KAILUA-KONA — It could be a symbol of unity, a structure that represents mankind’s desire to learn.
Source: Walk in their shoes; Mayor-elect Kim says TMT proponents need to better understand those opposing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/walk-in-their-shoes-mayor-elect-kim-says-tmt-proponents-need-better-understand-those).
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Hawaii County Mayor-elect Harry Kim says the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope project atop Mauna Kea could become “a symbol of unity, a structure that represents mankind’s desire to learn.”
But, that can only happen if there’s a little give and take from both sides of the issue.
Speaking before the Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise members Wednesday morning (12 October 2016), Kim said “You may have to change your way of how you approach the messenger…it’s a simple statement of ‘we were wrong…we will be better’…That’s where we must go.”
Kim added that TMT supporters should “put themselves in the shoes of an opponent of the project…” and “truly learn about the history and beliefs behind the opposition.” Although the TMT can be a great learning tool, “remember that 99 percent of the people on this island, when they look at Mauna Kea, it’s not as a place of science, they look at it because… it’s part of their soul.”
According to Kim the way to resolve the contentious TMT issue is through “understanding and communication…you’re telling them you understand and you don’t know about the sacred ground, the people’s heritage.”
The $1.4 billion TMT project is in the middle of a second contested case hearing in Hilo.
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