June 19, 2008
The following two letters are in response to Kate Bradshaw's June 12 story, "No More Books"
The public libraries in Kahului and Wailuku do not have books that cover the same broad range of subjects that the Community College library contained. This will mean less access to "browseable" knowledge for Maui youth. What does it say about the caliber of education at MCC if they don't even have a library?
-On Campus via Mauitime.com
This is a bad idea. They could at least have leased out a building so we could check out books. The inter library system is difficult to navigate. I didn't go to college to find nice carpets. I go to college to read books and become educated. This is a really dumb idea and I'm ashamed to go to MCC, knowing that there isn't going to be a library there. Need any more disgruntled student quotes?
-Ticked off via Mauitime.com
The following two letters are in response to the June 12 edition of Restless Native, "Here's to You Mr. Ticket Writer"
Yeah, and Hitler was a humanitarian. I've witnessed him [Taguma] abuse his police powers by making threats to run someone out of town if they didn't get along with him. His job is to enforce the laws, not to carry out personal vendettas using the powers entrusted to him. Don't mistake malicious intent for dedication.
-amazed bystander via Mauitime.com
That buggah gave me my first AND fourth seatbelt ticket. When I was 19 (I was invincible back then you know...) I was all cocky thinking it's my right whether I want to wear my seatbelt or not. Guess what? I humbled out, wear my seatbelt and haven't violated that law in over 15 years. You're right Starr, he is just doing his job.
-Darren via Mauitime.com
MAKE IT PONO
This letter is in response to the June 12 edition of Rob Report, "Where's the Water, Brah?"
I've been watching taro farmers fighting for water my whole life. It's so hard to see the Wailuanui taro farmers fight legally for seven years only to get the run around from the Commission for Water Resource Management. It's obvious that A&B/HC&S/EMI are violating their lease. There is just as real an injury to the downstream land owners as there would be to HC&S if they were not getting sufficient water. This situation needs to be made pono, not allowed to continue and drag heels. 180 days has come and gone. The US is governed by a system of laws and it is clear that Native Hawaiians water rights are being trampled by lack of law enforcement on their behalf.
This is a small island and we need to do what is right for everyone not just a small percentage of the population. Yes, EMI employs 800 workers in sugar, but should their employment take precedence over the host culture's way of life? Restored stream flow would not only benefit small farmers, it would revitalize entire ecosystems, restore estuaries and near shore marine life. In Hawaii, the environment is the economy so it is in all of our best interests to malama 'aina. Maybe instead of water thirsty sugarcane, HC&S could look into less thirsty clumping bamboo and grab a piece of the $500 million in US imports not to mention the ecological benefits and possibility of truly affordable bamboo homes. If Vietnam –a third world country–could do it, surely Hawaii can also.
-Tamara Paltin via Mauitime.com
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