Joe Turner
Apr 22, 2015 · 1 min read

Colleagues,

Below is a message from Sandy Faber that she asked me to pass on to you.

Again, both of us regret what happened.

Sincerely,

Alex

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Dear Colleagues,

On April 20th, I circulated an email describing the recent protests
against construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, and
encouraging people to sign a pro-TMT petition
<http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/wesupporttmt.html> originated by a
high school student in Hawaii.

It is very unfortunate that my email contained some inflammatory and
insensitive language. I sent this message with the intent of spreading
the word about the pro-TMT petition. I regret that I sent it in a hurry,
without thinking through how the message was written or how it would be
interpreted. This was a mistake on my part, for which I sincerely apologize.

I deeply regret the language that I used to describe the protestors. I
have great respect for the special nature of Mauna Kea, and profound
regard for Hawaii’s culture, environment and people. Like many
astronomers who use the great telescopes on Mauna Kea, I have
participated personally and joyfully in ceremonies to celebrate the
profound cosmic understanding that comes from joining ancient Hawaiian
navigator traditions with the techniques of modern astronomy. I am
committed to an open and respectful dialog with all stakeholders about
the future of astronomy on Mauna Kea.

I continue to enthusiastically support the construction of the Thirty
Meter Telescope, and I hope that my regrettable email message does not
reflect negatively on TMT.

Sincerely,

Professor Sandra Faber
University of California at Santa Cruz

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