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• World needs more peace, not war • Superferry would hurt Kauai in many ways
World needs more peace, not war
I could not agree more with Gordon LaBedz’s Letter to The Garden Island editor, “Let’s Prepare for Peace Not War,” Aug. 17, citing peaceful ways to use the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility.
As Quantrek ETI (Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Peace Task Force Chair, I am aware that humanity has an unprecedented opportunity to bring a new, clean, cheap, ubiquitous, sustainable infinite energy source to our planet. This energy is called Zero Point Energy, ZPE.
The nonviolent ETI, from a contiguous universe with whom we work, are guiding our Quantrek scientists’ research toward the application of ZPE for our cars, trains, planes, watercraft, space ships as well as homes and businesses. As an example of our nonviolent ETI technology, they orchestrated the March 13, 1997, Phoenix Lights event over the entire state of Arizona to which I was a witness; it was a peaceful greeting from them to Earth displaying multiple ships some estimated to be 1-2 miles wide, fueled by ZPE.
Quantrek was founded by my colleague, Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on the moon, to help bring ZPE as well as the consciousness of peace and nonviolence to our fragile planet, which is losing its viability daily.
As an avowed pacifist like me, Edgar’s illustrious Naval background assures his intention to work with all our military to implement nonviolent resolution to all global conflicts.
The Navy’s PMRF leaders would benefit from talking with Edgar, and I would be happy to assist in any way.
As former co-founder and executive director of the Arizona Department of Peace Campaign, I have studied in great detail with global experts exactly how to make peace profitable, indeed turning swords into plowshares.
Having brought all of this information recently to the attention of Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho, there is no better time than now to continue the conversation.
Terri Mansfield, Kapaa and Phoenix
Superferry would hurt Kauai in many ways
I’m definitely against it for service to Kauai. People keep focusing on the environmental study, while at least as big of an issue here is barely even being addressed. If a car ferry can bring merchants from Oahu with their van loads of trinkets to set up for the day, what is the impact on the Kauai economy? They can get their supplies/stocks cheaper and live cheaper on Oahu, so can obviously present unfair competition to the local merchants who pay Kauai prices for everything — store space, living expenses, etc. Not to mention the very glaring fact that vehicles can barely get around the island as it is, with the limited infrastructure. How on Earth can more vehicles be supported?
So at the end of the day, the sellers leave the island after putting mom-and-pops out of business, making our roads even less desirable for our families and for tourists, and they are the only ones profiting — not Kauai residents. What is really needed is a thorough economic impact study to prove this. A walk-on ferry may be a different matter as this could bring more business to Kauai possibly without the negative impacts. People who ride airplanes have to rent cars so this would provide the “competition” that we are hearing is needed.
The other problem with how this is being handled is the decision making that is based on majority opinion. These articles about the percentage of people who want the ferry and the percentage who don’t are missing the whole point! Even if every single Kauai resident voted against it, they would never present as a majority vote! Do people realize this? That means that if this moves forward based on state majority, residents of the other islands are deciding what happens here — period.
Of course, it benefits them to have easier access to Kauai, but how much does it really benefit us or hurt us? The absolutely only fair and right decision on this has to come, after all, studies are completed (especially economic and infrastructure) and summarized and distributed to Kauai residents. But, then much more importantly, only based on Kauai residents’ votes, not the majority of state residents’ votes. This matter has to be decided on an island by island process or we have lost all say in what is best for our home.
Cheryl O’Brien, Kapaa
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