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A Scout’s thank you

My name is Joshua Ohara and I am a Life Scout of Troop 19 in Hilo, currently working toward my Eagle Scout rank. I have recently completed my Eagle Scout service project. My project involved constructing and installing two metal benches at E’maka’ala School/Church of the Holy Cross.

To complete my project I needed many different materials. Some of the important materials were donated by businesses in Hilo. I am very grateful for their contributions to this project and would like to thank these businesses for their generosity toward the Boy Scouts of America Troop 19, E‘maka‘ala School, and Church of the Holy Cross.

Joshua Ohara

Life scout, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 19

Radiation concern

Anyone on the Pacific Coast should be required to monitor for Fukushima radiation, especially in the northern hemisphere. While it is indeed a large ocean, the problem is that currents direct what is entrained and depending upon the velocity, are capable of carrying entrained materials for very long distances before being diluted. As a result of the explosions at Fukushima, large floating objects like boats and telephone poles are in the current and are also radioactive.

On the West Coast of North America, echinoderms (sea stars, urchins, etc.) are melting, something they have never done before, which has marine biologists very concerned. Radiation has also been found in kelp forests. Polar bears and marine mammals are showing distinctive signs of radiation sickness and all our federal regulators do is raise the acceptable levels of radiation we can consume.

The food chain has to be affected by now, but to what degree, we do not know. The Japanese media blackout continues and what I glean from what does get out of Japan, it is closely tied to a gubernatorial election.

Radiation leakage has been going on for three years and the situation has not improved. This not a call to be alarmed, it is one to get those who are supposed to be watching out for our health, safety and wellbeing to be aware of any potential problems and alert us to them so we may take the proper precautions.

If this is affecting us, we should know, if it is not, then the powers that be should have nothing to worry about. Please support Senate Bill SB3049.

Dave Kisor



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