This morning, walking with the dogs through rosy rain so fine that it appeared as mist floating over the hills, past pig tracks in the mud, grass and weeds uprooted by their rutting, I thought about how it's funny, sometimes, the way things turn out.
Like the way Gary Hooser left the Senate in a failed bid for lieutenant governor, leaving us with Ron Kouchi, who was one of just a few senators in the entire state to vote against same-sex marriage, which Gary championed.
Like the way Scott McFarland, former community outreach specialist for DOW Agrochemical on Kauai, is now the interim CEO for Hawaii Health Systems Inc., which runs Mahelona Hospital, clinics in Kapaa and West Kauai, and Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital — places where many of the doctors and nurses who support Bill 2491 work.
Like the way the video showing Mayor Bernard Carvalho being mobbed upon announcing his veto of Bill 2491 — presumably posted as a proud portrayal of “people power” — is working instead to generate sympathy for the big guy, as expressed so well by a woman who told me, “I don't really know anything about the issue, but when I saw the video on Facebook, I felt sorry for him. I had compassion for him as a human being, because you could tell he was really hurting. It took a lot of courage to stand up to a crowd like that.”
Like the way Andrea Brower claimed the mayor's “double deception” of vetoing Bill 2491 and releasing the county attorney's opinion tipped the county's hand, without considering this scenario: the opinion reflected weaknesses in the bill that chem corp counsel themselves had pointed out to the county. Because really, Andrea, do you think former state Attorney General Margery Bronster and Paul Alston, who whooped the county's ass at Papaa Bay, need Deputy County Attorney MaunaKea Trask to write their playbook?
And like the way the Hawaii Supreme Court finally took up the case of Prime Minister Henry Noa and other two other members of the Reinstated Hawaiian Nation — convicted of trespassing after occupying Kahoolawe back in 2006 — but only on narrow procedural grounds, without considering the larger issue of Hawaiian sovereignty.
Funny. But no laughing matter.