Saturday, October 13, 2007

[] The Win-Win loan deferment is NO Compromise on what we've wanted.

Dear Friends of the EIS First on Superferry movement,

I wish to clarify what some of you feel is a compromise in deferring
loans and keeping Superferry idle. I don't want Superferry coming to
any neighbor island the way it has been presented. I am 100% opposed to
it in its current form. I would be ok with it, only with strong
Environmental Restrictions/Safeguards: Not operating at all during
whale season, or at 1/3 its current speed, Invasives strongly checked
for, traffic strongly addressed--we have one stop sign on a two lane
road through Nawiliwili? That's nuts DOT director Barry Fukunaga! How
can you call yourself a DOT director like that?

So a deferment of loan payments for Superferry while a full EIS is done
over the next two years, exposing ALL the impacts and fully remedy each
is in no way "a compromise," it's an honest way of taking away all
Superferry's excuses, and exposing the impacts on the table for all to
see. With the EIS report, then there's no smoke and mirrors and
Superferry complies or it is history.

As it is now my friends, politically there's a major role of the dice
here on all parties. The votes are strongly on the O'ahu senator and
representative's advantage, and if a loan deferment-idle Superferry
choice is not really looked at, any other legislative action would
naturally have some form of real compromise of the environment in it
that exposes generations to come. As an example, Superferry will argue
that it would agree to stronger vehicle checks for invasives and drugs,
but must maintain 40 knotts to keep its schedule (i.e. whale strikes
likely).... With my proposed deferment-sit idle while EIS option, all
is covered. It is not a compromise people--it is covering ALL the
bases, and its the most logical of all offerings so far.

One of our senators asked, But the banks who gave the loans? They will
want their money...and I say they too would be happy. A deferment on
loans means the loan still accrues interest due, its just that the first
loan payment gets pushed back to the new proposed opening date, only
after an EIS is complete and issues are FULLY resolved. IF issues
aren't resolved, the loans are still federally insured for the banks, as
the Superferry goes belly up.

We have at least 5 options going on:
1. Superferry operates with meeger limits on it, and its back to harbor
blockades--doesn't sound as good a position to be in.
2. The Legislature Special Session collapses and there's no bailout law
(I'd hope that happened, but seems unlikely).
3. Superferry sits idle while a lawful EIS is done: only by the loan
deferment way I've suggested as of now. If someone else has a better
plan to have them sit idle, let me know.
4. Superferry Leaves voluntarilly
5. Legislature's law deemed unconstitutional by the Hawaii Supreme

I'm happy with anything but the first one. The most proactive,
non-gambling of the outcome avenue of anything out there is #2, what
I've proposed. That's why friends, I suggested it. I'm open for
anything else that covers our environmental bases.

Thanks for following with me so that we understand each other =-)

Malama Pono,

John Tyler
Kaua'i, Hawai'i

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