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• Here we go again • Does ‘2016: Obama’ really represent reality? • Thoughts on recent letters • Taking the fight against cancer to Washington
Here we go again
History repeating itself! In 2001 the Waiohai was demolished to make room for a timeshare facility, which involved two international billionaire investment groups. There were concerns from local residents raised prior to demolition that — in essence — fell upon deaf ears of elected and appointed self-serving officials, s-so’s, that ended up with environmental promises and obligations being ignored and dismissed. One illegal dump site, and there may be others, is still in existence; approaching 4,000 days of violation fines of $55,000 per day, do the math, per participant, in penalties and the state DOH has no intention of cleaning it up.
From 2001 to 2010 these same s-so’s kowtowed once again in an enormous, humongus, zoning upgrade of conservation, open and agricultural lands into RR-20s, RR-10s, (Resort) R-2s (Residential), Industrial, Commercial and VDA uses. All highly urban use properties. Were these upgrades in opposition to the state’s policies of keeping “open space” uses in place? Yes. Were these upgrades passed? Yes. Is there a new landscape in the neighborhood? Yes. Did the Kaua‘i County Council and mayors (3) fight to keep these sites open? No. Was it a fair “trade-off? No!
“We citizens” received 138 acres of land adjacent to the Lihu‘e Airport runway with no 24/7/365 pedestrian/vehicular access, assessed at $590,000.00 for billions of dollars in zoning upgrades.
Hanalei, get used to the new landscape. It’s a done deal and you are wasting your time. Billionaires are buying up your island, your state and state s-so’s are acting as the “middle man” out for a commission. The proof is there.
And now, Hanalei is facing the very same dilemma on the North Shore. With a couple of the same politicians involved who kowtowed in the above mentioned fiascoes, lots of luck. Until voting residents wake up and vote them out of office, do not expect a change. Again, get use to the new landscape.
Does ‘2016: Obama’ really represent reality?
Thanks Steve Martin for recommending “2016: Obama’s America.”
It sure was an eye-opener. It was really hard to keep from laughing out loud. I can’t believe that intelligent people could view this piece of junk and think it represents reality.
“The United States of Islam?” “Obama is a secret Communist?”
“The huge deficit is central to Obama’s plan to destroy America?”
“Obama wants to reduce our nuclear weapons count to zero?”
Are Americans really so stupid that they would think any of this a possibility?
Thoughts on recent letters
Regarding the TGI letter “Let them walk and give them wings” by author Kimo Rosen: I agree with you. Let the children walk to school.
However, the reason why parents think it’s not as safe anymore is because there are much too many speeders, people on cell phones, people texting and, most important, lots of wackos around.
On another thought. TGI letter“ Bicycle path money should be used for roads” by author Tom Rice: Tom, I too wrote on this subject, but quickly learned from others such as Pete Antonson that the money is for the path and if it’s not used for that reason, we could lose it and the money be given away to some other state for other reasons than a bike path.
By the way, where’s Pete with his words of wisdom? Are you not commenting to Tom Rice’s letter?” Hmmm … I wonder why not?
Taking the fight against cancer to Washington
Recently, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent cancer patients and survivors from Hawai‘i to call on Congress to make cancer a national priority.
I joined more than 600 American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) volunteers from across the country to ask lawmakers in our nation’s capital to protect funding for cancer research and prevention programs.
I met with Hawai‘i’s Congressional Team Senior Sen. Daniel Inouye, Sen. Daniel Akaka and Congresswomen Mazie Hirono to ask for continued support of research funding and prevention programs critical to stopping cancer before it starts.
Without adequate federal funding, potential discoveries in research labs across the country may be trapped in beakers while families sit waiting for treatments that could save the life of their loved one.
Funding for research at the National Institutes of Health and for cancer prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and through the new Prevention and Public Health Fund must be top priorities in the federal budget.
I know I made a difference this past week, and I encourage everyone to get involved. Let us work together to end suffering and death from cancer.
Volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
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