Letters to the Editor for Tuesday — September 09, 2003

• Stop roadside spraying

• Offended by acts of injustice


Stop roadside spraying

A growing number of good people are spending a lot of time and energy trying to stop the roadside pesticide spraying. They are attending meetings, sitting on committees, taking people’s statements, and assembling an impressive body of data. They have gathered signatures from all over the island.

Clearly, the spraying is serving nobody except the manufacturer. We are poisoning ourselves. We are using chemical warfare against ourselves. Our immune systems were not designed to deal with this continual abuse. All of us are being affected. Some of us don’t know it yet, and others have been badly damaged. We are breathing it. We are absorbing it through our skin, and, as we are also spraying our waterways, we are eating it in our fish. There are liability issues for the county to consider.

We seem to have an abundance of bureaucrats who want to continue doing things in the old way. It would be nice to see a little more creativity and initiative. Although spraying is costly, I have heard the argument from one department head (who chose to remain anonymous) that it isn’t feasible to stop spraying. Is ill health feasible? Is pesticide poisoning feasible?

There are many, many places on the mainland where roadside spraying has been prohibited. The citizens in those places made their will known, and the people whom they elected listened! Your honor, we need your help in this matter. It seems unlikely that the state or your present department heads will suddenly decide to make constructive changes for our benefit and relief. Where roadside spraying is concerned, they obviously need your leadership. JUST SAY NUFF.

Judy Nalda

Princeville


Offended by acts of injustice

My name is Sade’ Villatora and I am a junior at Kamehameha Schools. I am very much offended at the recent court cases that have been held against my school and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Injustice is stated as a violation of another’s rights or of what is right; lack of justice. I feel that the topics of the court case are acts of injustice to the people of Hawaii and its supporters. If the KS Admissions Policy changes what will happen to all of the opportunities that the Hawaiian children have now? They will not have the opportunity to go to the best school for Hawaiian students today, which provides a wide variety of sports and activities, and also a home for those away from home.

If the KS Admissions Policy changes, Princess Pauahi’s will is going to be gone, destroyed, forever. What will happen to the money, the investments, and the children who will never get a chance to experience the opportunities and the aloha that Kamehameha Schools can share with them.

Sadé Villatora

Honolulu

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