representational function of the Hawaii County Council would in fact become useless, as no matter what they may propose it would have to be subjected to a two-thirds vote of the people.

If one follows the premise of this group, nearly any item before the council can be interpreted as infringing on some citizen's rights. Do we need a referendum when a law is proposed to keep sex offenders away from schools? After all, that is infringing on the rights of certain people who live in this county.

Perhaps the members of the Conservative Forum do not understand that they live in a democracy that has chosen representative government as its form of managing the political life of its citizens.

This form of government was established by the founding fathers and defended by countless millions through wars and political action.

If the citizens do not agree with the decisions being made by their elected representatives, they have the opportunity to vote them out of office -- or if the representation is egregious they can utilize recall or impeachment.

The focus of all responsible government is to respond to the wishes of the majority while protecting the minority. While our County Council, at times, passes laws that I do not approve of, I certainly do not want to live in the anarchy of a free-for-all of determining whose rights may be being infringed upon as determined by constant referendums. Just imagine the financial burden of that process.

I would suggest that if people are asked to sign the proposed petition to amend the County Charter, they think very carefully about what chaos they are endorsing.

Carolyn Blankfield


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