Rep. Isaac Choy (left) and Rep. Roy Takumi (right) on Opening Day 2009
Manoa, University, Moiilili & McCully residents are urged to actually read the February issue of Rep. Isaac Choy's newsletter which should be arriving in mailboxes soon. (It's also available on this blog - see community newsletters.) It's pretty funny. And, he writes it himself.
It's also a candid, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, perspective on a freshman's first legislative session. Here are some excerpts:
"The heat is on here at the square building on Beretania Street. From civil unions to the budget cuts. People express their feelings with cute colloquial rhetoric: "We are going to take you out", "we're retired and we have nothing better to do than to wave signs and make phone calls" "the biggest mistake of my life was voting for you", "don't even think about it".
"It’s so much fun being a politician. I have come to the conclusion that being forthright and honest is not all that great. I now understand why you can never get a straight answer from a politician. I have to work on that skill set. It's a lucky thing we get the big bucks for being here."
"Pay raises for us legislators is a subject that causes some concerns for many citizens. I still feel legislators are grossly under paid. The hours are long, it is a full time commitment, and it’s a pretty stressful job. It seems that you can never make a decision that is agreed upon by everyone. "
"Having representative government is still the best in the world. The ability for people to express themselves freely is something that is taken for granted too often. When we see our young men & women fighting to protect this right we should thank them, because being an American is being able to speak freely."