I am a mother of three children (with one on the way) and a business owner. I am saddened by the fact that the recent decision by the State Land Use Commission about the open air Pi'ilani Promenade in Kihei will continue to fuel our unemployment problems.
Yes, the economy is limping back, but not nearly enough to make sure that families have money for food, rent or a mortgage, car payments, health care and other life needs. It is way past time to stop this fighting over what was done or not done in 1995 and get people back to work. I live next to the planned promenade. I support the project and look forward to a great shopping experience right here on Maui, without having to go to O'ahu to find better prices. The bottom line is that we need to strengthen our Maui economy and not lay people off.
I do believe that rules must be followed; at the same token, we must support projects that support the residents and find solutions, instead of dragging companies that can assist us -- and our economy --through the mud with our old and difficult policies.