Misaligned Stars

//Misaligned Stars

The Politic recently wrote about the TMT conflict

“It benefits everybody—the observatories, the local community—when we hire local,” Laychak explained, cautioning, “with that being said, there are some positions where you simply can’t—where there are so few people in the world who have the expertise with some systems, where you have to cast a literal worldwide net to get people who are able to do those jobs now.”

These benefits, which stem from the economic opportunities and community partnerships sustained by the science on Maunakea, make the TMT conflict much more nuanced than typical media portrayals, according to Laychak. “To summarize it in two-word soundbites completely misunderstands what is going on in Hawaiʻi,” Laychak explained.

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