Your Views for July 17


Paradise we deserve

Kingdoms, as well as relationships based on blood, are counter to humanity’s fundamental responsibility, which is transforming this precious “Spaceship Earth,” our home, to a paradise for us — as it already is for all others in their natural environments within the web-of-life.

Kingdoms are in direct contradiction to one of the fundamental universal spiritual constants: Every child has the inalienable right to reach its fullest potential.

Interrelated to the concept of kingdom is the significance of the bloodline, which has been one of the most racist and divisive concepts in human history.

As an American, a so-called Native Hawaiian can be instrumental in improving the lives of more than 300 million human beings, considering the incredible challenges we face both domestically and internationally. For a Native Hawaiian to become a genuine American, all that is required is heartfelt intention. But for millions across the globe, becoming a part of this nation requires years of waiting before being allowed to take the Oath of Allegiance. The number of those who finally became a part of our society in 2012 alone, for example, exceeded 760,000, representing many countries across the globe.

Let us keep those aspects of the Hawaiian culture that visitors from across the globe admire. And let us preserve kings and queens — regardless of how beloved they might have been as individuals — in the museums and embrace the whole of humanity on the path to the paradise we deserve.

Abraham Sadegh

Hilo

Mahalo, mayor

OMG! What is my mayor thinking? We live on an island. Our garbage dump has been overflowing for years. We have the highest electric rates in the country. And our children have to go to the mainland for jobs. Now, he wants to burn the trash, make cheaper electricity and create jobs all at the same time.

Pepeekeo had burned opapa (trash) for 100 years. That’s a proven on the ground technology. Not enough trash? Mix it with the bio-mass.

Yes, there will be several trucks going the five miles back and forth to Hilo, but that will eliminate several tanker trucks hauling gas, oil and naphtha from Hilo to Kona. And mulch and compost at home. That way, we don’t spread any fire ants, coqui or other invasive species around the state.

Thanks, mayor. I believe you’re speaking for the silent majority. Keep up the good work.

Tony Guiteras

Pakaikou

 

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