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Let's reach a middle ground.
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June 23, 2015
 

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Earlier this week, TMT International Observatory Board Chair Henry Yang announced plans to prepare for the restart of construction. In his statement, he expressed his sincere appreciation to the people in Hawaii for their understanding and support.

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Today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser had a great follow-up to the statement, with an excellent editorial about finding a middle ground.

"The entire debate over Mauna Kea has expanded from ecological concerns — the preservation of endangered species, such as the wekiu bug that lives in that rarefied environment — to an increased recognition that the spirituality of the site merits protection, too. That is no small achievement, but if no middle ground is found here, public resentment is likely to build.

That middle ground lies firmly in the fact that the summit has not been pristine for decades, and some of the existing telescopes are likely to remain for some time. It would seem a wiser bargain to accept a state-of-the-art facility as the final development atop Mauna Kea and begin restoring parts of the scientific zone to a more natural state..."
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