Aaron Stene’s Letter to the Hawaii Tribune Regarding Bloggers Being Blackballed by DPW

Aaron Stene has submitted the following letter to the Hawaii Tribune regarding the recent Department of Public Work directive blackballing Aaron, Dave and myself.

“I was thoroughly disgusted to find out that the Hawaii County Department of Public Works had implemented a directive barring any DPW employees from talking to me, Damon Tucker, or David Corrigan. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why they did this.We all have the highest profile blogs on the island.

However it is still perplexing why Damon Tucker and to a degree, David Corrigan were included. Damon has had limited contact with the DPW and simply republishes information which is publicly available off of Hawaii County’s web site. On the other hand,David Corrigan was included because he filmed the Hawaii County DPW resurfacing Saddle Road last summer. The latter is the subject of litigation due to someone in the DPW buying asphalt tack coat from Grace Pacific when they had a binding contract to buy it from HMP Inc.

In my opinion, Noelani Whittington tried to control the flow of information about DPW projects with this directive.But instead it turns into a huge blunder on her part. I’m hoping she gets reprimanded for crafting this illogical and illegal directive.

Aaron Stene
Kailua-Kona”

2 Responses

  1. Alright Damon, dealing with an old computer, plus being out of practice using the damn thing, why can’t we have an edit topic like Punaweb? I also wish we could have smileys, cannot pull them up on my old mac!

    Damon – I know how it is to be on an old computer! I hate my work computer right now! People can use the following website to add smileys to the comments they post here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Smilies

  2. If you want more information about the Saddle Road fiasco, pull up West Hawaii Today archives, search Saddle Road paving from September 2008- February 2009. There are 8 articles including County admits wrongdoing and the pending lawsuit! What concerns me is why the HTH did not bother printing this!!
    Jason Armstrong HTH reporter, did break the stories on DPW building of 2 unpermitted structures and DPR using an unlicensed contractor to install the $17,000 security system at Kawamoto swimming pool!
    This is probably the tip of the iceberg, no wonder the DPW did not want employees talking to anyone!

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