I read through this blog and could not determine what was fact and what was fiction. There were several point made but a few really jumped out at me. A lot of questions were not answered and clearly, Alicia could have been much better informed. Let me address my concerns over this Hot Seat blog.
She talks about the Big Picture! Does anyone know what this Big Picture looks like or is this a secret plan the city is yet to unveil.
Second thing that jumps out at me is the victim mindset. Its as if all of Oahu are ganging up on the folks in the Ewa plain. How ridiculous is that. What's even scarier is the implication that their views (Mufi, Alicia and Pro Rail folks) and their beliefs should be forced on us, because they have an understanding that the rest of us just don't seem to grasp.
Third, I support having our children stay in Hawaii. It is to me a matter of releasing the creativity, potential and drive of our children to achieve things beyond our abilities and imagination. This takes nurturing, education and an entrepreneural spirit. In this effort our children will build the wealth necessary to purchase a home and they won't have to settle for less than what they are willing to strive for. I just don't see how building the rail will guarantee affordable housing for future generations and even if it did, do we want affordable housing which is nothing more than government housing. I think not.
Fourth, there seems to be a theme that the rail will provide more green space, jobs, care for the elderly and provide a idyllic lifestyle. I did not realize that the rail was going to cure all of our social issues and make me happy. If it did all of this, I say spend more money. Clearly with a project of this magnitude and reach in our lives, how can we afford to not spend more for all the promises that it will bring. We won't mind an intrusive city goverment if it takes care of all our problems. So they think.
A return to common sense and reality are what will FIX OAHU! Vote for Panos and Save Honolulu!
The thoughts of a graduate of the Hawaii Public School System.