Letters for Friday, April 24, 2015

• Lon Sparker will be missed • Not clear on telescope conflict

Lon Sparker will be missed

I just learned today that a very good friend, Lon Sparker, has passed away. I had know my friend for 40 years and, although we did not get to see each other as much as I would have liked at the end, I will miss him.

I just wanted to say aloha ‘oe to my friend.

Odie Dill, Anahola

Not clear on telescope conflict

Help me understand; there will be no new discoveries allowed?

I assumed that the ancient mariners used, and indeed current seafarers use, the heavens to navigate to find their way. Was that not critical in the discovery of new lands including these beloved Hawaiian Islands? Would it not be more logical and fitting to hold the heavens sacred rather than a barren mountain top? Perhaps the alii who journeyed to the revered Mauna Kea heights was to actually worship the clear heavens that helped bring them here. Perhaps to even study and try to learn more about the universe. 

What then could be more appropriate than to follow in their footsteps and pursue future astrological discoveries? The dirt I walk on remains dirt — the universe I see is infinite and ever changing with untold and perhaps sacred mysteries to be solved. No disrespect, but why is there a conflict? Help me understand. Hey, does it help, the new Thirty Meter Telescope does even kinda resemble a temple.

Glenn Kaser, Lihue

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