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Coastal erosion coverage

February 6, 2014
Nick Rusnak - Pa‘ia , Maui Weekly

Maui Weekly, nice job on the coastal erosion issue. Sandstone bluffs have been eroding into the ocean and beach sand washing out to sea for decades. It is always blamed on the "relentless waves" and "rising sea level," but the fact is, the biggest coastal erosion occurs just down slope from the biggest landscaping irrigation. Always.

Melissa Tanji, great job telling the facts, just like your dad, with no nonsense reporting (unlike that guy who made up a council meeting for his column on road building).

On the first page of the A section of The Maui News was a top story for a Hollywood movie about a cool, adventurous, escaped bank robber.

The last page of the A section contained a puff piece for a Hollywood movie about a cool, romantic, escaped murderer.

And an editorial from the publisher bemoaned the lack of literary positive role models.

At least it wasn't about current TV commercials, or another opening ceremony for a corporation/ celebrity.

That's about the extent that actual Maui culture is represented.

Hollywood and TV are the gods this paper worships.

By the way, that Hollywood helicopter pilot who was so daring also broke a cardinal rule of helicopter safety by landing with his tail toward pedestrians about 50 feet away. Sure enough, a gust of Kona wind sent him banking rapidly, rotors first, toward the onlookers and he re-landed quickly. Nice to know that daredevil was willing to risk the lives of bystanders to "get the shot."

Nick Rusnak




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