The extinction of several species in Hawaii has just been officially documented under the federal Endangered Species Act (“US says ivory-billed woodpecker, 22 other species extinct,” Star-Advertiser, Top News, 29 September). The current official list of threatened and endangered species that still survive in Hawaii is long, and many could go extinct without protection.

What little is known is that as of April 2020, there were over 600 additional Hawaiian species that are not officially listed but are considered threatened or endangered according to national or international conservation organizations, a declared a policy statement from the Society for Conservation Biology. The State of Hawaii has the option of adding any or all of these currently unlisted species under its own Endangered Species Act (Hawaii Revised Statute 195D).

This would have many benefits, including improving the visibility and promoting the conservation of these neglected species by non-governmental organizations, government agencies and the public.

Glenn metzler

Keaau, Island of Hawaii

Mandates prevent us from living fully

We have been subject to an obligation to wear a mask to carry out our activities. Then we are intimidated into getting vaccinated or losing our jobs.

On the mainland, people fill 80,000-seat stadiums for college and professional football matches. People go on with their lives. It is all a matter of control and the majority of the people of Hawaii have given up their freedoms.

If you’re scared, stay home and let the rest of us get on with our lives.

Big box stores are crowded and planes are full, with passengers sitting side by side. Wake up, guys. The virus is real; just take the same precautions you would during flu season. Stop living like a scared child. You are just existing and not living your life to the fullest.

Al phillips


Socialism is dangerous for America’s future

The Democratic Party is struggling to push through two massive socialist infrastructure and reconciliation bills in support of President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are deceiving the American people by telling them that the $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation bill will cost them zero dollars, while being funded by increased corporate taxes and taxes of the rich.

This bill is loaded with gifts like college education, complementary health care and housing that will eventually become permanent benefits like welfare checks and food stamps.

Americans know that there is no such thing as a free meal in government spending. Our country was founded on a capitalist system. Successful private businesses are the backbone of our nation’s wealth and are the reason we are the most powerful and wealthy nation in the world.

Socialism breeds economic failure, as in the Soviet Union, Venezuela and some European countries.

Our current national debt stands at almost $ 29 trillion. We owe a staggering $ 479 billion in interest to our creditors every day.

We must not put our children and their children’s future at risk by burdening them with reckless and ill-advised spending.

Robert Hatakeyama

Salt lake

Invest more to make America great again

Democrats – most of them anyway – are proposing a $ 3.5 trillion reconstruction of America, including increased benefits for most Americans.

When that $ 3.5 trillion is divided by the number of years it is proposed to cover (10 years), that’s $ 350 billion a year. That’s less than half of what we spend on defense per year.

So, yes, it’s expensive, but you have to ask yourself the old question of butter versus guns.

Dwight Eisenhower said: “Every weapon made, every warship launched, every rocket fired means, in the final sense, a theft against those who are hungry and not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This armed world does not spend money alone. It spends the sweat of its workers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

How to make America great again? If we can spend so much to defend our “national interests” against sometimes dubious external threats, why can’t we spend half that amount to strengthen ourselves internally as well?

Romain Leverenz


Earthquake shows risk to Red Hill fuel tanks

Sunday morning’s small earthquake, centered south of Kau but also felt over Oahu, should remind us of the urgency to move Navy fuel tanks to Red Hill.

They currently sit atop an aquifer providing water to hundreds of thousands of people and are likely vulnerable to sufficiently large tremors.

John the scam


Delay the closure of the coal plant until things cool down

Wouldn’t it make sense to extend the September 1, 2022 shutdown date of AES Corp’s coal-fired power plant by one month? from coal to clean energy ”, Star-Advertiser, October 11)?

Given the problems of getting solar power up and running on time, this would provide an additional margin of safety.

Richard stancliff



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