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Time to Cut--Not Burn

November 15, 2012
Charles Laquidara , The Maui Weekly

This cane smoke is really starting to be a joke.

We can't even walk, or go for a swim, or play with our kids, or enjoy the clean island air and the refreshing trades.

How long before people band together and once and for all put a stop to this outrageous ecological mockery? Only in Hawai'i of the entire 50 states are a handful of people who remain stuck in the old ways allowed to over-rule 90 percent of the population while their kids, families and friends are constantly being exposed to proven toxic, harmful carcinogens?

When will it end?

And no--we're not going "back to the Mainland." That's what the hard-hats were yelling to the Vietnam War protestors as they were beating them up and yelling that infamous slogan of the '60s: "America - Love it or Leave it."

Hell no, we won't go. No, no and no.

It's time for HC&S ask themselves this: Do we save money and continue to burn or do we save people and cut the modern way?

This opinion column is written by Charles Laquidara, who has lived on Maui for over 11 years. He worked at WBCN radio in Boston for 30 years as the morning-drive host of a show called "The Big Mattress" and is occasionally heard on Mana'o Radio here on-island. Email



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