Letters to the Editor for Saturday — September 20, 2003

• Water and reefs must be protected

• Backs school policy


Water and reefs must be protected

In 1972 Congress passed the Clean Water Act to make the nation’s waters safe for fishing and swimming, reduce harmful discharges of pollution, and protect the nation’s wetlands. Now, 30 years later, this landmark law and waters it protects are under attack by the Bush administration.

This does not surprise me, as I have been watching as this Toxic little Texan has been trying to tear down environmental laws since he had been in our White House.

This is very serious and we all must do something about it. Here in Hawaii, we face the fight of trying to keep corrupt developers from laying our beautiful islands to ruin with their illegal grading and grubbing. For some unknown reason, our local and state officials do not seem to want to do anything about it, even though there are some strong laws on the books already. Could it be someone is getting paid off under the table the way the previous administration was????

We must protect our water and reefs. We only have limited drinking water and we must protect it. Stop all this looking the other way and stop all this foolish, unnecessary watering during the day of all these lawns. Let’s get our priorities in place.

Stop the mindless use and misuse of our water, and let’s keep it clean. When the billionaires can show me how to eat, breathe and drink the almighty dollar bill, then I will stop worrying about this.

Dickl Miller

Hanalei


Backs school policy

I feel that Kamehameha Schools preference to Hawaiians policy is right because the school was founded to improve the lives of the Hawaiians who had suffered immensely in their own land.

Now is the time to keep this policy in place because the school is growing and reaching more Hawaiians than ever before. As a student of the Kea‘au campus, I have experienced my ancestral value, pride and dignity through Hawaiian language and history classes, and chanting. We have done community projects such as cleaning old Hawaiian alkaline fish ponds. We have become one with our natural surroundings by chanting.

The students families at this campus are very involved with every aspect of their children’s education.

I think this would have been very important to my Hawaiian ancestors.

Joshua Bermoy,

Hilo

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