Letters for Sept. 29, 2015
Protesters on wrong track with telescope
So, are you for or against the construction of a giant telescope on top of Mauna Kea? Well, protesters have reached an agreement with the state to take down a large tent where people have been sleeping in an attempt to block workers from teaching the work site. Lanakila Mangauli’s opinion about the telescope is “Our purpose for the 24/7 vigil was intended because of this, there was no telling when workers would come.”
Construction is still discontinued since April: although, the aftermath came to be that dozens of protesters have been arrested for blocking workers. It has seemed that the protesters think they have stopped the construction until Michael Bolte, TMT International Observatory Board member responds, “We have not yet determined a date for continuation of the telescope.”
Protesters want to protect the mountain but if they stopped to think, maybe they’ll see that the telescope could discover something bigger than this single mountain. As long as the protesters think that they’re helping the environment by blocking off the workers, the telescope will never be able to serve its purpose. If they stay there, nothing will be accomplished and in a way the protesters are slowing down the studies of astronomy.
Let us forget the small things we are doing here, and look forward to the big possibilities in the future.
Students feeling the heat
The heat makes us feel very cranky. Hurricane season drives everyone crazy with all the humidity.
During school, it is hard for students to concentrate because the heat is bothering us too much. What makes it worse is that not all the classrooms have fans or air conditioning. It gets really hot with lots of people in the classroom and the air doesn’t go throughout the whole room.
Some do and some don’t. It isn’t fair that we have to learn in a hot environment. It is a lot of money to put air conditions in all the classrooms, but in the end, it would be money well spent. All the teachers want is their students to succeed. If they are in a proper place to learn with no distractions, the students will do a lot better with their education. The students will have a better time at school and their grades will improve because they are more focused.
Yogi might have been speaking about Kauai
Of course we may never know if the recently deceased Yogi Berra really said it and if maybe he was referring to Kee Beach when he stated: “It’s too crowded. Nobody goes there anymore.”
Whether he did or not, it is, we don’t and what a shame.
The way things are going on Kauai, we may soon say the very same thing about the entire island.