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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 1914.
THE MAUI NEWS
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V. L . Stevenson
MARCH 7, 1914
WHAT KAUAI THINKS,
THE editor of The Garden Island has the right idea of things,
and his editorial about the way the County of Kauai is run by its
supervisors appeals to the right thinking people of Maui. The
editorial reads as follows:
"The compliment paid by the probe commission of
Maui county to the county government of Kauai is grati
fying. At the same time, when the facts are sifted, it is
nothing extraordinary that our county officials have done
that brings unto them this laurel wreath; but, in view of
the experiences of the other counties, it would seem to be
the things they have left undone that has supplied the
reason for commendation and praise. Kauai's county
government is composed of business men, who handle the
public's affairs as they would their own. They have been
beset by temptations to spend money with recklessness, pre
cisely as have the supervisors of Maui, Hawaii and Oahu;
but they have had the regard for their oath of office and
the backbone to say "no", and to stay with it.
In all of the counties, except Kauai, public office has
become very largely a "private snap." On Maui, on
Oahu and on Hawaii, officials have paid more attention to
dignity than to business. They have surrounded them
selves with useless secretaries, bookkeepers, stenograph
ers and what-not, giving "tone" to their offices, to be
sure, but winding up in the inevitable scandals which
have filled the air for sometime over in their direction.
County government is good, and can be made a suc
cess. It is a success on Kauai, and can be made equally
so on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii. But before this is possi
ble, the office-holders over there must get down to Kauai
principles (which are merely the dictates of ordinary busi
ness policy), turn a deaf ear to the job-chaser and grafter,
and shape their budgets of expenditures according to
their respective incomes."
THREATS of resignations have been coing the rounds and the
people who have their ear to the ground think they can hear a
noise something like a supervisor or a bunch of supervisors, for
that matter, turning in their letters of resignation. And, although
nothing has come to a head up to the present time, there is always
hope. Many voters think that if the present Maui board of solons
would resign, a real business board could be appointed by the Gov
eruor for the unexpired term. Then, some say, there would be a pos
sibility of the voters keeping in office real business men who could run
the county in the manner in which the County of Kauai is run. Thi
is a beautiful dream that, possibly, won't work out, but still there are
many people who would welcome the change. As one prominent citi
zen of Maui said the other day: It would be a great thing for Maui
if we could only gel business men to sit on the board of supervisors.
Rut, what chance would they have of being elected to office? If the
members of the present board would only pack up their suit cases
and worry no more with the cares of office, there would go up a sigh of
relief from all over the county."
There was a lot of talk some time ago about the whole of the counties
being brought under a general auditor who would "audit the audit
ors," if the expression can be used. The idea is a good one and, if it
had been carried out years ago, the County of Hawaii would have been
saved much money, and poor Charlie Maguire would not now be dying
in a prison. The Territorial auditor "audits" the systems but is that
enough? It certainly was not sufficient in Hilo. Governor Pinkham
might institute some system that would give the people of the different
counties full confidence that everything financial is alright.
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