A Honolulu Advertiser Article by Derrick DePledge just announced the demise of a Gambling Legalization bill. Thank you. Apparently, lawmakers will not stoop to opening casinos on Oahu as a last ditch effort to generate money and jobs. Or, to be more accurate, certain groups have put a hold on the proceedings- including business leaders, social service providers, law enforcement, and religious groups. The House Finance Committee won’t even hear the bill asking for gambling rights in Hawaiian Homelands. This detour has cost the State more money and time, but at least Oshiro seems resigned to the decision, using Kenny Roger’s lyrics to explain his feelings about the situation: “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em. You’ve got to know when to fold ‘em. You have to know when to walk away,” he said. “And in this case, with the hand that we were dealt, it didn’t make any sense moving ahead.” Very poetic. However, take away the lilting pattern, rhyming country charm, and the little pun on “the hand we were dealt” and all that’s left is another politician saying: My bad. I just wasted a good chunk of time and money on an unethical idea. Look, I’m rhyming and smiling, please forget this ever happened.
Sure, we’ll forgive and forget. Now please come up with a better idea. And leave the country music to Kenny Rogers. By: Sierra Brown