Letters for Thursday — November 10, 2005

• Promise should be kept – Promise kept


Promise should be kept-Promise kept

I do not know who Mr. Weir was excoriating in his recent lengthy letter, but in view of the fact that he makes clear that my letters have been so lacking in clarity, even so obscure, that they have permitted Mr. Weir to infer statements or positions that I neither stated nor intended, I must respond. But first I must point out that one of the most unkind things one can do is to misspell a name and Mr. Weir has misspelled mine twice.

I must admit that I did not understand the comments about self-ownership and tying that to property. Do remember, Mr. Weir, that the first draft of the Declaration of Independence spoke of, “life, liberty and property.” That was changed by Franklin to, “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” But let’s get to the point. Government can impose requirements on the use of property; e.g. there’s zoning, prohibition on draining wet lands, accumulating garbage, limiting building heights, etc. Individual property uses are limited for the greater good of the community. Mr. Weir has missed the point here. In the past, Grove Farm Properties Inc., applied for a rezoning that prospectively would bring substantial returns to Grove Farm Properties, Inc. That rezoning was also projected to have a negative impact with much increased traffic on Nawiliwili Road. So Grove Farm Properties, Inc. offered as a quid pro quo that they would construct a by-pass road to alleviate this traffic problem. And so, the re-zoning was granted. The subdivisions were developed but the financial returns did not come. Now Grove Farm Properties, Inc. proposes to renege on its promise to build the road, even though the subdivisions did increase the traffic.

All we are saying to Grove Farm Properties, Inc. is, “You got what you bargained for and promised an action in return. Keep your promise.”

I did go into the reasons why Grove Farm Properties, Inc. wants to break its promise; i.e. they lost money on the first rezoning and they can recoup great wealth by breaking the promise. I deplored that reasoning. I repeat — keep your promise for which the public paid you.

  • Theodore H. Drews
    Lihu’e
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