Letters for Wednesday, March 1, 2017

• Since overthrow, many are guilty of exploiting Hawaii • Fukushima is still a worldwide disaster and emergency

Since overthrow, many are guilty of exploiting Hawaii

Mark Zuckerberg’s high-profile Kauai land issue shines the light on and exposes the perpetuation of a problem in Hawaii.

American businessmen and the U.S. Congress were responsible for Hawaii’s overthrow. It’s a disgrace to our nation. It contradicts the essence of what’s supposed to make our country great. Respecting people and property rights are fundamental.

Exploiting Hawaiians is still occurring. Quiet title/quit-claim is practiced throughout the islands, especially since plantation closures. Land is legally plundered through this court-endorsed process.

Real estate and escrow companies, lenders, investors, attorneys, construction entities, county, state and public are accessory to this atrocity using the same mentality as Hawaii’s first overthrow.

West Maui is guilty. A&B (Alexander & Baldwin) is headed down that “hall of shame.” The state Land Use Commission allows developers to obtain boundary amendments on agricultural land with questionable titles. Precedents are established to piecemeal agricultural land for development using Hawaii’s limited natural resources for the benefit of few.

Many Hawaiians don’t understand their land rights and protocol. People think they can sell the land. Not so. Hawaiians practice Levitical land law, which keeps the land within the family in perpetuity.

The majority of Hawaii’s land and resources are controlled by a few entities, making it easier to transition. It’s not too late to do what’s right.

People can change — come to our senses as we ought, and stop sinning. Sin is a reproach to any people. Righteousness exalts a nation.

Restore the Hawaiian nation founded on Lili‘uokalani’s righteous regime of forgiveness, mercy, grace and love.

Michele Lincoln, Lahaina

Fukushima is still a worldwide disaster and emergency

Normally I will not spend my time writing letters to the editor to encourage matters of worldwide concerns. I am really busywith my 20-acre farm here, near Anahola. However, I am concerned about the lack of a coordinated global response to theongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster and the newest reports of increasing radiation emissions.

When I first heard about the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown disaster my thoughts were:

This is a terrible disaster! This is a problem not only for Japan, but for the whole planet! Now I am certain that every expert,from every country on Earth, will combine their expertise and resources to stop this meltdown and arrest the leakage ofradioactive elements into the worldwide environment. This means France, Great Britain, USA, Russia, China, et cetera …working together to save our planet! This is obvious, common sense!

The magnitude of this disaster is way beyond the scope of Japan’s ability to, singlehandedly, solve this problem.

Instead of common sense and worldwide cooperation, what we have witnessed is a shameful Japanese cover up of themagnitude of this nuclear disaster and the Japanese power company’s and the Japanese government’s inability to stop themeltdown and release of radioactive discharge.

This disaster should not be a Japanese in-house (let alone the Japanese power company’s) concern, it is a worldwideemergency. This radiation fallout is poisoning the entire planet!

The nuclear powers of the world must unite with expertise and resources to solve this ongoing worldwide crisis.

Dear readers, please contact your representatives in Washington and tell them to create a legislative proposal initiative tounite the world’s nuclear community to end this meltdown.

John Wooten, Anahola

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