January 1st, 2006

Happy New Year 2006!

Happy New Year! I have a strange feeling that 2006 will be a big year for Hawaii. The economy is doing well as a result of our booming tourism, federal spending, and construction.

I believe this is the year we can invest in areas such as technology, science, and agriculture. My dream is to make our knowledge-based industries (service or products created by the minds of the people of Hawaii) as big as tourism.

I will also be working on a measure to encourage new technology to help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce the amount of solid waste placed in our landfills.

With more revenue in our state treasury, one of the social areas I want to focus on is appropriating more money to help the Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Their budget has remained stagnated since the early 1990s. They need an increase of a little over $1 million to keep their operations going. We must help survivors of sexual assault. Keep in mind that they face post traumatic stress disorder, and there is a high risk of depression and drug use that can affect their lives. I have a package of bills relating to sexual assault prevention and law enforcement.

I look forward to working hard to better Hawaii. For 2006 and the rest of your life, treat others with respect. There is no such thing as wiping your slate clean just by repenting. When you hurt someone emotionally or physically, it is done, and you cannot turn back the clock to change history. You must stop your evil actions from ever happening and perform good actions. Remember that we are all responsible for our actions, you have no one to answer to but yourself, if not your family and ancestors. You are ultimately responsible for your behavior. Only together, we can make our world a better place.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year, good health, and much success in all your endeavors!