Welcome to the American Revolution II

Welcome to the American Revolution II
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
"We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method..." and warned about what he saw as unjustified government spending proposals and continued with a warning that "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex... The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist... Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."Dwight D. Eisenhower

Friday, February 6, 2009

Paradise for Sale: $1

Hawaii Reporter
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Paradise for Sale: $1
By Sara Yacuk, 2/2/2009 9:55:32 AM

At 75 years old, I would have preferred not to have to fight any battles, but when I learned the State plans to commercialize the Pali Lookout and Ka Iwi Park to accommodate visitors so to collect a fee, I told my grandson it is time to put on the war paint.

Shame on the Department of Land and Natural Resources for peddling paradise for $1 and further weakening Hawaii's gracious aloha spirit. But more importantly is this action promotes segregation between us, local people and them, the visitor.

We need to strike Ka Iwi and the Pali Lookout from the DLNR's hit list well buried within the glossy title of the state's "Recreational Renaissance."

The overall plan has merit but got sloppy towards end when it took the 'status quo' route to commercialize two important landmarks.

Today's Diamond Park complete with information center, T-shirt sales, non stop huge buses of tourists and two florescent lit soda vending machines are changes not to be proud of - this is not proper care of special places and very inconsiderate to future generations.

I can only hope our Legislators see the writing on wall: "Paradise for Sale for $1" - Vistitors Keep Right, Locals Stay Left"

Please join me in the protest to stop this madness. Email DLNR at: mailto:Laura.Thielen@hawaii.gov or get involved with an area grassroots group like Ka Iwi Coalition at http://wwww.hawaiikaihui.com

Sara Yacuk is a resident of Hawaii Kai

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