The Right to criticize Government officials!

Hawaii County Council brouhaha! –citizens free speech and civil rights testimony

Note to Erin Miller –West Hawaii Today/Hawaii Tribune-Herald (Stephens media Hawaii) writer
David Bock, Hawaii Tribune Herald editor and publisher (Stephens Media Hawaii)

Aloha Erin and David,
Corrections to today’s Trib (2/20/14).  In my oral testimony yesterday at the council, I only mentioned Dennis “Fresh” Onishi, not Yoshimoto and some state legislators as claimed in the article. My written testimony named others but I didn’t include others in my oral testimony.  Furthermore I had a phone call today from Council Vice chair, Karen Eoff, apologizing for improperly cutting me off yesterday testifying at the county council.  She said I was right about free speech and civil rights to criticize council people in testimony.  She said she felt bad in cutting me off.   She is asking Corp council – Lincoln Ashida, to draft a memo to all the council members on this.  Eoff said It was Ashida who advised her at the break that citizens have a right to criticize and the council should be careful of free speech and civil rights violations.
I told Councilwoman Eoff I have no hard feelings and I’m glad it will be clarified but it’s a sad fact that a citizen’s right to criticize council members has to be clarified.  We are suppose to be living in a democracy.  I have never heard a council member object when they are named and praised in council testimony, so why should they object when they are named and criticized?   The main thing is we try to be civil to one another.  We all live on this island together. —
Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email This communication may be unlawfully collected and stored by the National Security Agency (NSA) in secret. The parties to this email do not consent to the retrieving or storing of this communication and any related metadata, as well as printing, copying, re-transmitting, disseminating, or otherwise using it. If you believe you have received this communication in error, please delete it immediately.

My oral Testimony in support of Resolution 272 on Home Rule
9:30 AM Hearing Feb. 19, 2014

Aloha Council members:

I speak as a farmer of 34 years in Kurtistown, where our Malu -Aina farm 
has grown a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables.  Our organization, 
Malu 'Aina, is in strong support of Home Rule 
Resolution 272.  We need to stand up to the agro-chemical corporate 
profiteers and to those in County and State government who are in the 
pockets of these GMO criminal enterprises that want to cut away our 
county voice to protect our own health and safety.  I suppose I should 
not be surprised at how low some people will go to line their own 
pockets at the expense of future generations.  The world is in terrible 
shape with unprecedented toxic pollution, climate change, etc. because
profit and greed have dominated decision making. The precautionary principle 
has not been followed. The precautionary principle states that when you do not
know the full consequences of an action, error on the side of caution.

Madamn chairperson, for the GMO supporters and promoters I have a proposal:  
Put your mouth where your money is.  Step forward. Demonstrate your 
corporate loyalty with patriotic vigor.  Volunteer yourself and your 
family members to Monsanto to be genetically engineered.  Why just 
support GMO Monsanto round up ready crops, GMO ringspot resistant 
papaya, etc.


) Volunteer to have these and other 
genetically modified organisms --round up resistant genes fired directly 
into your own DNA.  
And put a new label on yourself. Instead of "Fresh" Onishi, change your 
name to "Round up Ready" Onishi and go down to the county yard at least 
once a week and get sprayed with round up so we the citizens can do a 
health study of you, not us.   But if you really want to show your 
commitment as a Genetically Modified Organism, take the experiment to 
the next level. Brush your teeth with Round Up, wash you clothes with 
it. Shower in it, put it on your breakfast cereal and rice.  Show the 
voters what you are really made of.  For the first pro-GMO politician to 
step forward to become round up ready genetically engineered, I will 
present you with an "M&M --Monsanto & me" T-shirt with your photo 
proudly displayed."

(Cut off)

Madamn Chair, I would like to nominate Dennis "Round Up Ready" Onishi as 
the honorary chair of the GMO promoters and present him with this shirt of
Monsanto & Me to wear proudly.  But I do want to say that I believe in redemption,
even for Mr. Onishi.  I believe that people can repent and change their ways, hard
as it may be. But GMO's once released can't be recalled, even when there is 
personal repentance. This is all the more reason for following the precautionary
principle. Support Home Rule.  Ban GMOs.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini