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October 8, 2005

Star Bulletin In Favor Of Akaka Bill As Sit-in By Dissidents Protest HOA Support

Topics: Hawaiian News

HAWAIIAN opponents of the Hawaiian recognition bill staged a sit-in at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, but the proposal continues to have broad support by OHA and most residents, both Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian. Senators Akaka and Inouye should continue to seek Senate passage of the bill by the end of this year.

I'd like to believe that our consistent posts have added to the growing dissent against the contents of the Akaka Bill, sufficient enough to force proposed amendments to aid in its palatability to many conservative senators. Regrettably, the Akaka Bill still remains racist and an affront to our constitution. In my opinion, the proper action for the Justice Department is to bring adequate sanctions against Senators Akaka and Inouye for advocating such a position and wasting the valuable time of the United States Senate. Comments by Senator Inouye that undermine important bills being brought forth by Repulican senators - amount to acts of bureaucratic fillibustering and need to be recognized as such. Inouye is in effect saying that "If you don't play by my wishes, then I will upset the apple cart," and should warrant swift and decisive reproach.

If you haven't guessed it by now, I am vociferously opposed to Akaka's bill, and believe it to be both racist and an affront to all Hawaiians.

Posted For HarryTho

Posted by Richard at October 8, 2005 11:45 PM

This comment addresses the article's position that the more recent poll, conducted by Ward Research on behalf of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) was more accurate than the poll taken by the Grassroots Institute.

First, the Grassroots Institute's poll asked 10,000 residents whether they would support the Akaka Bill, as it was written and originally (still written) submitted to the US Senate. The question asked of the residents, reflected precisely the content of the Akaka Bill. Now, the poll conducted by Ward Research only asked 401 residents a much more ameliorating and nebulous question: Would you support recognition for Native Hawaiians? This question does not reflect the contents of the Akaka Bill, neither in the original or intended, revised editions. Such a question could be interpreted as: Do you mind if Native Hawaiians are called Native Hawaiians? This question falls considerable short of the intention and aspirations of the Akaka Bill.

Second, far more accuracy is represented by polling 10,000 residents than polling a mere 401 residents. Despite even the 401 polled, some 25% of those polled did not even bother to respond. Apparently, a disgusting expletive resulted in a "non-response" being recorded vice a "no." 25% of 401 and is 100 votes.

Third, Ward Research is a local firm that survives on surveys commissioned by the state's political partes (mostly Democratic Party ... Senator Akaka's party). Grassroots Institute is a Mainland firm that has little or no affiliation with state of Hawaii. Clearly, Grassroots Institute is less susceptible to political influence than Ward Research. Given the fact that both political parties in the state of Hawaii are vying for the Native Hawaiian vote and access to their war chest of funding, it would warrant that a nonpartisan, out of state firm perform the survey in order to assure credibility of the results.

Posted by: harry Author Profile Page at October 9, 2005 9:57 PM

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