Watching the events on TV involving the killing of the black man, I cannot help but wonder if we, as people, really comprehend what our country is based on. We talk about individual rights but sometimes we get carried away with what it means. I think that sometimes we try to over compensate for what we see as injustice. I write this in response to the My Turn printed in Tuesday’s WHT and demonstration/riots as seen on TV.
The novel coronavirus has devastated communities around the world, stressing health care systems, wreaking havoc on families, and creating job losses across a myriad of industries. Travel is no exception. Critical to the long-term health of our state is striking a data-driven balance between restrictions to safeguard public health and responsible procedures for reopening.
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” These words described the postal system that unified the extensive empire of ancient Persia. Over 2,500 years ago. Every efficient government in history has tried to emulate it. Some better than others. “Safe as the Royal Mail” was an advertising slogan. The world’s largest diamond was sent from South Africa in a plain brown box by Royal Mail. For 245 years, the U.S. mail has enjoyed a similar reputation. Communication ties a civilization together. In many countries, the post office is about the only government function that is trusted.
A recent story by Charles McNulty addressed the new digital landscape theaters around the world are exploring during the COVID-19 pandemic. He accurately reflected the difficulties we have encountered, and the many questions that plague us as we consider our future. While his concern over potential damage to the theater world is appropriate, all of us at the Aloha Theatre are confident that we will not only survive our current state, but we will thrive as we pass through it.
Restructuring of internal management of Maunakea will provide greater accountability and transparency
Stewardship and telescope operations have resumed on University of Hawaii managed lands on Maunakea after suspension of all activities for nearly two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is pleased Gov. David Ige identified Maunakea as part of the state’s list of low-risk organizations that are safe to reopen. This allows the university to ramp up its stewardship initiatives and for UH observatories, along with the rest of the Maunakea Observatories (MKO), to gradually restart astronomical observations.