The CEO of OHA, Clyde Namuo, makes remarks in the Honolulu Advertiser of 4/15/10 addressing David Shapiroâ€™s regular column of 4/12/10 opining that Shapiro made some â€œgood observationsâ€ but â€œoverlooks the bigger issue of why federal recognition makes sense for Native Hawaiians and for all in Hawaii, in the first placeâ€. He follows that with mostly platitudes, but specifically mentions land, rights and resources â€œowedâ€ a new Akaka Tribe.
Shapiro, on the other hand, discusses the secret, closed door method used in DC to make the latest changes before they were sprung on then Representative Abercrombie, the Governor, and virtually everyone else, just before the House vote. His observations then turn even darker. Here are some quotes:
â€œ The Akaka bill would change life in Hawaii in profound ways and confer enormous power on a relative few, but there has been little clear explainationâ€¦.â€ Senators Inouye and Akaka â€œare basicly saying â€˜Trust Usâ€™ which many are unwilling to accept on a matter with such enormous impact on local life and so much opportunity for political mischiefâ€
Here are my questions for readers:
Which person outlines the bigger issue?
Which of these two stands to gain power, money, etc if the Akaka bill becomes law?
The best course of action at this time is to stop all consideration and action at this time in the US Senate until extensive educational hearings are held in Hawaii so our people can evaluate and judge what the federal government is planning to do to us or for us and what we think of it. For those of you who like that idea, call an elected official and propose such.