Letter for Monday, August 19, 2019

TMT would have many benefits

Thank you, TGI, for publishing thoughtful commentaries on the TMT imbroglio from Jim Jung and Christopher Best.

A friend recently remarked that he had been excited to see how the Mauna Kea problem has brought so many Native Hawaiians out to support both the construction and obstruction of TMT. Regardless of how the matter is resolved, he thought, ethnic Hawaiians seem to be realizing and expressing the great power that they have to generate change. If turned toward other causes, this power could do much good for all our citizens.

He suggested that, if, for example, 2,000 Hawaiians marched to the state Legislature and demanded that it grant the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands sufficient funds to develop its properties, the mauna of inertia that has kept so many potential lessees languishing (and even dying) on the DHHL waiting list could be leveled. Imagine how far this might go toward alleviating the socio-economic problems that plague so many of these islands’ first people!

As many have observed, the TMT protests are about much more than the telescope itself. How unfortunate that this facility, which has great potential to benefit Hawaii and the world, has become the focus of anger over many other wrongs.

H.M. Wyeth, Anahola

4 Comments
  1. I saw a Vampire once August 19, 2019 9:37 am Reply

    Thank you. 1st wrong, 1893 over throw of Queen Liliuokalani. Taking Hawai’i by force.


  2. Charlie Chimknee August 19, 2019 10:37 pm Reply

    In light of how many innocent hungry children on earth…astronomy, outer space is an hugely expensive hobby for the few…and rich ones to boot.

    Whatever is out there has been there longer than us and will still be there when we self destruct here on earth from foolish things like wasting $$$ and resources on more pollution factors…give space some space, it don’t need us…nor us it…feed the children you arrogant harbingers of deceit. Children need food every day…have you no shame.?


    1. Let's hear it August 20, 2019 4:04 pm Reply

      Charlie, what is your master plan for the spending of every public dollar? If you have all the answers, why aren’t you sharing them?


  3. localgirl August 20, 2019 11:24 am Reply

    As the letter points out, it’s unfortunate that the wrongs of the past could affect this project which has the potential to benefit Hawaii, the study of astrology which Native Hawaiians pioneers and King Kalakaua supported, and provide jobs for our local population. Efforts by activists should be refocused towards helping Native Hawaiians on issues like education, affordable housing via DHHL, etc.


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