Rep. Pine:Thank you Star Bulletin for your supportive editorial to keep our `Ewa Beach Library open. We live in difficult times and it is going to take all of us working together to come up with new ideas to sustain our quality of life. A special thank you goes out to my fellow legislators and `Ewa Beach residents who joined me in attending the `Ewa Beach Public Library Hearing on Thursday and helped us rally our neighbors to came in force to testify.
As a former plantation town, we are a community that is used to getting by with very little. Taking away our library, however, is just unacceptable and contrary to promoting educational excellence, which our community places first above all else.
Here is an excerpt from the Public Hearing on Thursday:
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It is refreshing to see an elected public servant weigh in on these boards with sincerity and under his/her real name.
While you strongly support the Ewa Library, please take note that the other libraries targeted for closure are on the outer islands, where such resources are fewer and farther between.
Ultimately, the head of Public Libraries, Richard Burns, should be urged to adopt a different formula for prioritizing closures--one that takes into account rural settings, distances, and proximity.
The proposed closure of Hana library is proof positive that his methodology is flawed.
Finally, thank you for your work in supporting educational innovation.
Translator (A Denizen of these Boards)