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Gov. David Ige’s proposed pivot to a tech economy rang with dismal irony for the thousands of Hawai’i unemployed who have been thrown under the bus by the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (“Gov. David Ige calls for economy to pivot to technology,” Star-Advertiser, Jan. 26). For them, the digital society is an Orwellian nightmare.
Left out in the cold, unable to communicate with someone informed or accountable, they were told to wait weeks. Weeks turned into months with no results. Today, thousands still wait for their claims to be processed.
The excuse of a fragile mainframe computer and lack of staff may have seemed credible at the beginning of the pandemic. Ten months later, it no longer is. Who decided that it was OK to treat Hawaii residents like refugees?
The state needs to hold a news conference, apologize and communicate to all who have been let down in the middle of a pandemic. If Ige can’t do it, someone from the Legislature should step up to the plate.
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