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• Missed the point
• Go down the road and don’t sue the state
• Try to find the solution in a civil manner
• It’ll be too late once the Superferry is running
Missed the point
I think that Jason Young misses the whole point in Dominic Acain’s letter to the editor. How Young misconstrues the actions of those protesting at Nawiliwili as fear amazes me. I truly don’t believe that fear would impel one to jump in harm’s way it doesn’t wash. Personally, I don’t think that it was fear as much as it was out of concern.
Dominic’s letter is right in my eyes. If you feel strongly enough about an issue, then fear should not be a factor. It was apparent by the lack of law enforcement at the hearings on Kaua‘i that the concerns of any possible harm was minimal.
I don’t know Young’s qualifications, but most laymen like myself would hardly consider reading “HRS 343 as well as the administrative rules and guidebook published by the Department of Health, along with the Supreme Court’s 104-page opinion on the case” enough to convince me that a fragile ecosystem/environment will be free from irreparable harm.
There have been rants and raves coming from both side of the issue; but like Acain, the laws, guidebooks and opinions are still lacking an assessment to form any intelligent opinion.
Go down the road and don’t sue the state
Attn: Mr. Garibaldi,
It looks like our Governor and the rest of her cronies are bound and determined to shove this amphibious nightmare of yours down our throats. The people of Kaua‘i and Maui have already protested to a point that should be obvious to you that you and the Superferry are not wanted. If a vote were taken on Kaua‘i and Maui today your ferry would lose hands down. I’m a retiree on a pension living on Kaua‘i, and one rule I leaned over my 60-some odd years, if I’m not wanted somewhere I don’t go there.
Your company was had by a bunch of politicians. A company like yours paints a big bright picture and it turns into a dud. Business is much like a poker game; when you’re dealt a bad hand, don’t keep playing it. There are countries in Europe that will welcome your amphibious nightmare: Denmark, Norway, England, Ireland, Germany. They use these things a lot there, which I’m sure you know. They will welcome you with open arms.
Please just bite the bullet and go down the road, or maybe over the seas, but please don’t sue the state of Hawai‘i or its politicians because the money will have to come from the hard-working people of Hawai‘i and pensioners like me.
Try to find the solution in a civil manner
I was just wondering; why was an environmental impact study not done before 40 billion dollars were spent in getting it built and operational? It seems a little late to lock the barn door after the horse has already gotten out doesn’t it?
Why not go ahead and let them operate until the impact study is performed and completed; but with strict monitoring by the Department of Transportation? Oh yeah, we can really trust them huh?
Well, what a dilemma. The taxpayers of Hawai‘i will once again have to rectify. I have ridden the fence on this issue a lot lately; even debating myself on what is best for Hawai‘i as a whole; and have tried to do so using some logic of the scientific method; but there just is not any easy solution, unless all sides concerned try to work together to solve the problems involved. I’m afraid name-calling and the like are not a solution.
My mentors used to say that you need to get out of the problem to find the solution. Maybe that’s the case here too; because for every problem there is a solution; though it may not always be the one we’d hoped for, there is a solution nonetheless.
I just wish everyone involved had worked out all the kinks long before the thing was operational. And in my mind, I have worked them out to my own satisfaction, except the one about some strange bug coming to my island on the tires of an RV from the foreign lands of Maui or the Big Island!
Actually, other people have spoken up with viable solutions in The Garden Island newspaper (both pro and con), and it is possible even the whales could live with them. But whatever we do, let’s try to do it in a civil manner. Let’s set an example for the children that is positive, not encouraging them at violent behavior such as the rock-throwing incidents the day the Superferry arrived. That was disgusting and adults were just as responsible as if they’d thrown them themselves!
I hope this gets resolved in a timely fashion before taxpayers get stuck any further into this problem.
It’ll be too late once the Superferry is running
I really get upset when I hear Gov. Linda Lingle and her “posse” refer to Kauaians as “rude” or barbaric. If anyone slowed down long enough to listen to the testimony, they would be so impressed that hundreds, if not thousands (see petition signed by 6,000 people), read the legislative bill draft, did their homework, studied our laws and United States codes.
I was proud to say I am from Kaua‘i. These protesters are certainly not “band wagon jumpers,” they are passionate about what scares them, the sacrifices they make to live on Kaua‘i (working two jobs to survive, dealing with hurricanes, mud slides, excessive rain, etc). I stand up, too, and protest, especially when an emergency session is held just to overturn a law upheld by our Supreme Court. I worked as a legislative liaison for the Nevada Legislation for several sessions. I have been a paralegal for 18 years and never ever have I seen something as ridiculous and embarrassing as our senators getting together to bully the smaller and less populated islands.
There is always going to be a majority vote from O‘ahu. It’s a bigger population, and it’s not justice — it’s barbaric and embarrassing. I agree Lingle should be impeached. I am a business woman here on Kaua‘i, have a college education and I am not a “tree hugger,” but I certainly don’t want to see some angry person from elsewhere bring their pet mongoose on board the Superferry and drop em off here so they can eat up the ground-nesting birds, like albatross, nene, etc.
I read the bill draft. It says nothing about thorough investigations of animals, vehicles and pets brought on board the Superferry. Once the thing starts running, forget it. Why bother having an EIS? It’ll be too late.
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