“I am again calling on legislators to recognize that tougher penalties for repeat drug offenders and the manufacture of ice are essential if we ever hope to make a dent in this community crisis.”
What she didn’t say:
It would be nice if the state could get a handle on arrest warrants, before toughening any penalties. There are more than 61,000 warrants backlogged on Oahu alone, according to a recent Honolulu Advertiser series. In addition, nearly 4,000 warrants are totally useless, because they were never properly signed. When the Advertiser asked Lingle’s office for a comment on all this, she passed the buck to Attorney General Mark Bennett. Why should she address bad news in an election year?