Friday, July 4, 2008
GO RAIL GO! Westsiders Rally with a Solid Message: 'You Got Yours; Now It’s Our Turn!'
Hundreds of rail supporters rallied at City Hall with Mayor Mufi Hannemann yesterday (above) and heard a resounding call to arms from speakers who said it’s time to turn back the anti-rail minority and bring Honolulu into the 21st century by building a modern rail transit system. (BTW, the photo above and this blog is more than you'll find in today's Advertiser. What's up with that?!)
Maeda Timson, a 37-year Makakilo resident and long-time community activist, may have said it best with a bullet-proof argument:
“We sat back and paid our taxes when the H-3 was built to benefit the Windward Side. We willingly paid our taxes when Kalanianaole Highway was widened in East Honolulu to benefit Hawaii Kai. But now it’s our turn! Now it’s time for the island to get behind a project that will benefit the residents of Kapolei, Makakilo and Ewa!”
Rail opponents probably already have a response, but whatever it is, it can’t stand up to Timson’s heartfelt and completely logical position. No matter how bad Kahekili, Kalanianaole and Pali traffic backups were in their day, they couldn’t compare to the traffic congestion westsiders now endure. It’s time to do the right thing for our Second City neighbors.
The Week in Review
We end the week with a look back on Yes2Rail’s first posts. If you missed any of them, have a look:
• June 30: Only rail lets you accurately predict your arrival time.
• July 1: Cayetano airs old grudges, misses the point.
• July 2: Preverdouros’s bio shows no transit expertise.
• July 3: Strange but true: Lingle has no opinion on rail.
• July 4: Happy Independence Day!