Letters for Monday, May 28, 2007

• Read all about it

• Thank you, council

• Prioritize truth and justice

• Voice of the voter

• Vent on

Read all about it

On a lighter note than the usual diatribes and divisive comments on the pros and cons of the Iraq War, and, likewise on the “development issue” of our beautiful island home, I want to send out a commendatory plaudit to Keya Keita for her ongoing fine articles in The Garden Island lately (and to her predecessor, Lanaly Cabalo, now the sports editor, and Dennis Fujimoto, the “amazing man” who covers so much of the ebb and flow of our daily Kaua‘i life — and a fine writer too) in the Food Sections, and other articles of a human interest nature.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Keita’s most interesting article on “Choosing vegetarianism” in the May 23 Food section — from the obviously well-researched facts she presented, to the attractive photo layout of the four healthy/nature scenes, to the most informative sidebar column, “What do the world religions say about vegetarianism?”

Although I am not a vegetarian, I have been increasingly influenced by 3 ABN’s (Ch. 27) feature cooking demonstrations on this timely subject, plus all the compelling V and current media articles and “informationals” on the subject, so I have made a conscious effort to cut down on the amount of meat that I eat, over the past five years, and of course, feel more healthy for it.

Thank you, again, Keya Keita, for your very well-written and helpful article.

Bonnie Matsumura


Thank you, council

Three cheers for the council stopping the urbanization and globalization of Kaua‘i by passing the “Big Box Bill.”

Now if we can put the Superferry out of business and put a moratorium on expensive development until there is adequate affordable (and $350,000 is not “affordable”) housing we will be on our way to preserving what is special about Kaua‘i.

This is a score in the column of those who appreciate Kaua‘i for the mix of culture, small unique businesses, and agriculture it possesses.

Please now, stop the rape of Kaua‘i by greedy Mainland developers who don’t even live here. Support industries that will help local people who have been here for generations afford to live here. And respect the ‘aina and the mana of Kaua‘i; stop chasing the almighty dollar as if it were God.

Thank you council, you have much more work ahead.

Rick Goding


Prioritize truth and justice

Please … can we move on? The fervor and length in Jack Stephens’ letter(s) is exhausting (“Supply and demand will win,” Letters, May 27).

If people would only fight that hard regarding the illegal taking of these lands from the kanaka maoli instead of crying about enlargement of big box stores full of junk sitting on stolen lands.

These are the things that amaze me in what Americans prioritize. Some of that anger could also be directed at the more pressing issue of the illegal occupation of Iraq and the hundreds of thousands of people being killed standing up for their homeland.

So, come on … get a grip, or a life. The County Council and Planning Commission are to be commended in making the right choice for this island. Any new developments should be placed under same restrictions, preferably a moratorium as new evidence of land title tampering has emerged.

As far as the wishes of the majority, in 1898, the Ku‘e Petition was signed by over 38,000 of the remaining 40,000 kanaka maoli against annexation. They were the lawful majority.

Please stop crying about “rights” violations.

I can’t bear it any longer.

Elaine Dunbar


Voice of the voter

It appears that the voice of the people has not been heard as the Kaua‘i County Council voted to limit the size of buildings to 75,000 square feet. If this is indeed the case, my suggestion is to get an initiative on the ballot to overturn the County Council’s decision, and let the people vote whether to limit the size of buildings to 75,000 square feet. This is not about Wal-Mart, Costco or Home Depot. It is about the wishes of the people of Kaua‘i not being respected.

In theory, the Kaua‘i County Council was voted in by the people to represent them. If the people’s wishes are not being heard, then it is time to take charge and put the vote into the hands of the people of Kaua‘i. Then and only then will the voters have a say in this matter.

The vote of the Kaua‘i County Council does not have to be the final say. If free enterprise and affordable prices for working people are important to you, put the vote into the hands of the people and get this on the ballot.

Debra Comstock

Elk Grove, Calif.

Vent on

This is addressed to all of the Kaua‘i County Council.

Is there no end to your shame or hypocrisy? You will allow a huge housing project on the South Shore — we’re talking square miles of land that will be developed with houses, golf courses, spas and things of that nature that none of our children will be able to afford. I’m not against the South Shore project, I just want it to be fair. You will swallow miles of land being consumed with one project and then choke on a few acres? Now that’s wrong.

Then you turn around and ban the very thing that will benefit all of Kaua‘i?

Shame on you.

By your selfish act you have hurt the people of Kaua‘i to save your own political necks. I still can’t believe that you could be that big of a bunch of hypocrites, that you would do such a stupid thing. By the way, did you know, or do you care, that if you buy a gallon of milk at Big Save (not on sale) that it will cost you $7.99?

I really don’t know why I’m writing this letter. I know that The Garden Island will not print it and you don’t give a rip about the working class people of Kaua‘i. I guess I just wanted to vent. But on the outside chance that they do print this and the even bigger chance that one of you hypocrites reads this, when all the land is covered up with the South Shore project and you’re at the blessing for the project, as you stand there with the sun setting in the west and the tiki torches burning, on the manicured lawns while the servants in their nicely pressed aloha shirts and ladies with their little maids’ dresses and their starched aprons are serving you mai tais, think of them and how many jobs they have to work. How many in their families have to live in one house just to make ends meet. Think about the people of Kaua‘i that you have hurt by your decision.

Dave Saunders



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