I wanted to write and say how I appreciate your newspaper for the local events in the community. Can you please let me know why your film reviewer is an independent reviewer based in Manhattan? I can’t wrap my brain around why this would be.
A few times in the last two months or so, a review has been published that doesn’t seem to resonate with the local climate. And in one case it was for a film that was not scheduled to open here. Your insight on this would be very helpful.
-Lauren A. Henley, via email
The Editor responds: Yes, Cole Smithey, our movie reviewer, lives and works in New York City. By being there he’s able to see press screenings of movies and can get us reviews of new movies before they come out here. For the most part this works out, but sometimes none of the movies he’s screened will open on Maui. Guess that’s part of the downside to living on a small island. Anyway, in those cases I choose among the available reviews as best as I can.
The Superferry traffic simulation was a big success (“Superferry Protest!” May 31, 2007). The traffic jam at the Hideout clearly showed how impractical the Superferry plan is and the environmental impact of introducing more cars into Maui’s broken road infrastructure.
The Maui Police Department (MPD) was overwhelmed by the traffic simulation. Even though the simulation only represented about one third of the real world traffic generated by the Superferry, the result was total gridlock. All of that was captured on video and print media. The MPD must agree that the traffic from the Superferry will only cause gridlock and a threat to public safety.
We all know that the roadways of Maui have broken down under decades of bad planning. How a car accident can shut down the Pali, effectively isolating West Maui. How the rent-a-car companies and car dealerships are dumping over-sized SUVs into our roadways. The daily three-mile long traffic jam from Sprecklesville or how $10,000,000 in public funds were used to remove the parking in Lahaina. The removal of 75 parking spots in Paia has resulted in cars orbiting looking for a spot and wasting the highest priced gasoline in history, while our troops are in harms way.
Before you can introduce a Superferry into Maui’s fractured traffic infrastructure, the State of Hawai‘i and the County of Maui must repair the systemic traffic problems that hurt business, waste gasoline and prevent Maui’s economy from growing in a responsible way that does not ruin our island way of life.
-Bud Clifton, Paia
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