Let’s influence our youth for the better

We all know money is a major motivating factor in what people are willing to do. If people think there is money to be made, they’ll do, well, almost anything. There was a joke about this in the long-running TV series, “Seinfeld.” George says something to Jerry about Elaine turning down an offer of money, to which Jerry replies, “People don’t turn down money. It’s what separates us from the animals.”

Governor should sign pesticide bill

Gov. David Ige should sign the pesticide bill passed this week by the House and the Senate. Simply put, it’s time Hawaii steps up and leads the way in protecting people against any chemicals that could harm their health. Our elected leaders passed this legislation and we can trust they did their homework and took the actions they see as necessary and many believe are long overdue.

Plastics overwhelming our environment

The mid-April flood deposited plenty of debris on Kauai’s beaches. There have already been concentrated, communitywide efforts to clean up the mess, progress has been made, and work will continue in places like Lydgate Park, where driftwood and other waste fills the ponds and lines the shorelines.

Red Cross, as usual, rises to the challenge

The response to help those affected by the flooding on Kauai has been nothing short of amazing. Every day we hear stories of people going out and looking to volunteer. They clean, cook, wash, deliver, encourage — whatever is required, volunteers have been there and will continue to be there.

Kauai’s resilience will rise to the top

The devastation, as we all know by now, is staggering on the North Shore. Homes destroyed. Roads washed out and buried in landslides. Vehicles overturned. People stranded. Animals perished.