Lingle leads team to help unemployed ...

Lingle leads team to help unemployed prepare

There are 6 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 26, 2008, titled Lingle leads team to help unemployed prepare. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

A team of officials from various state agencies is headed to Molokai tomorrow to address the concerns of the roughly 120 employees at Molokai Ranch who are expected to lose their jobs when the property closes ...

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Penelope Spiller

Mililani, HI

#1 Mar 26, 2008
Molokai Ranch Properties Inc. has treated the residents of Molokai as if we are all retarded children wating for the corporation to bail us out. This has been on the horizon for decades. Ms. Lingle's planning for this island and this state is consistent. React only when there is an emergency and taxpayers' money needs to be used. This situation was allowed to happen and is a means to blackmail the community into accepting further deterioriation of your land and water supplies.
Pat

United States

#3 Mar 26, 2008
Why are outside corporations(other countries) allowed to own land in Hawaii where they try to manipulate the residents and the government to increase THEIR profit????
Mat

San Diego, CA

#4 Mar 26, 2008
Could this happen at Turle Bay
Nahoaloha

Honolulu, HI

#5 Mar 26, 2008
Just curious: What do you think SHOULD have been done all these years? By the state, or anyone else? Moloka'i doesn't have many options now.

Not criticizing your point of view, I'm just askin'.
Penelope Spiller wrote:
Molokai Ranch Properties Inc. has treated the residents of Molokai as if we are all retarded children wating for the corporation to bail us out. This has been on the horizon for decades. Ms. Lingle's planning for this island and this state is consistent. React only when there is an emergency and taxpayers' money needs to be used. This situation was allowed to happen and is a means to blackmail the community into accepting further deterioriation of your land and water supplies.
Kenny

Pearl City, HI

#6 Mar 27, 2008
I don't know all the details, but it just seems like the residents of Molokai at large have screwed their neighbors. You can't have it both ways - protest development yet demand a company stick around to employ people and subsidize public utilities. I feel bad for the folks losing their jobs. I'm sure they were in support of commercial progress. When are native populations going to realize that "native" supporters really aren't supporting them?
Penelope Spiller

Mililani, HI

#7 Mar 29, 2008
Nahoaloha wrote:
Just curious: What do you think SHOULD have been done all these years? By the state, or anyone else? Moloka'i doesn't have many options now.
Not criticizing your point of view, I'm just askin'.
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More money should have gone into educating the population. As the only probation officer on the island for quite a while, I knew that farming and living off the land were viable options and did not contribute to abuse and criminality. We should have more consciously addressed options for alternative employment, for broadening horizons, graduating high school, attending college, studying with existing employers, apprenticeships, etc. We could have done much better than to send our sometimes kolohe kids away to learn better, more illegal skills and lifestyles. We should be doing more to encourage population control and positive self-esteem. Moloka'i is better off without MPL for a while. They were unable to hear what the community said about their EIS which was fraught with inaccuracies.

Thanks for asking. Does this help? Do you care about my opinion? If so, why? [email protected] Mahalo

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