By Derrick DePledge
State Sen. Will Espero, who likes to write a little poetry, used the invocation that opened the Senate floor session on Tuesday to channel Dr. Seuss in framing the issues this session.
Regardless of your gender or age
Would you work for minimum wage?
If your food begins to glow
Will we blame GMO?
If the papaya does no harm
Will you support the right to farm?
Will we help the cattlemen’s range?
And deal with issues like climate change
Will Kakaako go on its way?
With the guidance of HCDA
Shall our homeless find a home?
Or will they die on the streets alone
Let us protect our watershed
Shall we fund early ed?
As we protect our native fauna
How will we distribute medical marijuana?
Is this the year for decriminalization?
For the residents of cannabis nation
Where will we hike, surf, and play?
Will it be on lands around Turtle Bay
Shall we let the counties tax us more?
Or show the mayors out the door
Shall we fund prisons, roads, and schools
Will we amend some admin rules
Don’t let anyone ever say we can’t
Let’s continue the fight against the little fire ant.