I agree with your Thirty Meter Telescope editorial: Building another telescope to explore the universe is not incompatible with believing that the mountain is sacred (“True progress on TMT still elusive,” Star-Advertiser, Our View, Feb. 21).
But I think the grievance is much deeper than just the telescope, and that the telescope is being held hostage to redress these historical grievances. While I can be sympathetic, I think the protesters should realize that they lose their leverage if the hostage dies (TMT moves to the Canary Islands). Tick-tock.
Richard Manetta, Wilhelmina Rise