Why are people against progress?

We were about to drive to the art museum when it started to rain. I balked at the prospect of walking from the parking lot to the museum in the rain with or without an umbrella. So, we ended up driving to Gyotaku in Pearl City to have a Japanese lunch.

On the way, we glanced to the left and saw bumper to bumper traffic heading in the opposite direction. Oh, my gosh! The traffic was just awful. Thank goodness, we decided not to drive to the art museum, because we would have been caught in that horrible mess.

This is one of the reasons why the rail being constructed on the west side of Oahu is so important. Sure, it looks ugly. But, we have absolutely no choice. The alternative is being stuck in traffic.

It seems people are always against progress. When the H-1 freeway was being built, people were against it. Then, they were against the H-2 and H-3 freeways. But, look how convenient it is to drive on the freeways now. What would we do if the freeways had not been built?

So, folks, keep quiet and do think of how that rail will benefit all of us.

And, yes, David and I did enjoy our Japanese lunch that day:

Gyotaku 001-A

9 Responses to “Why are people against progress?”

  1. Olga Says:

    Lots of times it is a case of “not in my back yard!”

  2. ChrIstine Says:

    We cannot stop progress.

  3. Joanne Noragon Says:

    Perhaps it’s not the progress, but the mess of construction that is annoying.

  4. Tom Sightings Says:

    Hah, you’re so right. I can’t think of one freeway that didn’t face a lot of protest. Yet we all drive on them, every day. Probably Olga and Joanne have it right. Anyway, I dunno about Hawaii, but we sure could use some new, modern, high-speed and affordable trains here on the East Coast.

  5. SchmidleysScribblins Says:

    There are many reasons to be for or against something. Perhaps some people don’t wasn’t to pay higher property taxes or whatever will pay for the new rail. The voters in my county recently killed a transit project that many residents viewed as too costly, especially as it would raise our property taxes and only benefit people outside our county at the end of the line. While we might sympathize with their wants, they don’t need it and neither do we. Given that costs are going up and up on everything, it makes sense to evaluate every expense and reach a consensus all can support.

    We are all feeling the effects of population growth, and Hawaii is no exception. At least we don’t live in Bejing where the traffic jams are unbelievable. Cheers!

  6. Denise Alexandra Says:

    Sounds like you made the right decision on the restaurant. Traffic here is a nightmare even with transit but then when you consider our population, not surprising.

  7. Hattie Says:

    I like that photo of you two.
    In Seattle now and enjoying getting around on their fine public transportation, which they are constantly expanding. So many people use it!

  8. Linda Reeder Says:

    Change happens. We deal with it.

  9. DJan Says:

    I try to stay away from heavy traffic, too. If I go to Seattle where the traffic is horrendous, I take the bus and let somebody else do the driving. 🙂

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