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Hawaii's Silent Majority
Let's talk numbers in Hawaii for a moment.
There are 1,416,000 residents in Hawaii.
About 795,250 are registered to vote, which is 56.2% of the population.
Of the people registered to vote, only about 51.2% actually cast their votes. That's right, only about 407,190 people, or less than a third of Hawaii residents are voting.
The votes cast are split into mostly 2 candidates, 303,827 for D and 77,100 for R.
That only adds up to 47.9% of registered voters! Not even counting the 43.8% of residents that aren't registered, a third party candidate could represent 52.1% of the vote and that is always the majority.
So, why don't people vote? Most people choose not to vote because they think their candidate can't win against the 2 dominant parties and they don't want those 2 choices.
The magic trick of government is: the winner would have been the silent majority that didn't vote, but they allowed the poor options selected by the major 2 parties to take office.
If we look back at the numbers, 71.2% of Hawaii isn't voting! Not a surprise most of us are unhappy with our government, huh?
If all the registered voters that chose not to vote simply filled out their ballot, their choice would be the winner. The “front runner” in my race had 100,841 votes out of about 410,000 registered voters. Less than 25%!
If nowhere else in the US, in Hawaii we can choose.
April 12, 2020
Understanding Homelessness is Key to Solving the Problem
"We think that homelessness is a problem, because we are not comfortable with it," said Michelle Tippens, "but for a lot of people who are homeless, we're simply not on the same wave-length. So very often we see something that is unfamiliar and view it as a "problem." We need to identify the group of people that actually want homes and create a path to get them housed. However, we also need to identify those who DON'T want housing and find compromises that provide them with safe spaces to sleep and basic amenities so that we can all share our nation together. In Hawaii, homelessness is rampant but what percentage of this population wants housing? What percentage want to live in nature and just need a warm shower, a working toilet and a safe place to sleep?
Before we can offer real assistance, we need to understand the type of assistance wanted. We can work together to meet the needs of our homeless population, once we outline what those needs are. The best first step is getting public bathroom facilities repaired and reopened. Installing security cameras to monitor entrances and common spaces will keep criminal activity down and having multiple personnel each monitor a limited number of bathrooms each day will keep these spaces safe, clean and functional."