Is­sues Over Opala

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Letters -

Ed­i­tor, There are so many is­sues that our peo­ple along the Lee­ward Coast have to bat­tle with, and one of the ma­jor is­sues is the land­fills that are lo­cated within our com­mu­nity.

I know. I live next to the PVT land­fill — it’s my back­yard. We breathe it, smell it, hear the noise of trucks ev­ery morn­ing at 6 a.m., put up with all the dust and wind fac­tors … But what about our stream that is lo­cated right next to this land­fill? What about the runoffs?

My com­mu­nity does not de­serve to be ig­nored by our own elected of­fi­cials and by the Depart­ment ofHealth and the State ofHawaii. We de­serve to have open com­mu­nity hear­ings re­gard­ing any changes or per­mit ex­ten­sions to this PVT land­fill that is lo­cated just about 5 to 10 feet from many Nanakuli res­i­dents.

What­ever hap­pened to the say­ing “For The Peo­ple”? Th­ese land­fills do not be­long only on the west side of the is­land on the Wa­ianae Coast; ev­ery com­mu­nity should start looking, and I sug­gest that ev­ery com­mu­nity take care of its own trash and opala. Why is there just one com­mu­nity im­pacted?

This is dis­crim­i­na­tion against the peo­ple along the Wa­ianae Coast. Home­less shelters and ser­vice provider agen­cies are lo­cated within this area.

No one wants to kokua. I won­der why?

Ask your­self who owns this pri­vate land­fill.

Money talks, and peo­ple don’t mat­ter any­more. Land­fills make big-time bucks off peo­ple’s liveli­hood.

Aloha Pume­hana, Patty Ka­hanamoku Teruya

Chair­woman Nanakuli-Maili Neigh­bor­hood Board

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