What was it Council Chair Jay Furfaro said in the midst of the uproar at last week's Council meeting on Bill 2491? Oh yes:
Even our worst day on Kauai is better than anywhere else.
He also said this, as quoted in today's edition of The Garden Island:
But operational costs related to the visitor industry are $10 million beyond what the council receives from the TAT, he said. And then there are monies spent on capital improvement projects which also address visitors.
In other words, the county is subsidizing tourism to the tune of more than $10 million per year. And that's not even counting wear and tear on roads and parks, and the need for more water, sewage treatment and landfill capacity to serve them.
Or in other, other words, property owners on Kauai are helping to support businesses that could not survive without tourism. Why do these "businesses of aloha" (as if there can be such a thing) get a handout when others get nothing?
What if we used that $10 million to support programs that directly benefitted our own citizens? What if we really took a close look at whether the continued expansion of tourism actually does make good economic sense?
Here's something else to mull on a Monday, from Peruvian shaman don Oscar Miro-Quesada:
Consciousness begets matter, language begets reality and ritual begets relationships.
And finally, what if, as scholar Joseph Atwill argues, Jesus was invented by the Romans as a form of psychological warfare?
“When the Romans had exhausted conventional means of quashing rebellion, they switched to psychological warfare. They surmised that the way to stop the spread of zealous Jewish missionary activity was to create a competing belief system.” “That's when the 'peaceful' Messiah story was invented. Instead of inspiring warfare, this Messiah urged turn-the-other-cheek pacifism and encouraged Jews to 'give onto Caesar' and pay their taxes to Rome,” the scholar further details.
The scholar says he does not expect that his theory, that the story of Jesus is merely a product of some people's imagination, will cause Christianity to crash and burn. However, he stresses that, “this is very important for out culture” and that “Alert citizens need to know the truth about our past so we can understand how and why governments create false histories and false gods.”
Or as John Lennon would say:
Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion, too.....