Your opinions for June 18
What a mess
What’s the point of spending hundreds of thousands if not millions of government dollars on county projects just to let them fall apart while government workers sit and get paid to sit on their buttocks?
Case in point: Pahoa transfer station was built with a lot of money and looked really good when completed!
There was all this talk about cost and beautiful landscaping and so on. But just one pass through now and there are weeds everywhere, dead ohia who succumbed to ohia’s quick death, and employees sitting on their butts just talking to each other in company vehicles and losing power. time.
Why are we paying these county employees to sit down and tell stories when the transfer station looks so bad? It’s a complete joke!
What is the point of building something with taxpayer money if there is no intention of maintaining the property? Yes, I know the lava destroyed part of the property fence, and it couldn’t be helped, but the lava stopped, and it didn’t impact the weeds , dead trees, trees that have not been pruned, scattered garbage, etc.
Stop wasting taxpayer money! Heck, even try high pressure washing the discharge area every now and then. It would also help prevent the area from being such a mess!
Employees shouldn’t be paid to sit around doing nothing all day. Stop the waste and start working. Pull up a few weeds, remove a few trees and clean up the landscaping!
There is no excuse for laziness!
This is the letter from Mr. Carl Oguss on the overthrow of the monarchy (Your Views, June 10).
In the name of the truth, Hawaiians have been insulted enough by people who disregard the establishment of the facts.
The overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 met with opposition. Protests followed the Queen’s arrest. The Hawaiian Patriotic League and the Hawaiian Political Association raised volunteers in 1895 and organized an armed revolt. They were overwhelmed by a higher force.
They were jailed, tried for treason and sentenced to forced labor in chain gangs. The aggrieved queen was tried with them. President Cleveland demanded his reinstatement. But distance and war intervened against Hawaii.
Lili’uokalani wanted to abolish the 1887 Constitution, known as the “Bayonet Constitution,” because it severely limited the number of voters, affecting mainly Hawaiians, while members of the Caucasian ruling class and foreigners could vote. and hold a position. King Kalakaua only signed it under threat of assassination by his own minister.
The Hawaiian monarchs were intellectuals, highly educated, traveled and open to new ideas. They had a lot of support from Caucasians who understood the need for modernization and progress without sacrificing the people, culture and language of Hawaii.
She opposed a white American power elite that had grown to destroy her country’s identity. She wanted to stop them. It is therefore absurd to assume that she intended to recreate a monarchy 200 years ago.
The abolition of the Hawaiian kingdom was not done for the sake of democracy. It happened with all the bells and whistles of a corporate takeover. When the insurgents succeeded, they built an economic empire for themselves with the Big Five – corporations that acted in their own best interests and that of others. But not in the interests of the Hawaiian people.
Hawaii’s complicated history cannot be adequately explained in a short essay. But it is a start.
Sigrid Borgner Yoakum