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State Letting TMT Slip Away

No, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) officials were not bluffing. They are indeed on a worldwide hunt to find a backup to Mauna Kea, and sites in India, Chile and the Canary Islands are contenders.

While Plan B has yet to be revealed, the realization that TMT officials are seriously searching for an alternative site for the next- generation telescope should strike fear in state officials, who seem to be dawdling their way to a new contested case hearing. This perceived lack of urgency is unfortunate, when so much is at stake.

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