Letters for Saturday, April 1, 2017
• Dreamers wasting tax money • Queen foresaw bitter division over land in Hawaii • Resort development must be put on hold immediately
Dreamers wasting tax money
“Stop dreaming, fix traffic,” (TGI, March 16) by author Glenn Mickens. Bravo!
The dreamers like to dream things up and waste time and taxpayers’ money by spending to make their dreams come true. They hire these expensive personnel who don’t care as long as they can be paid. They (planners) come out with plans for the city and areas of our island that the dreamers want to hear. Yet they (planners) are there to keep taking taxpayers’ money that the dreamers will pay.
Glenn, you and I both can agree about opening up more cane haul roads to alleviate traffic here on Kauai. It’s the best plan in a playbook. I guess, we have to keep writing until the greedy people are willing to give up lands to build roads or a new highway.
Howard Tolbe, Eleele
Queen foresaw bitter division over land in Hawaii
The prophecy of Queen Lili‘uokalani is relevant to today’s land issues of quiet title/quit-claims. She compares the U.S. overthrow to treacherous people who acquire land through wicked ways, which God avenges in due time.
“Oh, honest Americans, hear me for my downtrodden people! With all your goodly possessions, covering a territory so immense, do not covet the little vineyard of Naboth’s, so far from your shores, lest the punishment of Ahab fall upon you, if not in your day, in that of your children, for ‘be not deceived, God is not mocked.’ The people to whom your fathers told of the living God, and taught to call ‘Father,’ and now whom the sons now seek to despoil and destroy, are crying aloud to Him in their time of trouble; and He will keep His promise, and will listen to the voices of His Hawaiian children lamenting for their homes.”
Naboth refused to sell his rural/agricultural land to Ahab. “God forbid I sell the inheritance of my ancestors.” (I Kings 21) Hawaii’s allodial/kuleana land practices mirror that Levitical law.
Reclaiming land would’ve had no chance if Hawaiian rulers continued adopting American ways. The overthrow kept the majority of land in safekeeping controlled by few entities. Redeem that land in perpetuity.
Plantation closures, of the past 20 years, afford opportunity to take action in “consistency with the general spirit of God’s law.” (1840-Hawaiian Constitution)
“For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.” (Isaiah)
Michele Lincoln, Lahaina
Resort development must be put on hold immediately
There should not be any more development of resorts on the North Shore or more boat trips until we construct a sewage treatment plant for Hanalei and also create a shuttle service from Princeville to take people down to the valley or Ke‘e.
Our local officials should help to protect the North Shore and require Jeff Stone to build the Hanalei sewage treatment plant and to provide shuttles for everyone staying in Princeville vacation rentals or he does not get to build anything more.
We do not need any more rental cars on the North Shore. All the homes in Hanalei need to be on a sewage treatment system and that includes the bathrooms at the beach parks. This should have been done 30 years ago.
The infrastructure is Third World at the beach parks. The public bathrooms have antiquated toilets that waste water and oftentimes are stuck running for hours.
The water table is high in Hanalei and all the toilets flushing that are not on a sewage treatment system are polluting the bay. That along with all the toxic sunscreen that the tourists wear is polluting and destroying the waters of Hanalei Bay. We need to create a moratorium on more building till these problems are dealt with.
Michaelle Edwards, Princeville