June 05, 2008
THE LANGUAGE OF SIGNS
(The following two letters are in response to Caeriel Crestin's May 29, 2008 edition of Sign Language)
It seems you are a little off this week Mr./Mrs. Astrologer [Caeriel Crestin]. What if you do go after all the things in your life that are important to you and they never respond or just do not work out? Do you decide to accept life as it comes and do the best with what you have and move on to make it better?
For me it is the later, but it seems we cannot control what we have no control over, but never as a Libra have I ever let life pass me by. I am not ranking on your horoscopes, I actually find them very amusing and entertaining from very far away, but this week you couldn't be more off. Maybe the moon, stars, sun and planets are not lining up as they should in Maui.
-Amused from across the Pacific, via Mauitime.com
I am amazed at how accurate your readings are and look forward to reading them each week. Thank you.
-Upcountry girl, via Mauitime.com
(The following two letters are in response to Rob Parson's May 29, 2008 story "Who's Fueling Who?")
Why isn't this discussion including empowering people to generate food and power at their homes? Photovoltaics, wind and water systems all have systems applicable for efficient home use.
Why does the pervasive model always have power (literally!) centralized and in the hands of a few wealthy corporations?
-Bodhi Be, via Mauitime.com
When Hawai'i's tourism revenues drop due to increasing jet fuel costs, Hawai'i will need its valuable arable land to produce food. Importing food becomes much more difficult when tourism revenues decrease.
Second generation biofuels do not use arable land. Algae and cellulotic biomass are the way to go.
Don't waste time with palm oil. It's unsustainable given the likely financial situation Hawai'i faces in the near future. Please consider this.
-Hawaii Lover, via Mauitime.com
(The following letter is in response to Anthony Pignataro's May 29, 2008 story "Night Kayaking")
Go somewhere calmer next time. If you cruise more south the wind will die and it wont be so rough. Just look for flatter water. Not all nights are calm down by Makena but most are.
-Fitz, via Mauitime.com
ANOTHER UNEASY WRITER
(The following letter is in response to Kate Bradshaw's May 15, 2008 story "Uneasy Rider: When will people get to bike down the volcano?")
It's interesting how people have a hard time taking responsibility for their choices and instead choose to find an excuse for their mishaps. Has anyone else noticed how the participants of this activity who come back without incidence rave about their experience and the whiners are always the ones who can't accept that they chose to do an activity that like much of life poses risks?
My family and I have done the downhill ride with one of the self-paced companies many times and consider the activity as one of the best on Maui. I hope that the community and the powers that be can find a way to balance the needs of all and at the same time keep this option available.
One of the biggest problems in my opinion is the fact that most of the vehicles traveling along the same roadways are exceeding the speed limit. Maybe if the speed limits were enforced you would solve a huge part of the problem. As with any community issue in a tourist-based economy, it's about working together.
-Andrea Vaughn, via Mauitime.com
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