Saturday, October 13, 2007

[] An Honest Win-Win Proposal

An Honest Win-Win Proposal to Save Superferry and Protect the Environment

Superferry says it's business can't survive a lengthy delay in operations, because of the huge federal loan payments due.  They want to operate with no added environmental protections deemed important to consider by the Maui court and concurrently the Supreme Court.

Here's a novel idea, taken from my own history with my college loans...
Have Hawaii's congressional delegation propose a federal deferment on the payment of federal loans on Superferry, and the state do the same here while the Superferry sits idle as a lawful EIS is done, minimizing financial duress.

 This takes the need for political compromises inherent in the special legislative session off the table, for the benefit of all.  It's highly likely that the Hawaii legislature will bargain away some aspect of environmental protection to get Superferry's buy-in.  What then gets exposed: whales? mongoose on Kauai? crime factors? traffic?

With the federal deferment, all EIS issues are addressed and the financial worry is neutralized.  If the EIS shows other key harms, we'll have them substantiated and addressed. If its so harmful, then the Superferry is done, and if its not, we're safe too, but at least the EIS puts all the cards on the table which is what Superferry has been avoiding all along.  Bring the sunshine in.

We can all use some patience and calmness in this, and taking the financial duress off, stops the publicized rush factor.

In Gratitude,


John Tyler
Kaua'i, Hawai'i

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