|James “Kimo” Rosen is a retired professional photographer living in Kapa'a|
with his best friend Obama Da Dog, Rosen also blogs as a hobby;
This blog also appeared in the 04-07-14 edition of the Kaua'i garden island news;
titled; "Dairy on a ferry? Just say yes"
Dairy on a ferry
The newest rant for Kauai "anti's" is no dairy, previously it was no ferry.Just like a landfill nobody seems to want the dairy in their back yard.
A win win situation might be a dairy on a ferry. This way the cows are in nobody's backyard. The ferry would always be full thus not allowing the homeless or drug addicts to ride the ferry as was the concern of many anti's. I always thought to myself, how strange that drug addicts or homeless will not fly? I never quite understood that concept?
(Yes, I am being facetious to try and make my point!)
If some entrepreneur wants to open a dairy farm business let then do so, this is America. If they can make a buck, employ people and operate in an environmentally friendly manner, so be it.
The subject of Ferry boats is much more complex. Hawai'i is an island state with over one million people, for all the over one million people there is currently only one major airline offering public transportation off islands. A previous private venture called the 'Superferry' failed before it even had a chance. This was do to political unrest and protest.
Hawai'i is in need of another form of public transportation to travel off island. Many people are afraid to fly, many physically challenged people would have an easier time boarding a ferry boat in their own vehicles than going through all the airport security rituals. Ferry service would also lower prices of cargo ships and would allow families an affordable means to visit friends and family on neighbor islands. For many including myself we could take our bicycles and bicycle all over the great state of Hawai'i.
Just like the county of Kauai subsidizes the Kauai Bus and the city of Honolulu does likewise, a State ferry could also be subsidized to help offset costs.
The states of Alaska and Washington have incredible state ferry services. The ferries are inexpensive for walk on's and a little more if you bring a vehicle. The ferries are there for travel, cargo,convenience, disasters and to keep democracy. A democracy should not allow a monopoly airline to continue at the outrageous fares they charge.
I am proposing and hoping the Hawai'i senate or congress will introduce a bill for island wide ferry transportation subsidized by the state.
How can an island state in the year 2014 with a population over one million not allow for a ferry system? Cruise ships continue to visit our islands,yet they are much more polluting than any ferry boat.
A ferry boat system is long overdue. A dairy on a ferry might sound crazy, but so does an island state with over one million population without a ferry.
Remember the Antis are basically against any new development even if there's a need. Most antis are transplants from the mainland, most are liberal. The antis are usually active in politics and one of the first things they do upon relocating to a new community is register to vote. Locals need to do the same and follow suit.
Many have given up on the political process, and for good reason. There is a large number of born-and-raised locals who want progress but are afraid to speak.
It’s time to say yes to so many things. Please register to vote, and speak your mind. The silent majority can no longer remain silent.Yes is not a dirty word.
The dairy mans motto goes like this, "be kind to udders!" With that said, I vote yes to a dairy and a ferry!
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