Dear Governor Lingle, STOP!

You guys have got to be kidding me?!? How long do we let this asininity continue? At what point do we put the brakes on and stop this nonsense?

So, now we’re going to demand a study on an already-existing process that transports life-sustaining water from one end of Molokai to the other? Did I miss the State-wide, governmental brain tumor? Or, is it a virus that has moved from the Department of Transportation over to the Attorney General’s office?!?

Molokai Ranch transports water (drinking water) to the West end of the island, i.e. from one end of Molokai to the other. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, referring to this as Superferry Fallout, reported today that a contract with Molokai Ranch will not be renewed, and that over one million gallons of water a day should not be transported to the opposite side of the island until an environmental study is completed.

“The ranch is the main provider of drinking water to western Molokai.”

What?  I repeat, “You’ve got to be frickin’ kidding me?!?” Enough is enough! Just get the EIS(‘s) started and let the businesses continue (Superferry included) until the studies are complete. If the studies show problems, then stop the corresponding vessels from running.

Everyone knew before any of this started that we have endangered species in our waterways. The study should have been the first thing to be set in motion before making promises to an incoming line of business! Now Molokai Ranch is to be impacted too? Molokai Ranch has been doing what they’re doing for years. Suddenly they will be made to stop because the Courts have made a decision about an unrelated topic?

The State let all of this go this far; now the State needs to support the businesses that have either spent a huge amount of money based on faulty information (that the State provided), or rendered essential services to residents for a long time. These are businesses that have either had the rug pulled out from under them, or are about to.

It would also be nice to get island residents away from being at each other’s throats! Stop it! Just do it! Nobody else asks before they make decisions for the rest of us.

If I was a business coming to Hawaii to set up shop, you can bet I would come with attorney in tow. Count on it!  Any new business should get it in writing that it won’t be told to shut down after sinking time and money into setting up shop! Come on Governor, draw the line and make it stop!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jeane Michelle Culp // Sep 9, 2007 at 1:58 am

    You go Sister! Tell them like it is, excuse me – ought to be, should have been…. Right on!

  • 2 HawaiiVacationGifts // Sep 9, 2007 at 3:08 am

    Things are going from bad to worse and Hawaii already had a reputation of being difficult to do business with.

  • 3 Evelyn // Sep 9, 2007 at 6:50 am

    Hi Jeane! Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your comment. I have no expertise in this area and no great knowledge about all that went on in this whole mess but this continual escalation certainly makes one sit up and pay attention!

  • 4 Evelyn // Sep 9, 2007 at 7:01 am

    Good to see you, HVG! I know what you mean. Correct me if I’m wrong but weren’t they talking about making it a better climate for businesses? Well this fiasco is going to blow that whole idea out the window! (I was going to say “out of the water” but they’ve already blown it out of there!)

  • 5 M.R. Field // Sep 11, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    Tsk. Tsk. There you go again, blaming the government. *smile* Move to Iowa, why don’t you? Our legislature authorized electronic lottery machines and let merchants in mom and pop shops, grocery stores, and other frequently-visited places buy them. Then there was a big outcry that children were near the machines, so the rule came that the area had to be roped off and monitored. It wasn’t long before the legislature decided to deauthorize the machines. Of course, businesses had run out and spent money on the machines thinking of profitability. The lawsuits against the state are still being settled.

    The bigger problem, though, is that we as a society are rushing into legislation and decisions without taking time to consider the consequences. I’m seeing this happen regularly at all levels of government. My question is, who should have been asking questions on this particular water issue and why weren’t the questions asked?

  • 6 Evelyn // Sep 11, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Hey Rose! Thanks for visiting and for your comment! It seems that questions were asked, but circumvented. I’m still reading and have stayed out of the Superferry for the most part because I just don’t know all that went on. Tidbits keep surfacing here and there. Reading more is not helping my viewpoint, trust me.

    However, my beef in this case was the messing around with the existing transport of drinking water for a community that is not even involved in the whole tangled mess. Well, they weren’t involved until now!

    My argument overall is that the study should have been done from the start before any permits were given or any decisions made. They had to KNOW this would happen!

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