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Letters for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Dairy farm sure to be smelly • Thank you for help with blown tires • We should be kind to each otherPlenty to do and see on KauaiPublic deserves to know about GMOs

Dairy farm sure to be smelly

Does anybody remember Waimea Dairy located oceanside of Kaumualii Highway right outside of Waimea town on the way to Kekaha and the very unpleasant experience of pinching your nose or holding your breath while passing by because of the stench of cow manure and piss, until you reached the fork in the road to Kekaha?

Does anybody remember also that this was repeated when the dairy was moved to Anahola? With the proposed dairy in Mahaulepu, upwind from Poipu and Koloa, will history repeat itself — again?

Rudy Sina

Lihue

Thank you for help with blown tires

Aloha. We have just returned from vacation and I would like to thank a passerby who assisted us while we were stranded on the side of the road with two blown-out tires and only one spare. All I know is that her name is Olivia and I believe she works at Roy’s and/or Sunglass Hut. Her kindness and generosity has touched my heart. She shrugged it off as nothing and that it merely was the “Kauaian way.” For us it was a lifesaver, having an infant and a very sick teenager.

Mahalo Olivia and a hui hou.

Kauai has been our second home since 2006.

Susan Patterson

Bayonne, N.J.

We should be kind to each other

On Presidents’ Day, a radio show came on station KCCR, featuring a talk story hour of “problems facing Kauai.”

One of the two men hosting stated that this was not a call-in show and if the listening audience did not like what was being said they could change the station. He was right. I did not like what I heard.  

 What I did hear was one announcer bashing our mayor, calling him “Bernie” (not once but many times) and “portugee.”

In both instances, this was truly disrespectful. Is this what we want to teach our children — it is OK to treat teachers, police, firemen, etc. with disrespect if you don’t like what they do or say? Are we becoming the Congress of today where we mock our representatives who do not have the same views as we do? This behavior is detrimental in building a great community.  

 It was clear that the announcer did not think that local government could and should succeed. When the announcer continued giving an analysis on who should be elected and who should be thrown out, the choices were obvious to him; locals out and the others in.

 Kauai used to be a place of harmony, not a place to show off what you think you know at some other person’s expense. Be sensitive to the culture and be kind to each other. The world is in dire need of love and peace. Let us be the leaders.

 

DuAnne Torres

Kapaa

Plenty to do and see on Kauai

Regarding Richard Rhyner’s letter (TGI, Feb. 19) on nothing to do/chickens:

I left Kauai on Feb. 20 after three weeks of total bliss on my annual vacation. I have been coming here for over 20 years. It rained a bit, but it is still paradise!

Richard, you need to get a grip, you could not find something to do on Kauai? The beaches? Just the slow casual pace that one wants on a holiday? The friendly people who live here? The many opportunities to do something different than Alaska at this time of year? Like snorkeling, body boarding, hiking and just enjoying the warm temperature? Seems you do not golf, a treasure on this island.

And the chickens! Who are you to say after a weeklong, first-time visit that they are a problem? I have been coming here for 20 years and enjoy every minute of them crowing. They lower my blood pressure, as I feel I am out in the country enjoying a much slower pace in life.

Richard, someone suggested that you go to Disneyland. I suggest you go to Las Vegas — it never sleeps and you can gamble and drink your life away as it seems you have no interest in nature or relaxing.

Beverly Reid

Alberta, Canada

Public deserves to know about GMOs

I believe that the most pressing issue regarding GMO agriculture on Kauai is whether the people, as represented by the county, should be apprised regularly concerning the specific pesticides used by GMO farmers as well as the amounts used and the frequency and timing of application.  

I also believe that given this information, the county should have authority to minimize and/or eliminate associated risks to the people and the environment when necessary. However, in response to your “Our View” piece that appeared in the Feb. 4 paper, it should be noted that those scientists who promote GMO wheat as the answer to more difficult growing conditions and an increasing global population are not without their detractors within the scientific community. For more information, it may be useful to check the website of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a well-respected group whose priorities include putting science first.

I encourage your readers and your staff to visit UCS at: http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/our-failing-food-system/genetic-engineering/genetic-engineering-benefits.html

Mahalo for your consideration.   

Caroline Crenna

Sitka, Alaska

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