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• Prepare for the economic hurricane
• Perpetuating political rifts
• Deeper Superferry sense
• Let’s demonstrate for Superferry
Prepare for the economic hurricane
I just wanted to get some people to think a bit about what is coming this summer.
There is an economic storm brewing in the world. Our geographic isolation is going to make it very important that all of us start to prepare as if a hurricane was headed our way.
Economically speaking, the people who live month-to-month and have little savings are going to be the hardest hit.
All of us need to watch our spending and support our local businesses. Most important is to try and support the local farmers who might very well be our lifeline to fresh food. Shipping is going to be a big problem as fuel prices go beyond our imagination.
We need to think about cutting our driving and using public transportation more. Bikes are a good way to stay in shape and save a few bucks.
If we prepare for the coming summer as though an economic hurricane was coming and think of ways to become more self sufficient as an island community, we will be in a better place when the storm clouds clear. For now we should be prepared for a tough time ahead. Stay closer to home, grow a garden, support your farmers, share a ride, etc.
For as we know from the past storms, the people who are prepared fare better than those who ignore the warnings.
We as islanders are going to increasingly depend on each other to continue to enjoy and prosper here on Kaua‘i.
Perpetuating political rifts
The writer of “Unknown party designation not possible,” Letters, April 26, demonstrates once again his blind passion to perpetuate a rift in our community along political party lines.
He makes false statements and obviously reaches questionable conclusions randomly in order to place blame on affiliation to particular parties.
I wonder if he is aware that, contrary to his statement of “life-long Republican MaryAnne Kusaka,” that she initially offered her candidacy as a Democrat but changed to the Republican party when she was informed by local Democrat party leaders that they had already selected another candidate the party was prepared to support?
Did she carry into office her Democratic “party values and ethics” or was she a successful and charismatic leader by her own standard of ethics and integrity?
Which party does the writer blame or credit for her eight-year mayoral reign?
Again, let the intelligent citizens of Kaua‘i make their choices of elected officials without undue political party “directives” on how they should think and vote.
Deeper Superferry sense
The recent letter in your Forum section in which a Kapa‘a resident chastised the “crazy” opponents of the Superferry is sadly a reflection of a myopic attitude which is prevalent in our consumerist culture (“I want on board Superferry,” Letters, April 27).
That attitude is: “Who cares about the environment, who cares about adhering to laws (versus whimsically rewriting laws to meet military objectives) as long as I have a convenient way of securing my trinkets and luxuries.”
Before becoming enamored with the Supeferry because it will help haul home more “stuff” from O‘ahu, it is wise to educate oneself on the many legal and environmental issues which have plagued this project. There is much more to the Superferry debate than just some “crazy” people trying to prevent shoppers from transporting their treasures on the cheap.
Even if there remains a large segment of society that is willing to toss caution to the wind and choose the cheapest and most convenient option for fulfilling their momentary desires, there is another segment of society that looks at things a little more deeply.
This segment of society will lean toward choosing service providers who practice “fair trade” or are “eco friendly” because they understand that there are deeper issues to consider.
I believe in my heart-of-hearts that the protesters who were brave enough to stand up to the Superferry are people who looked into the project more deeply and found that all that glitters is not necessarily gold.
Just a gentle reminder … our country was founded on principles of standing up for what is right, not on shopping till we drop.
Let’s demonstrate for Superferry
Right on, Carrie Lavigne, with your comments on the Superferry (“I want on board Superferry,” Letters, April 27).
Any island community in the free world with a population of over 60,000 depending on tourism as its number one industry should have ferry travel.
Not only for the reasons the letter writer states, but for those with a fear of flying, the disabled and folks just wanting an alternative to stressed out airports and all the ‘hoopla’ that goes along with flying.
It’s also an inexpensive way to whale watch.
For those with the invasive species and whale killing machine theories, I would welcome a debate.
The only invasive species thus far brought on by the Superferry is the leech-sucking attorneys that will do anything for monetary gain and publicity.
It’s time for the pro-Superferry people to not sit quiet any longer and come out in numbers to demonstrate the pros of nautical travel for an island community in the 21st century.
I would welcome the opportunity to help organize such an event.
Bring on da Superferry.
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