Don’t be misled by the latest commentary touting plasma arc gasification (PGA) as an answer to Oahu’s landfill drawback (“Plasma arc gasification could solve Oahu’s landfill problems,” Star-Advertiser, Aug. 13).
To this point, each try at commercializing PGA has confirmed to be an financial and/or technical catastrophe. Google “plasma gasification commercialization” to determine this for your self.
Worldwide, there are fewer than six PGA vegetation in operation, all of them in locations the place environmental rules are notoriously lax. Collectively they course of about 200 tons per day — 10 occasions lower than what Oahu produces in a single day. In locations the place environmental rules are taken significantly (Europe and North America), no PGA vegetation function and no new ones are deliberate for the longer term.
As for PGA’s potential to contribute to our sustainability targets, like every waste-to-energy scheme, it’s no extra of an answer to Oahu’s waste issues than consuming espresso the morning after a binge is a remedy for alcoholism.
Govt director, Recycle Hawaii
Candidates ought to take down marketing campaign indicators
I at all times get grumpy right now of the election cycle when, driving down the roads, we should proceed to take a look at the names and faces of all of the candidates who failed to maneuver their campaigns ahead (I didn’t name them losers).
However destructive ideas do floor about why they fail to get the now- out of date indicators down. Clearly “clear, inexperienced and delightful” usually are not part of the candidates’ core values. Possibly it’s time for some administrative guidelines governing this cyclical eye air pollution. The remainder of the story is that the property homeowners may/must be extra proactive on this regard.
Squabbling hinders state’s COVID-19 efforts
For months, Hawaii has suffered by the warring personalities and factions inside our state authorities whereas COVID-19 casualties soar.
The clashes amongst our leaders and well being consultants usually are not solely between opposing political events; they’re internecine, amongst and between Gov. David Ige, Lt. Gov. Josh Inexperienced, well being director Bruce Anderson, state epidemiologist Sarah Park, faculties superintendent Christina Kishimoto, Senate President Ron Kouchi and his COVID-19 committee, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and others.
Now we have been broken by their lack of ability to work collectively towards an efficient and unified plan in opposition to the pandemic, and their lack of ability and unwillingness to coordinate methods that prioritize well being and security over enterprise and tourism.
Companies performed by determined homeowners and frightened workers are unworkable. Colleges with out strict safeguards threat our kids’s and educators’ lives. Kupuna succumb with out efficient controls and penalties with enamel.
Earlier pandemics have been defeated by scientists with much less information and sources. Why can’t we defeat the pandemic with our fashionable, well-funded efforts?
Ige ought to have already got the information to resolve
I discover it fascinating that Gov. David Ige has been ready for extra knowledge whereas most people has so little (“More restrictions expected as Gov. David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell plan their next move,” Star-Advertiser, Aug. 18). All I see are rising counts of COVID-19 victims and hospitalizations, however that knowledge should be insufficient for him.
Not counting his personal Division of Well being, others within the area have been asking for extra restrictions for a number of weeks. Jobs are extraordinarily vital, sure, however we frequently hear about how public well being and security are the priorities.
Possibly he must take his personal recommendation and “handle your neighborhood.”
Information picture encourages going maskless in public
On Aug. 17 you printed a photograph with this caption: “A gaggle of youths made their manner alongside Kakakaua Avenue on Sunday in Waikiki.”
A extra helpful caption would have been: “A gaggle of largely maskless youths … ”
Once you print photographs of individuals not sporting masks, you ship the message that that is acceptable conduct. The Star-Advertiser has the ability and the accountability to advertise technique of controlling the unfold of the virus. This picture did the alternative.
GET burdens most those that can least afford it
It amazes me how individuals suppose the 4.5% basic excise tax is affordable and honest.
The Weir ohana needs to boost the excise tax for COVID-19 bills stating that, “We’ve boasted about our low GET for many years, but we outgrew and outspent it a few years in the past. A rise within the GET would assist all members of the neighborhood and accomplish that pretty” (“Raise the GET to get state through crisis,” Star-Advertiser, Letters, Aug. 17).
Low? Honest? In reality, Hawaii’s GET is essentially the most regressive. In line with an Institute on Taxation and Financial Coverage research, Hawaii residents within the lowest 20% revenue bracket, making lower than $18,000 per yr, pays a median of 11% of their revenue in excise tax. Against this the very best 20%, making a median of $375,000 per yr, pays just one.2% of their revenue for excise tax.
In Hawaii, the GET applies in business-to-business transactions which are handed on to the ultimate shopper and taxed once more. In different phrases, we tax the tax. Not honest, not low!
Set up extra drop bins to make sure votes rely
Because the U.S. Postal Service could not be capable of ship ballots on time in November (“Pitfalls ahead for all-mail voting,” Star-Advertiser, Our View, Aug. 17), elections officers must be proactive and buy extra drop bins now. If new drop bins received’t arrive in time, much less refined drop bins must be thought-about for placement in designated banks and credit score unions for voters to make use of.
These monetary establishments are protected and safe. Opening extra service facilities additionally must be deliberate to mitigate the results of a possible slowdown of USPS mail deliveries.
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