by Mark Hyde
I have been told the council will receive the Special Committee on Governance report and recommendation on June 3 2016. It’s not clear at this point whether the Council will retain the matter or refer it to committee.
It's important to let the council know citizens want the right to vote on this issue in November. While opinions can differ whether we are better off continuing with a strong mayor as we have for the past 50 years, there is little justification to deny the people the right to vote on the proposal. (Charter amendments can be put on the ballot with the vote of 6 council members.)
We have launched a Change.org petition and we humbly ask for your signature. Click HERE to sign. We hope to get at least 1,000 signatures so please share this petition with your friends.
Here are some quotes from key constitutional documents that speak plainly to who “owns” government:
1. Maui County Charter Preamble
WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTY OF MAUI, mindful of our Hawaiian history, heritage and culture and our uniqueness as a four island county, dedicate our efforts to fulfill the philosophy decreed by the Hawaii State motto, "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono," ["The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."]
In order to secure the benefits of the best possible form of county government and to exercise the powers and assume the responsibilities of county government to the fullest extent possible, we do hereby adopt this charter of the County of Maui, State of Hawai`i.
2. Hawaii State Constitution Preamble:
We, the people of Hawaii, grateful for Divine Guidance, and mindful of our Hawaiian heritage and uniqueness as an island State, dedicate our efforts to fulfill the philosophy decreed by the Hawaii State motto, "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono."
We reserve the right to control our destiny, to nurture the integrity of our people and culture, and to preserve the quality of life that we desire.
We reaffirm our belief in a government of the people, by the people and for the people, and with an understanding and compassionate heart toward all the peoples of the earth, do hereby ordain and establish this constitution for the State of Hawaii.
3. U. S. Constitution Preamble
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
With this in mind, I hope you will consider testifying on June 3 in favor of the right to vote on this measure. You can be sure opponents of the recommendation will be there to try to derail our effort to bring good government to our county.
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead