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Letters to the Editor

For Monday, November 14, 2011


Trees in the city also are very beneficial

Honolulu's urban "watershed" trees are just as important as our mauka forests. Canopy trees reduce heat gain from our roads and buildings. Shaded paths encourage walking, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves public health.

Unsung heroes like Stan Oka, head of the city's Urban Forestry Division, and his dedicated staff deserve our praise, gratitude and support.

Next time you grumble about the "rubbish" a city tree is dropping near your house, think about how integral those trees are to sustaining a healthy, beautiful Hawaii.

Besides, your yard would love those leaves as compost.

More trees, please!

Donna L. Ching

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Central planning highly overrated

Robert Tellander seems to be enamored with China's central planning economic model, suggesting that the U.S. should compete with — meaning emulate — rather than try to control their approach ("U.S. needs better economic model," Star-Advertiser, Letters, Nov. 9).

Further, he disparages a free-market system as being "massaged by invisible hands."

I suggest that Mr. Tellander Google "China's ghost cities" to get a good look at what central planning by governments that think they know better than free markets actually tend to create.

Look at a couple of those reports and take a guess where their economy will really be in four or five years. Think 1,000 Solyndras.

Jim Wolery

Region's leaders need to stop drifting debris

While the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference delegates discuss trade treaties that will make them all prosper, the public demands to know what the U.S. and the Asian countries are doing to remove the debris dump that is drifting in the Pacific Ocean.

The drifting debris dump in the Pacific is the result of years of mari-time trade traffic between the countries, and they should take responsibility for the debris dump removal.

George Sato
Littleton, Colo.

Introduced gall mites could get out of hand

There are two things we need to be aware of regarding the release of the gall mite to control strawberry guava:

1) The guava is a very close relative of the ohia.

2) All organisms evolve over time, and it is likely that this mite will expand its feeding pattern to include ohia.

I think the rest should be obvious. However, this was not a decision based on scientific observa- tion. It was, as in the case of the reef fish, politically expedient and carries with it profoundly negative consequences.

Kelly Greenwell

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LittleEarl_01 wrote:
IRT Jim Wolery 's ltr, "Central planning highly overrated." I totally agree with you Jim. Having viewed the video clip "China's ghost cities" again proves that government does not need to be in the real estate or construction business. I would urge everyone reading this post to google China's ghost cities," which is on You Tube to see for themselves.
on November 14,2011 | 03:31AM
wiliki wrote:
OTOH, China's economy is still growing at 8% while ours is in the doldrums. They were able to build those "ghost cities" to keep their economy afloat. At the their rapid rate of growth and the huge migration from the farm to the city (think of the migrations from areas going under water from dams. It's in the millions of farmers) it wont be long before the population catches up with ghost city infrastructure. And yes, it can only happen for a centrally planned economy.
on November 14,2011 | 04:32AM
wiliki wrote:
While we are on the subject of our economy, I note that conservatives and the news media are now starting to blame the Occupy demonstrators for their own problems in this economy. Here is a Krugman blog on this. He points out that we have very GOOD reasons to decry austerity politics of the Republicans.... http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/14/austerity-then-and-now/
on November 14,2011 | 04:59AM
wiliki wrote:
Kelly Greenwell's wild speculation is really really stupid. Many scientist's discuss this decision. It is NOT easy to legally bring in a new species into Hawaii. And organisms adapt to stress. But if there are plenty of strawberry guava and very few natural enemies, the natural limit of the mite is just it's food supply. Adaptation is only likely to occur if there is too much mites and too little quava. Instead there will never be too much mites because when the population of guava goes down, then the population of mites will decrease. The population of mites will be controlled by it's food supply.
on November 14,2011 | 04:27AM
nitestalker3 wrote:
right...just like the rats and mongoose. that really worked out well.
on November 14,2011 | 01:08PM
wiliki wrote:
We didn't have the kind of govt regulation in place when that happened. It was a corporate decision of a private business-- rats and mongosses. Blame the sugar cane plantation. Of course, they had Republican politicians in their pockets at that time...
on November 14,2011 | 02:45PM
nitestalker3 wrote:
you're absolutely amazing. no matter what era or what the issue...it's always the republican's fault. one of these days you need to get rid of the blinders and see the real world. take care.
on November 14,2011 | 06:29PM
wiliki wrote:
We didn't have the kind of govt regulation in place when that happened. It was a corporate decision of a private business-- rats and mongosses. Blame the sugar cane plantation. Of course, they had Republican politicians in their pockets at that time...
on November 14,2011 | 02:45PM
false wrote:
Retaliation has never worked to our advantage. Foreign innovations just don't work for us. Population in Hawai`i hasn't been controlled by the limited resources. We just keep charging more and moving up and out. Please don't bring in another solution like bufos and mongoose. What is being done about Fire Ants? That's a bigger concern than strawberry guawa.
on November 14,2011 | 05:47PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Region's leaders need to stop drifting debris" >> It's really all about perception. We want to get rid of bad politicians but have no place to really put them and yet there is this floating island of debris out there waiting for a govt to take hold.
on November 14,2011 | 05:55AM
medigogo wrote:
Jim Wolery's point has merit but not quite accurate. These ghost cities were actually a result of lack of central planning, not too much of it. The development there was propelled by over zealous investors aided by the local government who desires more GDPs, in defiance of warnings and restrictions by China's central government (central planning). Planning can be very wrong, but is a necessary tool to balance the invisible hand. In the US, we've for too long been indulged in the so-called absolute market economy. Time to change mentality, as the Chinese are changing too in the opposite way. We've come to know there is no black and white in capitalism and socialism. While some planning is needed, we don't want too much interference from the government. Many of us need to learn, including Jim Wolery.
on November 14,2011 | 10:21AM
nitestalker3 wrote:
did anybody note the one liner that states obama says he'll be back soon for christmas vacation. if you thought we were done with all this cr@p re the road closures, we've only been given a reprieve til obama comes back.
on November 14,2011 | 01:10PM
control wrote:
I suppose if McCain were president instead of Obama and spent his vacation here, you'd be singing a different tune.
on November 14,2011 | 08:22PM
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