Letters for April 14, 2015

• Try and find common ground • Mauna Kea and the world’s largest telescope • Let’s have a world of love

Try and find common ground

Perhaps the either-or approach in coming to a decision may be the cause of so much dissension that persists. Does it have to be that way?

When, where, and how it may be possible, should we explore what avenues of collaborative efforts may be pursued?

For instance: Might each community, or even each neighborhood, have an opportunity to sit and chat as to whether TVR dwellings may be acceptable?

Could this not present an opportunity to establish common ground and to bridge a connectivity between visitors and islanders?

In this respect, some of those visitors have found their way to join our church while they are here, pitching in with our fundraising projects and becoming a part of our church ohana!

Let’s take the time and make the effort to build bridges that will unite us rather than to erect fences that will separate us from one another. The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

It is the essence of aloha. It is the pono thing to do!

Jose Bulatao, Jr.

Kekaha

Mauna Kea and the world’s largest telescope

The land in Hawaii is all sacred. How do we as society ages decide which land is more sacred?

The roads in Wailua near the bridge are all sacred, does this mean we should not drive there? Imagine no traffic, that would be nice, but not a reality.

Political activists and many people not only in Hawaii but all over the world have been holding vigils and demonstrations objecting to what authorities are calling the world’s largest telescope to ever be erected on top of the 9,000-foot Mauna Kea mountain on Hawaii’s Big island.

The protesters believe the mountain is sacred and that the 180-foot telescope threatens sacred shrines, burials and the islands water supply? This is somewhat paradoxical since the mountain already hosts 13 other telescopes. Activists are saying that 14 was just the breaking point .

Scientists say, “The location is ideal because of its dark skies, good astronomical seeing, low humidity and position above most of the water vapor in the atmosphere, clean air, good weather and almost equatorial location.”

Right when you think there is no more our islands can say no to, a thirty meter telescope comes into play.

No ferries, no dairies, no GMOs, no gluten, no plastic bags, no new roads, no Walmart super center, no smart meters, no barbecues and now the icing on the cake, no telescopes.

You know what’s so ironic about the TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope) protests? It’s being broadcast and shared around the world via social media and broadcast news in part to the research gathered by high tech telescopes!

Stay tuned to what’s next on the list of A’ole, (NO!)

My dream is no traffic, no hurricanes and no more racism.

James ‘Kimo” Rosen

Kapaa

Let’s have a world of love

With so much drama scouring within the LGBT community, we don’t have freedoms the average person has.

Personally, this is insane and a crazy issue but rarely focused on in the government. I mean “Religious Freedom Discrimination Act” is crazy legally allowing church to hate the LGBT community.

The killings, hate, and discrimination against the LGBT community are crazy but the fact nobody is doing anything about it is crazier.

We as the LGBT community need to fight for equality so everyone is treated equal. A world of love equally is a world everyone wants to be in.

Troy Abraham

Hilo

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