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Letters for Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

• Have dairy supporters ever lived near one? • Dairy concerns are real, serious • ‘God must be our aid’

Have dairy supporters ever lived near one?

I‘m just reading TGI’s Feb. 9 edition and Derek Kawakami is extolling the virtues of Hawaii Dairy Farms and its plan to build a dairy in Waimea, which he supports.

I have only one question for him or anyone else who thinks this is a good idea.

Have you ever lived near a dairy?

I haven’t but I would often visit those who did in the area of Washington where I lived at the time.

For the time of my visits, I found the smell overpowering and disgusting and the flies were ridiculously concentrated and distracting, and these particular homes were a mile or so away from the dairy. I couldn’t imagine what it would have been were I right next to it.

That experience taught that I would never want to live near one.

With our delicate ecosystem, why do we need to pollute the water supply and atmosphere with these toxins?

I support agriculture but strongly object to the very idea of such a dairy. In terms of pros and cons, the pros to this idea are minimal and the cons are astronomical and potentially a huge problem that isn’t worth bothering with.

Terry Waters, Koloa

Dairy concerns are real, serious

Interesting to note in the Feb. 9 TGI two views about the proposed dairy for Mahaulepu: Derek Kawakami’s enthusiastic endorsement vs. Marjorie Gifford’s thoughtful reflections. One is based on a study of the EIS prepared by Hawaii Dairy Farms (HDF) and the other on testimonies from people who have actually experienced effects of dairies on the environment during heavy rains. Whom should we accept as having the more valid argument?

Kawakami is entitled to his opinion, of course, though one might observe that he doesn’t live in the area to be directly affected by the amassing of a large herd of cows, the communities of Poipu and Koloa. Also, apparently he has not studied counter-arguments to the dairy prepared by the Friends of Mahaulepu (FOM). At least he makes no reference to these.

As a councilman he appropriately is given headlines. At the same time, I would hope we would not be blinded by such attention and fail to consider downsides that could come from having a dairy downwind from the Hyatt and nearby populated communities. Residents of these communities have serious concerns that, as Ms. Gifford’s letter indicates, are real. In response to Kawakami’s position, i.e., give the dairy a chance, once established the dairy would be hard to undo and then only after great harm had been done.

Robert Springer, Koloa

‘God must be our aid’

Excessive bureaucracy, food limitations, ending human life considered good, restricted areas around elite people with oppressive penalties were practiced. Hawaiian royalty abolished that kapu system.

Some Hawaiians revolted because the kapu system’s demise diminished their wealth, power and control. A decisive battle was fought. Christian missionaries arrived in the aftermath with good news of great joy.

Majority of Hawaiians embraced the Gospel. Acknowledging Jesus as their savior, they entered into the covenant of grace.

“The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness of Christ Jesus” influenced the new order.

Kingdom of Hawaii 1840 Constitution — “God must be our aid … Wherefore we first present our supplication to Him, that He will guide us to right measures. … It is therefore our fixed decree that no law shall be enacted which is at variance with the word of the Lord Jehovah, or at variance with the general spirit of His word. All laws of the Islands shall be in consistency with the general spirit of God’s law.”

Americans influenced Hawaiian’s enactment of erroneous land divisions and regulations inconsistent with God’s Levitical land laws. Negative consequences ensued.

Since the United States’ overthrow, it’s the same old song — governmental overkill — laws regress to modern versions of the kapu system.

Walls, gates, surveillance increased. Food security decreased, posing life-threatening possibilities. Abortion is lawful. Euthanasia is pending legalization.

“Rescue me from the hand of foreigners whose mouths speak lying words … I will sing a new song to you, God … happy are those whose God is Jehovah.” (Psalm 144)

Michele Lincoln, Lahaina

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