Letters to the Editor for Wednesday — September 10, 2003

• Where’s Kaua‘i’s film industry?

• Be careful whose help you accept

Where’s Kaua‘i’s film industry?

Ever since Judy Drosd, our former film commissioner, resigned, there has been virtually no film and television industry/activity or job opportunities on Kaua‘i. What happened to this million dollar industry that was so prominent, influential and basically essential for Kaua‘i’s economy and growth?

It was a common occurrence to have at least two or three Hollywood feature movies on location and we haven’t seen anything in the last year! Does the Mayor realize that this industry is vital to Kaua‘i and its future. The revenue that this industry brings to our local Kaua‘i businesses is being lost. This is a shame, especially when we have so much to offer and our people need jobs to survive here on Kaua‘i. What is the problem here? There needs to be an education and change in attitude towards the film industry by our politicians and more support and appreciation of potential industry professionals and the work they generate for the island’s people.

I hope something is being done to remedy this situation, and I hope soon. We have already experienced the lack of business for a year now and the impact it has had on our economy and island. There really is no excuse. We were a thriving film location and the envy of other Film Commissions throughout the State. We need to address this problem immediately!

Keau Marti-Kini


Be careful whose help you accept

RE: State to partner with landowners to protect threatened plants, wildlife.

Any private landowner contemplating participation in this program should understand and beware of the consequences for using taxpayer money from the federal government. Remember the stir over critical habitat designations? Then, you will recall what the Fish and Wildlife (NFWS) people and representatives from EarthJustice said: That critical habitat designations will not have any effect EXCEPT where federal funds are used.

The message is clear: Accept federal grant funds (euphemism for money forcibly taken from working people) and you will surrender a portion of what little remains of your property rights; perhaps all, if your new “partners” decide so. Incidentally, included in your new array of “partners” will be the radical environmentalists who exercise great influence over NFWS actions via lawsuits, and whose declared goal is the abolition of all private property.

In any deal with the devil you must sign away your soul; your soul, in this case being your property rights.

R.S. Weir



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