WASHINGTON — Commence-ment season brings a respite from the sinister childishness rampant on campuses. Attacks on freedom of speech come from the professoriate, that herd of independent minds, and from the ever-thickening layer of university administrators who keep busy constricting freedom in order to fine-tune campus atmospherics.
I appreciate Tyler Saito’s letter to the editor of July 30, expressing concern about instituting even a partial pay-as-you-throw landfill rubbish program. He can rest assured that unless such a program will save taxpayers substantial money, I, too, will not support such a program. Previously, the data I was given demonstrated that unless we do a pay-as-you-throw landfill rubbish program, we would urgently be facing the need to build a new South Hilo Landfill — which would cost many millions of dollars. To avoid that situation, the Department of Environmental Management and I worked on various scenarios to avoid such a costly dilemma. However, based on a revised assessment by the Director of Environmental Management — there is no longer looming the need for a new landfill in the foreseeable future.