Your Views for November 3


Vote Green

Back in 1969, our oceanography instructor told the class if the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets were to melt, sea level would raise 220 feet (67 meters), now believed by many scientists all over the world to be caused by the burning of excess fossil fuel.

Nature only has the capacity to resolve whatever greenhouse gasses nature creates, and with all of the deforestation going on to accommodate the burning of more fossil fuels, we really must cut back, because the forests are our primary carbon dioxide to oxygen converter.

It would take between 90 and 100 years for the full 220-foot increase, but now is the time to stop the process. The future is at stake, and on an island chain such as Hawaii, that loss of land would be devastating.

If I sound like a doom prophet, I believe you should prepare for the worst, and if it doesn’t happen, consider yourself fortunate. By the time coastal roads are decks awash during high tide, it may be too late to stop the process.

Think about it, as some low-elevation islands are already starting to disappear. Not that the Green Party has all the answers, but their platform is much less dependent upon the fossil fuel industry than the other, more known political parties.

Vote Green if you care about the future!

Dave Kisor

Pahoa

One-step program

These past five years have been the worst in terms of an economic meltdown, but it actually started at the beginning of this new century with large corporations stealing from their investors.

It begins and ends with personal accountability. We blame the politicians, we blame the corporations, and we blame the people in the opposing political party.

The reality is that all of these things have one thing in common. “We the people.”

The U.S. government is run by Americans. U.S. corporations are run by Americans. Both political parties and their supporters are American people.

And here is the problem. Accountability.

We make excuses and point fingers at each other. Somewhere along the line, we lost the way. We think keywords repeated at the right time mean that we know what we are doing. And that by saying the right word at the expected time means we are intelligent professionals.

We act bold and decisive, as if that means that whatever we do is the correct thing to do.

Somewhere along the way, we convinced ourselves that if we spin words that make others comfortable, it means that everything will be OK. And therein lies our current dilemma.

Unless we come to realize that we hurt America by acting in our own self-interest, or by being mindless followers of what someone else has determined to be correct, we will continue down the road of Rome and other once great nations.

Unless we come to realize that actions speak louder than words, we will continue our path of counterproductive behavior. So what is America’s one-step program?

Self-denial.

Dennis Chaquette

Keaau

 

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