Letters

How green?

Tom Coffman’s analysis of the environmental record of each candidate [“Cayetano vs Caldwell: Who’s the real Eco-Candidate?”, Sept. 12] was informative. However, I’m concerned that environmental issues override consideration of the social and economic issues to the detriment of some sectors of the population. Hopefully in future, the author will provide equal treatment and analysis of all three components of sustainability.

Terrance Ware Honolulu, HI

Exemptions from general regulatory schemes are sought by special interests and provide playgrounds for corruption and favoritism. Caldwell’s suborning of special exemptions for the special interests is sufficient to rate him an undesirable officeholder. When poorly considered rail bankrupts the city/state, homeowners will be handed the bill. It is almost like the rail project is designed around the needs of the corrupt who will benefit from the construction of it rather than the population, which would use it.

Steve Laudig via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

Tom, why didn’t you mention a single word about the green aspects of rail? The only “environmental” issue you raise[is] “visual blight.” What about comparing the greenhouse emission impacts of the rail vs. BRT (Cayetano’s plan), or the long-term growth implications of infill development vs. suburban sprawl with the rail system?

Shem Lawlor via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

I rather have a rail to look at than another 2-3 lanes of highway and the pollution (noise and air) it produces. I like Cayetano and will probably vote for him, but anti-rail is anti-long term thinking.

Kolo via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

I have regretfully switched my position from support to opposition mostly because the light rail has been hijacked by business interests related to the development of precious farmland into car-dependent sprawl.

Wells via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

Peter Carlisle’s lapse in revealing the “big secret” of Rail all round the whole island is true! Those of you who think Rail will keep the country country and prevent urban sprawl, wake up! It’s a big fat lie.

“An Irate Voter” via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

[W]hat Coffman delivers is a heavy-handed, one-sided analysis that clearly favors Cayetano.

A few years ago, a common notion in the public’s mind was that the strength of Honolulu’s rail plan was its comparatively positive impact on the environment. This perceived strength, I think, is the reason the Weekly has launched its campaign against the rail. [A]nd the recent…attacks on the Sierra Club we’ve been seeing in the Weekly [are] because the Sierra Club has endorsed rail…

Scott via [HonoluluWeekly.com]

You had a blank canvas to:

1. Offer evidence to bolster Caldwell’s record on the environment.

2. Rebut any of the points made in the Coffman or the Sierra Club piece.

3. Point out misinformation in either article.

You presented nothing.

Coffman clearly states that he is a supporter of Cayetano, so I don’t think he’s trying to hide anything.

“Boomshankah” via [HonoluluWeekly.com]