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•An open letter to the KIUC Board of Directors
•Time for action
•Rotary gives scholarships to Kaua‘i students
•NRA is for the birds
•‘Sanitary protocols’ laughable
An open letter to the KIUC Board of Directors
I just used my time to view this 48-minute video showing dramatic cost-effective developments for harvesting and manufacturing solar energy being utilized now in Germany, Spain, our Mojave dessert, India, Japan, China and Taiwan.
I urge each board member to take the time to view this video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLHBFyfvK8A&feature=channel.
Our Kaua‘i economy could vastly improve by admitting immediately that our present energy technology is no longer viable and use every means available to switch to modern solar harvesting and manufacturing.
Rather than open up our fields to GMO companies that have the potential to irreversibly harm our crops, land and health, we could open up our land to cutting edge electronic and solar harvesting companies to release us from the heavy burden of the high cost of our current energy system. Both in terms of buying and delivering fuel as well as the environmental cost of transporting and using fuel.
This video clearly documents that early solar technology considerations of not being cost effective, or takes up too much space are no longer viable considerations with what is already currently available. And of course with mass production increases and more advances in technology, cost and utilization effectiveness can only improve.
As a concerned Kaua‘i resident, I would appreciate each board member’s acknowledgment that they have taken the time to view this video and their response to that viewing.
Joan Levy, Kapa‘a
Time for action
There it was: bulleted, simple-to-understand, printed in black and white.
The shakers and movers convened. The knowledgeable and professional people with all the experience and expertise were there to clarify, justify, emphasize and underscore what should be done and what can be done with respect to establishing a sustainable agricultural plan that has merit, can work, and will, essentially, protect and preserve our island for generations to come.
Don Heacock’s superb letter printed in The Garden Island encapsulated the essence of it all.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s just do it! Come on, guys, how much more do we need to re-analyze, create studies about, or ponder over?
So much has been said and done already. Do we really need to re-invent the wheel? I don’t think so.
Like it has been verified: “We did that 20 years ago…” “Eighteen years ago we had an electric car…” “We’ve been waiting for the report…”
‘Nuff already! It’s time for some action.
Jose Bulatao Jr., Kekaha
Rotary gives scholarships to Kaua‘i students
Eight students from five high schools on Kaua‘i shared $40,000 in scholarships donated by the Hawai‘i Rotary Youth Scholarship program.
The recipient from Island School was Kariann Lee.
Recipients from Kaua‘i High School were: Molly Hasegaua, Micah Mizukami and Dreama Valenciano.
The recipient from Kapa‘a High School was Thomas Gausepohl.
The recipient from Kula High School was Camile Christie.
Recipients from Waimea High School were: Benjie Bacling and Dominique Pascua.
Each received $5,000. The 64 scholars statewide represented 35 high schools and were sponsored by 35 Rotary clubs with scholarships totaling $312,000.
Bob Ray, Rotary Club Poipu of Po‘ipu Beach
NRA is for the birds
I did it! I joined the NRA (National Rooster Association), one of Washington’s most powerful lobbying groups.
Basic to the organization is the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which states that if you are a member of the militia (probably in reference to the National Guard or perhaps any ragtag paramilitary, survivalist group), you have the inviolate right, the inalienable right to rear — by your arms alone — a rooster in your backyard.
The NRA is opposed to rooster regulation, all regulation. And it has been successful. You have the basic right to purchase from your local rooster shop, be you drunk or sober, have a known history of sharpening gaffs for your rooster for violent ends, or need a rooster for the final resolution of domestic arguments. You do not need to register at rooster shops or shows. There is no law to provide you a cooling off period (between purchase and pick-up).
At one time foreign assault roosters were banned outright, but this was identified by the NRA to be a protectionist practice that went contrary to the economic well-being of global rooster-raisers.
Support your local NRA Chapter! Join us in our need to increase our doodle-do decibels in the neighborhood. Join the NRA — it is for the birds.
Charles Cushman, Koloa
‘Sanitary protocols’ laughable
Raw milk is illegal for a reason (“Land of milk and money,” The Garden Island, March 29).
Several years ago, my sister contracted brucellosis (undulant fever) from unpasteurized milk. She was also pregnant at the time, so was hospitalized for a month.
The caveat “with sanitary protocols” is laughable when we have large-scale food poisoning across the country regularly attributed to questionable sanitary food handling and processing.
Having eaten and grocery shopped locally at establishments that allow dogs inside, I question what level the “sanitary protocols” would be on this island.
Kim Nofsinger, Princeville
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