Hilo residents blast giant telescope plan

Scope faces critics in Hilo

by Peter Sur
Tribune-Herald Staff Writer

Published: Thursday, June 18, 2009 9:39 AM HST

More than 150 people heard impassioned speeches Wednesday night in Hilo on a proposal to bring the Thirty Meter Telescope to the Big Island.

Much of it was negative, in stark contrast to Tuesday night’s meeting in Waimea. While the first four speakers in Waimea spoke glowingly of bringing the advanced observatory to Hawaii, the first six speakers in Hilo all slammed the idea. But as the night wore on, more people spoke in favor of the project. The meeting was still ongoing as of press time, with 14 in favor of the telescope and 14 against.


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