Letters for Sunday — March 12, 2006

• Don’t give up fight against drugs

• KIUC security investigation: A red-herring

• No evidence of threat from cell towers

• It works in Brazil


Don’t give up fight against drugs

No, no, no. Now is not the time to give up in our fight against illicit drug use. I can understand the frustration over our current drug problem. But, to suggest marijuana be legalized is the wrong path to take. We can win this fight against drugs if we only stick together and not give into the arguments surrounding legalization of dangerous illegal drugs such marijuana. The argument for legalizing any type of illicit drug is flawed and crumbles under close scrutiny.

Furthermore, we would be sending the wrong message to our children. It would be like pouring gasoline on an already raging fire. So hang in there. Continue to support each other, your community, treatment centers, and police department.

  • Darryl Perry
    HPD Major Retired
    Mililani, Hawai’i

KIUC security investigation: A redherring

The article regarding KIUC’s data security investigation published on March 8 gives rise to some serious questions. Was this really an investigation into whether the security system needed to be replaced, or was it a red-herring to ferret out who leaked information to the Garden Island which exposed KIUC’s lavish spending tendencies?

Dutch Achenbach, KIUC President and C.E.O., stated that this investigation, “Was no big deal.” If it was “no big deal” then why did KIUC have to hire an expensive outside firm? Will the cost of this investigation be communicated to co-op members? And why was it necessary for David Proudfoot, an expensive lawyer and outside counsel for KIUC, to coordinate this investigation if it was no big deal? It begs the question just what or who were they looking for?

Karen Baldwin goes on to say that, “KIUC gathers a great deal of information about employees and co-op members.” I wonder exactly what information KIUC has been gathering and inputting into their databanks on co-op members. Maybe KIUC should disclose to all members, upon request, their personal files.

With elections of 3 new board members fast approaching, I can only hope that everyone makes an effort to vote and mail in their ballots as more transparency is surely needed for our energy “co-op”.

  • Anthony Allen
    Princeville

No evidence of threat from cell towers

A recent letter to The Garden Island called for action against a cellular phone tower because it would be an eyesore and posed a threat to health and safety.

The writer stated, as a fact, that cell phones caused brain cancer and implied that the tower would increase that risk commensurate with the tower’s greater size.

That the tower could be an eyesore is a valid concern, especially for the immediate neighborhood. However, according to the American Cancer Society’s compilation and summary of research, there is no convincing evidence of cellular phones or cellular towers causing cancer for several reasons.

The top three are:

1. Cell phones/towers do not emit ionizing radiation, the type that has the ability to cause cancer.

2. The radio frequency of cell phone/towers (like AM and FM freqs) do not have enough energy to enter the body’s tissues.

3. A complete lack of correlating evidence supporting a cancer link.

There are some things that are fun to believe in and in the face of all evidence to the contrary, people will continue to tell me that I can catch the flu from getting cold and wet, that you should leave a window/door open during a hurricane, and that cell phones cause cancer.

  • Peter Antonson
    Kalaheo

It works in Brazil

Mr. Wyatt, Brazil is currently making ethanol from sugarcane. About 80-percent of all new cars sold in Brazil RIGHT NOW are gasoline /ethanol hybrids, and the ethanol fuel they are producing is about $1.10 cheaper per gallon than gasoline. How much larger a laboratory that the entire country of Brazil do you need to see that ethanol fuel works and is economical?

  • Michael Mann
    ‘Ele’ele
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