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Critical of cartoon
My husband and I moved here from the “mainland” last September. The fire on Maui is overwhelming to us. I can only imagine how painful it is to the multitudes that live there and have lost so much, especially the Native Hawaiians.
It seems the survivors will be victimized again by predators, which is unimaginable!
Gary Hoff’s cartoon (Tribune-Herald, Aug. 20) show the victims as Caucasian — they even looked like tourists. They did not look like Native Hawaiians.
The cartoonist missed the real tragedy to come by not showing them as Native Hawaiians.
Fight disasters like a war
At any given moment, how many satellites, airplanes, drones, people and computers are devoted to monitoring around the world for surveillance and military purposes?
How much of those top-notch technologies are used to save lives at home?
A government spending enormous amounts of resources for world dominance and ignoring the needs of the people will get the same result of waging wars against its own people.
I hope the lesson is learned from the Lahaina tragedy. So President Biden will start fulfilling his Build Back Better promise by building infrastructure to fight wildfires and other disasters.
Unlike wars around the world, wildfires and other disasters are killing U.S. citizens on U.S. soil. They deserve military-grade technologies and attention that should have the capacities to:
A) Monitor, analyze and predict the events;
B) Dispense real-time information;
C) Coordinate responses of all agencies;
D) Neutralize the threats.
Tragedies like this could be avoided in the future, only when “for the people” is the true top priority of our politicians.
Thanks for roadwork
Mahalo to the county’s Highway Division for paving, after three patchworks, the curve above Edita Street on Kaumana Drive.
Nice job, and pray it lasts for awhile.
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