Letters for Sunday, August 11, 2019

• Answers needed on how tax money is being spent • Safety measures needed at Kokee • Pesticides are not necessary to eliminate rats

Tourism industry expansion calls for balance

I have been traveling to Kauai since 2000 and have enjoyed the laid-back, peaceful surroundings of the whole island. I come to see the real Hawaii — not the big city of Honolulu, nor the high-cost retailers in Lahaina.

The Temple of Science

Worshipers at the Temple of Science claim it is anti-constitutional for native people to believe that Mauna Kea is desecrated by building an eighteen-story telescope atop that volcano.

The mother’s milk of politics

Jesse Unruh, Speaker of the California Assembly from 1961 to 1968, is credited with coining the phrase, “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” … For better or worse, mostly worse I think — money is seen as the life force and energy behind politics and elections.

Confessing to a love of trees

This column, my focus shifts to breathe in the healing green of trees rather than concentrate on the contention of a minority of Hawaiian people who break laws and strew opala, rubbish, on the bosom of the beloved Mauna Kea.

Kalalau needs people

Mahalo to the dedicated trail crew who opened the Kalalau Trail after one year. It was surely a huge task in hot weather. Now we can hope that hikers can help kick rocks out of the trail. We can all do our part.

Looking to space, stars and beyond

As an unlimited tonnage ship captain (who uses astronomy on the job) and as a person who has sailed on the voyaging canoe Hokule‘a, I find the arguments against the Thirty Meter Telescope on the basis of damaging the sacred nature of the mountain as confusing, unfounded and perhaps anti-constitutional.