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Letters 1-4-2013

Worst idea ever

Repeal the PLDC

One man at a Public Land Development Corporation meeting said it best; “The PLDC is like selling a kidney to pay your hospital bill.”

When Gov. Neil Abercrombie came to Kona recently, I told him the PLDC was the worst idea the Legislature has ever come up with. Abercrombie then challenged me, “so, what’s your idea to raise money?”

Here is my idea: State Auditor Marion Higa, has just retired. There is not a single person in the state who doesn’t trust and respect her. We should beg her to come back for a short while.

Give her helpers and free rein to go through every department to root out every inefficiency and follow her directives to a T before we prostitute our public lands and buildings on the altar of privatization and cronyism.

We don’t want time-shares or garbage dumps on our special places being decided by three Oahu PLDC board members and there’s not much in the PLDC rules to stop such a thing.

This kind of anti-democratic legislation is sweeping the country and we should be on guard that it doesn’t get a foothold here. All of our current laws are in place for a very good reason; to protect the public.

Beg Marion Higa to take on this special task and do exactly what she recommends — if we are serious about finding money.

The Legislature starts soon.

If any of us are paying attention to the serious dangers of the Public Land Development Corporation, we should be contacting our legislators to repeal this rotten-to-the-core legislation that is the PLDC and any future, similar legislation, now.

Also, complain about bills such as this being changed and passed in a matter of hours, shutting out public comment completely.

If you think your comments will not be taken into consideration by the very legislators who voted for this abomination of a bill, you can donate now to the Repeal the PLDC Defense Fund (attorney Margery Bronster) at: PPK Legal Fund 4865G Nonou Road, Kapaa 96746 and also through PayPal.

Shannon Rudolph


Pack journalism

Exercise restraint in details that you report

While everyone is using the news media to point at everyone else after a tragedy, the media dutifully report in nauseating detail every nuance to inspire copy cats, then report those in more detail to keep the news cycle going as long as possible.

WHT has shown more restraint than most, but now we have had two cops shot in Hilo.

Was this Hilo action a copycat of the firemen being shot in New York? Who knows?

I oppose censorship, but beg the media to exercise restraint and only publish what we need to know about these events.

Ken Obenski