SPEAKS SIGN LANGUAGE
Just a quick note regarding Caeriel’s weekly piece in the Columns section: Kudos to MauiTime for running this guy’s stuff. Caeriel’s horoscope is really one of the best out there, relying more on common sense and straight talk than mystical nonsense. I especially like that astronomy is NOT a part of his columns, but rather more of a “deal with it and enjoy life” approach.
My compliments to MauiTime (which I’ve been checking out since I found Caeriel’s work); interesting paper/site with some well-written pieces (despite the fact that the focus is local, and I live in Virginia).
-Leo Solimine, via email
Reading about the EPA assistance grant for Maui is encouraging (Mauisphere, Feb. 14, 2013). Seems like there’s enough fresh blood in Hawaii’s and Maui’s political offices to finally turn the corner from the backassward ways that have been its history.
The example given, however, about green streets and water flow seems like the tip of the coconut iceberg that desperately needs addressing. How about better, sane, fair water distribution of the East Maui Watershed?
Traffic and logical roadways: Does anyone on this island think about this? How many needless gallons of gas are wasted and needless emissions into the air are made, in addition to wasted time and wear on cars because you always have to go 12 miles out of the way to get next door or sit in ridiculous bumper to bumper traffic in an adolescent town like Paia?
Food sustainability: What the hell is this island doing devoting the vast majority of its soil to sugar cane? Maui could be the breadbasket of the islands and the Pacific. Why are we stuck in the early 20th century? If Maui were a Third World nation, we’d have already had our own Sandinista uprising.
Energy: I hear encouraging rumors of a biodiesel/algae plant going in. About time! Why has this taken so long?
Is the hypnotic paradise thing finally wearing off? Let’s hope so, for the keiki’s sake. Maybe Maui can develop a real middle class with sustainable jobs and sane development.
Yeah, a park where people can chill in Paia near the post office would be nice, too, instead of the same up and down the street parade through the same ridiculous traffic. Grow up, Paia. Christ.
-Timmy, via MauiTime.com
DEBATING ENDANGERED CELEBS BILL
I remain traumatized to this day after Cameron Diaz asked me last year to recommend a good brand of yogurt to her from the selection at Mana Foods. Will your senators consider companion legislation that protects commoners from celebrities (Coconut Wireless, Feb. 14, 2013)?
-Anthony Spinetta, via MauiTime.com
It is startling that our so called “lawmakers” would spend their time so egregiously pandering to the narcissism and vanity of these “celebrities.” These grotesque poseurs should go back to England or Malibu or wherever the hell they’re from if they feel uncomfortable here. We can do without whatever minimal “trickle-down” their presence might provide. Thankfully the bill will never survive a test case. High speed car chase indeed!
-Phillip Swatek, via email
Please reconsider this [bill]. Don’t make us the laughing stock… this is nonsense.
-Leilani Clark, via MauiTime.com
WISDOM IS WONDERFUL
What a wonderful article (Mauisphere, Feb. 14, 2013). My wife was born on Midway island and we love albatross. She probably has seen Wisdom.
-Carey Anderson, via MauiTime.com