In regard to the $1.3 billion Thirty Meter Telescope permit approval, Mr. Kevin Aoki, are you sure your conclusion is sound in the 126-page document you have submitted? Have you really taken into consideration the views, requests and opinions of our island communities and integrated it into your decision making?
As far as many are concerned, not enough effort or time was given toward community outreach. Many are not acquainted with this important issue and how such a permanent, impactful development will adversely affect our sacred land. This is purely an example of globalization and its effects on our societies, communities and, eventually, our people and our land. This complex process devours indigenous cultures and traditions.
So on a small, precious island in the middle of the Pacific, how do we maintain balance between all components of society and humanity, which includes social, cultural, political and economical issues, while not forgetting to recognize us as human beings? How can we acknowledge and honor the mana‘o, spirit and energy of this land and our kupuna who are dear to us? By saying enough is enough! We all have our kuleana or responsibility.
“Make your kuleana pono to help one another” — Braddah Iz.
In an article on Feb. 5 in the Tribune-Herald, the Hawaii Police Department states it will concentrate on emergency vehicle right-of-way. I do a good amount of driving. I have not noticed any place that does not abide by these rules.
The Police Department should concentrate on real road hazards, such as lifted trucks with oversized tires that are outside the fender line and without mud flaps. These vehicles send water spraying when the pavement is wet and rocks flying out at other vehicles on the road, causing poor vision and damaged windshields for other drivers.
Let’s get the priorities straight here.
Not a police state
The House Judiciary committee just heard testimony on HB699, and that testimony was overwhelmingly supportive of legalizing possession of an ounce or less of marijuana (almost 250-41).
Once again, we have our Hawaii County police violating our “lowest law enforcement priority of cannabis ordinance,” which was passed by a majority of the residents of the Big Island. We do not want to pay for our police to campaign against marijuana bills (legalization, decriminalization or medical) on our tax dollars. This is not acceptable.
Please do not allow this to happen again. This is not a police state. They are here to protect and serve us.