July 12, 2016
An excerpt from Yes! A Memoir of Modern Hawaii by Walter A. Dods Jr.


..."a one-airline market could have been prevented with a little bit of gutsy governmental leadership. To me, this is a leadership lesson about the role of government. People get caught up in the moment and fail to look at the bigger ramifications.
 
I could say the same thing about the Thirty Meter Telescope controversy on the Big Island. The damage done to Hawaii's business reputation came at a very high cost. You have these very prominent universities on the West Coast and international astronomy researchers who came together and put up $1.4 billion for the project and then go through seven years of planning and hearings. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, you stop a project based on emotions. The long-term implication is that people who believe in science and believe in the community get turned off on Hawaii and they don't feel Hawaii's word is good.
 
I don't want to come across as a pro-development, "let's pave Hawaii and make it a parking lot" kind of person, because I am not. But when you start ignoring the rule of law, the impact for your community and your state is big. I have heard it already in circles on the Mainland "Hawaii can't be counted on" to go by the rule of law."



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The Thirty Meter Telescope Project has been developed as collaboration among Caltech, UC, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), and the national institutes of Japan, China, and India with the goal to design, develop, construct, and operate a thirty-meter class telescope and observatory on Mauna Kea in cooperation with the University of Hawaii (TMT Project). The TMT International Observatory LLC (TIO), a non-profit organization, was established in May 2014 to carry out the construction and operation phases of the TMT Project. The Members of TIO are Caltech, UC, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Department of Science and Technology of India, and the National Research Council (Canada); the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a TIO Associate. The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation has provided major funding.
 
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