Letters for Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Support for NiihauDairy farm won’t serve Kauai well

Support for Niihau

As lifelong fishermen, we support the Niihau residents’ desire to protect their fishing resources from potential depletion. Fishing for sustenance is their central way of life. They can’t compete with the many boats and advanced gear of the off-island commercial fishermen. Because of this, we support bills SB 2125 and HB 1921.

The good folks of Niihau do not have the stores nor the economic opportunities and lifestyle advantages that residents from Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island may have.

Their island also lacks the rain, fresh water resources and streams, forests and land base that most of the other islands have.

For the last 10 years, these residents have been crying for help and those with political power were doing nothing to help them. Thanks to the persistence of the people of Niihau, some in the Legislature are finally listening. We just hope that the people of Niihau can support themselves from the ocean forever.

Ray Catania

Joseph Naga

Lihue

Dairy farm won’t serve Kauai well

Holy cow, what is going on here? Do the tax-paying citizens have any say as to whether they want 1,800-plus cows for neighbors? This project seems to be moving at the speed of light.

Who is pushing this through? I’m sure our politicians wouldn’t be once again sacrificing our beautiful island for perks. Do we want to keep our island and ocean clean and ecologically sound or burden it with thousands more pounds of toxic waste? Let’s take a step back here and think about this.

Why isn’t there an environmental impact study being done before they break ground? Haven’t we learned our lessons yet from the ready, fire, aim, approach that has got into trouble before? Mahalapu is a beautiful and sacred place with great studies being done on indigenous plant restoration and the history of the Hawaiian ancestors.

These are the kinds of work we want to see going on, not filling the land with smelly urine and feces from too many animals. Here we are once again.

Where do you think the runoff from all the excrement created by this business is going to end up? The same place all the pesticides end up, our beautiful ocean. We can’t afford to keep putting these polluting businesses and the almighty buck before our beautiful paradise.

Rise up island people, help protect our island and ocean. Let our politicians know what you think of this project.

Linda Bothe

Kalaheo

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