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Letters for Jan. 4, 2015

• Dairy would be an islandwide disaster 

Dairy would be an islandwide disaster

The proposed industrial dairy farm operation at Mahaulepu is not just a South Shore issue — it is an island-wide issue. All of Kauai would feel the substantial negative effects of this environmental and economic disaster if it were allowed to proceed.

Visitors come to Kauai to enjoy the pristine beauty of the “Garden Isle.” It is the visitor industry that sustains the economy of Kauai. South Shore visitors travel to other parts of the island, spending money as they go.

It’s hard to imagine Mainland or international visitors wanting to place themselves a couple of miles downwind from a huge industrial dairy operation. Who would care to spend hundreds of dollars a day sitting by a swimming pool and smelling cow manure and urine and swatting biting flies? Neither are these folks likely to enjoy swimming in an ocean polluted by runoff after heavy rains.

Why should Kauai even consider allowing this environmental travesty to occur? Why permit an operation that will cause heavy damage to the aina, fresh water, air and ocean in one of the most beautiful places on the planet? Is it just to create a dozen or so jobs? Remember, hundreds of tourism-related jobs are likely to be lost. Real estate values on the South Shore would plummet — and so would the county’s tax receipts. Taxes elsewhere would have to be raised to offset the lost revenue.

Shame on the billionaires seeking only to enhance their wealth.

Allan Rachap

Koloa

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