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August 3, 2017

Think About It: Ferry/TMT/Rail- Canary?

A former judge put forth the latest ruling on the ThirtyMeter Telescope escapade, suggesting it move forward. Of course, verbal protestsand plans for appeal simultaneously rang out; see you at our state SupremeCourt and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court. Idle time is an ally of TMTopponents, as the awaiting science hui put a decision deadline in place with plansto move the project by early 2018 to the more receptive Canary Islands.

So if the TMT ends up in the Canary Islands, perhaps internationalvisitors can travel via the the Huakai, you now, the second Superferry thatleft Hawaii eight years ago amid controversy and government bungling. Huakai isnow ferrying U.S. Marines in Guam in the western Pacific. The Alakai Superferry,as mentioned here last week, skims the waters between Nova Scotia and Maine inthe summertime. But perhaps years from now, you'll be able to ride the Huakaifrom Tenerife in the Canary Islands to see the TMT on La Palma, an island whichis not ideal as its wetter and hotter than Mauna Kea, but at least appears towant the project.

And perhaps to get up to the TMT, you can ride on theAnsaldo rail cars that came to Hawaii for the rail project. If legislatorscan't figure out or agree on a continued source of longer-term funding for therail system next month, who knows what the federal government will do or sayabout that project. Ah yes… Hawaii's Superferry takes you to a remote island whereHawaii's billion dollar telescope resides, with a rail trip via Hawaii's transitcars to get you up there- all for your viewing pleasure at Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos on La Palma,in the Canary Islands. Sounds like a romantic novel, or a horror story. Thinkabout it…

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