We want to say thank you to Tina Shelton, veteran television news reporter, who is (at least for a few more days) one of the few reporters remaining who have consistently covered the state capitol, and Hawaii politics and government, with knowledge, experience and insight. She is a "pro" and she will be missed. We do, however, expect her to remain a vibrant and talented voice in our community, both in representing the John A. Burns School of Medicine, and on the musical stage.
It has been obvious to many here at the state capitol that news directors and editors, especially in television, do not seem to be as engaged as they once were in what's happening at the legislature. Hawaii has a voter apathy problem, and that is not helped by the dwindling coverage of both the legislative and executive branches of government. Actually, this blog is a result of and response to that problem. We needed another vehicle to get news, information and opinion out to the media and the public. It is a bit deflating to see the shrinking ranks of veteran reporters, but we want to send Tina our thanks, appreciation and best wishes.
Georgette Deemer - House Communications Director