Letters for Oct. 31, 2015
Hard to know who’s right about God
Contrary to the TGI commentary, Sunday, Oct. 25, atheists do not have a monopoly on the scientific method. The Big Bang theory was first hypothesised by Jesuit Priest and physicist Georges Lemaitre in 1927. Edwin Hubble’s dramatic discovery of an expanding universe in 1929 validated this theory.
It should be noted that Hubble was not aware of Lemaitre’s theory at the time of his discovery. I would also like to quote a comment made by Carl Sagen in 1981 on atheism: “An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I know of no such compelling evidence. Because God can be relegated to remote times and places and to ultimate causes, we would have to know a great deal more about the universe than we do now to be sure that no such God exists. To be certain of the existence of God and to be certain of the nonexistence of God seem to me to be the confident extremes in a subject so riddled with doubt and uncertainty as to inspire very little confidence indeed.”
Koa canoes a treasured symbol that should be protected
To honor, preserve and perpetuate the combined culture, science, tradition and protocol of the Hawaiian Koa Canoe: (HCRA
By Laws Article II Purposes) The Koa canoe symbolizes to the people Hawaii the gathering of many into one. It embodies our cooperation, our willingness to take on challenges together and be made stronger by them. Our votes at the annual Hawaii Canoe
Racing Association meeting are the foundation of tomorrow. As canoe paddlers, we have an obligation to ensure that our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have the same rights and privileges that their parents and grandparents enjoyed.
In 1940, there was approximately one approved Koa canoe for every 12,811 people. In 2015, there is approximately one approved Koa canoe for every 26,111 people. A single log Koa Canoe is a living treasure: its beauty, importance and history are not diminished or their production limited by allowing Koa logs to be cut into planks. Providing canoe builders with this option will in no way restrict the creating of a single log canoe, in fact, it increases their historical importance and value.
Please contact your Association HCRA representative attending the annual meeting Dec. 5 and let them know that you support the construction of Koa canoes by the planked method to ensure the continued availability of our most treasured symbol the Koa canoe.
President, Hui O Mana
Ka Pua‘uwai Outrigger Canoe Club