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  • "Strawberry Guava Bio-control Plan Full of Bugs" - By Sydney Ross Singer, President, Good Shepherd Foundation, Inc., November 8, 2008
    The government of Hawaii intends to loose an invasive insect, a Brazilian scale (Tectococcus ovatus), as a bio-control to eradicate the strawberry guava (waiawi), which has been on Hawaii for 200 years, because it is an "invasive species." The Brazilian scale would be allowed to spread throughout the islands and eradicate the well-loved, useful ornamental fruit tree on both private and government-owned land, to no reasonable purpose and significant risk.
    More on this topic: Invasive Species—National
  • "Hawaii Department of Agriculture 'Chirping' Away at Our Property Rights" - By Sidney Ross Singer, President, Good Shepherd Foundation, Inc., November 8, 2008
    The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is preparing a rule to declare the beneficial coqui tree frog, which does no harm to plants, a pest that should be controlled for agricultural purposes, apparently because its nocturnal chirping is disagreeable to some people. The rule change will also allow the department to declare other vertebrate species as plant pests.
    More on this topic: Invasive Species—National
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"New Wave of UNESCO World Heritage Sites Proposed" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA Position Brief, June 2007)
    This spring, the National Park Service announced that 36 locations in the United States have been proposed for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, adding to the twenty that already are designated in this country. Such international recognition potentially threatens private property rights because preservationists could exploit the designation to stop the use of land in the region just beyond a site's borders.
    More on this topic: Biosphere Reserves & World Heritage Sites
  • Letter to U.S. Senator John McCain in Opposition to The Akaka Bill - From Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, January 23, 2006)
    The racially divisive "Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act" (S. 147) should be rejected. It would disrupt government with a non-functional, confusing patchwork of jurisdictions and destroy citizen confidence.
  • "Akaka Bill Proposes 'Native Hawaiian' Tribe to Split Up Hawaii" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, January 18, 2006)
    The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (S. 147, H.R. 309) proposed by Senator Daniel K. Akaka would create race-based discord, dividing Hawaii into a multitude of intermingled jurisdictions, with some people living under tribal law and others under the laws of the State of Hawaii. Those choosing to be certified as Native Hawaiians would be eligible to vote on tribal matters and become eligible for benefits. In addition, large tracts of land would come under tribal jurisdiction, and it is feared that casino gambling could be also introduced.
    More on this topic: Tribal Issues—National
  • "Maui Church Settles Zoning Dispute" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, December 2004)
    The U.S. Justice Department had joined the Hale O Kaula church case in Wailuku, Maui, to enforce the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The settlement left the law unsettled. Maui County paid $700,000 to the church, but restricted the building, congregation size, and hours of operation.
    More on this topic: Zoning & Building Codes—National

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