The county should allow kitchens in guest houses
Presently guest houses on ag land can not have a kitchen.
They are allowed to be built and you can eat in it, sleep in it, use the bathroom in it but you can not have a kitchen.
All houses on ag zoned lots are subject to a Farm Dwelling Agreement. The guest houses are subject to the condition, too. I am not saying to have vacation rentals in them. Allow a kitchen just as you allow a kitchen in any other “farm dwelling.” The argument that we need this restriction to preserve Ag land does not hold water.
This will provide many much needed homes (albeit small ones) estimated to be in the hundreds at no cost to the county.
Presently due to the restrictions leading to the shortage of housing, the government is expected to do “affordable housing.”
By allowing these kitchens, perhaps we can put a dent in the pent up demand for truly affordable housing. Gotta think outside of the shed.
Dennis Esaki, Lihue
Political hard ball
There was just something about Gary Hooser’s words that haven’t felt consistent, logically or emotionally.
Consider; “For five years I have watched them use every tool at their disposal, from threats to lawsuits, to thwart the community’s desire to shield their children from dangerous neurotoxins in pesticides sprayed near schools and homes. That is not going to change. Now their lobbyist is leading the Democratic Party.”
He’s talking about the Hawaii’s farmers fighting for survival, and the need for every scientific advantage available. And, he’s using that emotional argument to support a fallacy.
In the 2012 Columbia study often cited as “evidence” of chlorpyrifos (CPF) toxicity used only 20 highly contaminated fetuses, from an urban environment.
Another Inner City study with 99 percent plus CPF in air supply generates inconclusive data.
For the last six years, the Environmental Protection Agency has legally requested that Columbia data, and been refused. Why?
Gary’s words continue: “We spend years fighting this industry and now their lobbyist is going to be put in charge of our (Hawaii Democratic) party?”
Gary’s organization is spending great effort fighting the Ag Industry, when the Joint Fact Finding Study concluded the greatest risks to our citizens are domestic chemicals. This conclusion is proven in their own studies. The logic of attacking the Ag Industry escapes me.
Now, back atcha: I’ve heard reports from our elected Hawaii legislators of the bullying tactics used to obtain 100 percent support for a bill to ban CPF from agricultural use, that now sits on the governor’s desk. They’ve expressed fear of physical demonstrations in front of their offices, if they don’t toe the line. That intimidation has worked.
My question is why is this organization fighting the farmers, when their own study reinforces the domestic in-home pesticide threat to children’s health? Then I remember the political adage, “Follow the money.”
Mike Curtis, Koloa